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SAY “I DO” TO ATLANTA’S BEST RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS FOR WEDDING PARTIES
Private Dining Options, Memorable Menus and Scenic Settings Guarantee an Exceptional Event
ATLANTA (Feb. 7, 2019) – Now that the holiday engagement season has passed and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to begin searching for that ideal setting to celebrate impending nuptials or host an unforgettable reception. The following top-notch Atlanta restaurants and nightclubs offer a range of special menus and packages to help make that special day the best it can be. Start the planning process by giving these spots a ring:
In the heart of downtown Atlanta, Ray's in the City courts wedding parties with private and semi-private rooms and areas glowing with rich woods and ambient lighting. Toast a full range of bar ideas and consider hosting breakfast or brunch buffets, lunch, pre-selected dinner menus or exciting dinner buffets with stations for stir-fry, pasta, salad, carving or made-to-order sushi. The flexible, semi-private Chef’s Area dining room seats up to 30 guests for an engagement or rehearsal dinner, and the Wine Cellar accommodates up to 10 guests for dinner. The Peachtree Room seats 75 guests and presents panoramic views of Peachtree Street. 240 Peachtree Street NW; 404-524-9224; raysrestaurants.com.
Something old for something new? Check out Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland. Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern welcomes guests into an unpretentious environment where a private upstairs room accommodates 30 guests for a sit-down dinner or 50 guests for a cocktail reception or engagement party. 794 N. Highland Avenue; 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
Gunshow in Glenwood Park, part of Kevin Gillespie’s Red Beard Restaurants group, features an open kitchen, a shared dining room and a family-style menu for groups of 13-70 guests. The menu changes daily, with eight savory and two dessert items from that night’s menu selected for guests to enjoy family-style as chefs visit the tables with serving platters bearing their creations. The expert staff fashions details to suit from customizable menus and bar packages to wines, beer, specialty cocktails and more. Gunshow can happily accommodate special requests including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and food sensitivity needs. 924 Garrett Street; 404-380-1886; gunshowatl.com.
Murphy’s, a cozy Virginia-Highland mainstay for nearly 40 years, serves an irresistible combination of upscale comfort food, attentive service and a charming, intimate atmosphere. The restaurant sports a variety of private dining options and can accommodate up to 42 seated guests (or 60 standing). For larger events, partial (130 guests) or full buyouts (180) are also available. The $35 High Tea menu, with tea sandwiches and other delightful sweet and savory options, is a local favorite. 997 Virginia Avenue NE; 404-872-0904; www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com.
A family-owned, community-focused barbecue restaurant in Midtown, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is redefining the art of smoking, one brisket at a time. Bold flavor twists and creative ingredient combinations are available for private parties and buyouts. 822 Marietta Street NW; 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
5Church Atlanta at Colony Square offers a range of sophisticated private and semi-private settings for intimate dinners or all-out galas for 250 guests or more. The rooftop patio overlooks Peachtree Street, providing an iconic Atlanta background. Inside, large-scale artwork lends drama to The Buffalo Room, a generously proportioned space. See samples of 5Church hors d’oeuvre and menu packages here, including multi-course menus such as the Saucier ($45 per guest), the Sous Chef ($57 per guest), the Chef de Cuisine ($65 per guest) and the Executive Chef ($75 per guest). 1197 Peachtree Street NE; 404-400-3669; 5churchatlanta.com.
For rehearsal dinners, receptions and more, bank on The Federal, Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere’s steakhouse/bistro, which takes its name from the nearby Federal Reserve Bank. The restaurant can accommodate 50 for a seated dinner and 75 guests for a cocktail-style event. 1050 Crescent Avenue; 404-343-3857; thefederalatl.com.
At HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern, large groups can enjoy a mouthwatering menu of appetizers, gourmet pizzas, burgers, craft beers and cocktails in the laid-back dining room or on the heated and covered patio. Have it all with a buyout. 1551 Piedmont Avenue NE; 404-968-2288; hobnobatlanta.com.
