A Slew of Creative New Luxury Hotels Makes Atlanta Staycations Cooler Than Ever…

Boutique hotels are opening all over Atlanta. The city’s hospitality landscape, once dotted with convention-friendly high-rises and cookie-cutter chains clustered in tourist-friendly destinations like downtown and Buckhead, is rapidly diversifying, thanks to a wave of more intimate, experiential properties popping up from Alpharetta to College Park. This is good news for visitors but also locals—who have more reason than ever to stay close to home.

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LA-based vegan bodega, LaRayia’s, comes to Ponce City Market

An organic, vegan grab-and-go spot is opening in Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall on December 3. LaRayia’s Bodega—a philanthropy-forward, Caribbean-inspired shop—first opened in Los Angeles in 2019. Impressed with the diversity of Atlanta, founder LaRayia Gaston decided to bring her healthy eats to Old Fourth Ward—with a few changes.

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11 Magical Things to do During Christmas in Atlanta…

Christmas in Atlanta is not your typical “White Christmas.” We rarely ever get snow down here, and one year, it was 75 degrees the week of Christmas. Even without the snow, there are still plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit with different Atlanta Christmas events, shoes, and photo ops. Here is a list of our favorites.

This beloved holiday pop-up bar has multiple locations this year. The restaurant spaces are decked out in kitschy festive decor and welcome you with Christmas-themed cocktails. The Miracle is the perfect bar to escape your annoying Aunt Susan visiting from out of town.

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Hidden Georgia: 58 amazing places we’ll bet you’ve never been…

Our essential guide to 58 fascinating museums, historic sites, thrilling rides, lovable animals, inspiring artisans, tasty restaurants, quirky inns, roadside curiosities, and illegal hooch.

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Newly Bowed Apt 4B Brings Modern Caribbean to Atlanta

Ten thousand vintage vinyl records greet you at Apt 4B, as does a state-of-the-art McIntosh sound system, the perfect example of how the restaurant blends “the best of then and now,” says executive chef Dayana Joseph. Additional touches such as a mix of modern and vintage flatware, dining chairs, and more bring the concept full circle.

Most importantly, of course, is the food, which Joseph, a Haitian, describes as modern Caribbean. “That means a use of traditional ingredients married with modern techniques found in gastronomy and fine dining,” she says, “such as reverse spherification, dehydration, and fermentation.” A hallmark of Caribbean cuisine is the concept of cooking nose to tail: Joseph braises her oxtails for three hours with mirepoix, fresh herbs, scallion, ground round spices, and Scotch bonnet peppers. 

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10 Best Things to Do After Midnight in Atlanta

It’s 1 a.m., you’ve danced all night, and you need to relax somewhere other than home. Head to Duluth and lounge in the heat at Jeju Sauna, the king of metro Atlanta’s 24-hour Korean spas. Based around traditional Korean jjimjil, the model is tried and true: Pay a $30 entrance fee, grab your uniform and wristband to charge your services, separate into gender-specific locker rooms, and reunite with your friends in the communal area (or indulge yourself with a Korean demadi, an exfoliating body shampoo). There, take your pick of several saunas ranging from the toasty (jade) to even cold (ice), body and foot massages, or enjoy a dip in the swimming pool. 

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Illuminarium Experiences’ First Venue Opens on Atlanta’s BeltLine with WILD: A Safari Experience, Immersing Guests in the Splendor of Africa’s Most Exotic Animals

Today, Illuminarium Experiences, a breakthrough global experiential entertainment company created by worldwide leaders in cinematic and interactive content, architectural and theatrical design, and venue operations, opens its first Illuminarium in Atlanta, Georgia, with its debut spectacle, WILD: A Safari Experience. The immersive 26,000 square-foot entertainment complex on the Atlanta BeltLine will showcase the beauty and splendor of Africa’s most exotic animals in their natural habitats. It will also offer a first-of-its-kind nightlife experience at The Bar at Illuminarium and all-day dining at The Illuminarium Café.

Through a convergence of cutting-edge technologies from the most impressive brands in the industry, Illuminarium’s immersive venues will transport millions of visitors to places that they previously could only dream of experiencing. By enabling audiences to see, hear, feel, smell and even personally affect an experience, Illuminarium places the guest “inside” the narrative using techniques from traditional motion picture production and virtual reality combined with interactive features that facilitate the experience of the real world. In essence, Illuminarium exemplifies a “VR, without the glasses” experience.

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This Hidden Cocktail Lounge in Midtown Delivers Glitzy 1970s Vibes and Crafty Cocktails

JoJo’s Beloved, a new cocktail lounge within food hall Politician Row at Colony Square, is a total vibe, allowing people to step back in time to the age of disco glam with a solid dose of 1980s futurism in its design and drinks. 

Hidden behind a door toward the back of the food hall, people travel down a red carpeted, mirrored hallway to enter JoJo’s, a cocktail lounge intentionally designed by New Orleans firm Bell Butler to shut out the world and transport patrons back to the fabled nightlife of the 1970s and early 1980s.

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Atlanta Magazine’s 6th Annual Whiskey Festival

Join us for Atlanta magazine’s 6th annual Whiskey Festival presented by Your Metro Atlanta BMW Centers…

Guests will enjoy the same whiskey samplings as in previous years, from a wide array of top-shelf whiskeys to bourbons to tequila and rum. In addition to sampling the finest whiskeys, our guests will have the opportunity to meet and talk to master distillers, spirits ambassadors, and the owners of some of the most talked about whiskeys—including top shelf standbys and the newest up and comers generating a lot of buzz.

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The 16 Hottest New Restaurants in Atlanta Right Now

Despite construction and permitting delays and other unforeseen obstacles brought on by the pandemic over the last year, new restaurants continue opening across Atlanta and its sprawling metro area. While most restaurants are open for dine-in service, many establishments are placing greater emphasis on patios and outdoor seating options as well as takeout. Here, Eater shines the spotlight on a few of Atlanta’s newest restaurants to check out this month.

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50 Outstanding Black-Owned Restaurants in Atlanta

One of the things that makes Atlanta a Great American City is our Black history and culture. Dining at local, minority-owned businesses year-round is a great (and delicious) way to support Atlanta’s fabric. Here are some of the best Black-owned restaurants in Atlanta.

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