Saturday, December 29, 2012

Where to sip, eat and party on New Year's in ATL!

Let’s Kick it!
Pretend this is a Belgian Tripel!
So hopefully you had a chance to dine at some of those restaurants I listed for you over the Holidays here and here. Now it’s time to end 2012 with a bang and thanks to my homies and PR firm extraordinaire Caren West, they hit me off with a list of spots that will be off the chain with partying, good sippin’ and belly fillin’ from the early evening of December 31st through the first day of 2013! From Cucina Asellina, P’cheen, Bone Lick BBQ, and STK to the last day of pop-up restaurant Hudson North, there is no excuse for not knowing where to kick it hardcore on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!

Cucina Asellina: New Year’s Eve Celebration and Dinner
December 31, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Pop the bubbly and say hello to 2013 at Midtown’s favorite Italian kitchen, Cucina Asellina, this New Year’s Eve. The first two seatings, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., feature the regular dinner menu, and the late night revelers are invited to enjoy a specialty seating at 10 p.m. that includes a $60 three-course prix fixe dinner menu, complimentary Moet Imperial Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. DJ Xavier will set the tone for the evening, while guests will experience Cucina Asellina’s stellar service, intimate atmosphere, delicious fare and specialty cocktails to provide the perfect setting to welcome 2013with a bang. Reservations are required. Please call 404.793.0141 to make a reservation or for more information visit
Cucina Asellina is an inventive, modern Italian restaurant, featuring simple Italian dishes made from the essential ingredients of traditional Italian cuisine, and served in an approachable, warm and thoughtfully designed environment. An extension of NYC-based sister restaurant Ristorante Asellina, Cucina Asellina is located at the 12th & Midtown development at 1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. For more information visit Stay connected on Twitter at and Facebook at         

STK Atlanta: Not Your Daddy’s New Year’s Eve Bash
December 31, 2012 at 6pm

Join Atlanta’s swankiest steakhouse this New Year’s Eve for high-energy celebration with delicious food, cocktails, DJs, dancers, a balloon drop at midnight, and more. The evening will begin with two dinner seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. featuring STK’s regular dinner menu. At 10 p.m., revelers are invited to enjoy a $90 four-course prix fixe menu showcasing STK’s most popular dishes of 2012 and includes a complimentary glass of Moet Chandon Imperial Champagne.  Renowned DJs will set the tone for the evening as partiers sip on Belvedere cocktails and enjoy live entertainment in the lounge.  When the clock strikes midnight and the balloons begin to fall, STK looks forward to welcoming 2013 with a stylish bang. Reservations for the 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. dinner seatings are required. Please call 404.793.0144 to make a reservation or for more information please visit
STK Atlanta is located at 12th & Midtown at 1075 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. For more information please visit Stay connected on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Cypress Street Pint & Plate: New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Toast away 2012 and say cheers to the New Year at Cypress Street Pint and Plate.  This New Year’s Eve at one of Midtown’s favorite haunts, great beer, champagne toasts, and a midnight breakfast buffet for the late night partiers are the key ingredients to this spectacular year-end celebration. The doors open at 8 p.m., so guests can arrive early to get a prime spot and enjoy free well bar and house beer from 9 to 10 p.m. Pre-sale tickets can purchased for $10 at or at the door for $15.
Cypress Street Pint and Plate is located on the corner of 6th street and Cypress Street at 817 West Peachtree, Suite E-125, Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, please visit or call 404.815.9243. Follow Cypress Street on Twitter at @CypressStreet and Facebook at

Diesel Filling Station: New Year’s Eve Party hosted by CON*tourage
December 31, 2012 at 8 p.m.

This New Year’s Eve, Diesel Filling Station and CON*tourage have teamed up for an unforgettable night catering to like-minded creative party geeks. Beginning at 8 p.m., beer-loving sci-fi fans donned in their favorite Dragon*Con inspired costumes are invited to join the CON*tourage crew for drink specials, complimentary champagne toasts, giveaways and live music as we say farewell to 2012 and welcome in the New Year. Of course, no New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without a ball drop of sorts, so Diesel has prepared a proper balloon drop at midnight to welcome 2013. Don’t forget to wear your best Dragon*Con inspired attire and prepare yourself for the New Year’s party of the century at Diesel Filling Station. For more information, visit
Conveniently located at 870 North Highland Avenue in the heart of Virginia-Highland, Diesel was inspired by the Virginia-Highlands filling station that once stood in its place. With a decidedly local flare, Diesel offers an expansive high gravity and craft beer selection, a clever cocktail menu and serves reliable comfort food with a twist. For more information and a full menu and list of events visit or call 404-815-1820.

P'cheen International Bistro and Pub: New Year's Eve Party
December 31, 2012 at 8 p.m.

