Wednesday, May 15, 2024

UniverSoul Circus is now in ATL!

Cheers Everyone!

I have always enjoyed the UniverSoul Circus in ATL over the years, and now they are celebrating 30 years! My brother Jabari worked with them for a while before moving on to Art, Beats and Lyrics, and when he invited me over a decade ago, I was hooked! So whether it’s date night or taking the family out, this is an event not to be missed! Here is the info below straight from the source to get tickets and witness jaw-dropping talent from five different continents. They are here through Sunday, May 26, so get your tickets while you can.



Tent Raising in Pinnacle Lot This Week
Third Stop in Atlanta Tour Features Superstars From Five Continents, Opens Friday, May 17

Atlantic Station Welcomes UniverSoul Circus
UniverSoul Circus celebrates 30th anniversary in the Big Top with breathtaking acrobatics, thrilling stunts and cultural performances
Atlantic Station | Pinnacle Lot | 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30363 
Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 26, 2024 | Show times vary
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and at the onsite ticket office.                

Visit for more info, ticket prices, show times, and schedules.
Follow UniverSoul on Facebook @UniverSoulcircus, Twitter @UniverSoulCirc, and Instagram @UniverSoulCircus.

ATLANTA: Atlantic Station is pleased to welcome the 30th Anniversary of UniverSoul Circus this month. Featuring superstars from five continents, all backed by the infectious beat of World Music, including sounds and dance styles spanning the African diaspora, UniverSoul Circus reimagined itself this year with over a dozen culturally diverse performances. UniverSoul features never-before-seen acts from Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, and Mongolia and a never-before-seen eighteen-person flying trapeze act from China. In a presentation celebrating “Circus Cousins from around the World,” UniverSoul Circus is set to begin for the first time at Atlantic Station Friday, May 17. 
"Atlantic Station serves as a bustling cultural epicenter for numerous residents of Atlanta, and we are thrilled to bring the unique experience of UniverSoul to all its visitors,” said Cedric Walker, UniverSoul Circus Founder & CEO.
Presented in a brand-new custom purple Big Top imported from Italy, the Big Top is 157 feet wide and 330 feet long, the size of a football field. It is enhanced with advanced state-of-the-art lighting and a sound system that moves and grooves as if it were the show itself. Atlantans will be able to see the tent being raised this week from the connector!
"Bringing UniverSoul Circus to Atlantic Station is not just about entertainment; it's about celebrating cultural diversity, unity, and the joy of live performance,” said Starr Cumming, Southeast Retail Director for Hines. “As we continue to seek exciting and enriching experiences to bring to our neighborhood, we are thrilled to welcome UniverSoul Circus for the first time ever. This landmark event promises interactive entertainment and electrifying performances, adding a new dimension to our array of community offerings.”
Guests heading to UniverSoul Circus can experience two hours of complimentary parking in Atlantic Station’s parking deck. Alternatively, ticket holders can take MARTA to the Arts Center station and ride the free Atlantic Station shuttle to the event. They will also have easy access to more than 20 restaurants and bars in the 

Monday, May 13, 2024

The Georgia Craft Brewers Festival is here Saturday!


Largest Gathering of Georgia’s Craft Brewers to be held in Atlanta!

Event to bring fifty of the States’ independent craft breweries to West Midtown

Once again, it’s on!

The biggest event featuring the most craft brewers in Georgia—the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival—is coming up the weekend, Saturday, May 18th, from 1-5pm (with VIP entry at 12pm) at Westside Paper in Atlanta! I love this event and strongly recommend that you pull up and meet me there! Here is all the information below including where to get tickets straight from the source.

See you there!


Mark your calendars for a celebration of Georgia’s vibrant craft beer scene at the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival!

Held on Saturday, May 18th, from 1-5pm (with VIP entry at 12pm) at Westside Paper in Atlanta, the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival is the ultimate gathering of Georgia’s independent craft breweries. This annual event offers attendees the opportunity to sample an impressive selection of beers from breweries across the state, all under one roof.

“As the largest gathering of Georgia’s independent craft breweries, the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival is a testament to the creativity and innovation thriving in our local beer community,” said Joseph Cortes, Executive Director. “Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to discover new brews and connect with fellow beer enthusiasts, but it’s also a chance to support the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild and our efforts to foster a thriving craft beer industry.”

In addition to showcasing Georgia’s finest craft beers, the festival will also support Giving Kitchen, a charitable organization providing emergency assistance for food service workers. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to this worthy cause, further reinforcing the festival’s commitment to community support and collaboration.

“We’re proud to partner with Giving Kitchen and contribute to their mission of supporting our hardworking food service industry professionals,” added Cortes. “By attending the Georgia Craft Brewers Festival, attendees not only enjoy great beer but also make a positive impact in our local community.”

Don’t miss out on the “Official Festival of Georgia Craft Beer”! Join us for an unforgettable day of beer tasting, DJ Kwasi spinning funky beats, delicious food, and community spirit.

