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Cocktails in the Garden is Back

The prettiest cocktail party in Atlanta is back this month. Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden begins its 2014 season on Thursday, May 8th.

Every Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, May through September, guests will get to stroll around the garden at dusk while sipping beer, wine and mixed drinks.

Cocktails in the GardenThere will be live cooking demonstrations and tastings from chefs in the Edible Garden, DJs spinning live music and surprise cultural performances. The Art & Science Café returns every third Thursday, with lively discussions on plants and human health.

Each month’s theme highlights living sculptures in the Imaginary Worlds exhibit. May’s theme is “Earth Goddess, I’ll Have What She’s Having.” You can toast to the larger than life lady with her signature cocktail, The Goddess, made with Absolut Citron, local honey infused with mint, a splash of grenadine and lime juice.

Admission to Cocktails in the Garden is $18.95 for adults and free for garden members. Guest passes are accepted. Click here for more information.

Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Every Thursday Night, May through September, 6pm – 10pm. 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Atlanta

Valentine's Day AtlantaPlanning a romantic evening with that special someone or looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day solo? Here is a roundup of restaurant specials and events happening on and around February 14th. Scroll down for Decatur, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Vinings.

Buckhead

Aria will be hosting a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $95 per person on Friday, February 14th. Please call for menu and reservations.
490 East Paces Ferry
404-233-7673
www.aria-atl.com

Buckhead lovers can ketch the fun this Valentine’s Day at The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill. With live music and special chef features like “surf and surf” broiled lobster tail and swordfish steak topped with lemon compound butter and a chef-crafted side, the restaurant will make it a night to remember.
3279 Roswell Road
404-474-9508
thebigketch.com

This Valentine’s Day, Genki Noodles and Sushi in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Virginia Highland will be offering a special cocktail and sushi pairing. For $11.95 diners can enjoy the popular I “Heart” sushi roll – a heart shaped roll made with shrimp tempura and cream cheese and topped with tuna, avocado and a wasabi cream and garlic chili sauce – along with a ‘Liquid Passion’ specialty cocktail, made with passion fruit rum and fresh lemon.
3186 Roswell Road (Buckhead); 404-844-8319
5590 Roswell Road (The Prado in Sandy Springs); 404-843-8319
1040 North Highland Avenue NE (Virginia Highland); 404-853-3315
www.genkiatl.com

On February 14th King + Duke will be offering a $70 four-course prix fixe menu. Additional supplemental items are available. Click here to see the menu.
3060 Peachtree Road NW
404-477-3500
kinganddukeatl.com

Downtown

Park Bar will be offering a complimentary Boozy Hot Cocoa with the purchase of a SkyView ticket this Valentine’s Day. Following a ride on Downtown’s newest attraction, guests can cozy up with a Hot Cocoa Lada, Pure Winter or Hot Mint. Just show your SkyView ticket stub.
150 Walton Street
404-524-0444
www.parkbaratlanta.com

This Valentine’s Day, Sidebar will offer 50% off of food for singles beginning at 4pm. Hungry singles can enjoy an array of options including Cuban sandwiches, boneless wings, burgers and more.
79 Poplar Street NW
404-588-1850
www.sidebaratlanta.com

Druid Hills

Fernbank Museum’s Martinis & IMAX will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day edition on February 14th featuring two iconic movies, a prime rib entrée and heart-shaped cookie dessert, special Valentine décor, live music and more. The films are “Journey to the South Pacific,” a breathtaking adventure to the lush tropical islands of West Papua, and “Jerusalem,” a critically-acclaimed voyage into one of the most iconic places in the world. Kayla Taylor Jazz will perform a mix of jazz standards and love ballads. Special themed cocktails will include the Chocolate Kiss and Heart Throb. Martinis & IMAX is held every Friday from 7pm until 11pm, and tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $8 for members.
767 Clifton Road NE
404-929-6400
www.fernbankmuseum.org

