Food & Drink

The 5 best places to eat & drink during ATL's Music Midtown

Music Midtown is one of the events you can't miss in the ATL this fall, but with three giant stages, dozens of headliners, and a shton of other stuff, it doesn't just take over Piedmont Park, it takes over the whole city, which means you'll probably need help finding something to eat and/or drink outside of the festival. Here you go...

Varuni Napoli

On Friday and Saturday the new 'za hotspot on Monroe and Piedmont has a pizza-and-beer special that includes a SweetWater draft and the Sweet Sorrento, a specialty pie w/ buffalo mozzarella, two kinds of tomatoes, Italian parsley pesto, Pecorino Romano, basil, and extra virgin olive oil with a Sorrento orange infusion.

Sweet Auburn BBQ

Multiple locations
The city's best smoked meat-slingers are having an 11-hour luau with a BBQ buffet featuring a half-dozen kinds of smoked wings, pineapple BBQ-glazed smoked pork, Hawaiian meat pops, and all the drink options you can dream up. If that's not enough, there's also a dance party.

Red Brick Brewing Company

Atlanta’s oldest brewery is turning 21, so they're throwing themselves a party on Saturday from 11am-5pm that'll feature special edition drafts of Hoplanta, A-Town Brown, Dogmosas (Dog Days blended with orange juice), and Thick Silky, which is a '70s-inspired oatmeal chocolate porter. It's the perfect way to pre-funk for Eminem.

Smith's Olde Bar

B.o.B (another gem in Atlanta’s hip-hop crown) will rock the tiny stage at the Midtown Music After-Party, so grab a few beers, and maybe some fresh air on the back patio, where Bobby Ray will probably be down in a bit to tip one with you.

Whiskey Blue

Take your pre-/post-game celebrations a little further down Peachtree, because A) let’s face it, all the local spots are going to be packed, and B) it's craft beer month at the W's rooftop bar. You’ll have a sweet view of the city while downing Georgia’s finest craft brews, including SweetWater, Terrapin, Monday Night Brewing, and Red Brick (all at better-than-usual prices). Plus, Whiskey Blue will donate $1 to the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild for each ale sold. That’s the kind of charity you can get behind.

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