Event Details:

·       Date: Saturday, May 18th  

·       Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (VIP entry at 12:00pm)

·       Location: Westside Paper, Atlanta, Georgia

·       Tickets: Available for purchase at

·       Website:



Monday, April 1, 2024

Get ready for 404 Day!

Peace Y’all!

Being a proud rep of Atlanta for more than 30 years, it’s time celebrate another festive 404 Day! This time, there is a fundraising element thanks to my homies at Monday Night Brewing and Butter.ATL doing The 404 Fund! Of course, 404 is the original area code for this great city (we’ve got like 80 now!) and we all plan on kicking at Monday Night’s Garage this Thursday, from 2pm to 6pm. Make sure to note that ideally at 4:04, there will be an official toast and presentation. Feel free to RSVP here.

Pictured above is the day-drinkin’-friendly 404 Atlanta Lager weighing in at 4.04%, brewed by my boy (and ALE MAX DAY collaborator) Peter Kiley. It will be available throughout the day and beyond.

There is some more info below.  

See you there!


ATLiens gear up for 404 Day! — a celebration of Atlanta culture that takes places every April 4 (4.04) and named for its OG area code (in case you didn’t know J).

Butter.ATL Founder Brandon Butler and Monday Night Brewing Brewmaster Peter Kiley have announced the launch of The 404 Fund – a donor-advised fund created in partnership with Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Guided by an advisory board made up of local community and civic leaders, The 404 Fund has a mission to support the city of Atlanta through scholarships and grants, youth education and employment initiatives, housing and food insecurity services, and mental health programs.

In tandem with this, Monday Night Brewing has launched 404 Atlanta Lager - of which 4.04% of proceeds will go toward The 404 Fund. Made in Atlanta and for Atlanta, this easy-drinking beer is sure to be ATL's go-to brew for the spring, summer and beyond.

Monday Night Garage will be part of a block party event on 404 Day (April 4), where proceeds will go towards The 404 Fund. A special scholarship check presentation will take place during the celebration at 4:04 p.m.

 Here is more information about The 404 Fund, MNB's 404 Atlanta Lager, and the way to support The 404 Fund can be found HERE.



Friday, March 29, 2024

The 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a stunner!

Cheers Everyone!

Now as many of you know, I review cars for my ongoing series with the prestigious The Atlanta Voice publication, Street Lines, and every once in a while I share an automobile that simply wows me on this website. Well, here is my latest review of the 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Like I said, it's a stunner so I had to share it. Here you go!

Street Lines: 2024 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Experiencing an automobile from Alfa Romeo was highly anticipated, and this 2024 Alpha Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio did not disappoint.

For those seeking a sedan that provides luxury, power, and captivation, this vehicle flaunting the highly recommended “Verde Montreal” tri-coat exterior paint checked all the boxes. More outdoor eye candy includes the 19-inch wheels with Romeo’s signature five-hole spokes and Pirelli performance tires; Brembo brakes; dual mode quad exhaust; front and rear fascias; a carbon fiber spoiler; optional carbon fiber roof; and attractive LED lighting package. Another prominent standout alongside the metallic green body, is the shamrock emblem that tastefully adorns the automobile’s upper side. How about a little history? The signature, four-leaf “quadrifoglio” signifies it’s a high-powered vehicle which dates back to 1923 when Alfa Romeo’s race car driver Ugo Sivocci had a hand-painted green four-leaf clover “Quadrifoglio” on his vehicle for luck during the Targa Florio race. Well, Sivocci was victorious, so that historic good-luck charm is honored to this day in this select trim.

What’s under the hood perfectly pairs with Giulia’s race-driven appearance. The drive is exhilarating thanks to the 2.9-liter, V6 twin turbo engine pushing 505 horsepower, a top speed of 191 mph, and 8-speed automatic transition, operated by rear-wheel drive. And even with all this power, the ride felt light and nimble, thanks largely to the active suspension.  

Inside, the only thing missing is a pair of racing gloves to complement the paddle shifters mounted on the column; carbon fiber drive shaft and steering wheel; leather appointments throughout the cockpit; and wireless charging pad. Entertainment leaves virtually nothing to be desired as well, with the Apple CarPlay/Android connectivity, vibrant 12.3-inch TFT (thin film transistor) color display, 8.8-inch radio screen, and eargasmic 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Be sure to visit Alfa Romeo’s website to learn about all of this car’s safety features and optional packages, including the Quadrifoglio RWD-Package 25P featuring a plethora of driver-assist applications, plus other physical appointments.

Ultimately, ever since Sivocci’s conquering of the checkered flag back in 1923, the Quadrifoglio is still a winner and one of our top cars of 2024.

Price: $86,755 MSRP (Including optional equipment)

Fuel Economy: 17 city/25 highway/20 combined

For more information, visit

Photos courtesy of Alfa Romeo.



