Celebrate Piña Colada Day in Atlanta

National Piña Colada Day is July 10. Here's to ya.
  • Take a trip to the beach without leaving town, with a piña colada.
    Take a trip to the beach without leaving town, with a piña colada.
  • The piña colada at Tacos and Tequilas will keep you cool.
    The piña colada at Tacos and Tequilas will keep you cool.

Sure, we’ve all graduated past the sugary drinks imbibed during our youth. But I have to tell you there is something quite fun about sipping on a frozen concoction with a colorful umbrella garnish. Plus, National Piña Colada Day is here to twist your arm into celebrating. But rest assured, my list doesn’t contain fruity drinks with no substance. These spots serve piña coladas that are both tasty and boozy.

  • Across the Street – With a lovely patio and a beachy feel, this spot is a must when you want to bring the beach to you. Margaritas are great, but for frozen drinks, go for the piña colada.

  • Flip Flops – With a name like Flip Flops, you kind of imagine fruity drinks and waiters in Hawaiian shirts, don’t you? In the heart of Midtown, head here to warm up no matter what time of year it is. Since Flip Flops is in the heart of Midtown, so you can start or end your evening here and dine at a fabulous restaurant in between.

  • SOS Tiki Bar – Located in Decatur, the SOS Tiki Bar replaced the short-lived Paper Plane. Even with a tiki theme, SOS takes its  cocktails pretty seriously. So don’t expect to find overly sweetened drinks. The piña colada packs a punch.

  • Tacos and Tequilas – With several locations around Atlanta, Tacos and Tequilas is nearby, and you certainly get your money’s worth here. The piña colada comes in a huge glass to keep you cool your entire evening.

  • Trader Vic’s – Tucked away in the basement of the downtown Hilton, this gem of a spot is worth seeking out, especially if you want to feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical island. The tiki décor is all around, down to the waiters' uniforms. While tradition would dictate ordering a mai tai, venture out and get a piña colada, and you’ll be pleased as punch that you did.

 Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta, Food Blogging 101 and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and has been featured on HGTV, Huffington Post and About.com. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers and her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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