What do you get when you combine DJs, a balloon drop, free hats, noisemakers and (of course) a little moonshine? New Year’s Eve at the Old Fourth Ward’s favorite bistro and pub! The good folks over at P’cheen certainly know how to throw a party and are set to provide revelers with everything they need to ring in 2013 with a bang. With a special menu, and free—yes, free—late night breakfast to nosh on at midnight, this party will be sure to start off the New Year the right way. Since their New Year’s Eve parties are always free admission, they tend to fill up quickly. To make a reservation, call 404.529.8800. For more information, visit
A neighborhood institution, P’cheen has become known for its seasonally influenced, international cuisine, critically acclaimed BBQ, and extensive beer and spirit selection. A contemporary hot spot with a distinct local flare, P’cheen features rotating work from local artists and guest DJs and offers a modern, yet unpretentious menu of updated classics. P’cheen is located at 701-5 Highland Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30312.  For more information visit or call 404-529-8800.

Tongue and Groove, The Joint Barroom: New Year’s Eve 2012 Dance Party
December 31, 2012 at 9 p.m.

Join iconic Atlanta nightclub, Tongue and Groove, and the newest venture from the T&G team, The Joint Barroom, on Monday, December 31, 2012 for a New Year’s Eve bash of epic proportions. Beginning at 9 p.m., guests are invited to say good-bye to 2012 in style with Atlanta’s hottest wait staff, live entertainment and the sounds of DJ Rory Breaker. As the confetti falls at midnight, welcome 2013 with a complimentary champagne toast and get ready to kick the night in high gear at T&G, where the party doesn’t stop until 3 a.m. If a more relaxed atmosphere is your bag, head next door to The Joint Barroom, where the cocktails are on tap, the snacks are gourmet and the music is sure to satisfy.  Knowing all that celebrating can leave you famished, T & G and The Joint will provide late night burgers to go. The New Year’s Eve celebration at Tongue & Groove and The Joint Barroom is for ages 21 and up.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $40 at the door and include admission to both venues. For more information, visit
Tongue and Groove is located at 565 Main Street in Lindberg City Center, just off Piedmont Road in Buckhead. Valet and self-parking are available. Call Tongue and Groove at 404.261.2325 and stay connected online at, on Twitter at @TongueandGroove and on Facebook: The Original Tongue & Groove - Atlanta

The Georgia Theatre: Modern Skirts, Kishi Bashi and Yip Deceiver
December 31, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Join the Georgia Theatre for a special performance by Modern Skirts supported by Kishi Bashi and Yip Deceiver this New Year’s Eve beginning at 8 p.m. Born of four hopeful rednecks and numerous misconceptions, Athens, Georgia’s own Modern Skirts crept onto the scene in 2005 with its piano-laden debut record, Catalogue of Generous Men. The record was very well received, landing at #11 on Paste Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 2005". Pop Matters also praised the debut for its “impeccably structured, gorgeous pop.” More recently, Grammahawk reintroduces Modern Skirts as a band honest to its musical tastes. These songs strut with a creepy swagger made from lost vintage beats, freaky found sounds, and booming drums. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the record, though, is its insight into Gulley’s dark, imaginative, and humorous brain. There is a gleeful and twisted pop evil afoot here, so be sure not to miss out on this special night of music as you ring in the New Year.
Located at 215 North Lumpkin Street Athens, GA 30601, The Georgia Theatre is a prominent music venue in Athens, Georgia, located in an old cinema. Many prominent acts from the early music of Athens, Georgia performed at the Theatre, including a range of folk, popular and country acts. For more information, visit or call (706) 850-7670

Eddie’s Attic: New Year’s Eve Bash featuring Michelle Malone Band and Gareth Asher
December 31, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Back by popular demand, Michelle Malone and her band will ring in the New Year at Eddie's Attic once again with two back-to-back performances at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with special guest Gareth Asher. Armed with a bottleneck slide, harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals, Michelle Malone was born in the Deep South and grew up listening to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday. When it came time to craft her own sound, she took those religious roots, and blended in enough rock, folk, and country-blues to satisfy. The result is, Debris, a high-spirited stripped down blend of rootsy acoustic slide, gritty electric blues and explosive vocals that harkens back to the lost recordings of Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and The Rolling Stones. Seats are limited, so grab your ticket today by calling 404-377-4976 and for more information, visit
Eddie’s Attic is a popular and intimate live music venue for aspiring and accomplished performing songwriters. Located at 515-B North McDonough St. 30030 in Decatur, Georgia, a small artist-friendly town within the metro Atlanta area – a cultural blend of Berkeley and Mayberry. A “listening room” with a superior sound system/acoustics, where customers are asked to silence cell phones and actually listen to the songs, has made the Attic’s music room a hit with music enthusiasts. Eddie’s Attic draws both fans and artists from all over the world, and continues to be one of the premier music venues in the South. On any given night, music lovers can hear talented performing songwriters and bands playing original music in an intimate setting. The Attic welcomes all varieties of original, live music and embraces the diversity that allows independent music to thrive. For more information, visit or call the box office at 404-377-4976.

The Albert: New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31, 2012 – 11 a.m.

