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!

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