Hey folks! I wanted to extend a quick invitation to all my Atlanta-based readers to come and hang with me this Thursday, March 6th at Cook Hall for my #MeetMeAtTheBar Happy Hour meetup. The event will take place between 5 and 7 P.M. during Cook Hall’s Punch Out @ 5 Happy Hour. They’ll be serving up $5 specialty punch and $5 snacks during Punch Out @ 5, so be prepared to have a good time without assaulting your wallet. You can find RSVP info on the flyer above. Oh! And I’ll be giving away prizes from Kiehl’s and Lolita as well during #MeetMeAtTheBar!
You can also find me at Taste And Brews at Atlanta Food Truck Park this Saturday. If you’re also planning on attending Taste And Brews, you can use promo code “lushworthy” to save $10 on tickets (General Admission – $49, VIP – $75). That amount will change to $5 at midnight.
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For the second year in a row, the For A Day Foundation Atlanta, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization committed to children battling cancer and other blood disorders, will host their Cocktails For Kids Annual Fundraiser. The event will take place at 200 Peachtree on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and will cost only $20 per person ($30 at the door).
Here’s a little more info on the event via their Eventbrite ticket page. And I hope to see all my fellow Atlantan’s out sipping for a cause when this event takes place on Tuesday!
“Cocktails for Kids is an annual fundraiser that benefits For a Day Foundation- Atlanta, a 501c3 non-profit that provides therapeutic event programming for children battling cancer and other chronic illnesses at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Our mission is simple; bring a smile to a child’s face, even if that child has not smiled in weeks.This year we are proud to announce an unforgettable evening at 200 Peachtree. There will be a silent and live auction as well as a raffle. Tickets are $20 and they include one drink and tapas! Cash bar also provided. All proceeds from the evening go straight back to the children! To make a donation to For a Day Atlanta or for more information about the foundation, please visit our website at www.ForaDayAtlanta.org.”
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Over the weekend, I again had the opportunity to check out Atlanta’s Speakeasy Cocktail Festival. The annual cocktail festival, founded by Gary Cobb, first kicked off last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing how the event would fare in its second year. Since there was a fair amount of highs and lows this year, I figured I’d share ’em with you guys in this blog post. Check ’em out below.
Wayyy Better Venue – The theme of the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival is of course centered around 1920’s speakeasies and that theme was a lot more visible this year at Opera Nightclub than it was at last year’s ginormous Georgia World Congress Center exhibit hall. Opera may be a mega-club, but it also makes for a pretty nice event venue and was a near perfect choice for the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival.
More Cocktails – Although it’s called the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival, it definitely seemed there was a lack of cocktails last year. Instead, brands were pouring liquor straight and there was also a handful of beer options (and Atlanta’s got plenty of beer festivals). This year, I’m pleased to say that there were a lot more cocktail samples available. Favorite cocktail from the festival? Jim Beam’s “Spiked Apple Cider.” Man, you guys need to get into that! Simple, but friggin’ delicious.
Lack Of Excess – Last year, there was a lot going that really should not have been going on at the festival. There was a car show that was way more “random-old-car-parked-in-the-middle-of-an-exhibit-hall” than it was car show. And the gambling area was entirely too big, which made it look vacant most of the time. They seemed to do away with a lot of the extra stuff this year and it was a wise choice.
Since Halloween takes place on October 31, late October tends to be the spookiest time of the year. But here in Atlanta that time of the year is wayyy more indicative of brew and great food. Towards the end of the month, a number of beer dinners will be held in and around Atlanta. I’ve only had the opportunity to attend one beer dinner in my lifetime (that definitely makes me sound hella old), but I have to say that they make for a pretty cool experience, even if you aren’t a beer lover. In fact, attending one might just turn you into a beer lover. The three beer dinners I’m familiar with all take place on different days, so feel free to go in, or choose one or two of your favorites.
For more information and to make a reservation, follow the link for each restaurant. Please keep in mind that price per person does not include tax and gratuity.
October 22 – Cook Hall Inaugural Beer Dinner ($50 Per Person)
First Cook Hall Charcuterie
The Bruery Mischief Ale