For the reveler that wants to skip the hotel parties and bid adieu wants to welcome 2013 like a local, The Albert will open its doors at 11 a.m. for all day party. With no cover, the night will consist of great friends, food and spirits in this favorite Inman Park.  Partiers are invited to bid adieu to 2102 with a complimentary champagne toast on the house.
Located at 918 Austin Avenue in Inman Park, The Albert offers classic American bar food with a charming twist. The Albert also features a full bar with a large selection of domestic, craft, and imported beer.  A comfortable and laid back neighborhood haunt, The Albert features a rustic meets modern interior designed to elicit feelings of relaxation, comfort, and lighthearted fun. For more information, visit or call 404-872-4990

Edgewood Speakeasy: 1st Annual New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31, 2012 – 10 p.m.

Only a 100 guests will have the opportunity ring in the New Year at Atlanta’s hottest speakeasy located in the historic Old Fourth Ward. With a DJ to set the soundtrack for the night and an open bar from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., partiers will also be treated to a champagne toast and wood-fired pizza buffet beginning at midnight. There will even be a photo booth to document your final moments of 2012 and first memories of 2013, but of course, you have to find the Edgewood Speakeasy first. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $100 for VIP, which includes a premium bar and a bottle of champagne. Tickets are available at
Located on historic Edgewood Avenue and offering wood-fired pizzas using the freshest ingredients, Pizzeria Vesuvius houses one of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets behind its bookcase.  Discover a sultry speakeasy with delicious cocktails, craft beers, light snacks and more. Pizzeria Vesuvius and the Edgewood Speakeasy are located at 327 Edgewood Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312. Call 404- 343-4404 or visit for more information.

Hudson North: Last Day Open / NYE Throwdown
December 31, 2012

After three successful months, Hudson North, the farm-to-tavern, pop-up restaurant located in Atlantic Station, will celebrate its last day in existence with a New Year’s Eve throwdown of monumental proportions. Its visionaries, Billy and Jenn Streck, are tight lipped about the affair, but promise an evening filled with surprises, libations, delicious fare and great friends. 
Hudson North is located in Atlantic Station at 264 19th Street, Suite 2140, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Visit Hudson North online at and stay connected via Twitter at @HudsonNorthAtl and on Facebook at

New Year’s Day - The Aftermath

Bone Lick BBQ: “The Day After the Debauchery” Southern Dining Experience
January 1, 2013 at 2 p.m.
As much as we would like to pretend we are always feeling spritely on New Year’s Day, many of us are nursing champagne hangovers while pondering what resolutions we will actually accomplish in the New Year.  For those of us who need a little luck to start off 2013 the right way, Bone Lick BBQ Kitchen and Bar-B-Cade is hosting “The Day After the Debauchery Good Luck Dinner” beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Featuring a special $18 menu of traditional southern fare, the superstitious and hungover alike are invited to enjoy four mouthwatering courses: House-cured tasso ham stuffed, bacon-wrapped smoked pork roast; pork braised collards; cast iron skillet cornbread with potlikker; and lucky dime black eyed peas.  An abbreviated menu will also be available. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation by calling (404) 343-6574.
Bone Lick BBQ is the fourth offering from Georgiaville Food Company, a new restaurant group formed by Alex Friedman, Keiran Neely and Michael LaSage, owners of P’cheen International Pub, Pizzeria Vesuvius, and the Edgewood Speakeasy. It is located at 1133 Huff Road at Apex West Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia and is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday at 11 a.m. Parking is available on the street and in a large parking deck accessible by an entrance located between Slice and Bone Lick BBQ.  For more information visit them online at

D.B.A. Barbecue: New Year's Day, Get Your Luck On 
January 1, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

There's nothing like following up a late-night celebration with a delicious next-day spread to kick start your year. Starting at 11:30 a.m. on January 1, 2013, D.B.A. Barbecue will be dishing out “Fare for Good Fortune” with all the good luck grub you can handle, including collard greens and black eyed peas - the South's traditionally acclaimed New Year's Day dishes. And, of course, no D.B.A. celebration would be complete without pork…lots of pork. Accompanying the traditional good luck fare will be a slew of piggy goodness, including pork belly, ribs, pulled pork, pork rinds, and bacon of the candied, smoked and fried variety. Once you have filled your belly with good fortune, wash it all down with $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas or a $12 mixed buckets of Abita brews as you cheer your favorite football team to victory.
With the primary goal of serving up the best authentic hickory smoked barbecue in Atlanta, D.B.A. is a favorite local haunt in the heart of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. D.B.A. offers an expansive barbecue menu with comfort food and eclectic options alike, this lunch, dinner and social destination has also become known for its distinctly southern cocktail menu. D.B.A. Barbecue is located at 1190 N. Highland Avenue NE Suite B Atlanta, Georgia 30306. For more information, please visit or call 404.249.5000.

The Albert: New Year’s Day
January 1, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Once you’ve recovered from the evening’s shenanigans, head to your favorite neighborhood pub, The Albert, for a little football and good fortune to kick off the New Year. Opening at 11 a.m., join the Albert family as they broadcast your favorite football games on one of several flat screens. Frosty beers and spirits, new winter cocktails and the full menu will be available along with a traditional southern “good luck plate” that is complete with collards greens and black eyed peas.
The Albert is located at 918 Austin Avenue in Inman Park. For more information, visit or call 404-872-4990.