On February 14th, Osteria Cibo Rustico will be offering a special chef’s feature of lobster and shrimp orecchiette pasta in a saffron cream sauce along with the regular menu.
2945 North Druid Hills Road NE
678-704-2700
osteriaciborustico.com

Midtown

10th & Piedmont will be offering a romantic prix fixe dinner for two on February 14th. From 5 to 11pm and for $39 per person, diners can enjoy a first course tasting for two of goat cheese crispies, salmon roulade and seared tuna with pineapple-jalapeno salsa with plantains. Second course dishes include Australian lobster tails, surf and turf and roasted rack of lamb. Dessert includes chocolate soufflé for two.
991 Piedmont Avenue NE
404-602-5510
communitashospitality.com/10th-and-piedmont

Bring your sweetheart or friends to Valentines in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. From 7 to 11pm on February 14th, enjoy an elegant evening of music, dancing, cocktails, desserts and orchids. Guests will get to experience Orchid Daze: Lasting Impressions, an exhibit that begins on February 8th. There will be food from the city’s top caterers, cash bars and music from Lethal Rhythms DJs. Tickets are $35 per person or $25 for members.
1345 Piedmont Avenue NE
404-876-5859
atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Enjoy a night of Piano Romance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. On Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th pianist and arranger Rich Ridenour will be joined by award-winning Broadway vocalist Ashley Brown and POPS! conductor Michael Krajewski. Tickets range from $22 to $60.
1280 Peachtree Street NE
404-733-4900
aso.org/pianoromance

Bantam + Biddy chef Shaun Doty is bringing back a special dinner menu featuring classics from his former restaurant, Shaun’s. On Friday, February 14, the three-course meal is offered for $25 per person and includes a complimentary poinsettia cocktail at both restaurant locations. The first course offers choices of jumbo shrimp cocktail, prime beef tartare and fava bean salad with mint, black pepper and pecorino toscano. Entrée options include schnitzel, grilled Scottish salmon with caper and egg vinaigrette and arugula salad and crab cake with Napa cabbage slaw. Red velvet cake or toffee pudding sweetens the meal.
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 301
1050 Crescent Avenue
404-907-3469 (Ansley location); 404-835-6450 (Crescent location)
bantamandbiddy.com

Cucina Asellina will be offering a three-course meal for $45 on Valentine’s Day. The menu from Italy-born Chef Andrea Montobbio will feature specialty appetizers, entrées and desserts created just for the occasion. For an additional $20 guests can enjoy customized wine pairings designed to accentuate each dish. All specialty dishes will also be available a la carte alongside Cucina Asellina’s full dinner menu.
1075 Peachtree Street
404-793-0141
www.asellina.com

Cypress Street Pint and Plate will be having a special Valentine’s Day edition of their weekly Beer Geek series on Tuesday, February 11th beginning at 7pm. As an ode to their annual Valentine’s Day Blackout party, Cypress will be turning out the lights (literally) while guests sip on featured New Belgium brews and enjoy additional themed specials including half priced bottles of wine and a special beer and Sublime Doughnut pairing from resident Beer Geek, Rob “BrewRu” Merrick.
817 West Peachtree Street NE
404-815-9243
www.cypressbar.com

Flying solo this Valentine’s Day? Check out Cypress Street Pint and Plate’s inaugural Valentine’s Day Solo Party. On February 14th beginning at 8 pm, guests will enjoy $1 PBRs and $2 SweetWater IPAs served in classic red Solo Cups, while DJ Pat O’Brien sets the mood for this anti-love affair. For those craving something a bit sweeter, resident Beer Geek Rob “BrewRu” Merrick has concocted a special “Love Bites” beer shake featuring Frozen Pints Milk Chocolate Stout craft beer ice cream and fresh strawberries, topped with vodka whipped cream and drizzled with a chocolate beer reduction. There is no cost to attend.
817 West Peachtree Street NE
404-815-9243
www.cypressbar.com

