Georgia Liquor Laws
Honestly, I haven't figured all of these out yet, but I'm going to try and outline some of the ones I know.
- There is no reasonable restriction on the amount of alcohol that beer can have. It exists, but it's something like 14%.
- No alcohol is sold on Sundays except at bars, which can open as early as noon.
- Breweries are prohibited from selling alcohol, although you can drink on the premises. If you go to Terrapin (in Athens) or Sweetwater (in Atlanta), you are actually paying for a "tour" and they are, in theory, giving away the beer. However, you will find no beer in their gift shops.
- Brewpubs that brew their own beer and also sell it are prohibited from filling "growlers" (half gallon jugs) to be taken home. Like breweries, they also cannot sell kegs. Strangely though, most brewpubs in Georgia sell growler bottles.
- There are a number of beer-oriented liquor stores that have popped up though that do fill growlers. However, just like at any liquor store, you cannot consume beer there.
- Many cities in Georgia prohibit "happy hour" or "2-for-1" specials where alcohol is sold at a discounted price. In other cities (like Athens), it's prohibited only after a certain time, usually 9pm or 11pm.
- There is no statewide open container law, although so many counties and cities have one that, realistically, Savannah is the only city where you can get a "to go cup" at a bar.
Augusta is chick
This town on the east of the state is vibrant and holds a lot for the visitor. It has 200,000 residents, and is 150 miles east of Atlanta on the Savannah river. It was founded by James Olglethorpe who also started Savannah in 1736. it has a riverwalk and many colorful gardens throughout the city. One fame is of the golfing, with the Augusta National held here.
Atlanta metro is truly a world class city, enjoy theater, dance and superb orchestal productions.
Peachtree Street: One Atlantic Center, directly across the street is the only remaining major department store downtown, Macy's, Peachtree Center, Ritz Carlton Hotel, and Hard Rock Cafe are other neighbors.
One word... Buckhead.
Within a 5 block radius is something for everyone, from hole-in-the-walls to swanky places 'to be seen'. Depending on where you plan to spend the evening you can get by in shorts/t-shirts to club attire. Most of the hopping places (on Boling Way) are teeming with people in the finest 'check me out' garb... especially in the Spring & Summer.
Atlanta is a horrible town to...
Atlanta is a horrible town to drive around in (one of the most congested in the U.S.). Luckily there is an alternative to driving. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is Atlanta's state-of-the-art public transportation system. MARTA trains are an inexpensive and reliable way to get around town. It's also well integrated with the bus system, which serves many of the areas MARTA doesn't. Transfers between the two systems are free. MARTA trains conveniently connect the airport and downtown Atlanta.