ATL Singles Club has taken the ancient art of courtship to the next level by offering a wide range of dating and matchmaking services. Singles can meet possible partners in a variety of ways that range from low-key singles mixers to scheduled dates organized through one of the on-staff dating experts. The company also hosts speed-dating events at popular restaurants, where daters can meet a handful of other singles while enjoying appetizers and drinks. All events are based on the premise that, in this fast-paced world, it's hard to meet someone, so ATL Singles Club strives to help people jump over the hurdles of traditional dating and get right to the part when sparks start to fly.
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.
Executive Chef Tara Mayfield's mastery of the kitchen manifests in the form of an all-American menu at TEN Atlanta, an inviting restaurant that charms diners with upscale touches and down-home comfort food. From chicken livers with madeira sauce to house-made pimento cheese sandwiches and fried pork chops with a peach mango chutney sauce, the dishes here are both familiar and fancy—just like a postman who always wears a tuxedo. The brunch menu includes eggs, pancakes, and shrimp and grits, in addition to house-made jams and sweet potato fries.
Armed with an education from Derma Clinic Academy for Estheticians, Jeff Davis uses his skincare skill-set to make complexions look their best with modern med spa techniques. From classic cleansing facials to microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, his treatments begin with a thorough skin analysis to match each face with the right regimen. Eyelash and eyebrow tinting reduce the need for messy mascaras and a controlling interest in a permanent marker factory, while waxing treatments sculpt brows and whisk away peach fuzz.
There is always a lively spirit of creativity at The Sound Table, but it changes throughout the night. The upstairs dining room boasts a menu that "zigzags through global influences: Belgian-style frites, Oaxacan hanger steak with salsa verde, Chinese grilled ribs redolent of soy and chile," says Atlanta magazine, which placed restaurant on its list of the area's 50 Best Restaurants. However, the menu's capricious nature doesn't stop at the recipes, it also affects the availability. The selection changes frequently as the chefs incorporate new, seasonal ingredients. On the downstairs level, the bar is a bit more consistent, although still inventive. In addition to the international assortment of wine and beer, the bartenders mix drinks that Creative Loafing Atlanta hailed as "some of the best cocktails in the city." These shaken and stirred concoctions are separated into categories that range from bright & dry to strong, rich & strange, and they occasionally feature nontraditional ingredients such as pine liqueur or garam masala. Although the food and drinks help keep spirits high, it's the live music that transforms the two stories of exposed brickwork, booths made of wooden slats, and soft industrial lighting into a lively neighborhood dwelling. Typically starting around 11 p.m., an ever-rotating lineup of DJs and bands performs throughout the week, energizing the crowds with anything from the raw, percussive fusion of African and Latin jazz-funk to globally-influenced psychedelic.
In spite of its name, Cellar 56 features more than 56 wines from grape-growing regions throughout the world. The emphasis is on accessibility, though; the bar helpfully sells a number of wines by the half glass, allowing guests to sample a variety of wines for a fraction of the price of a bottle. To make the selection even more accessible, reds and whites are divided into small groups by style. That means that tracking down anything from a crisp, grapefruit-tinged New Zealand sauvignon blanc to a spicy Italian primitivo is as simple as scanning the list. The seasonal food menu of tapas-style small plates demonstrates a similarly eclectic approach. Old-World flavors meet New World comfort in dishes such as the truffle-scented wild-mushroom finger sandwiches on toasted french baguettes. Guinness-braised short rib with whipped potatoes evokes memories of a home-cooked stew and the pan-seared salmon demonstrates a bit more refinement with its coriander-caper glaze. Cellar 56's main seating area seems more like a den than a dining room. Bottles fill the three racks that adorn one wall, presenting diners with a neatly arranged display of wines that stretches from the top of the booths to the ceiling. Dark wooden accents, earthen tiles, and warm lighting contribute to the inviting atmosphere at what CBS Atlanta called one of the Best Wine Bars in Atlanta in 2011.