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Over the weekend, I again had the opportunity to check out Atlanta’s Speakeasy Cocktail Festival. The annual cocktail festival, founded by Gary Cobb, first kicked off last year, so I was really looking forward to seeing how the event would fare in its second year. Since there was a fair amount of highs and lows this year, I figured I’d share ‘em with you guys in this blog post. Check ‘em out below.

The GOOD

Wayyy Better Venue – The theme of the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival is of course centered around 192http://1b4http://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpgd7834cd36cb17272-d318e241556db478f2443eab8244ec1http://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpg.r48.cf2.rackcdn.com/3d8http://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpg21b4679ad75e15bedhttp://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpg2fhttp://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpgcfd4http://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpg6df4c8f59_6http://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpghttp://cdna.tid.al/3d80021b4679ad75e15bed02f0cfd406df4c8f59_600.jpg.jpg′s speakeasies and that theme was a lot more visible this year at Opera Nightclub than it was at last year’s ginormous Georgia World Congress Center exhibit hall. Opera may be a mega-club, but it also makes for a pretty nice event venue and was a near perfect choice for the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival.

More Cocktails – Although it’s called the Speakeasy Cocktail Festival, it definitely seemed there was a lack of cocktails last year. Instead, brands were pouring liquor straight and there was also a handful of beer options (and Atlanta’s got plenty of beer festivals). This year, I’m pleased to say that there were a lot more cocktail samples available. Favorite cocktail from the festival? Jim Beam’s “Spiked Apple Cider.” Man, you guys need to get into that! Simple, but friggin’ delicious.

Lack Of Excess – Last year, there was a lot going that really should not have been going on at the festival. There was a car show that was way more “random-old-car-parked-in-the-middle-of-an-exhibit-hall” than it was car show. And the gambling area was entirely too big, which made it look vacant most of the time. They seemed to do away with a lot of the extra stuff this year and it was a wise choice.

The BAD

FOOD!!!alskjf;ljk33 – This was a similar issue last year, and as you can see from my keyboard rage, it’s an issue that’s really a major one in my opinion. You can’t possibly hold a cocktail festival and have people sampling cocktails and liquor straight, and not offer food for purchase or just make it complimentary (I prefer the latter option). I believe there was food in the VIP area, and last year I do remember buying a slice of lackluster pizza from Papa Johns, but there were hardly any options (if any) for regular ticket holders this year.

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