A romantic prix-fixe dinner for two awaits at Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. On both Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th the restaurant will offer a three-course menu for $55 per person. The first course is a choice of salmon tartare or goat cheese and heart of palm ravioli; second course is roasted northern blue cod with crab brandade croquette or petit filet and South African spiny lobster; third course is a warm flourless chocolate cake or a frozen strawberry soufflé. End on an even sweeter note with the Chocolate Night’s Dessert Menu, a weekend chocolate experience of up to 10 unique and decadent creations including a Richland Rum Milk Chocolate Praline, Chocolate Bread Pudding with malted milk chocolate ice cream and a Truffle’d Flourless Cake with candied pecans. All items are a la carte and priced between $5 – $10.
74 14th Street NE
404-253-3840
www.fourseasons.com/atlanta/

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern will be offering Valentine’s specials for both couples and singles on February 14th. From 5 to 11pm, a couple’s dinner featuring the regular menu plus chef’s specials will be served. From 10pm to 2:30am the restaurant will host a singles party with all-you-can-eat pizza and all-you-can-drink beer and bubbly. The party is $29 per person.
1551 Piedmont Avenue NE
404-968-2288
communitashospitality.com/hobnob

From Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th RA Sushi in Midtown will offer a Valentine’s Day special for two. The three-course menu is $30 per couple and includes shareable appetizer options like pork gyoza, pineapple-cheese wontons and tootsy maki; choice of two entrees such as the Viva Las Vegas roll, tunacado and spicy chicken teriyaki udon; and shareable sweets like cinnamon tempura gelato or coconut creme brulee. Served with two straws, lovebirds can get close with the umami punch ($14), an oversized drink meant for sharing, plus much more.
1080 Peachtree Street NE
404-267-0114
rasushi.com

STK, Midtown’s upscale steakhouse known for its high-energy atmosphere, sleek and sexy décor, and delicious food and cocktails, is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for $70 per person. With several choices per course, guests are invited to enjoy a selection of specialty made dishes courtesy of new Executive Chef Matt Rainey and a complimentary glass of prosecco. The items can also be ordered a la carte and STK’s full dinner menu will also be available.
1075 Peachtree Street
404-793-0144
www.stkhouse.com

Old Fourth Ward

The Edgewood Speakeasy will be hosting “Lunar Rose” — a sensual night featuring cocktails, desserts and more on February 14th. Beginning at 9pm guests can sip on specialty cocktails while enjoying complimentary truffles created by executive chef Alex Friedman. Music will be provided by DJ Keiran. Located behind a secret door in Pizzeria Vesuvius, Edgewood Speakeasy is a twenties-themed secret den, serving up specialty cocktails, boilermakers, local and regional craft beers, boutique distilled spirits, moonshines and small plates.
327 Edgewood Avenue SE
404-343-4404
www.facebook.com/edgewoodspeakeasy

Pizzeria Vesuvius invites guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day all day on Friday, February 14th with a special offering for two. Complete with a choice of beverages, the two-course special will be available for $26. Couples will be treated to their choice of two glasses of wine or two pints of beer, two starter salads, and any one of executive chef Alex Friedman’s wood-fired pizzas to share. Guests are encouraged to venture behind the bookcase after 9pm to join the Edgewood Speakeasy’s Lunar Rose celebration.
327 Edgewood Avenue SE
404-343-4404
www.pizzeriavesuvius.com

Virginia Highland

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar will be offering a la carte options on February 14th. Plates include crispy potato ravioli, pork belly confit with torched-caramel crust, pan-roasted black grouper, mustard- and herb-crusted lamb and chocolate-orange pots de crème.
794 North Highland Avenue NE
404-876-7249
atkinspark.com

