Where to Eat and Drink in Atlanta

I’ve been a resident for enough time now that I’m beginning to get the lay of the land in Atlanta/Decatur, so I thought I’d share some recommendations with you.

Not all are smoke friendly, but all are friendly to their patrons. Some of these places don’t really need my help, but I like giving good press when it’s well deserved, as it often goes unnoticed.

First up, of course, I’ve already mentioned Highland Cigar Company, my home away from home.  From awesome drinks (watch Clif in this clip below) to great ambiance, the cigar club is just the place you’d expect to find Falcons fans (and the occasional misguided Patriots fan – but we’ll forgive Bekks…) the place is hard to beat.  Located in Inman Park just about .7th of a mile from Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station, the walk there is a gorgeous one as you pass beautiful homes.

My man cliff making drinks at @highland_cigar #cigars #booze #cocktails

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Next up, haven’t been here yet, but I’m hearing good things, and honestly? The social media interaction is spot on with two lovely SOTL – Dona Mathews and Alexis June have hyped up Habanos, just near downtown Atlanta.  Find them here.  Both women are active on FB too, so peep them and show them some love.

Got Cigars? – This little spot at 232 E. Ponce De Leon in Decatur by the Square hosts a solid collection of cigars and the owner knows her stuff.  That’s right, I said her.  A female run cigar shop is a rarity but Rukia is a boss.  Go in, grab a cigar and stay for a while.  The couch is comfortable.   Stay outta my spot 😉

Le Monde #cabernet #franc #friuli #Italy #wine

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Non-Cigar places:  I really have a thing for going to Leon’s Full Service.  I’ve taken all three girlfriends there for food, plus some other friends and the wine program for wines in the glass tends to be just what I’m looking for at any given time.  Sometimes I want white, when it’s blazing hot round these parts, sometimes I want superbly warm and red, but they have a great beer selection and do yourself a favor.  Get the bacon in a glass and add the homemade peanut butter.

Mac Mcgee’s Irish Pub – Go for a pint but please, lay off the Guinness. It’s bullshit when you stack it up against the numerous other libations they have on the fairly thick beer menu.  Or go for a dram, the list is lengthy.  They also tend to do a lot of local community activism so if that’s also your thing, check them out.

None of these places really needed my help in promotion but like I said, spreading the good word always comes back to return threefold!

Ladies Night to return to Highland Cigar Company!

Bourbon and cigar pairing + training only $15, brought to you by @bulleit Bourbon and @kimbercy! Our featured drink, “Sweet Seduction” only $10. Bring your business cards and come experience the RETURN of Ladies Night at Highland Cigar Company. See you soon! (Yours truly will be behind the bar all night 😉) #cigarlife #atlnights#bartender #atlantabartender #bulleitbourbon #womenandcigars#highlandcigarco #sweet #valentinesday #ladiesnight #events#goinguponatuesday #trysomethingnew #cigarlifestyle #grownandsexy#networking #rockypatelcigars #giveaways#fun #wedothis

And yes I’ll be there!

Cigar Review – Oliveros Gran Retorno

Created by industry talent Rafael Nodal, the man behind Aging Room, and the owner of Boutique Blends, this new line extension provides cigar lovers with a new experience.

The Gran Retorno is a new line extension from Oliveros and Rafael Nodal.

The Oliveros line I’d smoked a few years back and while thought the line was solid, was unimpressed, but that may just be my tastes.   This cigar, on the other hand, was a definite winner.

The pre-light draw shows leather along with spice and that rich raisin or plum. Lots of chocolate too.
The initial light is a good mix of tobacco, wood, light nuanced spice and maybe cocoa. The leather/cedar combo makes for interesting taste with a background of something floral.  Then the taste changes to wood.
Then the taste sweetness up. Not cloyingly but more muted.
About the beginning of the second third, the spice is light but present.    The cigar had a great burn and draw, along with a solid feel in the hand.
The final third grew in intensity but wasn’t over the top. More prominent pepper and more floral, almost like wintergreen

Cigar Review – La Jugada Habano

I picked up this cigar in an assortment for a really good deal from the fine folks at Tampa Humidor and I must say, the unknown sampler bags are out of this world in value.  You have to make sure you can get them, as they tend to fly off the shelves quickly.

Anyway, the La Jugada cigar was new to me.  Moya Ruiz cigars makes this powerhouse of a cigar and I must admit, the overall impression of it left me wanting more of them.

The prelight draw has a really sweet taste o it. Light and free I expect the draw to be very good. The cigar feels light in the hand.
The first few puffs are really wood heavy with pepper on the back end. The Habano wrapper flavor really comes through wot almost loam?  Smoke in the mouth is rather thick.
The second third continues with the same, flavors being consistent and balancing out with white pepper coming out on top and continue into the final bit of the cigar.  I’d also detected some cashew notes, almond notes.
Overall, this is going to be a cigar I keep in my regular rotation.