Thursday, June 15, 2023

It's the Annual Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Guide!

The new Cohiba Riviera cigar is just one 
of the many awesome gifts Dad will appreciate.


It’s time for another one of my Last-Minute Gift Guides and this one is for Father’s Day 2023. From libations to cologne, events, travel ideas, restaurants, cigars, books, and more, I’ve got you covered once again for a buzzer-beater gift. Just pick one (or a few) of these items below that I compiled through submissions, my adventures, and simply things I considered dope for that special dad out there.

Below I include my two cents on every gift idea followed by its official description straight from the source. The link is provided so just click on and fill your cart! Since I’m in Georgia’s capital, a few events are located in ATL, but there are plenty of considerations that are accessible throughout the US. If it is something that needs to be mailed, just show him the receipt with the date you bought it to show you're on time, ya dig? And, of course, this guide can be used throughout the year, but let's just put a lil' theme on it and keep it moving.

To all the dads who deserve it, Happy Father’s Day! No deadbeats allowed.



Stick it to ‘em!

Why not hook Dad up with 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. If Pops smokes, he will know what all that means.

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.

Savoir Faire’s Soul Café Eau De Parfum

Smell goods for Pops

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.

Have Dad go Virgin!

From racing a Lamborghini on a professional track, to wine tours in Northern California, and everything in between, the Virgin Experience Gifts site has hundreds of activities to choose from. Get an e-gift card and let Pops check off his bucket list with mind-blowing experiences throughout the U.S.!

They Say:

This Father's Day, give Dad a gift he'll never forget—the gift of a unique & memorable experience! Whether you want to help him cross something off his bucket list, or give him a fun day out, find the perfect Father's Day gift here.

Take Dad Out!

Belgian beers galore!

On Saturday, June 17th, from 5 to 9 pm, Bold Monk will be hosting Belgians in the Garden Beer Fest, at their dope brewery, restaurant, and beer garden. If Dad is a Belgian beer fan, this is the one!

They Say:
Indulge in an evening filled with exquisite flavors, live entertainment, a limited Belgian bites food menu, and a vibrant atmosphere as we showcase a remarkable selection of Belgian beers. Whether you're a seasoned beer connoisseur or a curious newcomer, Belgians in the Garden has something for everyone.

Take Pops out on the town for sports and grub!

Plain and simple, get Pops a gift card or simply reserve a table at one of Georgia’s most gangster venues to watch any game—Sports & Social at Live! At the Battery! They have 40+ televisions and a 32-foot LED screen to see every punch, dunk, hit, catch, volley… you get it! To reserve a table, email or buy a gift card here

Note: There are multiple Sports & Social venues throughout the country so hit up the main website and pick what works geographically. It will be worth it!

They Say:

Sports & Social is a one-of-a-kind sports bar, gaming parlor, and social lounge in Atlanta. This two-level space features a 30-foot diagonal high-definition LED TV showcasing the top sports watching events year-round equipped with battle axe, table tennis, pop a shot basketball, air hockey and a multi-sport simulator. Sports & Social serves an eclectic menu perfect for sharing, cold beer, and a well-appointed cocktail menu. Combining the traditional elements of a sports tavern with classic interactive games, Sports & Social is the perfect destination for groups, professionals and all those whose competitive spirit thrives. Come see for yourself.    


Show Dad some pub love!

One of the most renowned brewpubs in the Southeast celebrates a dozen years on Father’s Day! You can’t beat that. There will be numerous festivities and specials happening, so hook Pops up!

They Say:

Join us Father's Day weekend to celebrate 12 whole years of service! We'll have brand new beers, cellar beers, frozen cocktails, and more! We may even see a return of our famous Corn Pups. 
We will have adjusted hours for Father's Day on Sunday, June 18th. Wrecking Bar will open at 12:00 pm and serve until 8:00 pm. Come out and brunch with dad! 

Jazz Brunch at The Battery!

Pops has to eat and get his sip on, right? Well, why not do it over jazz at one of ATL’s finest restaurants based in the always happening The Battery in Atlanta?   

They Say:

Brunch is elevated by the weekly jazz duo performing at C. Ellet’s. Guests will enjoy favorites like the Pecan Sticky Bun, Southern Fried Chicken with bubbles and fresh Oysters on the Half Shell while listening to smooth jazz. Every Saturday & Sunday, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations are available here.

The ultimate gift if Dad is a true hip-hop head!

Oakland, California-based hip-hop quartet Souls Of Mischief changed the game when they dropped their debut album ’93 ‘Til Infinity, and now 30 years later, they are on a globetrotting tour. Atlanta’s intimate concert venue City Winery will be hosting them on July 1st to perform the entire classic album live for one night. If Dad is truly a hip-hop head, he will cry tears of joy when you hand him a ticket to this show. Trust me.

They Say:

1993, West Coast... Dr Dre vs Eazy-E, Snoop Doggy Dog on the rise with his debut album alongside the N.W.A don of production. Tupac with the summer release of ‘I Get Around’, but caught up in alleged gun fights and assault charges. G-funk the national conversation. So when Souls Of Mischief came onto the scene with their funky outfits, slammin’ beats and breazy attitudes - backed with a lyrical dexterity far beyond their teenage years – a fresh hop to the bounce of the West Coast was born.

The California quartet announced themselves with harmlessly refreshing confidence, on more of a Tribe tip with jazz-drips and groove-infused rhythms – yet lyrically more adventurous and weed-scented; more of a Pharcyde vibe with endlessly cool rhymes and multisyllabic wordplays - yet more intellectual, energetic and freestyle-ready. A funky introspection was clear to see. This was Oakland, California in 1993.