Look out for all of the new additions I plan on bringing to this site and become an even more resourceful destination for your eating, traveling and, of course, sippin’ needs!

Be safe out there and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dining Out in Atlanta to end 2012! Part II

Cook Hall
Celebrate the Holidays and New Year’s with a fork!
Part II
One of the best ways to start off the New Year is to indulge in some of best cuisine your city has to offer. I did Part I here, and now it’s time for the mouthwatering sequel! If you are lucky enough to eat and drink in Atlanta during the Holidays, here are a number of fine restaurants that sent me some all the awesome things they are doing to usher in 2013. Oh, and when it comes to awesome beer lists, I am particularly diggin’ those spots like Cook Hall, Meehan’s, Family Dog and Rosebud; the latter happens to be hosting a James Brown Tribute Dinner! Crazy, right? Love it!
Bon Appetit!

BLT Steak on New Year’s Eve    
December 31                                  
Ring in the New Year on Monday, December 31 at BLT Steak Atlanta! Chef Cyrille Holota will offer a dining experience unlike any other featuring delectable dishes such as Hamachi Sashimi, Broiled Venison Rack and Truffle Oil Pomme Macaire Fries. Enjoy three courses for $90 with wine pairings for an additional $30. For reservations, please call 404-577-7601 or BLT Steak is located at 45 Ivan Allen Junior Blvd NW #45 Atlanta, GA 30308.

Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint Holiday Parties
Whether you deck the halls, light the candles or just need a reason to celebrate the year end, Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is the place to be! We’ve got all the necessary elements from delicious bites to music galore to specialty cocktails that are sure to get the party started! Our musical guests set the perfect atmosphere and range from rock, singer-songwriter, jazz to funk.  To go along with that, we have got the perfect complement: cocktails! Our baristas produce some of the best specialty cocktails in the city like “The Color Purple” (grape vodka, lemonade and lemon) and “The Juke” (Ketel One Citron Vodka, crème de cassis and fresh pineapple).  So come on by to our cozy yet spacious joint and jam through the holidays with us! Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is located at 200 Peachtree St. Suite L05 Atlanta, Ga. 30303. For more information on Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint, go to or call 404-231-5853.

Rosebud Feast of The Seven Fishes
December 24                                               
Chef Ron Eyester rocks an a la carte menu inspired by the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The menu rolls from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, please visit or call 404-347-9747. Rosebud is located at 1397 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. 

Canoe on New Year’s Eve
December 31                                                                                                               
Celebrate the New Year surrounded by loved ones and the tranquil waterfront of the Chattahoochee River. Canoe is featuring a special New Year’s Eve celebratory a la carte menu featuring festive dishes designed to celebrate and ring in 2013. It is not a prix fixe menu. Please call 770.432.2663 to make a reservation. Canoe is located 4199 Paces Ferry Road, SE Atlanta, Georgia 30339. For more information, please visit

Livingston Restaurant + Bar on New Year’s Eve
December 31                              
Ring in the New Year in style at one of Atlanta’s most beautiful and iconic venues, Livingston Restaurant + Bar at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Chef Zeb Stevenson has prepared a very special tasting menu for the occasion. There will be live entertainment, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, a balloon drop and party favors. The tasting menu is $55 per person with optional wine pairings available for $35. The tasting menu is limited to the first 100 guests and a limited a la carte dinner menu will also be available. Please call 404-897-5000 to make a reservation. Livingston Restaurant + Bar is located in the Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308. For more information, please visit

Cook Hall
Cook Hall on New Year’s Eve 
December 31                              
Ring in the New Year roarin’ 20’s style at Buckhead’s newest hotspot, Cook Hall. There will be complimentary snacks, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors for all. Tickets begin at $50 for 10 p.m. regular admission and $75 per person for admission at 9 p.m. and access to the VIP Cocktail Hour featuring the Cook Hall Cocktail Kit. Attire is Gatsby-chic, so don your best flapper fringe and bring your friends to Atlanta’s most glamorous New Year’s Eve bash. Cook Hall is located within the W Atlanta – Buckhead 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA 30326. For more information please call 404-523-3600 or visit us on the web at

The Shed at Glenwood on New Year’s Eve
December 31                
The New Year is right around the corner and there is no better place to celebrate than The Shed at Glenwood! Join chef Todd Richards for a Four Course Prix Fixe with Bubbles and Midnight Toast. Indulge in dishes Pickled Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Trout Risotto Balls and American Kobe Rib Eye for $65. Round out the night with The Shed’s infamous Ding Dong. To make a reservation, call404-835-4363. The Shed at Glenwood is located at 475 Bill Kennedy Way, Atlanta, GA 30316. For the full menu visit