Livingston Restaurant & Bar, situated inside the majestic, historic Georgian Terrace Hotel, offers a gorgeous backdrop for pre- or post-wedding festivities, with towering ceilings, marble staircases and the scenic terrace for which the building is named. Parties can enjoy a contemporary, Southern-inspired menu in elegant private or semi-private dining spaces. 659 Peachtree Street NE; 866-845-7551; livingstonatlanta.com.
An Ormsby’s party focuses on fun, craft beers and a menu of creative and classic gastropub favorites. Groups of all sizes love socializing while playing a variety of games (shuffleboard, darts, bocce ball, board games and pool) at this Westside hideaway tucked away under the White Provisions building. A number of private dining areas are perfect for receptions or rehearsal dinners. 1170 Howell Mill Road; 404-968-2033; ormsbysatlanta.com.
The Alden serves an ambitious menu filled with contemporary takes on Southern and American cuisine from chef Jared Hucks in a stylish yet casual space. Full buyouts are available. Parkview on Peachtree at 5070 Peachtree Boulevard; 678-395-6982; thealdenrestaurant.com.
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in the Town Brookhaven mixed-use development features a semi-private room perfect for medium-sized parties to enjoy a festive menu of appetizers, burgers, gourmet pizzas, craft beers and cocktails. 804 Town Boulevard; 404-464-8971; hobnobatlanta.com.
Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar serves modern, inspired takes on classic Southern fare with recipes that have been handed down for generations. The private dining area is ideal for large groups. 3575 Durden Drive in Brookleigh Marketplace; 470-395-8989; secretokitchen.com.
Thanks to chef/owner Gerry Klaskala’s menu of artfully prepared American cuisine, Aria is frequently lauded as one of the nation’s best restaurants. Larger parties can buy out the restaurant for a private lunch or dinner in the renovated space, which features warm gray walls, rich butter-hued drapes, glowing backlit custom mirrors and gorgeous leather banquettes. 490 East Paces Ferry Road; 404-233-7673; aria-atl.com.
A 1920s-inspired speakeasy, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar provides an intimate and sophisticated environment for dining and drinking for up to 80 guests. There’s also room for live entertainment in this smoke-free facility. Rent any day of the week. 128 East Andrews Drive NW; 678-705-7697; blindpigparlourbar.com.
Gypsy Kitchen in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta transports guests to a beautiful, out-of-the-ordinary destination where Spanish cuisine mingles with foods inspired by the spice trade of India, Morocco and other countries. Tasting menus, elaborate spreads and passed appetizers are matched by a bar program rich in Old World-style wines, craft cocktails and European beers. 3035 Peachtree Road; 404-939-9840; gk-atl.com.
The perfect couple deserves a perfect party. Enter Himitsu. The luxurious Japanese craft cocktail lounge located a few doors down from Umi masters the art of “omotenashi,” the beautiful Japanese concept of selfless hospitality. Located in the epicenter of Buckhead, Himitsu graciously accommodates buyouts (65 guests seated; 100 standing) and semi-private events (28 seated; 40 standing). Menus are created especially for the occasion, encompassing sake and signature craft cocktails alongside sister restaurant Umi’s trademark sushi rolls and small bites from executive chef Fuyuhiko Ito and pastry chef Lisa Ito. Call Umi at 404-841-0040 to discuss options. Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Road NW; 404-257-6693; puraibeto.com/himitsu.
Saltyard specializes in Southern-inspired small plates served in an airy, expansive space that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Check the private events page for menus and a virtual tour, or call the dedicated private event line at 678-498-7088. 1820 Peachtree Road NW; 404-382-8088; saltyardatlanta.com.
The Southern Gentleman celebrates relaxed, yet polished, Southern hospitality and offers a modern, locally sourced take on Southern cuisine served along with handcrafted cocktails. This expansive space in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta accommodates up to 150 guests, and dinner menus begin at $35 per person. Think patio parties or plan a customized bourbon, rye or whiskey with friends or family. 3035 Peachtree Road; 404-939-9845; thesoutherngentlemanatl.com.