Friday, February 23, 2024

ALE MAX Returns to Fuse Craft Beer & Sneaker Cultures!


It's that time again! Ale Max Day, the event put on by my boy Craig and I, will be in its second year, and it's going to be an even crazier one set for Monday Night Brewing's Garage on March 22, and then the next day in Nashville, TN, at Bearded Iris's Sylvan Supply location on March 23rd! Here is all the info below. Stay tuned for more updates on my Instagram and @ALEMAX.OFFICIAL. Here is the official press release below. Let's get it!

This is the dope Ale Max can we are doing for Monday Night Brewing!

ALE MAX Returns to Fuse Craft Beer & Sneaker Cultures

Second annual ALE MAX joins forces with Nashville hometown favorite,
Bearded Iris Brewing Co. to launch limited-edition, sneaker-inspired IPA

Last March, Atlanta-based marketing veteran Craig Stroud and craft beer aficionado Ale Sharpton joined forces to launch the perfect mashup experience with ALE MAX – a series of events timed around Nike Air Max Day (March 26) aimed to deliver a beautifully brewed fusion of craft beer, sneaker culture, and community engagement. This year, ALE MAX is collaborating with Southeastern craft beer heavyweights Bearded Iris Brewing (Nashville, Tenn.) and Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Ga.) to launch a limited-edition brew, ALE MAX 1, alongside events and activations that will excite sneaker and beer lovers alike.  

“Craft beer and sneaker cultures have a long history of subtly crossing paths, but typically not in a very intentional way,” said Stroud about the inception of ALE MAX. “While there have been many individual beer and sneaker launches and experiences, we haven’t come across any that simultaneously tap into the pulse of both. Creating ALE MAX seemed like the perfect way to bring these two passionate, opinionated, and niche communities together.”

ALE MAX Day: A Celebration of Air and Ale (FREE to the public):
Beer lovers and sneakerheads are invited to sport their Air Max and cheers to ALE MAX

Monday Night Garage on Friday, March 22 (7 to 11 pm)
Address: 933 Lee St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

This is the dope Ale Max can we are doing for Bearded Iris Brewing!

Bearded Iris, Sylvan Supply on Saturday, March 23 (4 to 8 pm)
Address: 101 Charlotte Ave Suite 40, Nashville, TN 37209

Bearded Iris Brewing will be presenting flavor-forward interpretations of arguably the most popular beer style in America, the hazy IPA. This limited-edition beer will be inspired by the iconic AIR MAX 1, a sneaker that has left an indelible mark on the shoe world through innovation, style, and fandom since its debut in 1987. This collaboration aims to unite beer advocates with local sneaker enthusiasts, offering an unparalleled sensory experience that fosters community and culture. Attendees can anticipate sneaker showcases, discussions, and the chance to connect with like-minded enthusiasts while sampling ALE MAX 1, a Max IPA at 7.891% will be released in limited cans and draft.

“We came together to design an IPA that pairs old school traditions with new ideas to celebrate Ale Max Day,” said Head Brewer Brandon Tarr. “We are excited to be part of this collaboration that lifts up both sneaker and hop heads alike. The resulting beer is a testament to what a great collaboration can be, different from what anyone would have done on their own, and the result is so much better for it."



Bearded Iris proudly hails from Nashville, TN, where Paul Vaughn and Kavon Togrye, two Murfreesboro natives and longtime friends, opened its doors in 2016 with the help of co-founders Matt Miller, Anna Togrye, and Chanda Grubbs, and now has two Nashville taprooms in Germantown and Sylvan Supply. Although frequently recognized for hop-focused beers, Bearded Iris strives to deliver unparalleled freshness and drinkability with every pint, no matter the style, to make ultra-high-quality products highly accessible. This characteristic attention to others and desire to do things a bit differently remains a hallmark of the Bearded Iris brand. Since its founding, Bearded Iris has been named one of the top five best new breweries in America by USA Today and garnered accolades from Men’s Journal, Craft Beer & Brewing, Thrillist, Punch, Paste Magazine, and BeerAdvocate, among others. Discover more at or @beardedirisbrewing on Instagram.


Founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2013 by Jonathan Baker, Joel Iverson and Jeff Heck, Monday Night Brewing exists to deepen relationships over some of the best beer in the country – and the world. With brewing operations under the direction of Brewmaster Peter Kiley, Monday Night Brewing offers a wide selection of year-round, seasonal and limited-edition beers and sours that have earned praise by amateur drinkers and established beer critics alike. With quality, craftsmanship and connection at the forefront of its mission, Monday Night Brewing has taken home awards from some of the most prestigious national and international beer competitions, including The World Beer Cup, the Great American Beer Festival, and the US Open Beer Championship, among others.