Nikolai’s Roof on New Year’s Eve
December 31                              
Celebrate the New Year overlooking the Downtown Atlanta skyline at Nikolai’s Roof. Located on the 30th floor of the Atlanta Hilton Downtown, Nikolai’s Roof boasts opulent Russian-inspired décor, world-class French continental cuisine and breathtaking views. For New Year’s Eve, Nikolai’s Roof will be offering a very special Chef’s Tasting Menu for $105 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $52 (four glasses) or $62 (five glasses).  To ensure an elegant and unforgettable evening there will be a harpist playing music from 6:30 until 11:30. To reserve your space for the New Year’s celebration, please call 404-221-6362. Nikolai’s Roof is located at the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. For more information about Nikolai’s Roof, please visit our website at

Meehan’s Vinings on New Year’s Eve
December 31                                
Celebrate the New Year in true Irish Style with food specials from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Highlights from the chef’s menu include Black Eye Pea Cakes, Low Country Paella, Black and Blue New York Strip, and Brown Sugar Roasted Pork Loin. Join us New Year’s Day for “Bottomless Mimosas” and a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar, food and drink specials and football all day! For more info, visit Meehan’s Vinings is located at 2810 Paces Ferry Road Southeast Atlanta, GA 30339.

Meehan’s Sandy Springs on New Year’s Eve
December 31                                 
Ring in the New Year in true Irish style! Meehan’s Sandy Spring is featuring live music from Davin McCoy with opening band The Coming Attractions and great giveaways! For more info, visit Meehan’s Sandy Spring is located at 227 Sandy Springs Place, Atlanta, GA 30328!

Trader Vic’s Acapulcoplypse
December 31                               
December 2012 is upon us and at Trader Vic’s that can only mean one thing – we’re gonna party like it’s the end of the world! Kick up your heels this New Year’s Eve with our exciting party, Acapulcoplypse, featuring one of Atlanta’s favorite bands - Bogey and the Viceroys. We will be serving a four course dinner for $55 per person (including admission to the party). Tickets to the show are $15 at the door. For more information or to make dinner reservations please call 404-221-6339. Trader Vic’s is located at the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Visit us on the web at

Chef Ron Eyester
Rosebud’s James Brown Tribute Dinner on New Year’s Eve
December 31                                
Chef Ron Eyester brings the soul to New Year’s Eve with a James Brown inspired a la carte menu (in addition to a limited version of the regular dinner menu) served from 5:30 p.m. – midnight (last reservation taken at 9:30 p.m.).  Across the street, The Family Dog is open from 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. and will host a James Brown cover band backed by the G.E.D. Soul All Stars.  Live music starts at 10:00 p.m. – cover charge begins at 9:00 p.m. and is $10 (diners at Rosebud will be given free admission).  For more information or to make reservations, please or call 404-347-9747. Rosebud is located at 1397 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306.  The Family Dog is located at 1402 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information, visit or call 404-249-0180.

Rosebud on New Year’s Day
January 1                                              
The Angry Chef, Chef Ron Eyester, will serve traditional classics included smoked pork loin, black-eyed peas and collard greens from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Regular brunch menu also available.) Rosebud is located at 1397 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information, please or call 404-347-9747. The Family Dog will open at 3:00 p.m. until midnight for regular dinner service.  The Family Dog is located at 1402 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information, visit or call 404-249-0180.

Meehan’s Public House Winter Wonder Jam
Throughout December
Atlantic Station hosts a four-week outdoor concert series, featuring bands such as Justin Townes Earle, Marc Broussard, AWOLNATION and more. While you're enjoying the music and holiday decorations, grab a cold brew from Meehan's or warm up in the pub with a cup of soup or the classic fish and chips. Tickets are available for $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information and advance tickets, visit Meehan’s Public House – Atlantic Station is located at 232 19th St. NW, Suite 7165. Stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for all of our updates, or visit

The Shed at Glenwood Holiday Pajama Brunch Buffet
December 23                               
Grab the family and your favorite footie pajamas for a Holiday Pajama Brunch Buffet at The Shed on Sunday, December 23! Chef Todd Richards will be whipping up classic brunch fixins’ such as Hot Smoked Salmon, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs and Roasted Potatoes. The cost is $17 per person and don’t forget about the Bottomless Mimosas and Marys! To make a reservation, call 404-835-4363 and/or email Todd Martin at The Shed at Glenwood is located at 475 Bill Kennedy Way, Atlanta, GA 30316. For more information

BLT Steak Atlanta Christmas Eve Blackboard Menu
December 24                               
On Monday, December 24, Chef Cyrille Holota will offer an unforgettable celebratory dining experience featuring seasonal classics with an upscale twist at BLT Steak Atlanta. Guests can enjoy a three course meal including dishes such as Foie Gras Royal, Seared Stuffed Mushroom Pheasant Breast and Potatoes Fondant for $60. Enjoy wine pairings for an additional $30. For reservations, please call 404-577-7601 or visit BLT Steak is located at 45 Ivan Allen Junior Blvd NW #45 Atlanta, GA 30308.