The Perimeter location of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in the Perimeter Place development features the same menu of gourmet pizzas, burgers, craft beers and cocktails in a roomy new space that includes a private dining area for cocktail parties and receptions. Buyout options are also available. 1221 Ashford Crossing; 470-395-7904; hobnobatlanta.com.
Ray's on the River exudes waterside wow alongside the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs. Host events “outside” at river’s edge in the Grand Pavilion, a covered, temperature-controlled environment accommodating up to 120 guests seated or 150 guests for cocktails, as well as a band or DJ and a dance floor for that special first dance and those to follow. Inside the restaurant, the Private Dining Room pleases up to 70 guests for a formal dinner or a cocktail/buffet reception, and the River Room seats up to 30 guests in a semi-private dining space. Opt for pre-selected lunch and dinner menus and consider appetizers, platters, hors d’oeuvres, full buffets and impressive chef-attended carving stations. 6700 Powers Ferry Road; 770-955-1187; raysrestaurants.com/raysontheriver.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple radiates charm galore. Gatherings for parties of eight to 200 guests can be specially tailored by request. Download the Events and Catering Menu for a taste of what’s in store when hosting an event in the restored areas of the farmhouse including the Breezeway (16 guests), the Milton Room (40 guests), the Mayfield Room (24 guests), the Broadwell Room (12 guests), the Banquet Porch (40 seated) or the Bar (32-50 guests). 800 Mayfield Road; 770-817-0161; miltonscuisine.com.
Ray's at Killer Creek in Alpharetta can accommodate up to 70 guests for daytime and evening events. Seat up to 26 guests in the private Cellar with its warm woods, stone hearth and fireplace. The dividable Wine-Jordan room seats 60 amid towers of fine wines as well as opening into the private outdoor courtyard. For an outdoorsy feel, celebrate in the Creek Room, a covered and heated outdoor patio overlooking Foe’s Killer Creek and the Upper Chattahoochee Natural Forest Preserve, that easily serves up to 70 guests seated family-style, formally at long tables or in smaller groupings. 1700 Mansell Road; 770-649-0064; raysrestaurants.com/raysatkillercreek.
The Alpharetta location of Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar features the same acclaimed menu of contemporary Southern cuisine as its Brookhaven sibling and is available for buyouts. 6195 Windward Pkwy; 770-752-0922; secretokitchen.com.
Revival, Kevin Gillespie’s home for traditional Southern dining, can accommodate up to 100 guests in private dining areas, with extra space on the front and side porches for mingling as weather permits. Menus for groups of 20-50 guests give a choice of soup or salad, entrée, chef-selected trimmings and a dessert. For a more casual experience, Communion, the restaurant’s backyard private event area, has a genial patio vibe with communal picnic tables, food truck snacks, games and session beers, wine and cocktails. Fill out the private events page for more information. 129 Church Street; 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com.
While only two share the honeymoon cruise, 100 or more guests – seafarers and landlubbers alike – can cruise to Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue in East Cobb in Marietta for a restaurant buyout to celebrate the big event. 4475 Roswell Road; 770-635-7641; driftoysterbar.com.
Fall in love with Seed Kitchen & Bar and Stem Wine Bar in East Cobb for bridesmaid luncheon, rehearsal dinner and engagement cocktail party options. At Seed, select from prix fixe brunch, lunch and dinner menu options or mix and match from the menus to suit groups of 15 guests or more. Invite up to 25 guests to gather in the private dining room or 10-25 guests in a semi-private room. Bow to the patio to accommodate 50 guests for a seated meal, more for a cocktail reception. Download Seed’s Event Planning Guide for more space details and a sample menu. Stem Wine Bar is a mighty vine option, whether for a private lunch event Monday through Saturday or a restaurant buyout reserving the entire space for groups of up to 40 seated or 60 for cocktails. Vow to read more in Stem’s Event Planning Guide. 1311 Johnson Ferry Road; 678-214-6888; eatatseed.com; stemwinebar.com.