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To celebrate August's Green Drinks, we invite you to enjoy free beer with us at TREES ATLANTA's beautiful Kendeda Center in Reynoldstown. Their amazing staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly since 1985 protecting Atlanta's forests, replacing lost trees and creating new greenspace, planting over 100,000 new shade trees in city right-of-ways, front yards, parks, parking lots, schools, neighborhoods, multi-family housing units, public facilities, places of worship, industrial parks, transportation corridors, and along the PATH400 & Atlanta BeltLine... So let's so them some love!
Free entry. Free beverages + snacks from Red Hare Brewing Company, Chuice, and SkinnyPop. Community food cart Pop Dog Atlanta will also be serving up hot dogs with a special discount for GD guests. Raffle prizes – 2 beautiful pieces of artwork – from Tilley Art's Grapevine Wall eco-art project and local design & letterpress studio lenspeace's A Year In Gifting social innovation poster project... see pics below! All green folks are welcome, please just RSVP:
For July's Green Drinks we're headed to the BRICK STORE PUB on historic Decatur Square! An Atlanta institution consistently ranked one of the best bars in the city if not country, the Brick Store is a "salt-of-the-earth" hangout (no tvs, neon, obnoxious music or major domestic beers) serving a carefully chosen array of 29 draught beers, 75 bottled beers, plus an additional Beer Engine.
Please join your fellow enviros upstairs in the Belgium Bar on Wednesday, July 15 from 6-9. Free entry, cash bar, all are welcome!
Find parking here or it's a quick 4 min / 0.2 mi walk from the Decatur MARTA Station.
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Artisan incubator MADE AGAIN, a community of Atlanta artists, designers and furniture makers crafting exclusively sustainable products, just opened their flagship store at Inman Park's new Inman Quarter, the mixed use development currently wrapping up construction at the corner of North Highland & Elizabeth Street.
To celebrate their site launch, Made Again will be hosting Green Drinks' May event! Come enjoy some free wine + Creature Comforts beer, browse the MA gallery, and see artists perform live demos of their green processes. Free artisan ice cream from Queen of Cream (all made from scratch w/locally sourced whole ingredients) plus Le Metro Creperie's food cart will be on-site with crepes for purchase.
Free entry. Complimentary drinks + ice cream.
Public parking is accessible from both Elizabeth & North Highland. Made Again is located in the interior courtyard. Follow MA's progress here.
ATLANTA BALLET is graciously hosting our April Green Drinks at their Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, a 55,000 sq ft, LEED Gold Certified, state-of-the-art facility located on the Westside. This month's event will include the usual networking and drinks (with complimentary beer & wine), plus we'll be treated to a preview performance from "Quietly Walking," part of Modern Choreographic Voices, playing at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre April 17-19. Choreographer Gina Patterson will be joining us to discuss the piece, which focuses on the relationship between urbanization and deforestation, and how we are in danger of losing our connection with the earth and with each other.
6:00-6:30 – Reception in lobby (bar + light bites)
6:30-7:30 – Remarks from Atlanta Ballet / In-studio dance preview
7:30-9:00 – Reception resumes; building tours
EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED THIS MONTH. Space is limited so please reserve your spot soon.
More on the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre:
- Atlanta Ballet chose to renovate an existing facility to reduce the relocation project’s environmental impact.
- The building was originally constructed in 1955 and was a manufacturing plant for Hotpoint Appliances before Atlanta Ballet’s purchase.
- Trees Atlanta, nationally recognized for preserving Atlanta's urban forest, planted 24 trees on site.
- Rocks from the building renovation were donated to Zoo Atlanta.
- The 22-foot glass conference room table and 28-foot glass conference room wall were donated by Tommy Holder of Holder Construction, general contractor for the project, and co-chair of Atlanta Ballet’s capital campaign.
- Atlanta Ballet is the only arts organization in the country whose headquarters has LEED-Gold certification, the second highest achievement for LEED certification.
- As part of Atlanta Ballet’s commitment to environmental stewardship, several components of the building renovation incorporated “green” initiatives, including:
- Recycled construction waste – 98% of all construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills.
- Energy-efficient lighting
- Recycled carpet throughout the building
- Sprung dance floors from the old studios
- 40 LED fixtures from “The New York City Waterfalls” public art display that were donated to Atlanta Ballet by the Public Art Fund. The lights currently illuminate the Kalwall panels in the lobby and studios of the building.
- Donated office furniture from several local businesses and organizations
- Dual flush valves and low-flow faucets and shower heads (a 35% reduction in water usage!)
- Kalwall – Most highly insulating, light-transmitting wall paneling system in the world
Meet your fellow enviros at Rí Rá on Wednesday, March 11 for some early SPD drinks, good food & giveaways!
- Free entry, cash bar drinks
- Light apps provided by Rí Rá
- Gifts/raffle prizes: Taj Ma-Hound Gourmet Dog Treats, Belles Organics, Atlanta Film Festival Runoff screening tickets & more; Hi-Five Diner $10 gift cards to first 100 people
- Free parking (2 hours) with validation at the 1010 garage on Crescent. Rí Rá is located at the corner of 12th St & Crescent Ave.
Event is open to everyone—bring a friend! As always, please walk, bike, take transit, or carpool if you can & plan for a safe trip home.
The historic Castle in Midtown Atlanta, a 12,000 sq ft mansion overlooking the Woodruff Arts Center, has recently undergone a beautiful renovation after decades of vacancy & deterioration. (While at the center of a preservation conflict in the 1980s, it was deemed a “hunk of junk.”) But after years of careful restoration, Castle Atlanta just opened as a newly redesigned restaurant/lounge & future hotel. We'd love for you to join us there for a special Atlanta Green Drinks the evening of Wed, Feb 11 from 5-10.
Free entry, cash bar drinks, all are welcome. Directions & Parking.
Please note, there will not be a formal Green Drinks event this month.
For those who would still like to check out The Luminary, a small informal group will be gathering at the bar (as previously planned) on Wed evening from 6-9 - please feel free to join, and we'll see you again in October!
Ration & Dram
With its two full bars, earth and metal decor, and two airy patios nestled amongst the trees, this multi-level industrial Arizona Lofts space in Kirkwood / Edgewood is one of our favorite new warm weather hangouts. Ration & Dram's Andy Minchow (a star mixologist and founding partner of Holeman & Finch) envisioned "a family-friendly neighborhood spot that people can walk or bike to, so it's not just a cocktail bar." The seasonally-based Southern fare menu is a quirky mix of bar food and fine dining entrees, with an emphasis on sourcing local and presenting healthy options. There's also a well-curated list of draft and bottled craft and imported beers, wines by the glass and bottle, creative cocktails, fresh juices and house-made sodas.
Ink & Elm
Simultaneously a lounge, restaurant, and tavern, Ink & Elm is a culinary enterprise that celebrates the deep history of Atlanta's Druid Hills neighborhood and the cultural legacy of its original designer: Frederick Law Olmsted. Drawing inspiration from Southern traditions and food culture, and showcasing the contemporaneous dimension and eclecticism of Executive Chef Stephen Sharp, Ink & Elm's food program revolves around local, organic, sustainable, and responsible procurement. The menu cycles are seasonal and offer a modern take on Southern, American cuisine. The dark and cozy tavern is loosely based on a turn-of-the-century landscape design studio and features oversized stools, comfortable booths, and a wide variety of scotches, bourbons, and whiskies. Cocktails are inspired by the seasonality of local ingredients, house-made tinctures, and the interesting liquors and liqueurs that are available today to create great recipes.