Happy Holidays!
-         Ale Sharpton

Friday, December 14, 2012

Atlanta’s Awesome Eat and Drink Spots: Part One

The Optimist (Andrew Thomas Lee)

Close out 2012 with a bang...and fork!
Part One

What's up!!!

I love to talk about the finest ales and lagers out there to blissfully sip, but beer’s best friend, food, is always on my mind as well. Well thanks to a lot of friends in the restaurant business, I was able to compile a list Atlanta places who our doing special things to celebrate the Holidays and usher in the New Year. So, direct from places like South City Kitchen Midtown to arguably the best new restaurant in the nation, Optimist, here is Part One listing killer deals on where to indulge in food and drink leading into 2013!

·         On Monday, December 31, The Optimist (see photo above) will ring in 2013 with a four-course prix fixe menu. West Midtown’s new favorite restaurant is offering menu items such as shrimp pop tarts, baked Virginia oysters with spinach, bacon, preserved lemon and parmesan cheese, grouper with white wine steamed clams, lump crab meat, leeks, baby bok choy and lemon, and banana custard pocket pie with pralines and cream ice cream and salted pecans. For reservations or more information, call   

·         Roswell dwellers can gather at Aqua blue for a Christmas Eve dinner. From 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday, December 24, a special three-course menu will be offered at $29 per person in addition to the full a la carte menu. Diners can sample items from the Christmas Eve menu including the Aqua blue daily soup, 12 oz. rib-eye with horseradish sauce and house-made warm chocolate cake. For reservations, call 

Ray’s on the River 
·         Ray’s Restaurants offer’s diners a warm place to gather this holiday season. Ray’s on the Creek in Alpharetta is open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Monday, December 24 for Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. On Monday, December 31, the restaurant is open from 5 to 11 p.m. for New Year’s Eve and the bar will remain open until 1 a.m. On Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, call 770-649-0064.On Monday, December 24, Ray’s on the River is open from 5 to 9 p.m. for Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. On Monday, December 31, the restaurant is open from 5 to 11 p.m. for New Year’s Eve and the bar will remain open until 1 a.m. On Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call 770-955-1187. Ray’s in the City is celebrating New Year’s Eve  from 4 to 11 p.m. and on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-524-9224.

·         Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland and Atkins Park in Smyrna are keeping kitchens open on Christmas Day. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Virginia-Highland location and 5 p.m. at Smyrna, a special dinner priced at $20 for adults, $15 for young adults and $8 for children under 10 years old will be offered. Atkins Park Smyrna starts the meal off with pimento cheese, deviled eggs and pickled beets. Main courses include deep fried Creole turkey breast and Dr. Pepper spiral glazed ham along with squash casserole with cracker topping, herbed bread stuffing, sweet potato soufflé with streusel topping, southern-style green beans, cranberry orange relish and pull apart rolls. Dessert tops off the meal with a pumpkin and mascarpone cheese roll. For reservations at Virginia-Highland, call 404-876-7249. For reservations at Smyrna, call 770-435-1887.

·         Atlantans can make their lives easier during the busy holiday season with Bantam + Biddy’s family meals. For $42, three to five family members or friends can take home a whole rotisserie chicken, meatloaf or herb-roasted pork loin, served with a family-sized organic green salad, jalapeño cheddar bread (gluten-free bread upon request), choice of dressing, three family-sized sides and a half-gallon of fresh brewed tea. Guests can phone in their order and pick it up curb-side from the restaurant. Family meals are for take-out only and 30 minutes advance notice is required. Bantam + Biddy is located at 1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 301;

RA Sushi (Frank Lazaro)

·         RA Sushi Bar Restaurant celebrates a RAckin’ New Year’s Eve with a party on Monday, December 31 from 7 p.m. to close. Food and drink specials will be offered all night. Food options to suit the evening include Firework shrimp, “RA”solution roll, Stroke of Midnight maki and Edamame Eve dip. Drinks include half price sake and specialty cocktails. Please note that RA Sushi is open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day. For more information, call 404-267-0114.

·         Atlantans who want to host Christmas dinner at their home without the hassle of cooking it all can place orders with Buckhead Barbecue Company (BBC).  Offering  selections for any size party, the restaurant is cooking  classic, take-home  entrees such as hickory honey and cracked pepper smoked turkey, apple-brandy and brown sugar smoked ham and all-natural, Black Angus brisket.  Sides feed between 12 to 15 people and include squash casserole, cornbread dressing, sweet potato soufflé and macaroni and cheese. Pies and cobblers finish the holiday meal, like the Buckhead cobbler (peach, apple, blueberry, blackberry and chocolate) or a traditional pumpkin pie, also all feeding 12-15 people. BBC is currently taking orders for the holiday meal until 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 22. Customers can stop in or call404-792-9388 to place orders.