...Now, 30 years on, 93 to 23, still infinity. Still hectic out there. Time flies but Souls are still chillin. “Now you have younger generations who were born in ’93,” says Phesto. “They’re like, ‘ ’93 ’til infinity.’ It means so many different things to so many different people

Book It!

Help Dad step his beer game up!

Renowned beer expert and author Joshua M. Bernstein just dropped a new version of The Complete Beer Course  to help Dad step his beer knowledge up. Strongly consider the hardback version because the design is sick!

They Say:
First published in 2013, The Complete Beer Course has helped thousands of beer enthusiasts navigate the vast and often confusing world of beer. Bernstein is back to serve up a second round of insights. He introduces readers to must-know breweries, craft beers, and the industry’s rising stars. Each chapter is devoted to a specific beer style and teaches readers how to taste and evaluate a wide selection, especially new beers gaining popularity such as sours and nonalcoholic varieties. Additionally, readers will find up-to-date information on the pandemic’s effects on the beer world, expanded coverage of international beers, and the author’s top picks for any beer-drinking occasion. If your knowledge of IPAs is a little hazy, then this guide is for you.

 Fight Night!

Let’s get it on!

The Overtime Elite Arena (OTE) based in Atlanta’s Atlantic Station is perfect for Dad to see some fists, elbows, knees, and kicks fly MMA style this coming Friday, June 16, and next Friday, June 23, at 6 pm! Get him tickets here!

They Say:
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) presents MMA for the first time in the sport-season format where individual fighters control their own destiny, competing in a regular season, playoffs, and championship. PFL’s differentiated format and exciting fights sparked breakout growth for the league. Experience the action this month live at OTE Arena! Visit here for tickets and more info!


Have Dad sip extraordinarily!

If Dad is into tequila, this is one of the most extraordinary variations in the world aged in wet cider barrels!

They Say:

Nosotros Tequila Añejo is the first ever tequila aged in wet cider barrels, resulting in a one-of-a-kind taste profile of cooked agave and warm apple. With only 1,500 bottles made, this limited-edition release includes a unique batch number on every bottle and is presented in a handmade wooden box.


Help Dad woooooshah one sip at a time!

Without the use of a flame, Jeng provides the refreshing opportunity to relax with a legal 3mg microdose of THC and 6mg of CBD with four cocktail variations. Nice!

They Say:

Non-alcoholic beverage portfolio, Jeng, expands its offerings with a new line of ready-to-drink sparkling THC cocktails. Inspired by Montauk’s laid-back summer elegance, Jeng’s sparkling THC cocktails are microdosed with 3mg of legal hemp-derived THC and 6mg of CBD paired with all natural ingredients to help you relax, reconnect, and return to center. 

Jeng’s line of sparkling THC cocktails launches with four ingredient-driven flavors that are crafted with real fruit juice and inspired by the best mixologists around the world:

·         Spicy Blood Orange Margarita: Zesty blood orange juice and a kick of jalapeno create the perfect balance of heat, flavor and bliss.

·         Rhubarb Cucumber Spritz: Fresh juices with strawberry rhubarb notes are cooled by a touch of cucumber to beat the heat.

·         Paloma: Fresh pink grapefruit juice blends with subtle rosemary and lime for a refreshing twist on a Mexican classic.

·         Moscow Mule: Ginger forward and full-flavored with a hint of lime and a touch of juniper.


Guinness hooks Dad’s man cave up!

The iconic stout maker Guinness come with some merch to decorate Dad’s man cave. Check this home bar pack out courtesy of their Toucan mascot.

They Say: Kit out your home bar with this ultimate Toucan home bar pack, exclusive to the Guinness Webstore. Containing some of our most popular barware, this gift collection is perfect for achieving a true Irish pub experience at home, including:

·         1x hanging Toucan bottle opener and catcher

·         4x PVC Heritage coasters, featuring iconic Guinness designs

·         1x set of Toucan casino-finish playing cards

·         1x durable Toucan bar mat

·         1x Guinness Toucan pouring spoon for making mixed drinks

·         Presented in Guinness Harp pillow box

Pack His Bags!

A Brewcation in Boston!

For the dad who digs craft beer, this Boston “brewcation” sounds like a bullseye at the Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall in the historic city! Have him tell Sam Malone and Norm I said "Whaddup?!"

They Say:

Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston’s Boston Brewcation Experience is perfect for hophead dads with amenities including…

·         Two-night stay in a city facing suite with an ice-cold cooler of select craft beers

·         Welcome basket with a Father’s Day card, variety of locally-sourced brews, and souvenir Boston beer mugs to pour a pint at home

·         Complimentary tasting flight of Boston’s best beers from the locally-stocked lobby bar

·         Guided historic pub crawl along the Freedom Trail with knowledgeable experts from Boston Crawling, the highest-rated bar crawl and tour in the city

Rare Beer in Denver!

Have Dad enjoy some of the most unique beers in the world while giving to a great cause in Denver, Colorado, during the 2023 Denver Rare Beer Tasting on September 22. I went last year during the GreatAmerican Beer Festival and it was quite an experience! (The actual Festival was dope too.) 

They Say:

Tickets for the 14th edition of the Denver Rare Beer Tasting go on sale Father’s Day, June 18th at Noon (MT). Sixty-four of America’s leading craft breweries have committed to pour at the Sept. 22nd event to raise funds for Pints for Prostates.  

The prostate cancer awareness event takes place in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting 14er features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from dozens of leading craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.


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