D.B.A. Barbecue will be hosting their fourth annual “Dine Out at D.B.A.” benefiting the Steve Hightower Thriving Children Gala, an annual charity event aimed at finding better lives and homes for Atlanta’s sick and fostered children. On Friday, February 14th diners, bar-goers and anyone ordering takeout can take advantage of D.B.A.’s full menu during this daylong event that kicks off at 11am. Twenty percent of sales, including gift certificate purchases, will benefit The Center for Children & Young Adults. The Thriving Children Gala must be mentioned upon placing orders for those who want to show their support.
1190 North Highland Avenue NE Suite B
404-249-5000
www.dbabarbecue.com

The Original El Taco will be holding a “Stupid Cupid Night” on February 14th, complete with unromantic food and cocktail specials inspired by the lack of love that is sure to be in the room. Kick off the night with a few “Jilted Juice” shots of pineapple-infused tequila for $4 or start strong with a pitcher of the “Rebound-a-Rita,” a blood orange skinny margarita, for $25. For those less wronged, individual margaritas will be available for $6. After you’ve upped your liquid courage, feast on the “Misery Loves Company” dinner special. Available for $60 plus tax and gratuity, this meal serves up to five people and will include: your choice of the classic tastes trio of salsa, guacamole, queso blanco and corn chips, the trio royale with salsa, guacamole, queso royale and corn chips or the veggie Mexican pizza piled high with black beans, chili sauce, lettuce, tomato, avocado, Mexican cheese and more; 10 tacos of your choice; and two desserts of your choice. Add a “Rebound-a-Rita” pitcher for an additional $20, a $5 savings. Reservations are encouraged for parties of 7 or more.
1186 North Highland Avenue NE
404-873-4656
eltaco-atlanta.com

Westside

Bone Lick BBQ will be hosting its inaugural Heartbreaker’s Ball on Valentine’s Day. Kicking off at 8pm, the 80s-themed night dedicated to singles will feature live music, a tap takeover from Red Hare Brewing Company, a midnight buffet and more. Live music will be provided by Jet Black and Joan Hearts along with a Huey Lewis and the News tribute band that will perform the album Sports from start to finish. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed in their best 80s attire and prizes will be awarded to the guest rocking the best getup. Pre-sale wristbands are available for $45 and can be purchased online at bonelickbbq.xorbia.com/heartbreakersball through February 13th. Tickets will be available day of for $50 at the door. Bone Lick BBQ is located at
1133 Huff Road at Apex West Midtown
404-343-6574
www.bonelickbarbecue.com

Chocolate South is offering delicious and beautiful chocolate boxes to share with Valentine sweethearts this holiday. The Chocolates for Two box holds 20 special bonbons, two of each flavor, plus 10 dark chocolate mendiants. Holding nine bonbons, all containing a different type of liqueur, the Cocktail Hour box also includes a solid chocolate bar at the bottom that reads “LOVE.” The One and Only box includes one of each bonbon, offering a selection of the most popular chocolates.
1050 Marietta Street NW
404-815-8859
chocolatesouth.com

JCT. Kitchen & Bar will be offering a four-course prix fixe menu on February 14th. The meal is $65 per person with additional supplemental items available. In honor of a classic love story, the restaurant is shaking up The Lady ($11) and the Tramp ($10) cocktails all Valentine’s Day weekend.
1198 Howell Mill Road, #18
404-355-2252
jctkitchen.com

The Optimist will be offering a four-course prix fixe meal plus supplements for Valentine’s Day. The meal is $65 per person and does not include tax or gratuity. An option for wine pairings is an additional $30. Diners who aren’t able to celebrate on the actual holiday are welcome to make reservations for Thursday, February 13th, Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th.
914 Howell Mill Road
404-477-6260
theoptimistrestaurant.com

