Two important facts you probably weren't aware of: 1) The female black widow spider mates with up to 25 partners a day, and 2) December 21st is the longest night of the year (we're talking 15hrs of straight darkness), a perfect chance to celebrate what should be the "Best Night of Your Life" assuming you spend it hitting the city's best Thrillist-approved cocktail bars, nightclubs, and dives 'til the sun pops back up.
Check out our picks for Atlanta's best party dinner spots below, and make sure to fully map out a perfect evening with our itinerary builder.
The gang behind Sound Table and Top Flr are also behind this minimalist, subway-tiled, primer-painted supper-house-meets-train-station where they're slinging deliciousness like wild blue mussels, pan roasted duck, lamb sammies, and real-deal cocktails made with infused spirits like the gin, Earl Grey, honey, heavy cream & egg white "Carton's Fizz".
Grand ceilings, art from Paris, and a patio that overlooks Peachtree make this modern French-taurant a sweet place to... um, eat French food, presumably, specifically Kobe beef cheeks bourguignon slow braised in burgundy wine w/ parsley & buttered noodles, steak frites, and other staples.
Two Urban Licks
Ignore the slightly sketchy street it's on and focus on Chef Todd Stein's "fiery American" small plates like Salmon Chips, lamb lollipops, or bronzed sea scallops, or on the 26ft-tall wine wall fitting 72 stainless steel barrels from which the waiters'll pour your vino directly.
Posted up in the old Food 101 space, the hardwood-floored, banquet-area'd Rosebud (named for one of Jerry Garcia's custom guitars), is serving sweet "comfortable food" like a vanilla-and-sage-grilled Riverview Farms pork loin medallion w/ smoked bacon-creamed cabbage, peach BBQ jus, and grilled cobia w/ "corn off the cob", which will totally blow your mind, man.
The Sound Table
Sitting in what used to be dinner club Over Da Edge, ST's a bi-level brick-walled restaurant/music lounge from the team behind Top Fir, serving far-more-delicious-than-it-sounds "street-to-table" fare in an upstairs dining area with natural wood tables and square & circular cardboard lamps, and a DJ'd downstairs lounge and bar, where the overall concept is "putting sound on the menu" -- so, Quiche-a?
White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails
This "simple, yet complex" joint from the owner of down-the-block Max Lager boasts epic views of downtown and is serving seriously Southern cocktails made with 80+ kinds of bourbon, and cooked-right feasts from inland areas, presumably because any other approach would just be outlandish.
Noche Tequila and Tapas
A playfully red-hued Mex-taurant where the smooth move is getting a shot (or three) and a taco, but since it's impossible to choose between things like the lobster w/ peppers & oaxaca cheese, or the marinated steak w/ pepper jack & pico de gallo, you better get three of those too.
So here's the plan: start w/ a plate of Washington oysters, then move on to their signature fried chicken w/ tiny biscuits, house pickles “of the moment” & hot sauce, with dessert like an espresso chocolate chip cookie shake, which, if you're smart, you'll combine with one of the brown liquors they've got on their list of after dinner drinks.
1. The Lawrence905 Juniper St NE, Atlanta
2. Bistro Niko3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
3. Two Urban Licks820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta
4. JCT Kitchen1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta
5. Rosebud1397 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
6. The Sound Table483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta
7. White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails270 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
8. Noche. Tequila & Tapas Bar1000 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta
The gang behind Sound Table and Top Flr has taken over the old Lupe space to open a minimalist, subway-tiled, primer-painted supper-house-meets-train-station. At The Lawrence, you'll find several creations made with house infusions (lavender mint tea vodka, cinnamon-chipotle-infused añejo tequila, lemongrass-infused rye) and other ass-kicking drinks like the Armagnac-mixed Brooklyn Social Scene.
This dressy French joint in Bukhead is serving up eats like chicken paillard and smoked salmon tarts in their brightly lit, leather-boothed spot on Peachtree.
The kitchen at Two Urban Licks is cooking up wood-fired meats and fish with a fiery kick. If you come here with a group, consider sharing some of their delectable small plates like salmon chips, lamb lollipops, and bronzed sea scallops. The warehouse space offers breathtaking views of the city, but the best part? Their epic 26-foot wine wall that holds 72 stainless steel barrels of wine from which the waiters pour directly.
JCT is an American contemporary restaurant and bar serving extensive food and drink menus, but if you want to have some of the best fried chicken and cocktails of your life, get those.
Enjoy American fare with a Southern twist at this neighborhood resto serving brunch (Saturday & Sunday, plus Monday nights!), breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Sound Table in the Old Fourth Ward offers the three D’s to success: dinner, drinks, and dancing. Sharing plates offer international flavors in shrimp-chorizo tacos, tuna tataki, and Belgian-style frites, and they’ll put just enough swing in your step to jam to the live DJs on the daily lineup. Add a couple of drinks, like the classic ST Boulevard Zombie, with Wray & Nephew rum, Goslings rum, lime, grenadine, and orange curacao, or a Penultimate, with Cimarron Blanco tequila, lime, St. Germain, and maraschino liqueur, and get on your feet.
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails lives at the intersection of contemporary style and Southern tradition. The menu changes seasonally, but no matter when you stop in, you can expect a Southern tinge in each of the simple, yet elegant dishes, like a charcuterie plate with pimento cheese or deviled eggs with... pimento cheese. The bar is firmly rooted in the South as well, with a focus on wine, whiskey, and bourbon. With refined decor featuring (you guessed it) white oak wood and opulent chandeliers, the 300-seat restaurant is an airy, upscale space for date night, group dining, and private events alike.