GME Sports Lounge and Grill's walls boast more than 40 flat-screen TVs and six projector screens?all of which, of course, ensure fans don't miss a minute of the big game, unlike a toddler who dislikes sports. Patrons can cheer on their favorite team while cheersing over buckets of beer, pitchers of long island ice tea, and rum punches. They can also communally fill their bellies with a number of shareable pub grub platters, including plates piled high with nachos, tater tots, and spicy wings. But those who want a hearty meal all for themselves can dig into cheeseburgers, turkey burgers, and fried fish sandwiches.
At Blu Canitna, chefs play with the traditional flavors of the Caribbean and Latin America to create inventive fusion dishes. They toss wings in spicy peach-bourbon sauce, and they put an upscale twist on beef brisket tacos by adding a dollop of creme fraiche infused with cilantro. They also turn plates of nachos and quesadillas into hearty meals by topping them with proteins such as brisket, tilapia, and smoked chicken. These all pair with aromatic hookahs and an extensive drink menu that showcases margaritas in unique flavors such as Sassy Strawberry Sriracha, which tastes like a combination of spicy chilies and alliteration.
When Wine Shoe owners Nora and Shannon Wiley started planning the shop's design, they wanted something that would blend their worldly travels with the historic culture of the surrounding Castleberry Hill neighborhood. The result was promptly recognized by Atlanta magazine, which compared Wine Shoe to a "private wine cellar in France stocked with wines from all over the world."
Today, the facility's floor-to-ceiling wine wall stands as a new challenge to rock climbers and as a stunning backdrop to an assortment of wine-related activities, including classes that drew more than 3,000 total students during 2011. Many of those students gathered around Wine Shoe's 12-foot rustic table, where, sitting beneath a glistening bronze and crystal chandelier, they paired sips with scrumptious hunks of education.
The shop carries more than 150 different wines, the majority of which come from small producers. It also keeps its door open to pooches, as Nora and Shannon's security dog, Beeren, is always looking for new buddies with whom to discuss the nuanced flavors of rawhide bones.
When the first JR Crickets opened in a white Spanish-style building in downtown Atlanta in 1982, it was with one purpose: to spread the fiery taste of buffalo chicken wings throughout Georgia. Today, batches of these wings are still prepared in house every day at more than eight locations. Served in 10-piece buckets or platters of more than 150, these signature wings are drenched in one of seven sauces that range from original barbecue to lemon-pepper and the mysterious but surely spicy Three Mile Island Meltdown. And though buffalo wings are the food that made the franchise's name, each kitchen also assembles hearty sandwiches, including fried chicken and a philly cheesesteak topped with buffalo sauce. Three of JR Crickets's signature wing sauces are also available for sale as marinades, dips, or plant food, if you want to risk the consequences.
Light filters in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at Slice Downtown, brightening sizzling slices of New York style pie. A glossy backlit bar dispenses flavored vodka drinks, while leather couches pad guests as they wait for muffaletta sandwiches or hearty calzones to arrive. Thirty ingredients adorn New York-style pizzas, while specialty pies traffic in toppings of pesto chicken, cordon bleu, and baked potato. Slice Downtown also hosts a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament on Mondays, where the best players hide their tells by covering their eyes with pepperoni.
For the past two decades, Uptown Comedy Corner's small stage has hosted big acts such as Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle, as well as weekly up-and-coming comedic talent. While watching performers' standup routines, guests can sip on cocktails and indulge in hearty American cuisine such as wings, half-pound hamburgers, and onion rings.