Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Take the Stress Out of Holiday Party Planning

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
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Atlanta’s Best Restaurants Give the Gift of Private Dining and Event Options

ATLANTA (Sept. 23, 2015) – Planning your company holiday party or family get-together doesn’t have to turn you into a Grinch. Give yourself the gift of great food and drinks, impeccable service and just the right atmosphere by calling now to reserve your event space at one of Atlanta’s best restaurants. Many of the city’s favorite establishments offer private dining and event options wrapped up for you below:

Casual Fun and Games:

10th & Piedmont, located at Midtown’s most popular intersection, is an ideal spot for large group events and corporate buyouts.  The restaurant boasts a killer view of the Atlanta skyline and a multicultural menu of shareable small plates with a strong Southern influence. 991 Piedmont Ave.; 404-602-5510;

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland serves up an animated environment that makes it just the right spot for a pleasant evening. An upstairs room can accommodate 30 guests for a sit-down dinner or 50 guests for a cocktail reception. 794 North Highland Ave.;  404-876-7249;
The Ansley Mall (1544 Piedmont Ave.) and Lenox Square (3393 Peachtree Road NE) locations of Bantam + Biddy feature inviting patios perfect for small- to mid-sized private parties. With its menu of fresh, Southern, locally sourced entrees such as rotisserie chicken, sandwiches and sides, Bantam + Biddy is ideal for casual lunch or dinner events. The Ansley Mall restaurant is also available for buyouts; or

Book early and get a deal at FLIP burger boutique. The restaurant is available for large parties and buyouts. Book a party of 10 or more before November 1 and receive 10 percent off the total bill. Must book through 

Company holiday parties and events don't get more fun than Game-X, with lots of great team-building opportunities and an atmosphere that both relaxes and energizes. Game-X can accommodate small and large groups comfortably. The wide variety of interactive, multiplayer games will create thrilling, challenging face-offs between coworkers and friends. It's a retreat like no other. 275 Baker St.;  404-525-0728;

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern sets a casual environment perfect for large groups. Enjoy a mouthwatering menu of appetizers, gourmet pizzas, burgers and other favorites in the laid-back dining room, or kick back with a high-gravity craft beer on the welcoming patio. 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE; 404-968-2288;

In Midtown, MAX's Wine Dive is the destination for gourmet comfort food served in a rock-and-roll atmosphere.  Holiday groups are welcome for full-restaurant buyouts.  77 12th St. NE; 404-249-0445;

Located on the Westside under the White Provisions building, Ormsby’s feels like one of the city’s best-kept secrets. But it’s a leading destination for gatherings and celebrations of all sizes and stripes, thanks to a variety of games (shuffleboard, darts, bocce ball, board games and pool) perfect for socializing. With a wide selection of craft beers and a menu of classic and creative gastropub favorites, it’s a casual crowd-pleaser. 1170 Howell Mill Road; 404-968-2033;

Dressed Up and Someplace to Go:

In Roswell, Aqua blue has banquet facilities and menus ideal for large events of up to 300 guests. The patio, with updated furniture, colorful landscaping and heaters is also perfect for large parties. Hosting a more intimate gathering? Try the Wine Room for seated groups of 40 or standing receptions of up to 70. 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road;  770-643-8886;

Aria in Buckhead offers an exquisitely chic yet comfortable atmosphere and an avant-garde menu of fine American cuisine made with high-quality seasonal ingredients. Larger parties can buy out the restaurant for a private lunch or dinner in an elegantly attractive space.  490 East Paces Ferry Road; 404-233-7673;

Located at the intersection of 14th and Peachtree Streets in Midtown, Article 14 puts a refreshingly accessible spin on “refined dining.” With a menu that emphasizes a chef-driven approach to familiar entrées (along with a few surprises) and a compelling beer, wine and spirits list, it’s the ideal spot for a holiday gathering a few notches above the ordinary. Article 14 is available for semi-private events and a full buyout. 1180 Peachtree St.; 404-443-8432;

Opening soon at Ponce City Market, Bellina Alimentari will feature two private event spaces for holiday parties. The Dough Room is perfect for intimate, family-style dinners of up to 12 people. Bellina’s bar may be reserved in conjunction with the Dough Room for cocktail events of 35-40 people. These areas are available Monday - Thursday beginning at 5:00 p.m. There is no room fee, but food and beverage minimums must be met. 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE; 404-330-9933;

Gunshow, the signature restaurant of celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie, offers a truly one-of-a-kind buyout experience as the chefs serve rotating selections from an exclusive menu tableside. The Glenwood Park dining room seats up to 75 guests, with standing receptions for 100. 924 Garrett St.; 404-380-1886;

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple provides a charming setting for your social gathering or corporate event. Milton’s can accommodate parties of eight to 200 guests, and each event can be specially tailored by request. Banquet menus are priced at $35, $45 and $55. Enjoy 20% off luncheons throughout November and December. 800 Mayfield Road; 770-817-0161;

Throughout Buckhead, Southern Proper Hospitality is the MVP of holiday dining, with several different venues and menus for gracious soirees.  Early birds earn the rewards, with Gypsy Kitchen and The Southern Gentleman giving $100 gift cards for events booked before Oct. 15. At The Big KetchSmokebelly and The Blind Pig, you have until the end of October to book and receive the $100 gift.  A minimum spend of $500 applies for all.

Booking your holiday party at Ray’s on the River (6700 Powers Ferry Road; 770-955-1187), Ray’s in the City (240 Peachtree St.; 404-524-9224) or Ray’s at Killer Creek  (1700 Mansell Road; 770-649-0064) comes with a fun stocking stuffer: a $100 Ray’s Restaurant dining card. Parties must be booked with a signed contract by Sept. 30, 2015 and held between Nov. 27 and Dec. 30, 2015. Parties must spend a minimum of $1,500 in food and beverage to qualify for the dining cards, which will be mailed in January.

Kevin Gillespie's ode to Southern dining, Revival in Decatur has several private dining options ranging from an intimate family dinner for up to 12 guests, to day and evening meeting spaces for 20-25 or corporate-style events of up to 100.  129 Church St.; 470-225-6770; or

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar's 125-seat private dining area is perfect for medium- to large-sized parties to gather and share small plates of house-made meats and cheeses and indulgent desserts, along with handcrafted cocktails, local microbrews and an impressive wine list. The restaurant can also cater larger events inside the Loews Atlanta Hotel's 40,000 square-foot event space, including the 4,800 square-foot outdoor Terrace and the 11,070 square-foot Ellington Ballroom. 1065 Peachtree St. NE in the Loews Atlanta Hotel; 404-745-5000;

Seed Kitchen & Bar, located in the Merchant’s Walk retail center in Marietta, serves up stylish yet accessible (and affordable) modern comfort food with knowledgeable but unpretentious service. Seed can accommodate private parties of up to 25 guests and semi-private events for 10-25 guests. The patio, weather permitting, can host groups of up to 30. 1311 Johnson Ferry Road; 678-214-6888; Next door, sister restaurant Stem Wine Bar is available for full buyouts. 678-214-6888;

For something a little different, book your event at Umi and treat your party to Atlanta’s best sushi and modern Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is available for lunchtime buyouts and can accommodate parties of 12-15 people at night. Umi offers custom event menus, which can be paired with wine. Lunch events can host 40-100 guests, perfect for corporate client or staff events. 3050 Peachtree Road; 404-841-0040;



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