Olivia Mayes

Work Your Way to ATL Restaurants for Labor Day Specials and Celebrations

Olivia Mayes
Work Your Way to ATL Restaurants for Labor Day Specials and Celebrations

Atlanta chefs are turning up the heat in their kitchens so you don’t have to over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3. From a Labor Day lobster promotion and DragonCon deals to weekend brunches, food and drink specials and football viewing, there are plenty of reasons to take a break and enjoy the labors of Atlanta’s culinary stars.

In Virginia-Highland, weekend brunch stretches into Monday at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant will be opening as usual at 11:30 a.m. and serving its full brunch menu including Big Green Egg smoked brisket and eggs, shrimp and grits, and fried green tomato Benedict, plus $5 mimosas and $6 bloody Marys.

Guests in town for DragonCon, the city’s internationally known pop culture, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention, score a deal at Bulla Gastrobar in Midtown. Show your DragonCon pass for 10 percent off the restaurant’s Spanish-style tapas dishes and handcrafted drinks, Aug. 30-Sept. 3. 

Babalu in Midtown will be open on Labor Day, offering snacks, small plates and delicious bites to share with your crew. Don’t forget the tableside guac! 

Good food is steps away. Beni's Cubano's downtown location will be open on Labor Day and is the perfect pit stop for DragonCon goers all weekend long -- even for breakfast!

Throw on your stormtrooper armor and trek over to 5Church Atlanta in Midtown for a DragonCon promotion Aug. 30-Sept. 3. DragonCon attendees in costume who take a photo at 5Church and post on Instagram with hashtag #5ChurchAtlanta will get 10 percent off their bill. Guests must show server or bartender the Instagram post to receive discount. 5Church will be closed for lunch on Monday, opening for dinner at 5 p.m.

Both locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern -- Midtown and Brookhaven -- are serving their usual weekend brunch menus on Monday along with bottomless mimosas. Brunch menu highlights include the Hangover Helper, Wake and Bake pizza and tiramisu French toast. Come back Monday evening for a Monday Date Night special featuring a three-course meal for two for $24.95.

Irby’s Tavern in Buckhead is your neighborhood go-to for weekend football viewing including the UGA vs. Austin Peay game on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. The hometown sports bar will be serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday and will be open on Monday.

Elegant Livingston Restaurant + Bar and casual hideaway Edgar’s P&P are prime locations for out-of-town visitors – especially those staying at the Historic Georgian Terrace Hotel. Both will be open their regular hours Labor Day weekend.

Start your Labor Day with brunch at Murphy's. Morningside's beloved hostspot is extending their popular weekend brunch to Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ray’s RestaurantsRay’s on the River, Ray’s at Killer Creek and Ray’s in the City – are all open on Labor Day with a Labor Day lobster promotion for $29.95. Enjoy a 1.25-pound whole Maine lobster served with drawn butter and a choice of salad (Fuji apple field greens or Caesar) and side (whipped potatoes or green beans). Ray’s in the City is a respite during the wealth of Labor Day weekend events happening downtown including DragonCon and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Labor Day hours: Ray’s on the River and Ray’s in the City, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Ray’s at Killer Creek, 5-10 p.m. (bar opens at 4 p.m.).

Are you ready for some football? All locations of Taco Mac will be open regular hours on Labor Day. Drop by for football viewing on the multiple big screens along with a full menu boasting award-winning chicken wings, burgers, cold beer and more.

Start your Labor Day celebrations early at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails. The beloved Alpharetta restaurant is shucking up half-priced baker's dozen oysters, live music and $5 bubbly on Sunday from 5 p.m. to close. 

In Buckhead, Chido + Padre's is extending their weekend brunch to Monday, giving diners a fiesta-filled option for Labor Day eats, along with $5 mimosas and margaritas.