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By Kathryn Wildes

A youngish person trying to master the Art of fried chicken and the Internet with a husband named Paul and two animal children, TT and Gidget. Holla'

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What’s Happening This Week

Here are a few things happening this week in the city we love the most…

monday

GRINDHOUSE BURGER | DIRTY SOUTH TRIVIA

THE ROOK AND PAWN | MAGIC THE GATHERING DRAUGHTS AND DRAFTS + MEETUP MONDAY

tuesday

Bad Movie Night is Tuesday at 8:30! And it’s free!

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THE ROOK AND PAWN | HAPPY HOUR TRIVIA 

BLIND PIG TAVERN | FULL CONTACT TRIVIA

CINE BAR CAFE | BAD MOVIE NIGHT: THE STABILIZER

THE WORLD FAMOUS | ADVANCE BASE + CLAIRE CRONIN

THE FOUNDRY | LIVE BAND KARAOKE wednesday

PORTERHOUSE GRILL | JAZZ NIGHT

GRINDHOUSE KILLER BURGERS | DIRTY BINGO

YOUR PIE | TRIVIA

BLIND PIG TAVERN | FULL CONTACT TRIVIA

THE WORLD FAMOUS | TECH HAPPY HOUR

THE FOUNDRY | DEAD HORSES + SARA RACHELE
thursday

THE FOUNDRY | GEORGIA JAZZ EDUCATORS JAM

GEORGIA THEATRE | SAMMY ADAMS

UGA PAC | SPANISH BRASS

GMOA | MAKE IT AN EVENING + IRASCIBLES FILM: PAINTERS PAINTING

CINE BARCAFE | DEAN RADER READING 

HOTEL INDIGO | GALLERY @ HOTEL INDIGO – ATHENS

friday

We hope you’re having a great weekend! #SundayBrunch served til 3pm. 📸: @rachellorenb

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THE FOUNDRY | KINCHAFOONEE COWBOYS

GEORGIA THEATRE | JON LANGSTON + COLE TAYLOR

GMOA | MORNING MINDFULNESS

THE WORLD FAMOUS | MATERIAL GIRLS
saturday

THE WORLD FAMOUS | KITH & KIN

THE GEORGIA THEATRE | MOE

GMOA | ELEGANT SALUTE: A NIGHT OF TROPICAL SPLENDORsunday

…lets be real, the only thing we go to on Sundays is brunch.

Until next time…

xoxo

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A Love Letter to South Kitchen

Dear South Kitchen,

You really outdid yourself tonight. 

Our dinner started over wine and fried goat cheese balls. Your delicious balls of melted cheese were a great first act.  Right when we thought it couldn’t get any better, you laid our next victim down, the fried green tomatoes. Every bite was better than the last, leaving us wanting more and more.

By the time we made it to your guacamole, images of Spring Break and muffin tops appeared. Therefore we slowly put down the chips and even more slowly picked up the vegetables. Our inner fat kid was extremely happy to discover that even your “good for you” stuff is good. Your Grilled Wedge and Springer Mountain Chicken were a true delight.

I take myself on the best dates ❤️

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After dinner, we gabbed about future plans and future blog posts, but ultimately we talked about how sad we were it was over.

Our meal with you tonight left us full of both happiness and food, and we can’t wait to go back.

Thank you South Kitchen!

The guide2athens Team

Ps. If you’re looking for a place to go eat with friends that’s not going to break the piggy bank or the buttons on your pants, then South Kitchen’s the place to go. Bon Appetit

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guide2: What’s Happening This Week

monday

We Lit‼️

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GEORGIA THEATRE | WAKA FLOCKA FLAME + WELL$ + DJ WHOO KID

THE WORLD FAMOUS | HIP HOP CYPHER NIGHT, FT. PROJECT PAUL, YUNG’N RESTLESS, SOLO 10K, ZIGGY ROXXX, RICKY DIGITS + JONTHEDJ

GRINDHOUSE BURGER | DIRTY SOUTH TRIVIA

GRADUATE ATHENS | CLASSIC CITY CHEFS AND COOKS ASSOCIATION

tuesday

THE ROOK AND PAWN | HAPPY HOUR TRIVIA + PLAYTEST NIGHT

BLIND PIG TAVERN | FULL CONTACT TRIVIA

TED’S MOST BEST | BINGO

GMOA | TODDLER TUESDAY

CINE BAR CAFE | FEATHER TRADE + EUREKA CALIFORNIA + PHILLIP BRANTLEY

THE WORLD FAMOUS | ADVANCE BASE + CLAIRE CRONINwednesday

Getting groovy with @railroadearth 🎹

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GEORGIA THEATRE | GREENSKY BLUEGRASS + FRONT COUNTRY

PORTERHOUSE GRILL | JAZZ NIGHT

GRINDHOUSE KILLER BURGERS | DIRTY BINGO

YOUR PIE | TRIVIA

BLIND PIG TAVERN | FULL CONTACT TRIVIA

THE WORLD FAMOUS | YIP DECEIVER + MCQUEEN

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART | TOUR AT TWO

THE FOUNDRY | THE BEST OF UNKNOWN ATHENS

THE PLACE | BE THE MATCH” REGISTRY DRIVEthursday

THE FOUNDRY | MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES

GEORGIA THEATRE | CLOSING RECEPTION

THE WORLD FAMOUS | THE GUMPS + VALORE + BURSTERSfriday

THE CLASSIC CENTER | ELVIS LIVES

THE FOUNDRY | THE EVERYWHEN

GEORGIA THEATRE | THE BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY

GMOA | MORNING MINDFULNESS

THE WORLD FAMOUS | OPENING RECEPTION: Local photographer Grant Beecher presents “Lewd Appearances,” a showcase of subversive, guerilla-style portraits exploring the desexualization of the female body. Print sales benefit The Cottage.

CINE BAR CAFE | THE BUDDY SYSTEM VS. THEY LIVEsaturday

A Hard Day’s Night #abbeyroadlive

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THE FOUNDRY | ABBEY ROAD LIVE

THE WORLD FAMOUS | KITH & KINsunday

…lets be real, the only thing we go to on Sundays is brunch.

We hope everyone has a nice first week back!

Until next time…

xoxo

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guide2: The Best Slice in Town

The culinary scene in Athens is hot right now. Ramen nights, BBQ, oysters, and pizza are the four food groups we will be discussing over the next four weeks. Tonight’s food-venture is all about pizza. Everyone loves pizza. Personally, I believe that a lot of the world’s problems could be solved over a slice or two of good pizza. The combination of dough, meat, cheese, and sauce seems too simple to be taken seriously, but oh how magical it is when you take the first bite. There’s nothing like that first bite — and tonight that’s exactly what we’re going to talk about.

First, we’re going to tell you where to go. Second, we’re going to tell you what to order. Third, we’re going to walk you through it, bite by bite. teds most best

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Voted #3 on Cosmopolitan’s list of Best College Town Pizzerias in the Country is Ted’s Most Best. Ted’s is the brother restaurant to The Grit, the most amazing vegan/veg food joint in Athens, and is the place to go when you’re in the mood for a seriously good meal. We could go on and on about the food at Ted’s, but tonight we’re focusing on the pizza that gives us life…the bacon and egg pizza. The Bacon and Egg pizza is a combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella, thinly sliced pancetta, and topped with a fresh egg and fresh herbs. The freshness of the herbaceous sauce mixed together with the salty pancetta and mozz is the perfect bite.depalmas

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Depalma’s is one of Athens’ oldest and most-beloved pie joints. This is the place you go when your parents are in town or when you want to be fancy. We’re not saying Depalma’s is just for the rich and famous — we’re just saying it’s more for the sophisticated eaters. The ambiance and menu will have you feeling like an old Italian man upon arrival and departure. It’s literally…the best. The pie that we’re crazy about right now is the Gouda. We heavily suggest that you try it this week. The scrumdiddlyumptious mix of their spinach and smoked gouda sauce with the grilled chicken, ham & pineapple is the bomb.your pieScreen Shot 2017-01-11 at 7.41.23 PM

Where do we begin when it comes to describing the tastiness that is Your Pie pizza. Your Pie is like the Burger King of ‘za joints, as you really can have it your way. However, you probably won’t want to after you try the different combinations of mouth-watering flavors the ‘za-docs at Your Pie are coming up with. One we can’t get enough of is their fried chicken and waffle pizza that’s covered in fresh basil and topped with a drizzle of syrup. Are you hungry yet?the nationalScreen Shot 2017-01-11 at 8.10.04 PM

Everyone’s familiar with The National, as it’s one of the trendiest restaurants in Athens. However, did you know that The National was also home to one of my favorite go-to snacks, the Pizzette. The pizzette that gives me life is the one that’s sprinkled with roasted red grapes, gorgonzola, local pecans and arugula. In one bite, I feel like Beyonce on a yacht in St. Tropez, as the pizza is light, airy, and packed with Mediterranean flavor. The personal-sized ‘za contains just enough to satisfy your tummy while leaving just enough room for dessert! 


We hope you’re inspired to enjoy all the goodness that is around you. We live in the best little town in the country, that’s bursting with the best food in the world! #getyousome

Stay tuned for next week’s food venture. Next stop: RAMEN TOWN

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Welcome Back Students + Hello 2017

Welcome back students! This year, we resolve to dive deeper into the businesses we love and create fun content for you to enjoy. From where to score the best slice to where to score the best massage, we promise to keep you in the loop with everything good going on in the Classic City. Because we’ve missed bingo and trivia, live music, and all the great food Athens has to offer, we’re jumping in head first, starting now.

monday

GRINDHOUSE BURGER | DIRTY SOUTH TRIVIA

CINE BAR-CAFE | THE FEDERATION OF NEIGHBORHOODS

tuesday

THE ROOK AND PAWN | HAPPY HOUR TRIVIA

BLIND PIG TAVERN | FULL CONTACT TRIVIA

TED’S MOST BEST | BINGO

UGA RAMSEY CONCERT HALL | HUGH HODGSON FACULTY SERIES RECITAL

GEORGIA THEATRE | DEERHUNTER + PALM + JOCK GANG

wednesday

GEORGIA THEATRE | BROTHERS OSBORNE + LANCO

PORTERHOUSE GRILL | JAZZ NIGHT

GRINDHOUSE KILLER BURGERS | DIRTY BINGO

YOUR PIE | TRIVIA

BLIND PIG TAVERN | FULL CONTACT TRIVIA

THE WORLD FAMOUS | TECH HAPPY HOUR

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART | ARTFUL CONVERSATION

THE FOUNDRY | RABBIT BOX

UGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER | FRANK HUANG

CINE BAR CAFE | SCIENCE ON SCREEN SERIES: DEMAIN (TOMORROW)

thursday

THE FOUNDRY | CHARLIE STARR + LEVI LOWREY

GEORGIA THEATRE | RAILROAD EARTH + DAVID WAX MUSEUM

HUGH HODGSON MUSIC HALL | SECOND THURSDAY CONCERT SERIES

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART | THURSDAY TWILIGHT TOUR

friday

UGA FINE ARTS BUILDING | STATE BALLET THEATRE OF RUSSIA

THE FOUNDRY | THE EVERYWHEN

GEORGIA THEATRE | LETTUCE + JAW GEMS

CINE BAR CAFE | BUILDING A BETTER ATHENS

saturday

THE FOUNDRY | THE WILDJORDANTONKSCATS AND FRIENDS + NUCLEAR TOURISM

GEORGIA THEATRE | THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS + BILLY STRINGS

THE WORLD FAMOUS | KITH & KIN

UGA FINE ARTS BUILDING | STATE BALLET THEATRE OF RUSSIA

THE CLASSIC CENTER | POKEMON REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART | FAMILY DAY: FACES OF THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART

sunday

…lets be real, the only thing we go to on Sundays is brunch.

We hope everyone has a nice first week back!

Until next time…

xoxo

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guide2: New Year’s Eve

Au revoir 2016 and enchanté 2017…

We could spend endless hours recounting the many moments of 2016 that made us smile, but instead we’re going to turn our thoughts towards the future and day dream about all that’s yet to come. The ending of Christmas is always hard, but the always fun New Year’s helps to soften the upset. That’s why we’re going to list out everything fun happening in Athens tomorrow and the perfect outfits to go with it! Let’s begin…

Georgia Theatre | Booty Boyz, DJ My Chemical Bromance @ 10:30pm

What does one wear when you’re attending a Georgia Theatre countdown to New Year’s eve party? Definitely something fun. We suggest a cute dress, like the ones pictured below from Cheeky Peach and Fringe.

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Athens Cotton Press | New Year’s on the Rocks @ 9:30pm: The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation celebrates its 50th year by traveling back to 1967. Mod-inspired attire encouraged. The evening includes music, snacks, photos and a midnight toast under the disco ball.

If you’re planning on attending the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation’s New Year’s on the Rocks party at the Athens Cotton Press, one of Lee Epting’s fabulous venues, then you need something fun to wear. We suggest sprucing up your outfit with gorgeous baubles, like the one pictured from IV Season’s Fashions (left), and fun heels, like the pair on the right from Fab’rik.

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The FoundryThe Highballs + Dawgpound DJs

Last, but certainly not least, is 80’s dance party at The Foundry. For a night at The Foundry, we suggest something fun. Since the eighties were full of spandex and hair, why not bring that look into the twenty-first century with something like this from Empire South (left) and Cloister Collection (right)? You can never go wrong with stellar tops and metallic bottoms, like the one’s pictured below.

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We hope 2017 brings you oodles of joy + even better outfits.

Happy shopping!

xx

(ps. Tag @guide2athens + #weloveATH in your NYE photos for the chance to be featured on our feed!)

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Countdown to Christmas | 3

Three more days until Santa’s here!! I can hardly wait. The eggnog’s chilling, the cookies have been made, eaten, then made again, and the presents have been placed under the tree. The only thing missing is…cold weather. Since tomorrow’s Friday and the last “official” day to shop, tonight’s list is extra special. So take notes and hurry to buy, there’s only a few days before Santa arrives.

Starting off tonight’s list…

 

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  1. Let your light shine, shine, shine this Christmas with our favorite candles in the whole-wide world, Little Light Co. You can’t go wrong gifting these little beauties to friends, family, and yourself, as they smell just as wonderful as they look. You can tell Beth bakes her candles with a whole ‘lotta love and happiness! Shop Little Light Co. here.

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2. If you love food and you know it, clap your hands! If you want to make your husband or loved one grin from ear-to-ear, then go ahead and grab a couple of these bad boys from home.made! You can’t go wrong with a gift card, especially when the gift card is to one of the tastiest places in Athens, Georgia.

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3. Can you tell we’re hungry tonight? The third, and most-special, on tonight’s list are the finishing sugars from The National. These Condor Chocolate x The National sugars are as cute as they as are yummy. If you’re looking for something to give the food-lover in your life, then look no further, as you can’t go wrong with anything Peter Dale puts his stamp of approval on. If it’s good enough for Peter, then it’s definitely good enough for you.


Stay tuned for tomorrow night’s list and our top two Christmas gift favorites!

Happy Shopping.

xx

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Countdown to Christmas | 4

(sing while reading to get in the Christmas spirit)

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

One cool shirt from Grinning Mule

Two Gift Certificates from Treehouse Kid

Three Stocking Stuffers and Four wire hangy-things.

Made-in-Macon brand Grinning Mule is our #1 choice tonight on our Christmas list. These comfortable, affordable, and way cool shirts keep getting better, as owner Wade Moore and family hand pick and design shirts for the everyday person. If you walk into Grinning Mule, chances are you’ll see Wade, Judy, or one of their sons donning the G Mule brand. Second on our list are gift cards from Treehouse Kid and Craft. Make your little one smile this Christmas with an art class, a stuffed toy, a craft, or a gift card from Treehouse Kid and Craft. We visited our friends at Treehouse the other day and watched them wrap like little elves, which was mesmerizing, as their wrapping is equally as cool as them. Third on our list is Frontier Athens and their bevy of stocking stuffer goodies. Why choose one item when you can choose all of these? From scented soaps to stuffed toys, I think it’s safe to say they have everything on your shopping list covered. Not pictured is Frontier’s cornucopia of beautiful jewelry, home accents, and apparel, you must stop by this week and see! Last, but certainly not least, and the perfect gift for the art collector or lover of special things, are wire sculptures by Noah Saunders, which can be found at Aurum Studios in Downtown Athens. Hang Noah’s sculptures in your wall and watch its shadow dance all year long. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

That concludes tonight’s list, but stay tuned to see which THREE items make tomorrow’s. I think I hear Santa’s sleigh bells….

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merry merry, athens.

we love you.

xx

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Countdown to Christmas | 5

It’s the seventh day of Christmas and there’s no swans swimming here…

Instead we’re counting down the minutes to Santa’s arrival by listing the top FIVE must-have gifts. We have quite the list tonight, as it covers just about everything one could ever need. From overalls to sequined crop-tops, it’s safe to say we have all the bases covered. Happy Shopping and Merry (almost) Christmas.

  1. The winter white overalls shown in this photo by Cloister Collection are the trendiest thing we’ve seen all year. Forget that “no white after labor day” rule, because we are obsessed with the casual-chic look.

2. For the pro-tailgater, hunter, traveler, fisherman in your life, we suggest just about every YETI product on the market. YETI coolers are always at the top of our Christmas list. Get yours today from Onward Reserve.

3. Sequined crop top? Um, yes please. Why wait for New Years Eve to be a rockstar, when you can rock all season long in this sassy ensemble by Cheeky Peach.

4. Need a subtle hint of fabulous this holiday? If so, then we suggest this metallic cross-body bag by Fab’rik. It’s the perfect amount of bling to make you sparkle and shine all season long.

5. If you’re a foodie like us, then a gift card to FIVE Athens is just the thing you need. Who needs clothes and jewels when you have fried chicken and waffles?

 

We’re still four days away from Santa’s arrival, so tune in every night this week to see which items make our list.

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Merry Christmas!

xx

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Countdown to Christmas | 6

Let the countdown to Christmas begin! We’re starting our week with a rockstar group of clothing, home goods, and accessories. Six gift ideas that will have your friends and family singing your praises all Christmas long. So without further ado, let us begin…

 

  1. Vietri Inc. Old St. Nick pattern, which can be found at Appointments at Five for 20% off ALL week long. (a little birdie told us that their after-Christmas sale is going to be major, as they are marking ALL Christmas items 50% off!!!)
  2. Knot & Bow accessories from Treehouse Home! These necklaces have the ability to take any outfit from drab to fab. We love!
  3. This fancy little number by Empire South Athens is a head turner 100%. The side detail + the endless possibilities of ways you can wear it, makes this sweater our top sweater pick this season!
  4. All of the goodies exploding from Heery’s Too‘s stocking. We spy Athens-themed coasters, r. wood, + cute keychains.
  5. We could give you 1000 reasons why we love Shiraz Athens, but we think the photo speaks for itself. Shiraz is our go-to store for all things wine, cheese, and happy!
  6. Heery’s Clothes Closet is killing the game this week with this hot lil’ getup. You will make our season merry(er) and bright(er) if you buy it all. Pleeeeeease, do it for us!

 

That concludes Monday’s countdown, but don’t fret–we will resume tomorrow night with FIVE. (and boy are they good…damn good)

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Merry Christmas Athens.

We love you!