Monday Night has soon-to-be six taprooms across the Southeast, including: Monday Night Brewing – West Midtown and The Garage in Atlanta, Ga.; Monday Night Social Club in Birmingham, Ala.; Monday Night Garden Co. in Charlotte, N.C.; Monday Night Preservation Co. in Nashville, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn. (coming soon). Learn more at


ALE MAX is a multi-sensorial experience at the center of craft beer and sneaker cultures, leveraging their inherent connectivity to power communities, local and global. Creator/Founder Craig E. Stroud II brings over 25 years of expertise consulting on brand & campaign development, strategy and design for some of the world's most recognizable brands (The Coca-Cola Co., Ford Motor Co., Olympics, HP, McDonald’s, P&G, General Mills and more). For the latest on ALE MAX experiences follow @ALEMAX.OFFICIAL and @ALEMAXDAY.


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Last-Minute Valentine's Day Restaurant Guide


Authentic Italian restaurant Amore e Amore takes Valentine's Day very seriously!
(Photo by Amore e Amore)

Ahhhhh! Don't feel that love in the air? Valentine's Day is a serious thing in Atlanta's culinary scene, and with so many options, beloved foodie Andrea Janise (and also wifey) is burning the midnight oil to make sure we have the 2024 installment of Cruisin' For A Brewsin's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Restaurant Guide

So don't worry about work and life's demands having you procrastinating on making plans and risking the wrath of your significant other, we've got you! From sweet to savory, here's a quick breakdown and the necessary info to make plans and get you taken care of. And with that, take it away Andrea!

Happy VDay y'all!

Andrea Janise says…

As Valentine's Day approaches, the pressure to plan the ideal date can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, in this Last-Minute Valentine's Day restaurant guide, we've got you covered with a curated list of some of the best romantic restaurants and date-night experiences in Atlanta. From fancy romantic dinners to exciting food adventures, there's something for everyone to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Whether you're looking to wine and dine your sweetheart or simply spend quality time with loved ones, we've handpicked a variety of options to suit every taste and budget. So, if you are still deciding what to do on February 14th, let this guide inspire you to create unforgettable memories this Valentine's Day.

For a Romantic Date-Night…

Le Bon Nosh

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Le Bon Nosh with a special, three-course seasonal prix fixe menu. The sustainable menu features natural aphrodisiacs from Chef Forough Vakili for $130 per person.  


La Panarda

Stop by Chef Deborah VanTrece’s newest Cascade Heights restaurant, La Panarda, for the “I’m Sending You This Valentine” menu influenced by her time in Italy. Dishes include Lobster Cannelloni with Sweet Pea Puree and Lemongrass Foam, and Red Wine Braised Lamb Necks with Confit Vegetables. Reservations are $85 per person.


Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet always provides those romantic Paris-vibes, and Valentine’s Day they will offer a special four-course pre-fixe Valentine’s Day menu, including Georgia coast shrimp salad, seared striped bass and braised short rib, plus a trio of dessert for $110 per person.



This Buckhead restaurant will host a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner experience featuring highlights from their coastal menu and delectable dishes including truffles, lobsters and caviar for $110 per person. Enjoy wine pairings for an additional $45.


5 Church Midtown

For a four-course prix fixe dinner, 5 Church has carefully created a menu that includes indulging treats such truffle lobster bisque, cherry-glazed duck and chocolate raspberry cheesecake and a glass of Champagne for $100 per person or $120 per person for a couple, including a bottle of Champagne.


Chops Lobster Bar

For Valentine’s Day, give that special someone the experience at Chops Lobster Bar. This Buckhead Life Restaurant Group location features an exclusive 4-course Valentine’s Day menu that includes A-5 Japanese Wagyu filet mignon and your selection of pristine seafood for $215. per person plus tax and gratuity.

For a Wow Factor…

Amore e Amore

The acclaimed Italian ristorante is truly embracing its name, which means "love and more love", by celebrating the sweetest time of year with Cupid-approved decorations and a special multiple course menu including Heart Shaped Cheese Ravioli ala Valentino in Pink Vodka Sauce, Maine Lobster Tails Fra Diavolo and more beginning Thursday, February 1 and running until Thursday, February 28, 2024. The multi-course Valentino’s Feast includes a complimentary glass of bubbly and is $200 per person.

Brush Sushi

Do something different this Valentine’s Day and enjoy an intimate, tasting-style 7-course dinner at this Buckhead Village restaurant. Guests can get Champagne and caviar bumps while enjoying a diverse sushi selection and Otsumami favorites for $185 per person.


Steak Market

The sexy Midtown steakhouse is known for taking fine dining to the next level! Steak Market’s famous tableside service and show-stopping presentations will take romance up a notch on Valentine’s Day. Join them for a three-course, prix fixe dinner featuring delectable seafood and steak dishes and mouthwatering sides and dessert for $150 per person.


For a New Valentine…

Bar Vegan in Ponce City Market

If you are looking for somewhere to have a Valentine’s Day inspired drink, Bar Vegan has a lineup of cocktails for the special day.

