Host A Virtual Happy Hour, Atlanta Style

Plan a virtual happy hour. Invite your friends. They will thank you.
  • We can still ATL. We just must do it virtually. (📷 Gene Phillips,
    We can still ATL. We just must do it virtually. (📷 Gene Phillips,

Admit it, by this point in our universal sheltering-at-home experience we all have given into some version of the virtual happy hour. If your virtual social life is feeling a little stale, we’re here to help spice it up, Atlanta style. So grab your friends or family and have a great time virtually in the A in five easy steps.

Step 1: Put yourself in Atlanta

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You may not be able to visit your favorite Atlanta spaces, but you can still improvise the beauty of Atlanta with custom virtual backgrounds. Everyone can set the scene in their favorite Atlanta neighborhood. Here are a few virtual backgrounds to choose from and how to use them. Fifth Group Restaurants has even created some virtual happy hour backgrounds

Step 2: Make yourself an Atlanta beverage

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Whether you choose to imbibe in an adult beverage or you are more of a mocktail person, no worries. It's Atlanta happy hour, and it isn't complete without a beverage. Our Atlanta mixologists are the most innovative in the nation and have shared their favorite recipes. Here are two that’ll make your friends jealous of your mixology skills.

El Volcán by Brent Elbon

2 oz mezcal
.75 oz lime juice
.50 oz cynar
.25 yellow chartreuse
.25 agave
barspoon of fresh serrano pepper
tajin chile salt

Combine in glass over ice, transfer to glass with 1/2 rim of Tajin.


You Can Never Tell Hank From Pank by Taylor Blackgrave

½ tsp ramazzotti amaro
1.5 cocchi di torino
1.5 roku gin

Stir to chill, strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with lemon rose

Step 3: Order takeout from your favorite local Atlanta restaurant

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Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the Atlanta food scene. There is a lot of variety. You can get something as simple and satisfying as a burger and fries, as fancy as a three-course meal from a world class steak house or even authentic ethnic cuisine. The best part is that it can all be delivered or picked up, safely. Grab some local grub and remember to tip well. It’s the ATL way of doing things.

Step 4: Put on Atlanta playlist

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What is a happy hour without some amazing music playing in the background? With a music scene that influences everything, there are plenty of amazing tunes to provide the soundtrack to your happy hour. It’ll also give you and your friends something to remind you of good times and make new memories in the process. SONOS just started “SONOS Radio” with an “Atlanta FM” station, there's a This is Atlanta playlist and a few Music Voyager playlists. And if that's not enough, here are some more Atlanta themed playlists to enjoy:

Step 5: Visit virtual attractions together


Get on Zoom and share an experience with your friends and family that’ll satisfy your itch to explore. Many of Atlanta’s top attractions have amazing virtual experiences that are just a click away so why not make it a group experience? BONUS: It’ll get the gang talking about something other than how crazy life has been lately.

We all miss being able to go out with friends, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the best of it and enjoy some Atlanta vibes in the process. Have friends in other cities? Make it a “rep your city” happy hour. We all know ATL will bring it against any city in the world. Having a virtual Atlanta happy hour is a great way to #DiscoverATLfromhome.

Courtney Bigum is a marketing professional and Atlanta local always looking for new and exciting ways to explore the city. There is never a weekend an adventure doesn't find her.


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