Winter is a fun time to visit Atlanta, especially since there’s no shortage of things going on. Sports fans flock to town for events like the Air Force Celebration Bowl, the Super Bowl, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, and the SEC Championship Game. In between games with your favorite teams, don’t miss Atlanta’s best places to eat, drink, play – and celebrate a win.
Where to Eat
Make a reservation at one of Atlanta’s best restaurants to celebrate with friends and family. Bacchanalia, Empire State South, and Staplehouse are just a few of the city’s most praised eateries.
If your tastes are eclectic, visit Krog Street Market, a food hall in a 1920s warehouse with multiple dining options, including barbecue, pizza, pho, and more. Choose a little bit of everything to share between friends.
People attending sporting events or concerts will find plenty of places to dine near Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Castleberry Hill’s No Mas Cantina is a longtime neighborhood favorite, with delicious margaritas and Mexican dishes. Smoke Ring is another good choice for barbecue and brisket with all the Southern sides.
Where to Drink
Toast to your team’s victory at one of the city’s watering holes. The Hilton Atlanta boasts two unique drinking experiences, including one of the last remaining Trader Vic’s in the United States, inspired by the tiki bars of the post-war era. Nikolai’s Roof, on the hotel’s 30th floor, serves upscale French-Russian fare and house-infused vodkas with the best views of the city.
Cocktail lovers can check out the lounges like The Mercury, a midcentury-inspired bar inside Ponce City Market. Leon’s Full Service in Decatur also serves creative, award-winning cocktails, along with nearby Kimball House and Holeman & Finch Public House in Buckhead.
Don’t forget about Atlanta’s many breweries – Scofflaw Brewery is a popular spot on the Westside for its Basement IPA, its flagship beer, and a tasting room, which is open daily. Other breweries include New Realm, located along the Atlanta BeltLine, and Orpheus Brewing, in the heart of Midtown near Piedmont Park.
Where to Play
In addition to the game, make time to explore Atlanta. See a show at the iconic Fox Theatre, Atlanta’s premier venue for plays, comedy, dance, and music acts. The 1928 building also offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour. Speaking of tours, Atlanta Movie Tours visits the famous locations from Georgia’s films and TV shows, including The Walking Dead, the Marvel movies, and The Hunger Games.
There are also plenty of attractions near the stadiums at Centennial Olympic Park, like the College Football Hall of Fame, CNN Center, World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. There’s even seasonal ice skating!
Treat yourself to shopping at Atlanta’s best stores, including both local shops and big brands. Ponce City Market in the Old Fourth Ward is a destination in its own right, selling clothing, books, gifts, and more. Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead are also must-visit malls.
Don’t forget to book your stay at your favorite Hilton property in Atlanta.