Cupid’s Arrow – J. Lohr Wildflower, Primativo Primaterra, MYX red sangria, pomegranate, Cointreau, lemon, orange & rosemary

Drunk in Love – Uncle Nearest, lemon, cranberry, cinnamon & topped with Phil Long Cabernet

Love Potion #9 – Mercer + Prince, strawberry, lemon & chocolate bitters

Lovers Quarrel – Patron El Cielo, Patron Reposado, rose cardamom & orange


Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Make reservations at Deborah VanTrece’s West Midtown restaurant, Twisted Soul, for their “My Funny Valentine” southern-influenced menu features dishes curated by Executive Chef Robert Butts, including Fried Sweet Potato Ravioli with Orange Cognac Beurre Blanc, and Pecan Gremolata and Cast-Iron Blackened Snapper with Foie Gras Dirty Rice, Roasted Broccolini, and Creole Butter. Reservations are $85 per person.


El Super Pan (The Battery)

Head over to the Battery and dine at Chef Hector Santiago’s El Super Pan for a prix fixe Valentine’s Day Latin-American inspired menu in the lively and upbeat restaurant for $75 for two people. Guests can pair Iberian wines for $8-10 by the glass. Reservations are not required.


For a Galentine’s Day Celebration

Wild Heaven Avondale

In both locations, Wild Heaven Brewery creates the ultimate Galentine’s Day celebration by setting aside two dates (Feb 10th & 11th) for this popular event. Activities include a enjoy a welcome mocktail, two beer or hard cider pours, including their new release— You Beautiful, Rule-Breaking Moth Galentine’s Sour, a cookie decorating kit from Finca to Filter, various craft activities, and tarot readings for just $40 per person.


Throughout the month of February, Kyma is serving a special Galentine’s Day 7-course tasting menu that creates the perfect setting for the ladies. Each day in February (except Feb 14th) you can bring the girls and indulge in traditional spreads, a variety of meze, signature wood-grilled whole fish and finish with a sampling of Kyma's favorite desserts for just $49 per person, and order the Wine Pairing for an additional $49.



Take a modern Latin approach to Valentine’s Day by enjoying a four-course prix fixe dinner from Alta Toro using the freshest locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, including Sopa de Trufa y Langosta (truffle lobster bisque with truffle lobster bites, Champagne crème fraîche and red tobiko caviar) and tuxedo panna cotta with dark chocolate, white chocolate and tequila. Pricing is set at $100 per person.

Two Urban Licks

Galentine’s Day or not, dinner at Two Urban Licks is always a vibe. This VDay, guests can share Executive Chef Chad Clevenger’s specials created just for the occasion. Enjoy wood-fired cuisine, live rotating rotisseries, signature cocktails, and sweeten the evening with white chocolate creme Brule’ or a decadent chocolate tart. After dinner, take a walk along the Beltline located steps away from the restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward.


For Valentine’s Day with the Family…

Snooze A.M. Eatery

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by bringing the family to breakfast at Snooze A.M. Eatery for a sweet treat. From February 8th – 14th, guests can order the Valentine’s Day special double chocolate brownie pancake - a brownie buttermilk pancake topped with chocolate ganache, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. With locations throughout the Atlanta Area, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate with the whole family.


Sugar Shane’s Gourmet Cookies

Offering a Valentine’s Box featuring six cookies for $29.99, mix it up with favorites along with specialty flavors like Love Velvet, Strawberry Dunk and Cupid’s French Toast. With three Atlanta locations and nationwide shipping, there’s still time to get a gift for that special someone, from picky spouses to ride-or-die compadres. Atlantans are also invited to be the first to try Sugar Shane’s new “Mini Bundts” - six-inch bundt cakes.



Perfect for your valentine, but also great for kids, friends, teachers, and office celebrations. From mini cini-rolls to chocolate covered strawberries, Cinnaholic can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. You can pick up at any of their locations, or order online to have it delivered in time for your VDay celebrations.

For a Fun Valentine’s Day Experience...

Your 3rd Spot

Want to make it a fun night out, hit up Your 3rd Spot for Valentine’s Day for all the excitement and entertainment available with dozens of retro games, bowling, darts, indoor curling, a DJ, photobooth and astrologist offering readings. Chef Stuart Rogers will be serving a Valentine’s tasting menu featuring exquisite dishes such as strawberry oysters, lobster tempura and an array of award-winning small plates. All-inclusive gaming and tasting packages range from $40 - $133 with the latter including flowers, cocktails and caviar service with dinner.


Monday Night Brewing

Toast with your Valentine with a delicious IPA at Monday Night Brewing. Beginning on February 9th, the new addition to their beer list, “Think I’m In Love” India Pale Ale is the perfect limited Hop Hut release that will help you celebrate the holiday. This beer also has space on the can to write the name of your special someone. Grab one while it lasts.


Atrium at Ponce City Market

Hop over to Ponce City Market and visit Atrium on Valentine’s Day for dinner and vibes. At 5pm, a DJ will spin while guests enjoy a 3-course menu that include filet mignon, lobster and shaved truffles. The night will be full of surprises with rosé, bubbles and a complimentary polaroid for every couple for $85 per person.


