O’Riley’s Food & Spirits’ cooks top tables with homemade burgers and wings as their guests listen to live music from local artists or absorb sports action from the large projection screen stretched across an entire wall. On select nights, the sound system quiets and spotlights focus on the stage to highlight the fast-paced observations of local comedians. A suite of six of felt-lined tables provide an outlet for skill-based contests, whether it need be a round of pool or competitive juggling of said tables.
The moonshine is always flowing at P'cheen. Bartenders at this local bistro create seasonal cocktails from a selection of 10 or more moonshines, with flavors that include cherry, apple pie, and black tea. They also serve a full list of classic cocktails, such as the speakeasy old fashioned?a mix of bourbon, angostura + orange bitters?and craft beers. In the kitchen, chef Alex prepares a menu of international fusion dishes that complement the throwback libations. His specialties change with the season, since he sources many of his ingredients locally, but may include gazpacho made with local veggies, Guinness-battered fish and chips, and braised short ribs. Brunch is a favorite among regulars, with bottomless mimosas and a good mix of breakfast and lunch foods.
Nabbing the top spot in Jezebel Magazine?s Best of 2013 contest for best night club, Opera Nightclub presents old-fashioned red-curtain glamour. After cracking the dress code, VIPs can romp freely through all areas under the club?s 100-foot ceilings, including a VIP-only upstairs area with cozy private nooks. Cash in two drink tickets for a beer or a cocktail to delicately balance while finally perfecting the Super Bowl Shuffle, or take in the deck?s panoramic view of the city and its galactic ceiling. Opera?s crowd-charming DJs spin top 40 hits alongside genre-specific jams, catering to hip-hop hankerings and salsa appetites alike.
Surrounded by rustic brick walls, the guests at MillTown Arms Tavern raise frosty pints in celebration of their favorite teams' triumphs. Flat-screen televisions flicker with the evening's games, and dartboards aid guests in deciding who pays the tab or who is slightly lopsided. The patio seating gives diners an infusion of vitamin D as they enjoy a full menu of pub-style grub, including fish 'n' chips, enchiladas, hot dogs, and caprese salads.
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.
Vino Venue, the brainchild of Atlanta Wine School founder Michael Bryan, corrals a restaurant, culinary school, and wine shop?making it a wine emporium under one roof. With its 200 wines by the bottle, 50 wines by the glass, wine accessories, and a mouthwatering menu of small plates and entrees to share, Vino Venue ensures that oenophiles don?t have to look any further to satisfy their wine needs.
And that includes their culinary-education needs. Atlanta Wine School classes continue at Vino Venue in a new demonstration kitchen and event room, where a crack team of chefs and sommeliers host private parties ranging from one-on-one wine classes to socials and mixers.
Inside the cozy wine emporium, guests gather around rustic communal tables constructed of 1850s barn wood to enjoy a house-made menu featuring braised beef with potato-leek waffles, lobster mac 'n' cheese, and a cheese and charcuterie list that rivals a Parisian bistro. The dishes pair with an extensive selection of 32 wines from self-dispensing machines, available in increments of tastes, half glasses, or full glasses. That may be part of what's earned the restaurant so much acclaim. Gayot.com named them one of the 10 best wine bars in the United States.