Friday, February 11, 2022

It’s the Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’ 2022 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Fun Guide!

The Illuminarium is just one of the many spots to get your chill on VDay weekend.

You’ve only got a few days left, so guest lifestyle writer Andrea Janise and your homie Ale’s got your back.

Whether Cupid’s arrow hit you in the backside or not, check out some of these restaurant specials and gift ideas during my annual Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for 2022!

This time, I have lifestyle writer and, well, wifey Andrea Janise providing some dining gems, staycations, and events she curated a list for. I ‘m up first with a more beer-centric route brew lovers would dig and one joint I just thought was right up my alley. We will include the descriptions straight from the source accompanied with Andrea some personal intros and commentary for a personal touch. Sound good?

Now read on to see if any of these might get some love from you.


Ale + Andrea

Ale Says... 

Dope Gastropub The Southern Gentleman goes prix-fixe on Feb. 14!

Ale says: Southern Gentleman is a chic gastropub nestled in the upscale shopping district, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The beer selection is consistently solid, and the food speaks for itself. And have that wallet ready, because the surrounding stores will peak the interest of you and your significant other if especially fashion is a big deal to you. This VDay special sounds like a good one that’s decently priced, too.

The Southern Gentleman says: The Southern Gentlemen is offering a decadent prix-fixe menu for $79 a person on Feb.14. It will be love at first sight with an amuse of warm brie fondue with toasted sourdough and truffle. Next, choose between a seared yellowfin tuna toasted benne, Gulf shrimp remoulade, ruby beet salad with pistachio praline and creamy goat, or local mushroom soup. Entrée choices include a roasted king salmon, Ruby Reds Gulf shrimp, short rib pot roast, pressed pork shoulder and a spring pea gnocchi with local mushrooms. For dessert, guests can choose between a milk chocolate genoise or the fromage blanc cheesecake with a cookie crust and strawberry cream.


Chef Jimmie Jackson’s five-course Afro-Caribbean culinary experience on Saturday, February 12th.

Ale says: Chef Jimmie Jackson is not only an award-winning chef who has his own line of jerk-style spices and catering company called Jimmie Jerk Chicken, but his pop-ups around Atlanta and beyond justly sell out regularly. Check these two Afro-Caribbean-themed engagements in East Atlanta on Saturday, February 12th which come in two time slots and promise to be another successful and festive evening to wow palates. Reserve your seats here.

Chef Jimmie Jackson says: Here’s an intimate engagement of the senses climaxing with an indulgent 5 course Afro-Caribbean culinary experience.

Immerse yourself Valentine’s weekend this Saturday, February 12th at Rich and Pour Opulence Lounge. This limited engagement event will tantalize the senses with an intimate ambience, sultry sounds and aromatic delight emanating from our kitchen where a Taste of Love is created with a touch of opulence for your indulgence. Our Valentine’s menu is a 5-course Afro-Caribbean affair curated by Chef Jimmie Jackson, owner and visionary of the ever-popular Jimmie Jerk Chicken ( This exclusive engagement is limited to only 10 table reservations. We invite you to join us for one of our two dining experiences Saturday night. Enjoy early evening dining from 7-9pm or a late-night experience from 10-12am.


Red’s Beer Garden gets it poppin’ with S’more Love! 

Ale says: It’s never a dull moment when hitting up Red’s Beer Garden thanks to a cooler filled with an awesome selection of craft brews for retails, taps pouring brews to enjoy on site, games, and a spacious backyard sipping area to complete the visit. Oh, and they’re good people. Well for VDay, they are letting you keep the party going at your home with their At-Home S’more Kit now available for online ordering for a mere $25.Peep what all the contents are below. Not mad at the two four-packs included!

Red’s Beer Garden says: Red’s Beer Garden has dessert covered for Valentine’s Day. Besties and lovers are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with Red’s Beer Garden’s At-Home S’more Kit. The kit includes s’mores supplies for two, roasting sticks, date night card, a four-pack of Flying Embers Pineapple Chili Hard Kombucha and a four-pack of Wild Leap Rollin’ Deeper Cinnamon Roll Stout. Online ordering starts February 1, 2021. Kits are $25. Pick up at Red’s Beer Garden. To order, visit Red’s Beer Garden is conveniently located in Benteen Park at 1328 Boulevard SE Atlanta, GA 30315. For more information call Red’s Beer Garden at 770.637.2299 or visit Stay connected on Instagram @redsbeergarden and on Facebook at


VIỆTVANA Phở Noodle House at Ponce City Market Presenting The “Pho’K Valentine’s Day” experience

Ale says: I love me some ph (pronounced “fuh” like “fuhgettaboutit!” y’all) and VITVANA Ph Noodle House definitely got my attention. When it comes yo a different VDay experience, I’m feeling this one.

VITVANA Ph Noodle House says: VITVANA Ph Noodle House founders Khanh Dang & Dinh Tran want to share their love for ph and all things Vietnamese cuisine with customers on Valentine’s Day, introducing people to their newest location at Ponce City Market in the newly expanded Asian Street food hall. VITVANA will give love to everyone who shows up with a special promotion: A free “bubbling with love” milk tea with any purchase of their “Ph’K”ing delicious ph. And they invite people to hashtag their experience at #phokvalentinesday

VITVANA’s ph-centric menu at Ponce City Market will be available all day, and customers can come anytime on Feb. 14 to receive their sexy bubble tea when they purchase a sensuous ph. The new location is tucked behind Anthropologie, near the new location of JJ’s flower shop, with an entrance across from the ticket booth for Skyline Park. Find it here.


Now check out Andrea Janise’s curated list of events, staycations, and dining specials!