Foxhall Resort

For the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, plan an overnight getaway at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville. Located just a 30-minute drive from Atlanta, but you will feel like you are even further away from the bustling city. During the month of February, Foxhall is running its Love is in the Air" promotion on Fridays and Saturdays. It includes a box of chocolates and a bottle of Champagne upon arrival and brunch for 2 at the Pheasant Blue restaurant.


Happy Valentine’s Day!



Thursday, February 8, 2024



You know I always want to keep you up to date on what especially Atlanta has going on, and this weekend is definitely poppin’. Below are the details for another dope event is a Mardi Gras Party at one of my favorite outdoor/indoor venues based in Georgia’s capital­—Westside Motor Lounge—this Saturday, February 10, from 1 to 5 pm. It’s going to be a heavenly happy hour for oyster lovers; Westside is serving them up chargrilled, roasted, and fried oysters complimentary until they are gone. There will also be more N'awlins-inspired eats and “Big Easy cocktail specials” for $5. And how Westside always gets down regarding sounds, they will have DJ Skooter and this time the WML Brass Band to boogie down to. See you there!

Below is all the information direct from the source.


They Say:



 Bringing the Big Easy to Atlanta With Fresh Oysters, Live Music, Authentic Eats, Cocktails and More

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Let the good times roll at Westside Motor Lounge on Saturday, February 10, 2024, during their first-ever Mardi Gras Day Party. Invoking the spirit of the Big Easy, the indoor-outdoor food, beverage and entertainment experience will host an all-day bash featuring authentic sights, sounds and flavors of New Orleans. The party starts promptly at 1 p.m., with an oyster happy hour featuring complimentary chargrilled, roasted and fried oysters until they run out. Chef George Lopez will also be serving up a special N'awlins menu filled with his favorite offerings that will pair perfectly with Big Easy cocktail specials including $5 frozen hurricane slushies, Sazeracs, daiquiris and mint juleps. Party goers will also be treated to high-energy sets by the WML Brass Band along with a soulful soundtrack of New Orleans funk, zydeco, jazz and blues courtesy of DJ Skooter. For ages 21 and up, tickets to Westside Motor Lounge’s Mardi Gras Day Party are $30 and include one drink ticket for a complimentary cocktail. Leashed dogs are welcome. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Westside Motor Lounge is located on the corner of Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway at 725 Echo Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318. Stay connected on Instagram @Westside_Motor_Lounge

WHAT: Westside Motor Lounge Mardi Gras Day Party

WHEN:  Saturday, February 10, 2024
1 p.m.  to 5 p.m. 

WHERE:  Westside Motor Lounge, 725 Echo Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318

WITH:  WML Brass Band and DJ Skooter 

TICKETS:   For ages 21 and up, tickets are $30 and include one drink ticket for a complimentary cocktail. Tickets are available for purchase at The event is pet friendly. 

PARKING: Limited free parking at the venue and paid parking are available in the adjacent parking garage. Uber and Lyft are encouraged. 

CONNECT: Stay connected on Instagram @Westside_Motor_Lounge



Friday, February 2, 2024

Eventide Brewing turns 10 on saturday, February 10th!


Any time a brewery can exist for more than a decade especially during these turbulent times and rising costs, I have to give them props and show love! And with that, here is a special shout out to Eventide Brewing based in my hometown of ATL’s Grant Park. I have visited and covered them since they opened their doors (and the co-founder is in my Fantasy Football Beer League), so there has always been a connection. They know how to party, entertain, and keep guests quenched with their array of ales and lagers. On Saturday, February 10, they are officially blowing out 10 candles on site with a “Daydreams of a Decade” theme. Peep the dope can above and check out the official information below straight from the source. Tickets can be bought here:

Happy born day, Eventide!

See y’all there!

They Say:

Eventide Brewing celebrates 10 years with Daydreams of a Decade anniversary party on February 10!

Grant Park’s favorite neighborhood brewery, Eventide Brewing, invites the community to toast a milestone - its 10th anniversary - with a grand party themed Daydreams of a Decade on Saturday, February 10. 

The event promises a day filled with nostalgia, entertainment and plenty of great craft beer, where guests can “hop” into a world of whimsy and joy.

Key features include an interactive photo wall where guests can claim a free beer if they spot themselves, making it a “picture-perfect pint” moment, along with an exciting raffle. The raffle's grand prize is a coveted weekday evening reservation in Eventide’s Biergarten event space, valued at $700, truly a “dream come true” for any beer enthusiast.

Event Highlights:

Re-release of Cosmic Daydream Hazy IPA: A fan favorite, Cosmic Daydream makes a triumphant return, offering attendees a taste of one of Eventide Brewing's most beloved brews. This will surely have guests “floating on cloud nine.”

