Whether it be a holiday party or a chance to catch up with family and friends, the holiday season is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy a holiday cocktail at any number of places in the Atlanta metro area. For some, you can celebrate finishing your holiday shopping with a relaxing drink. From Marietta to McDonough, there are any number of places that will roll out the red carpet and welcome you to try a “Candy Cane,” a “Grinch” or some spiked Egg Nog. Here a few of the best.
1820 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
After a long day of shopping in Buckhead, there is no better place to relax, unwind and forget about the holiday shopping craze. The holidays can be fun, but they are busy. If you are in Buckhead, you need to give the Salt Yard a try. A big drink menu is offered and each day there will be some holiday picks to try. If you don’t want a holiday selection, try the “whisky, tango, foxtrot” which is Jameson, Meletti amaro, Lilet blanc and sweet vermouth.
3400 Lenox Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
Kind of a hidden gem, Seven Lamps is located in Atlanta’s “Around Lenox” district and caters to those who like out-of-the-way places. It provides a festive atmosphere and a great bar. Choose from traditional drinks and spirits or have the bartender whip up something with a holiday theme. Seven Lamps has a big menu with great seafood and favorites like duck breast and pork chop. If you are adventurous, try some of the shots. They will get you in the mood.
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Bellwood’s Social House
100 W. Marietta St., Suite 202
Atlanta, GA 30318
Bellwood’s is the type of place that gives you options. You can sit inside or try the outdoor patio. Bellwood’s has a simple but varied menu where you can choose from bites, buns, bowls, salads or tacos. They are all good. Bellwood’s will also have some great holiday drink options where you can be both social and festive. Shots are a popular pastime at Bellwood’s as well. This would be a great place to take guests from out of town or co-workers for a holiday get together.
3500 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
For years, Davio’s has been a favorite gathering place in Buckhead. You may already know that its food is out of this world, but Davio’s comes up with something special for the holidays. Davio’s always comes out with a holiday cocktail menu and it’s loaded with great drink options. In the past, it has had the Choco-Raspberry Kiss, Snowflake Martini and the ever-popular, Poinsettia Martini. Davio’s is conveniently located by Lenox Mall and is right in Phipps Plaza, so take a break from shopping and sip a holiday cocktail.
ICE Martini Bar
380 Chambers St.
Woodstock, GA 30188
What could be better this time of the year than a great tasting martini and some delicious sushi? Not much, unless you are talking about a martini with a holiday twist. You can indulge in just that at ICE Martini in Woodstock. Expect some great holiday-themed martinis at ICE this holiday season. Maybe you were doing some shopping in Downtown Woodstock or possibly you are heading back home from the Woodstock Outlet Mall up I-575. The bartenders at ICE will get as creative as you want. Have a great night at ICE Martini in historic Woodstock.
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