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AJC: Where to drink like the pros during Atlanta Food and Wine Festival

The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival (AFWF) invades Midtown today and runs through June 5. Now in its sixth year, the festival has become one of the city’s premier events, showcasing the South’s finest chefs, wine and spirits producers and artisan food makers.

Atlanta will have its fair share of industry talent at the festival teaching and preaching Southern culinary culture at classes, tasting tents, dinners and even at a temporary vineyard. Where will Atlanta’s cocktail, wine and beer elite drink around town when taking a break from the festival? The city’s star bartenders and beverage experts shared their favorite swilling spots, which means you, too, can drink like a pro.


Ticonderoga Club partners and Atlanta cocktail forefathers Paul Calvert and Greg Best will be back leading sessions on historically-based drinks and ingredients–subjects they love to share with guests at The Club’s bar. When they’re not slinging colonial-style drinks or proselytizing the cocktail masses to their clever imbibes, the boys can be found sipping at some of their favorite bars around town, including Decatur’s Kimball House, The Mercury at Ponce City Market, Kirkwood’s Ration and Dram, Westside’s Little Trouble and Edgewood Avenue’s Noni’s Deli. For post-festival cocktails, you’ll find them tippling at, where else, Empire State South.

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