Raffle and games: Attendees can participate in a raffle with exciting prizes and enjoy a range of engaging games suitable for all ages.

Coloring station for kids: The celebration is family-friendly, with a dedicated coloring station to keep the little ones entertained, turning their “colorful daydreams” into art.

Food and refreshments: A selection of local food vendors will be present, offering a variety of delicious options to complement the brewery's array of beers.

Music: The event will feature live music during the celebration. 

And more: The anniversary party promises additional surprises and activities, ensuring a memorable experience for everyone.

The event is all ages until 6 p.m. when it’s 21 and up. 

For more information about the event, please visit:


Free entry for designated drivers; guests under 18

$5 - Casual Fan: Includes two game tickets and an NA beverage

$15 - Top Fan: Includes one free beer and five game tickets 

$50 - Super Fan: Includes two free beers, 10 game tickets, Eventide pint glass, stickers and throwback t-shirt

$75 - Enthusiast: Includes three free beers, 15 game tickets, one to-go sixpack, Eventide pint glass, stickers and throwback t-shirt

$90 - VIP: Includes free unlimited draft beer and 10 game tickets 


Saturday, February 10, Noon to 10 p.m.


Eventide Brewing, 1015 Grant Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30315



Friday, December 22, 2023

It’s time for another Ale Sharpton Gift Guide!

Outdoor gear giant Backcountry is so dope, 
it has me dressing for the Arctic no matter the weather! 


 time for another one of my Gift Guides which, of course, can always be used for holidays, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or whatever! From cigars to cologne, awesome events, a special outdoor gear section, and more, this one is especially for the gents who deserve a lil’ love.

As usual, I include my two cents on each gift idea followed by its official description straight from the source. The link is provided so just click on and fill your cart!

A few couple things: Since I’m in Georgia’s capital, the events are located in ATL, so make that an excuse to get here if you reside out of town. If your purchase is made at the last minute or something that needs to be mailed, just show the recipient the receipt with the date you bought it to show you're “on time,” ya dig? (I’ve been there and it works especially if you follow through!) And, of course, this guide can be used throughout the year, so feel free to come back and see if there is a perfect fit.



Renowned concert curators Zero Mile is bringing the iconic soul group The Spinners to one of the most incredible concert venues in the nation, Atlanta’s The Eastern, on Friday, December 22. If you’ve had the pleasure to be around some good soul music throughout your life, then your ears had to be blessed with a number of Spinners hits including “I'll Be Around,” “The Rubberband Man,“ “How Could I Let You Get Away,” and “Could It Be I'm Falling In Love,” to name a few. Note that this is a sit-down concert so folks can kick back and enjoy. Doors open at 7 pm, and the show begins at 8. Get tickets here. Enjoy!

They Say: Timeless in a way that few other acts today are, The Spinners are one of the most iconic and enduring groups in R&B history. With a towering legacy spanning over six decades, The Spinners created and came to define the smooth sound of Philadelphia Soul, channeling the highs and lows of romance and heartbreak into a catalog of classic hits, beloved across generations. They earned six Grammy nominations, 18 Platinum and Gold Albums, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and selling millions of records worldwide in the process. A fan favorite drawing large crowds to sold out performances both at home and abroad, The Spinners have left an indelible impact, not only on music history– but on the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world.


You can’t lose getting the newest addition to the portfolio of one of the best cigar makers in the world, Cohiba! The new Cohiba Rivera is the first in the lineup using a San Andrés wrapper and Nicaraguan Condega filler. Hook up someone’s humidor with these no-joke sticks.

They Say:

The artisans at Cohiba are proud to present Cohiba Riviera – the newest full-time offering within the collection. Cohiba Riviera represents new territory for Cohiba. This cigar is the only box-pressed offering by Cohiba, as well as the only Cohiba to feature a San Andrés wrapper and Nicaraguan Condega filler. Highly regarded for its naturally cooler climate, abundance of fresh running water, humid breezes off the Gulf coast, and its volcano-enriched soil, the San Andrés valley has consistently delivered excellent quality leaf to the cigar industry. Named after the surrounding geography that helps make the San Andrés Valley so special, Cohiba Riviera pays homage to the respected San Andrés wrapper and the valley from whence it came. Cohiba Riviera – Experience Luxury.

Blended, bottled, and boxed by hand, Atlanta-based celebrated renaissance man Chris Classic's Savoir Faire fragrance line is one of the most extraordinary in the industry boasting scent combinations that will have everyone wanting to get a whiff of Dad. Arguably the most popular selection—Soul Café—has notes ranging from tobacco, to blood orange, patchouli, private musk blend, amber wood, lavender, and even Arabic coffee to name a few. When it comes to his different selections, I honestly love ‘em all! Visit Classic’s site for his eyewear, haberdashery, jackets, bags, and other amazing products for both men and women as well. He’s a baaaad dude.