Andrea Janise says: Looking for something unique to do on Valentine’s Day? Whether you are going on a romantic date, celebrating with your friends or spending time out with the family, an interactive activity is always a fun option on this special day. Get ready to make some memories at these locations:


Visit the visually stunning Illuminarium located on Atlanta’s Beltline- Eastside Trail. Illuminarium’s Valentine’s Day Packages include:

·         Night Under The Stars on Sat., Feb. 12 with seating from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Event is 21+ only with valid ID. Enjoy three-course dinner, complimentary champagne and photo package starting at $150 for admission for two.

·         Brunch in the WILD on Sun., Feb. 13 with seating from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Take part in the WILDEST brunch for one day only! Guests of all ages will enjoy entrée + side, choice of specialty drink, photo package and the Safari Guidebook. As guests nosh, WILD, the immersive experience, will be shown in its entirety. Tickets for this all-inclusive package are $50 per person.

·         Illuminarium After Dark on Mon., Feb. 14 from 7 – 11 p.m. For tried-and-true cupids, Illumiarium offers date night offerings sure to wow your Valentine on the special day. Both WILD After Dark and Bar at Illuminarium are 21+ only with valid ID and both packages will include a complimentary glass of champagne.



Looking to take a date night to the next level on Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day or any time of the year? Tee up, eat up and drink up at Puttshack. Conveniently located at The Interlock in Atlanta's bustling West End, Puttshack welcomes couples, singles, families, friends, and groups to enjoy a high-energy, tech-infused mini golf experience. While putting interactive, themed holes that include beer pong, skee-ball, trivia and more, guests can indulge on craft cocktails, mocktails, and globally inspired cuisine. Without having to manually keep score, Puttshack is an ideal destination for a little adventure and to focus on the one’s you love while having a great time. Puttshack opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday. After 8 p.m., admittance is limited to 21 years and older.


StayCation Time!

Andrea says: Planning a staycation? Valentine’s day is the perfect day to book a hotel room at one of Atlanta’s amazing hotels or take a quick road trip and travel somewhere nearby for a boutique lodging experience. Schedule some “away from the office” time with your sweetie at one of these locations:

Epicurean Hotel, Atlanta Georgia

Visit Atlanta’s newest food centric hotel and treat your sweetheart to a romantic overnight stay. Perfect for a couple in need of a getaway, Epicurean is offering a Valentine’s Day package that includes overnight accommodations, complementary valet parking, a $50 dining credit at one of their in-house restaurants, and a romantic dessert delivered to your room. They also throw in a late check-out to give you extra time to enjoy with your loved ones. Visit for more information.


Hotel Simone - St. Simon’s Island, Georgia

This adults-only space is St. Simon’s Island newest luxury lodging and stunning, modern boutique hotel that offers a peaceful coastal escape from the hustle and bustle of island tourism. With 24 luxurious suites available, the environment is intimate and the quality of service and attention to detail are unmatched. Hotel Simone is the ideal destination for your next romantic getaway. Escape the everyday and save up to 20% OFF when you book 3 nights or more on St. Simons Island. For more information, visit


 Foxhall Resort, Douglasville, Georgia

For those seeking a full weekend away with their loved one, Foxhall is the perfect place to unwind and relax with smores by the fire or simply enjoying the lake view. Cozy up on Valentine’s Day in the charming lakeside villas or serene cottages and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Pheasant Blue, Foxhall’s gourmet restaurant, is cooking up a 3-course menu, priced at $80 with specialty cocktail offerings and Foxhalls’ Carnegie Deli cheesecake. Pheasant Blue’s Valentine’s dinner is available only on Feb. 12, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and reservations are required. Save 20% on lodging. (Enter code SAVENOW20). Visit for more information.


 Dining Out!

Andrea says: Dining out is at the top of everyone’s list on Valentine’s Day and these local restaurants are pulling out all of the stops for a romantic evening. For those looking to gift their Valentine with fine dining and a sweet treat for dessert, check out these restaurants.

C & S Seafood and Oyster Bar

Celebrate Valentine's Day at C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar. Chef Tony Manns has curated a special pre-fixe, three course meal featuring Chateaubriand steak and Colossal Lobster Tail for two ($199) as an entree, Creamy Lobster Mashed Potatoes ($45) for your side, and a Passion Fruit Trifle ($15) for dessert. Available at both Sandy Springs and Vinings locations.


The Garden Room

Located in the St. Regis Hotel, The Garden Room is ringing in Valentine’s Day with Chef Freddy Money’s unparalleled dining experience. Celebrate the romantic weekend with standard a la carte options including share plates like fruits of the sea including oysters, chilled lobster tail, octopus ceviche, jumbo shrimp, cocktail sauce and mignonette; mains like oysters, Chilean sea bass, gnocchi, lobster roll, black truffle pillows, and Westholme Wagyu Striploin; and desserts like “Smash Me” featuring chocolate Cremieux, coconut ganache and dark chocolate mousse or “The Forbidden Fruit” featuring apple composition. To make reservations, book as early as possible by calling 404-600-6471 or visit Open Table.


9 Mile Station

Located on The Roof of Ponce City Market, 9 Mile Station has some of the best views in the city. This Valentine’s Day, guests can treat their special someone to an unforgettable experience dining in an all-inclusive igloo. From Saturday, February 12 – Monday, February 14, each igloo will include one bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, a five-course menu with wine pairings for each guest, a dozen roses and expedited entry to The Roof via a private elevator. Be sure to make a reservation to ensure availability.

Happy VDay everyone! Kick it hard and enjoy!

Ale + Andrea


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