·         Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is ringing in the New Year with a weekend-long celebration. From Friday, December 28 to Tuesday, January 1 starting at 4 p.m., guests can indulge in festive holiday cocktails or featured bubbly and then dine from the New Year’s menu or famous a la carte menu. The special New Year’s menu starts with poached gulf shrimp over Southern-style goat cheese grits, included with entrée price. Entrées include Delmonico steak with blue crab and Gruyére glassage for $74.95, filet mignon and lobster brioche bread pudding for $69.95 and lobster tail with mac and cheese for $79. Chocolate budino finishes the meal for $9.95. Tax and gratuity is not included in menu prices. For reservations, call          

South City Kitchen-Midtown 
·         On Monday, December 24, South City Kitchen Midtown is open for a Christmas Eve feast. For $42 for adults and $21 for children under 12, a three-course prix fixe menu is offered. Each guest can choose one appetizer, entrée and dessert. Some menu options include fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and sweet pepper coulis, smoke-roasted filet of beef with celery root potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and truffle jus, and Southern chocolate pecan pie. For more information or to make reservations, call 404-873-7358.

·         Christmas Eve marks the two year anniversary of Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub. To celebrate the holiday and the occasion, the restaurant is offering a special three-course menu for $20.12 in addition to the regular menu. Reservations are optional and the restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day. Come Monday, December 31, Kaleidoscope is hosting its second annual New Year’s Eve party. Dinner service starts at 5 p.m. with an optional three-course meal for $20.12. Food and drink specials are available all evening and DJ B-Dub starts spinning tunes at 10 p.m. Champagne is available for a midnight toast and the bar is open until 2 a.m. There is no cover charge for the New Year’s Eve party. For reservations or more information, call

·         Little Cake Bakery in Buckhead has perfected holiday cupcakes by baking up traditional favorite flavors this season. Eggnog, peppermint, German chocolate and Black Forest cherry flavors are available for order and pick up before Santa arrives. For more information or to place orders, call 

·         Atlantans can visit their neighborhood Marlow’s Tavern this New Year’s Eve for a chef-driven, prix fixe menu. On Monday, December 31, diners can enjoy starters including Maine lobster and shrimp chowder or the winter tavern salad. The main plate is a grilled veal chop with Canadian milk-fed veal, harvest vegetable and lump crab hash, dried cranberry, beurre blanc, asparagus and cranberry veal demi. The meal is sweetened up with chocolate crème brûlée for dessert.  The meal is $37 per person and is available throughout the evening. Visit the Marlow’s Tavern website for more information and

No. 246 (Helena Peixoto)
·         For those looking for a spot in Decatur to celebrate New Year’s Eve, No. 246 is serving a special four-course menu for $55 per person. Some menu items include local cauliflower panna cotta with frothy sea urchin sweet butter, Osetra caviar soft herbs and brioche; Nantucket Bay scallop carpaccio with Meyer lemon, local crispy parsnips with Tennessee black truffles, butter poached Maine lobster with young fennel, blood orange, tarragon, olives and arugula, and brie and white chocolate cheesecake with roasted pears and walnut nougatine. No. 246 is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For reservations, call

·         This holiday, Atlantans can have their Christmas holiday catered by Market Street Café or Bistro 191. From casual breakfast and lunch gatherings to fine dining affairs, Sterling Spoon Culinary Management can handle any party. As a bonus, guests booking a catered event for 10 or more people will receive a complimentary $10 café gift card. Pre-orders can also be placed for take-home treats, such as holiday breads and pies for any special gathering. For more information on locations and hours, please visit

·         Woodfire Grill is offering five-course vegetarian and pescatarian menus in addition to a regular five-course menu on New Year’s Eve. The regular and pescatarian menus are priced at $115 per person, and the vegetarian menu is priced at $100. Wine pairings are also available for $12 for a full glass and $20 a glass for premium wines. Reservations are required and can be made by calling

Look for Part II coming soon!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Annual Ale Sharpton Gift Guide!

Spread the Cheer of Craft Beer!

I am all about celebrating with brews for any Holiday (hell, I’d toast to an ingrown toenail), but when it comes to gifts, give that special someone something that will help make their heart even more fond of the best beverage in the world! Here are some cool things I came across that would make killer presents and hey, treat yourself in the process. I’m sure you deserve it!

Retro Micro Beer Cycling Jerseys
With the New Year coming around, I’m sure some beer lover is swearing they will get in shape and exercise regularly. Well encourage them to start biking by getting them one of these kickass Retro Micro Beer Cycling Jerseys! Besides using Lafayette Fabrics (ideal for temperature and humidity control), a UV-ray protective shield, and quick-dry capability, the breweries they offer are truly legit freedom fighters of craft brewing including Schlafly, Coney Island, 4 Hands, North Coast, Hopworks, Victory, and others. Let’s ride!

Draft Tap in your Fridge
Ahhh, yes, both the college and NFL playoffs are about to start, plus the NBA is in full swing. I say make your house the choice spot to watch the games especially when you are pouring brews from your own in-home draught beer system! Designed to fit perfectly in your fridge, the Draftmark runs on a rechargeable battery and has a compartment to hold customized one-gallon refills (sold separately) containing the following choices: Budweiser, Michelob AmberBock, Shock Top Belgian White, and Shock Top Wheat IPA (I'd go with the latter two, IMO). Once the refill gets flowing, the brew stays fresh for 30 days, although I am sure it won’t last that long at your party!

