Where to watch, eat and drink during the AJC Peachtree Road Race

Plus, specials for runners after the race
Runners take off at the start of the 54th running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. Miguel Martinez / miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Runners take off at the start of the 54th running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. Miguel Martinez / miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com

So you didn’t step up your game this year to train for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. That doesn’t mean you can’t watch the race on July Fourth — with beer or bloody mary in hand — from the comfort of an air-conditioned restaurant. Here are some spots along the race route — on Peachtree Street and Peachtree Road from Lenox Square to Piedmont Park — that will be open for your viewing — and eating — pleasure.

The Americano. Head to the InterContinental Buckhead for race festivities. A watch party will begin at 7 a.m. where onlookers can grab a seat on the Americano’s patio and enjoy breakfast options like muffins, pancakes, eggs, bacon, frittatas and coffee drinks.

3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-946-9070, theamericanorestaurant.com/atlanta

Buckhead Village. This shopping center at the corner of Peachtree and Boiling Way will serve as an official “cheer station” beginning at 7 a.m. There will be a collection of noise makers and posters for onlookers, and throughout the day surrounding restaurants will offer specials.

  • Boba Craze will offer specials on boba drinks for race participants who bring their race bibs.
  • Carmel will offer a free glass of Champagne to race participants who dine in after the race. The offer is only available during lunch.
  • Gypsy Kitchen will offer a 15% discount for all runners.
  • Saint Germain will offer a 20% discount for runners and 40% off Champagne and rosé.
  • Shake Shack will give runners who show their bibs at checkout a free Shackburger.
  • Southern Gentleman will offer a 15% discount to runners from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-939-9270, buckheadvillagedistrict.com

Colony Square. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the Front Loop of Colony Square will serve as another “cheer station,” offering free breakfast, coffee and water. Other Colony Square restaurants open on race day include Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, King of Pops, the Politan Row food hall, Rumi’s Kitchen, Saints and Council, Squeeze and Sweetgreen.

1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-965-9091, colonysquare.com/events/lululemon-peachtree-road-race-cheering-section

Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom’s Buckhead location will hand out beers to runners and spectators during the Peachtree Road Race.

1770 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-687-4766, mellowmushroom.com/locations/ga/atlanta/1770-peachtree-st-nw

More restaurants open during the race

Another Broken Egg Cafe. Grab a seat on this eatery’s patio starting at 7 a.m. and enjoy a breakfast spread while keeping an eye on Peachtree Road.

2285 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 706-309-1035, anotherbrokenegg.com/locations/atlanta-ga-at-buckhead

Caribou Coffee. Caribou opens at 6 a.m. and offers a variety of espresso drinks, tea and pastries to enjoy while the runners make a break for the finish line.

1000 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-870-0711, locations.cariboucoffee.com/us/ga/atlanta/1000-piedmont-avenue-ne

The Flying Biscuit Cafe. This brunch spot in Midtown opens at 8 a.m. with a menu of decadent entrees and biscuits to keep you satiated throughout the festivities.

1001 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-874-8887, flyingbiscuit.com/locations-2/midtown

R. Thomas. The longtime Atlanta restaurant is open 24 hours, so swing by as early as you want to grab a prime seat.

1812 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-0246, www.rthomasdeluxegrill.net

More deals for runners

CraveWell Cafe. Runners can fuel up for the Peachtree Road Race at CraveWell. From July 1-6, participants can earn $5 off purchases of $15 or more when they show their race number at the Sandy Springs or Westside Village locations.

6125 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-565-0493. And 2260 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta. 404-254-3235, cravewellcafe.com

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