Wings plus beer plus sports?that's the winning formula at Fast Eddies Sports Cafe. An Atlanta fixture, Fast Eddies began slinging wings and pizzas in 1995, and though its initial location has since changed, its emphasis remains fixated on good food, cold drinks, and fast-paced sports. Whether on the look out for tonight's Braves', Hawks', or Falcons' game, you'll find it on one of Fast Eddies' many flat-screen TVs. As a result, the bar usually fills up with sports fans cheering for their team and chowing down on signature pizzas and wings. The jumbo wings, fried and tossed in a choice of sauce, are a fan favorite, available in more than a dozen flavors, including sweet red chili, habanero, and lemon pepper, to name a few. Chefs prepare dough and sauce daily for their made-to-order signature pizzas, and whip up every sports-bar staple imaginable?think thick burgers, mile-high nachos, and hearty pasta. Any day of the week friends, families, and fans can enjoy a meal, a drink, and a game, cheering for favorite teams or the most artful slow-mo camera angle.
Games of Keno or Texas hold'em add a bit of risk to a night at Locals Bar & Grill—unlike the menu of comfort-food classics, such as hand-cut fries piled next to similarly handcrafted burgers. Ten-inch personal pizzas come with custom toppings that range from bacon to banana peppers. Chicken wings are served by the pound and are also customizable, featuring lemon-pepper, honey-barbecue, and other sauces. Tacos, nachos supreme, deviled eggs, and homemade chili round out the menu.
With its chair-lined bar, cozy wooden booths, and flat-screen televisions playing every big game, Ralph's Tavern exudes all the charm of a neighborhood pub and grill. Lingering is hardly a problem since the eatery remains open until as late as 2 a.m. on weekend nights and starless weekday evenings. To help keep hunger pangs at bay late into the night, the cooks prepare an eclectic variety of hearty comfort foods that are still classics nonetheless. Sandwiches made with Boar's Head deli meats appear alongside shrimp fajitas and linguine with meatballs and homemade marinara sauce. Additionally, the cooks make their signature burgers by grilling patties of 100% Angus beef and topping the finished creations with everything from smoked gouda and caramelized onions to fried green tomatoes and spicy mayo.
Giving gifts is its own reward, but at The Gifted Ferret, get-well cards, trinkets and candles accompany a robust collection of boutique wines so gift-givers can reward themselves as well. The shop's wine racks brim with vino crafted by vintners who treat winemaking not just as a business but also as a passion as well as the best way to teach grapes a lesson. During onsite wine classes, industry experts regale attendees with information while pouring samples from among the shop's dozens of varietals. For those seeking an intoxicant-free fix, the staff brews Newman's Own coffee and Green Mountain Naturals apple cider. In the gift area, patrons peruse handmade cards and Arthur Court pewter home-decor items alongside gift bags and an expanded array of gourmet food items.
Longtime residents Steve Rabb and Shannon Fannin often thought about ways to improve downtown Woodstock. They wanted to see the area become more sophisticated, so one night over dinner they casually discussed a concept of gourmet food and cocktails prepared with simple, raw flavors. The couple had no idea that, within a matter of months, this concept would grow into a chic, downtown eatery: Wink Woodstock. A menu of small plates—favorites include steak empanadas, shrimp and grits, and charcuterie and cheese samplers—complements Wink’s diverse selection of red and white wines. Behind a steel-topped bar, bartenders mix signature cocktails, known as Winktinis, from infused vodkas and specialty garnishes such as raw lemon sugar, graham crackers, and olive-scented fireworks. According to Patch, Fannin drew on her background in interior design to produce a layout representative of both sexy LA nightclubs and downtown Atlanta bars. Steely grays, vivid purples, and electric teals flow throughout the open bar space and into themed areas such as a pillow room and VIP booth.
Behind the horseshoe-shaped bar, Cedarcrest Tavern's bartenders pop caps from beer bottles, pull draft taps, and shake cocktails with top-shelf liquors. More than 20 televisions broadcast sports games throughout the tavern, from their ceiling mounts above the bar or tucked into individual booths. Elegant candelabras, framed mirrors, and wood accents contrast the utter modernity of the sprawling flat-screen monitors.
The TVs aren't the only sizeable rectangles at the restaurant—the large menu presents hand-cut fries, burgers, and steaks, which can be enjoyed over games of trivia on Tuesday nights. Other events—such as ladies' and guys' nights, college football celebrations, and live music or DJ's—make Cedarcrest a leisurely destination, unlike Accounting World, where you get to ride rollercoasters, but only while filling out 1040 EZ forms.