Soundfreaq’s Sound Stack
Speaking of parties, music is the best pairing with brew besides sports and food! Trust me, you will look extra hip and tech-savvy Bluetoothin' jams to Soundfreaq’s Sound Stack. The sound quality is top notch and bumps thanks to its signature 2.2 speaker configuration called DubSub. This dock looks pretty slick on top of the counter, within an entertainment system, or wherever your homies are kicking it around the house. They also come in special designs too! You might want to wait until company leaves before you blast Rick Astley’s greatest hits, though.

The American Book of Craft Breweries
For anyone who wants to step up their knowledge and be better prepared for chewing the fat during sessions at the bar, they should read The American Book of Craft Breweries. Author Dan Koester has done a great job embracing the evolution of the microbrewing movement in the U.S., complete with a glossary, fun facts on today’s breweries, glassware info, and other gems. And unlike other beer books out there that dwarf  Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, you can knock this one out in a day or two due to its straight-to-the-point delivery fused with humor, great quotes, and did I say beer? Plus, with it written by a man named "Koester," this book's destined to be on your tabletop! 

‘Brew-ty’ and the Beast
If you’re in Atlanta, take the family to go see one of the most celebrated productions of all time, Beauty and the Beast, at the historic Fabulous Fox Theater. Of course you are asking “What the hell does that have to do with beer?” This question is even more valid with the suspect beer selection the Fox has, but with the Publik Draft House just two doors down, you can convince everyone that they should eat before the play. In your case, with Publik’s happening atmosphere and fantastic beer menu, you should drink before the play, ya dig? Everyone wins!

‘BRÖÖ Your Do!’
What’s cooler than bathing in beer? Nothing! So grab shampoos and body washes made by BRÖÖ, a company out of Asheville, N.C. (arguably the beer Mecca of the country) that specializes in making salon-worthy hair and body products out of ales. From the Citrus Pale Ale Shampoo to the “Soothing Vanilla” Oatmeal Porter Body Wash, everything is all natural, smells fantastic, and hey, it’s made with craft beer! Need I go on? The story on how they got started here is pretty awesome too.

Pub Trivia
Sure, doing trivia at the bars is fun, but a company called University Games is letting us bring the experience home with their game, Pub Trivia. After compiling more than 1,000 questions based on subjects including sports, science and entertainment, get your teams ready and get it on! With all the plusses of deciding when the game starts and stops, saving money on bar tabs, boosting your I.Q., and…well, choosing your own beer, it’s a no-brainer! Available at Walmart.

The Square Pub/Ale Sharpton
Gift Cards and Certificates
To avoid driving yourself crazy trying to find presents that could result in fake smiles and then a chuck in the can if they sucked,  simply support your local pubs and beer specialty stores that have been wetting your whistle throughout the years with consistently awesome beer selections. In Atlanta, you can’t lose if you get a gift certificate or gift card with spots like Ale Yeah!; Growler Station; Wrecking Bar; Hop City; Moondog Growlers; Whole Foods; Cypress Street Pint and Plate; MidwayPub; Tower Wine, Beer and Spirits; Leon’s Full Service; Der Biergarten (they offer a Stein Club Membership, too); The Porter; Brick Store; Square Pub; Augustine's; and a gang of others. In the end, since the recipient of this brilliant present gets to choose their own damn brews, you can’t lose!

I am sure there will be more gift ideas popping up soon on this site, but in the meantime, enjoy and continue spreading the cheer of craft beer!

Hoppy Holidays!
Photo by J. Coger

Monday, December 3, 2012

'Hoppy' Holidays!

Awesome times at The Porter in Little Five sampling Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #80!

Thanks to my biz partner with AllWays Open Creative, Anthony "Truth" Gary, here is our hot photo taken during the exclusive tapping of my Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #80 El Pluorado Golden Ale at The Porter on Tuesday, November 20th. You can read about my experience making the 5.4 percent El Dorado single-hopped ale infused with 30 lbs. of pluots (a plum/apricot hybrid fruit) directly at Sierra Nevada's brewery in Chico, CA. here.

Keeping it real, I wanted to shout out all of my good people who came to sample the goods and show some Ale love! From left to right, we have Sierra Nevada Regional Representative Lance Deen, Beer Writer Bob Townsend, Beer Street Journal's Reid Ramsey, Broderick Smylie with, me (duh), Food Writer Andrea Janise, Lifestyle Journalist Branden Peters, Britain Baker with Caren West PR, Kevin Irvin aka DJ Swirv, Teodora Nicolae with Caren West PR, Mike Jordan with, Rebelutions Brand Cultivator Bem Joiner, A Networking Ting Party Promoter Grieg Russell, and Porter Beer Bar Co-Owner Nick Rutherford

I appreciate y'all for supporting not only my efforts, but the craft beer movement in general!
Cheers to everyone and keep on sippin'! 

(Oh, and look out for the launch of the AllWays Open Creative website coming soon!)


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