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Atlanta Rooftops: there’s still time!

There’s still plenty of time left in the summer season to take advantage of Atlanta’s awesome rooftop scene.  And since it’s later in the season, your chances of catching that perfect breeze versus a humid gust or an unexpected thunderstorm are great.  To help you along on your rooftop circuit – we’ve curated our own list of some of our faves.  If you happen to check them out – lets us know what you thought.

Estrella

Miami meets Mexico with cocktails and small plates above the BeltLine
Upstairs at the Parisian-styled market Bazati, Estrella serves up a Latin-American vibe that’s part Miami nightlife and part Yucatan flavors Wednesday through Sunday. The brilliant white interior, with teal floral floor tiling and woven brown chairs, provides a high-energy brightness that complements the skyline sprouting from Atlanta’s tree canopy and pedestrians strolling the Eastside BeltLine trail below. But it’s easy to let your tastebuds escape ATL for a few moments via the tamarind margarita, pisco sour, Hemingway daiquiri, and Cuba Libre, along with tapas like jicama ceviche with pineapple vinaigrette, fancy venison, or tempura-fried oyster tacos.

The Garden at Community Smith

Small plates, plenty of space and flora, and a view of Midtown
Having existed under several other names over the past few years (most recently as Rooftop 866), The Garden is open from spring to fall, serving small plates from Community Smith’s main menu. The sprawling area, with its flora, fire pit, and fantastic Midtown sightseeing, is much like Drake in 2016 — it has a chill vibe and offers better than average Views.

Wetbar

All-weather rooftop bar with an infinity pool
The panoramic views of Downtown you can see from high above the W Atlanta Downtown hotel’s lobby is enough to draw crowds, but it’s the addition of amazing DJs, from locals like Ree de la Vega to Samantha Ronson, and the fact that WETBAR is ATL’s only all-weather rooftop bar with a zero-edge pool — which seems like it should be spilling out onto Ivan Allen Blvd — gives it the ultimate cool status, particularly if you’re around during summer months.

SkyLounge

Downtown’s best view, with live music on the weekends
As long as The Glenn Hotel’s centrally located roof exists, it’ll remain in the top tier of ATL’s most scenic building-top bars. It’s hard to get a better view of Downtown and beyond than what’s in your frame of vision on the 11th floor. The drink menu includes three wines by the glass (pinot grigio, chardonnay, and pinot noir) and cocktails like the margarita-esque Smoked Roca, with pineapple and a paprika salt rim. It’s also a great place to catch musical performances during their recurring SkyLounge Live weekend shows.

Whiskey Blue

Soak in the skyline in style atop Buckhead’s W Hotel. A glass elevator soars 125 feet to the newly renovated all-weather space with two patios and sweeping views of Atlanta’s skyline. A well-heeled crowd dresses to impress, backlit by Midtown lights, sitting in plush leather couches or vibrant blue sectionals, twinkling strings of light overhead. The bar is modern and sleek, edged in shiny gray subway tiles. A menu of both classic and house cocktails suits the spaces — a GG Manhattan in a leather chair or a Buckhead Spritz while strolling to see Chris Veal’s 66-foot mural. The menu is concise, with pleasers like crispy duck tacos and grass-fed beef sliders.

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What to do on Mother’s Day

Atlanta Parent pulled together an awesome list of THINGS TO DO ON MOTHER’S DAY.

So if you are still trying to figure out your plan, or if you just remembered that this weekend was Mother’s Day, check out their list below for some inspiration!

Moms Get in Free: 

Zoo Atlanta

Visit on Mother’s Day and moms get in free with the purchase of one full price admission (adult or child).

MomVP at College Football Hall of Fame

Moms get free entry with the purchase of a regular-price ticket as well as mimosas, manicures and massages.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Moms get in free on Mother’s Day. Bring a picnic, enjoy the daily programs or walk the trails.

Second Sundays

Families can enjoy free admission to the High Museum of Art and participate in activities including interactive storytimes, art making workshops, and a tour.

Atlantic Station Tiny House Festival

Tours of more than 20 tiny houses, shipping container and school bus homes, kids’ activities, food trucks and more. Moms get in free on Mother’s Day with the purchase of a regular-price ticket.

Celebrating Moms at North Georgia Zoo

Moms get in free with paid child’s admission on Mother’s Day. “Zoo Mom” tours to learn about being a mom in the animal kingdom.

Festivals and Events:

Flower and Butterfly Festival at The Rock Ranch

Hand-feed butterflies, enjoy the butterfly house and cut your own flowers this Saturday at Rock Ranch, just an hour south of Atlanta.

Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park

Arts and crafts vendors, children’s area, live music and food. May 11-12.

Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Pow Wow at Boling Park

Indian village and displays, traditional dance competition and drumming. Native Americans from around the country gather for this event. May 11-12.

Dunwoody Art Festival at Dunwoody Village Parkway

Live music, artists, children’s area, arts and crafts, rides, games and more. May 11-12.

Sweet Auburn Springfest at Sweet Auburn Historic District

Live entertainment, children’s area, international food court and more. May 11-12.

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Artist demonstrations, juggling, games, rides, festival foods and more. Through June 2.

Mother’s Day Brunches

Reservations are recommended or required for most restaurants. Call for availability.

Park Tavern

Dine on eggs Benedict, a biscuit bar, blackened salmon and more during a brunch buffet overlooking Piedmont Park. Mother’s Day Bubbles option includes all-you-can-sip champagne and mimosas. Reservation times between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001. Adults, $34.95 ($44.95 with Bubbles option); children, $14.95; ages 6 and younger, free.

Swan Coach House

Dine in a converted carriage house while enjoying a special mom’s day three-course meal from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Reservations required. Reservation times between 10:30-2 p.m. 3130 Slaton Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404-261-0636, Ext. 1. Adults, $50; ages 12 and younger, $25.

Ray’s on the River

Enjoy Mother’s Day breakfast and dinner buffets from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Call for reserved seating. 6700 Powers Ferry Rd. NW, Sandy Springs. 770-955-1187. Adults, $55; ages 5-10, $27.50.

Sweet Auburn Barbecue

A full Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with menu items including waffles, BBQ, grits bowls and more. Moms will receive free peach cobbler with ice cream. 656 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678-515-3550. Order from regular brunch menu.

TWO Urban Licks

Complimentary photo booth, live music and brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mother’s Day dinner served from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta. 404-522-4622. Order from regular menus.

The Brasserie at PARISH

Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and complimentary photo booth. Dinner from 5:30-9 p.m. N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-681-4434. Order from regular menu.

The Shed at Glenwood

A special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. features traditional favorites, shrimp and grits, and more. 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE., Atlanta. 404-835-4363. Adults, $35; children, $15.

STK Steakhouse

Enjoy live music and a special Mother’s Day brunch with classic menu items, raw bar and a dessert “playground.” from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1075 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta. 404-793-0144. Adults, $79; children, $22.

Dantanna’s

Moms can enjoy a special brunch menu and bottomless mimosas in the Buckhead and Midtown locations.   3400 Around Lenox Rd. NE #304, Atlanta and 1 CNN Center #269, Atlanta. 404-705-8873. Order from regular brunch menu.

Hampton and Hudson

The May 12 brunch at Hampton and Hudson includes croque madame, English pea and smoked salmon omelette, and New York cheesecake. Moms will receive a half-price entree with purchase of a full-price entree. Reservations recommended.  299 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta.  404-948-2123. Order from regular brunch menu.

Local Three

The Mother’s Day brunch menu includes seasonal breakfast and lunch favorites. A photographer will be available for family photos. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 3290 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-968-2700. Brunch: Adults, $39.93; ages 6-12, $19.93; ages 5 and younger, free.

Brezza Cucina

In honor of Mother’s Day, Chef Andrew Cacioppo will present a four-course, family-style brunch menu.  Reservations times between 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-724-9700. Brunch: $45 per person.

Haven

Moms and their families can enjoy a special Mother’s Day prix-fixe menu. 10:30-2:30.  1441 Dresden Dr. NE, Suite 160, Brookhaven. 404-969-0700.  Brunch: $24 per person; additional menu items may be purchased separately.

Punch Bowl Social

A special brunch menu features dishes such as Sausage and Egg Panini, Cast Iron Chile Frittata and a “Momosa” bar with sparkling wine and juices.  Kids can enjoy free arcade games and a Kids Buffet. 875 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. 470-443-1443.  Order from regular brunch menu.

Valenza

Valenza will feature a special Mother’s Day prix-fixe menu. 10:30-2:30.  1441 Dresden Dr. NE, Suite 100, Brookhaven. 404-969-3233.  Brunch: $26 per person; additional menu items may be purchased separately.

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Restaurants: Top 100

Three of the nation’s top 100 restaurants area in Atlanta, according to the reservation service OpenTable. The list, which is in alphabetical order includes Bones, La Grotto, and UMI. This list of 100 Best Restaurants in America reflects the combined opinions of more than 12 million restaurants reviews submitted by openTable diners for more than 26,000 restaurants in all 50 States including Washington DC. Stop by and see why Atlanta remains a great place to relocate for affordable living and also amazing restaurants!

Check out these delicious menus:

http://umiatlanta.com/menu/

http://lagrottaatlanta.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/La-Grotta-Menu.pdf

http://www.bonesrestaurant.com/menus/?m=dinner