Join The Real Chow Baby for a St. Valentine’s Day Date Night, featuring special pricing on dinner for two, cocktails and more. Beginning at 11am at all The Real Chow Baby locations throughout Atlanta, guests and their significant others can enjoy two unlimited trip stir-fry bowls, one appetizer, one dessert and either a bottle of wine or two for one cocktails for $49.99. To accompany dinner, guests can sip on one of several specialty cocktails including the Pomegranate Martini, a blend of premium vodka, pomegranate liqueur, pomegranate syrup, and a splash of soda, and the Strawberry Shortcake, a rum cocktail featuring Strawberry Cruzan Rum, vanilla cream liqueur, fresh pineapple juice and strawberry syrup.
1016 Howell Mill Road; 404-815-4900
782 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE (Poncey Highland); 404-671-4202
www.therealchowbaby.com

Decatur

On February 14th, No. 246 is offering a four-course prix fixe menu of rustic Italian dishes for $60 per person. Tax and gratuity are not included.
129 East Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur
678-399-8246
no246.com

Roswell

Roswell couples can spend Valentine’s Day weekend at Aqua blue. From Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th guests can enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu featuring New England-style clam chowder, lobster salad, 12 ounce rib-eye with tempura shrimp, twin stuffed lobster tails, classic creme brulee and tiramisu. The meal is $50 per person, not including tax or gratuity. The a la carte menu is also available.
1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell
770-643-8886
aquablueatl.com

Sandy Springs

Bring your single friends or a date to the Kill Cupid Party at {three} sheets on February 14th. From 9pm to 2am there will be special cocktails, a dueling ice luge, a little Cupid and his angel assistants, a DJ and more. Admission is complimentary, and table reservations are required/recommended. For more information on the Kill Cupid Party click here. All guests must be 21 years of age or older.
6017 Sandy Springs Circle, Atlanta
404-303-8423
www.threesheetsatlanta.com

Vinings

Old Vinings Inn will be offering a special menu from Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th. The menu includes items such as fried green tomatoes, petit filet and crispy lobster tail, pecan mountain trout and red wine-braised short ribs. Think you have the most romantic proposal story in Atlanta? Enter the Old Vinings Inn’s contest for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant. Couples should submit their proposal story along with a photo on the Old Vinings Inn’s Facebook page. Submissions and voting end on Thursday, February 13th and the winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day.
3011 Paces Mill Road SE, Atlanta
770-438-2282
oldviningsinn.net

South City Kitchen Vinings has partnered with the Atlanta Ballet to offer a special dinner and show package. Straight from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Roméo et Juliette tells the classic William Shakespeare story through the art of dance, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Ticket packages are available for $75 each and include one ticket and a pre-show, fixed three-course dinner from South City Kitchen Vinings. Available show performances are Friday, February 7th at 8pm, Saturday, February 8th at 8pm, Thursday, February 13th at 8pm and Saturday, February 15th at 8pm. Please note: Tickets are for price levels 1 & 2. There is a limit of 2 tickets that may be purchased. Dinner tax, gratuity & alcohol will be billed separately at the restaurant. For more information or to purchase tickets click here and select “packages” in the left hand column.
1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #401, Smyrna
770-435-0700
vinings.southcitykitchen.com

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Cocktails in the Garden Returns May 2

Atlanta’s most beautiful weekly cocktail party returns this week — Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden launches on Thursday, May 2nd for the 2013 season.

Cocktails in the GardenFrom 6pm to 10pm every Thursday from May through September visitors will get to sip beer, wine and cocktails while strolling through the gardens. There will be live cooking demonstrations and tastings from chefs in the Edible Garden, and DJs spinning live music. Held every third Thursday will be the Art & Science Café, a series of discussions that will explore the unique and innovative ways artists and scientists work together.

Visitors will be able to check out Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life. The exhibit features living sculptures including a unicorn, cobras and butterflies that are made from thousands of meticulously groomed annuals. The sculptures range up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide.

Drinks may be purchased at cash bars located throughout the garden, and food may be purchased at MetroFresh in the Garden.

Admission to Cocktails in the Garden is $18.95 for adults and free for garden members. Guest passes are accepted. Click here for more information.

Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Every Thursday Night, May through September, 6pm – 10pm. 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta