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Don’t get Dad another tie, get him a drink

Not all dads want a tie for Father’s Day. Ok, most dads don’t want a tie as a gift ever. You know your dad isn’t like other dads-- he’s a cool dad. Give him a gift on June 18 that says, “Hey dad, I really dig you” and make him proud with one of these fine finds for fathers.

Chocolates and cocktail pairing at Brick+Mortar

Give dear old dad an early Father’s Day gift and head to Brick+Mortar at Westside Provisions District on Saturday, June 10 for an evening of fine chocolates and cocktails. Beginning at 7 p.m., dads will be treated to samples of La Fête Chocolat paired with a custom cocktail by Staplehouse bartender and proprietor of Cocktail Commons glassware shop Ben Richardson. Brick+Mortar will be selling limited edition gift sets which include Richardson’s cocktail recipe, a vintage rocks glass and a box of La Fête chocolate.  Click here for more details.

Free, Jun. 10, 7 p.m., Brick+Mortar, 1170 Howell Mill Road, #106, Atlanta.

Sugarfina Bourbon Bears

Does your dad have a sweet tooth and a taste for bourbon? Sugarfina is selling large cubes of bourbon gummi bears as part of their Vice collection made with a splash of Blanton’s single barrel. Add this sweet treat to dad’s home bar or his office for those moments when only a bourbon bear will do. Also, great for the movie theater. Sold at Sur La Table stores, Total Wine-Perimeter and Sugarfina locations at Lenox Square Mall and Perimeter Mall.

$20 per cube,

Treat dad to a four-course meal at The Pinewood on Father's Day.

Father’s Day at The Pinewood and The Mercury

Treat dad to a locally-sourced, four-course meal with cocktail pairings on Father’s Day at The Pinewood. This prix-fixe dinner by chef Andy Jackson is sure to please his palate. A la carte options will be available for children under 12 years old. To purchase seats, call 404-373-5507.

$75 pp., Jun. 18, 6:30 p.m., 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-373-5507,

The Mercury will be giving dads something special to chew on this Father’s Day--a menu full of wild game! Venison, squab, boar, duck even antelope, ostrich and alligator will all be served alongside their cocktails and regular food menu. For reservations, call 404-500-5253.

Jun. 18, Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta.

18.21 Bitters Solbeso cocktail class

While the Father’s Day class is sold out, 18.21 Bitters is always coming up with cool new classes for the home bartender. On Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m., dad could be one of the first to learn about Solbeso--a new category of spirits from South America. The class will delve into the spirit’s flavor profile, its origin story and most importantly, how to mix it into cocktails. Each participant receives a free one-ounce bottle of bitters and a 15% off discount on additional purchases. Classes fill quickly. Click here for more information or to sign dad up for the class.

$50, Jun. 21, 7 p.m., 675 Ponce City Market N NE, Atlanta. 404-852-7023,

ASW Distillery's Fiddler Bourbon uses charred staves of Georgia white oak. Photo courtesy of ASW Distillery

Atlanta distillery tours

If dad is all about eating locally, we’re pretty sure he’s also into drinking locally. Take him on a Saturday afternoon booze cruise around Atlanta’s distilleries. Grab a Lyft and start the afternoon off in Decatur at Independent Distilling for samples of aged and white rum and their signature Hellbender bourbon. Next head over to the Old Fourth Ward to tour and taste your way through Atlanta’s first vodka, gin, and Lawn Dart ginger-lemon liqueur at Old Fourth Distillery. Finally, finish the day in the beautiful tasting room at ASW Distillery with samples of Fiddler bourbon, single malt whiskey and apple brandy. Guided tours include samples and a souvenir bottle of spirits to take home from each distillery. Tour times and prices vary. Check each distillery’s website for individual tour details.

Independent Distilling, 731 E College Ave., Decatur. 678-576-3804,

Old Fourth Distillery, 487 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 844-653-3687,

ASW Distillery, 199 Armour Dr. NE Ste. C, Atlanta. 404-590-2279,

These custom printed ATL glasses from Bravo Custom Printing are available at Crafted Westside. Courtesy of Crafted Westside.

Cocktail Commons vintage glassware

Help dad up his home bar game and gift him with a set of vintage or classic glassware. Cocktail Commons is an Atlanta-based online glass and barware site run by the husband and wife team of Ben and Maddie Richardson. Ben, a bartender at Staplehouse, and Maddie, a digital designer, scour antique stores and flea markets for unique sets and pieces for their online store. The site also includes handy bar tips and cocktail recipes from Ben. Shop

Locally-made, reclaimed wood beer caddy

You’ve bought your dad his favorite bottled sixer of local beer now package it in a locally-made, reclaimed wood beer caddy from Chad Floyd Woodworks. Dad will never again worry about that darn cardboard carrier giving out on the way to the next party. If you’re a last minute dad day shopper, however, we’re told these handy-dandy carriers will be at the next Root City Market on Saturday, June 17.

Jun. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Stove Works, 112 Krog St., Atlanta.

ATL pint and rocks glasses

If dad is a big fan of the ATL, let him swell with Atlanta pride each time he takes a sip of whiskey or a swig of beer. Crafted Westside is featuring custom printed ATL pint and rocks glasses at their store by Bravo Custom Printing out of Gainesville. The sandblasting method used means no smudging or washing off in the dishwasher.

1000 Marietta St. NW #102, Atlanta. 404-249-2400,


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