They Say: These fine fragrances are for men and women. Inspired by the diaspora, hand blended in Atlanta, they are created using quality ingredients.  The olfactory experience will vary uniquely from person to person. In other words, you won't be smellin' like everybody else. As with the previous unisex Savoir Faire fragrances, Soul Cafe opens rather strong. The dry down is beautifully complex and offers a multitude of options for the various wearers to exude. Savoir Faire is proudly a Black owned fragrance brand.

Yep! It’s winter season and vests are in, so why not rock a Waxed Down Puffer Vest that’s crafted to combat various inclement elements while still looking fly? ORVIS knows the outdoors, so rest assured, this is a confidence booster for layering up and dealing with whatever Mother Nature has in store.


Go here to get tickets for February 17, 2024 happening direct at the brewery.

A brewing company celebrating 27 years in an incredible accomplishment, and SweetWater is doing it in a major way! Besides pouring all their beers including special releases for their birthday celebration on February 17, 2024, they are bringing Atlanta’s own EarthGang to the stage. A hip-hop duo consisting of artists Olu and WowGr8, they are co-founders of the musical collective Spillage Village, with JID, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, 6lack, Mereba, and Benji. Put it this way, EarthGang is critically acclaimed and part of Dreamville, the label founded by one of the greatest rappers in the world, J. Cole. You know this is going to be an awesome show. Get your tickets here ASAP!

They Say: SweetWater Brewing Company proudly will celebrate its 27th anniversary on Feb. 17, 2024, with a fusion of beats, bass, and twang headlined by Atlanta’s own EarthGang. The brewery will transform its Atlanta taproom and facility into an intimate venue for the celebration, which will also include performances by Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country band and DJ Maddy O'Neal. The brewery is also excited to share some special new beers, including unique takes on SweetWater’s flagship 420 series, along with limited edition anniversary beers brewed specifically for the party.

For more information including securing tickets, click here and celebrate 27 amazing years!


Ovation for Men owner Shawn Crenshaw proudly boasts his fragrance’s ability to balance a variety of notes including cardamom, leather, tobacco, vanilla, vetiver and amber into every application. Although this Eau De Parfum aims to crown particularly Black men with an olfactory aura of power and excellence, everyone is invited to experience an Ovation.  


Originally based in New York City, renowned trendsetter Brandon Franklin and his brand of haberdashery continues to kill it in Atlanta’s Buckhead District where celebrities, the city’s elite, and overall people who want to be seen flock to make sure their hat game is on point. Set up a custom fitting appointment and standout from the rest in style. Rest assured, a hat from Mr. Franklin will be the talk of any event you step in.  

They Say: Like their many celebrity clients, consider yourself royalty and wear a customized crown handcrafted at BM Franklin & Co. Originally based in New York City, this renowned trendsetter of haberdashery has a successful location in Atlanta’s Buckhead District and recently has a second store in Ponce City Market. Set up a custom fitting appointment and standout from the rest in style. Rest assured, a hat from Mr. Franklin will be the talk of any event you step in. 

Backcountry: Cold gear for the cold year!

With winter coming in full force for ’23 and into the new year, why not embrace the cold looking fly? I linked up with the outdoor gear aficionados Backcountry and saw the heat they were bringing. Plain and simple, I was won over with all their color combos, quality of materials, and collaborations with one of my favorite brands revered for keeping us dry, GORE-TEX. The rest is history! I featured a crazy jacket, a “bib pant” set when the cold days get seriously real, a gangster backpack for any occasion, and a duffel that will turn heads no matter where you are. Check these out…


Backcountry Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Jacket

They Say: Men’s The Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Jacket is your ticket to achieving that coveted 100-day skiing or snowboarding season. With GORE-TEX’s waterproofing and durable ski fabric, it excels in diverse terrains. The updated fit ensures comfort and agility, and it even boasts the stylish Manastash Panel Colorway, a collaboration with Manastash, making it a statement piece as you conquer the slopes for the season of your dreams.


Backcountry Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Bib Pant - Men’s

They Say: Gift thrill-seekers an epic winter adventure with Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Bib Pant. Designed for 100 days of stylish and comfortable shredding, these burly bibs excel in mobility and durability. Featuring GORE-TEX waterproof tech, canvas-like face fabric, and versatile zip-off bibs, they’re your invitation to conquer snowstorms and pine trees while staying cool with mesh-lined thigh zippers. More than gear, it’s a ticket to unforgettable mountain experiences.


Backcountry All Around 40L Duffel

They Say: The All Around 40L Duffel, the smallest in Backcountry’s lineup, is the ultimate go-to bag for car camping, family visits, or transporting gear to adventure launch points, boasting rugged construction capable of withstanding various terrains, from sandy deserts to alpine excursions.


So whatever the occasion that warrants giving gifts, the items and events I listed here—plus my other gift guides on this site and beyond—will certainly aim to please. Note that this list will be constantly updated with new joints that cross my path, so check back periodically. I got you!

And with that, embrace the spirit of giving 365! 





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