Who says the suburbs don’t have culture? Come to Vinings Gallery on Saturday night for “Paint The Town Atlanta” and indulge in an extra-large dose of sophistication, stellar cuisine, yummy wines and gorgeous art. Sponsored by The Melting Pot Restaurants, this special event benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Pure Imagination Charity. Luxurious door prizes and silent auction items abound. Plus, everyone receives souvenir gift bags to take home. For more information, see http://www.paintthetownatlanta.org/
Cinco Mexican Cantina is fast becoming a favorite spot to nosh and sip before or after a performance at Cobb Energy Centre. Fun and sophisticated, Cinco is a great place to meet for frosty margaritas after a tough day at work. Slightly more upscale than most Mexican chain restaurants, Cinco offers several innovative dishes more refined palates will enjoy while still providing a full repertoire of classics and favorites. An incredible dessert menu and after-dinner coffee drinks round out the menu. Cinco also offers occasional live music.
Super family-friendly Stevi B’s Pizza is affordable, pleasant and yes, even fun. One low, low price grants you access to an appealing buffet of wholesome, surprisingly delicious food, including such pizzas as chicken fajita, BBQ, spinach Alfred, loaded baked potato, and Hawaiian. Fresh veggies are on offer at the salad bar, and Stevie B’s even has you covered for dessert, with cinnamon rolls, cherries jubilee pizza and the oddly scrumptious concoction s’mores pizza. After scarfing their food, kids can get their kicks in the game room, where they can earn tickets to trade for prizes. And the adults can have a little time to themselves.
Don’t worry. Be happy. We don’t know about you, but just walking into The Grape Wine Bar & Bistroputs a smile on our faces. We’re even more blissful when it’s happy hour (Mon - Fri, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) and their incredibly delicious flatbreads are only half-price at five bucks. Flatbreads include chipotle shrimp with cilantro lime dressing, Scottish smoked salmon with dill crème fraiche, and pulled pork and fire-roasted corn. House-made Sangria and $8 Grey Goose Signature Martinis are also stars of happy hour, along with a lively crew of regulars and first timers. But of course The Grape’s specialty is wine, after all, so don’t forget to sip a glass or two. There’s live music on Friday and Saturday nights and The Grape also hosts trivia every Wednesday evening.
Varner’s Restaurant & Tavern has quite a lot more going on than meets the eye. Claiming to have “the best beer selection in Smyrna” (Wychwood Hobgoblin from England, anyone?) the folks at Varner’s work wonders on weekends with all kinds of activities beyond good pub food and drink specials. Lively rounds of Texas hold ‘em are in the cards at 8 and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays. A DJ spins tunes starting at 10 p.m. and Absolut specialty martinis are only $5.50. Saturdays sport team trivia at 8 p.m. and the live music cranks up at 10 p.m. Check their website for more eclectic activities, including dart tournaments, Mugs & Movies, and bingo.