by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
Seeing as Dad only gets one day a year, forgetting the day (Sunday, June 20th) or scrambling for some half-assed gift isn't acceptable for Father's Day. Flat on ideas? Never fear. I've got a Father's Day game plan that includes taking in a Braves home series, man-tastic dining options and places for thoughtful guy gifts (that's me with my dad, Newell).
Updated: June 22, 2010
A choice call for the currently parenting pop, Atlanta Botanical Gardens lets all dads in for half-off admission. From 1pm to 4pm, kids can whirl around the gardens in a train while live bluegrass music, spectacular gardens and a car show entertain the 'rents. Plus what dude doesn't love eating adventurous foods? They've got that, too.
There is no tighter American-style, father-son bond than that over the game of baseball. While the Braves were in Beantown for Father's Day last year, they thankfully have a homestand against the Royals for the 18th-20th. We suggest trying to catch Braves ace Derrick Lowe and rocking the dad celebration during any point in the weekend.
Built in 1932 and named after Atlanta's turn-of-the-century golf prodigy, Bobby Jones is an old-style and easily walkable track that has sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline from its Buckhead address. With fees under $40 and newly planted Bermuda greens (similar to prestigious East Lake Golf Club), this is Atlanta's best public bang-for-your-buck.
For the outdoorsy dad, this is an opportunity to get the hell out of Atlanta. Located in Roswell, the Nature Center has six hiking trails, wildlife watching and evening river canoe trips that seem hours away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. As a bonus, the brand new Discovery Center opens Father's Day weekend.
It is tough to find a more appropriate steak palace for Dad than the lair of Atlanta's own Iron Chef champion. The aged porterhouse built for two and fries with blue cheese fondue are over-the-top perfection, and even the ground-to-order burger holds its own. While it's not open on Sundays, taking the old man out to dinner the night before will get Father's Day started off right.
Two words: handcrafted beer. If your dad is a suds connoisseur (who also lives OTP), this Sandy Springs brewery is a good option. Yes, they have a menu that features locally farmed ingredients, but we are much more impressed with their vintage bottle-conditioned ales and beirgarten. Priorities, people.
We can only imagine the elegance that will accompany the special chef-created Father's Day menu. We can also only imagine how much this will cost. While this high-class seafood spot is one of Atlanta's most expensive, it is also one of our city's finest. What guy won't dig the oyster bar, global menu and 1930s decor? Our advice: Split the bill with your siblings.
Nothing says "built by Team Guy" like the all-you-can-eat-meat menu of a Brazilian steakhouse. Fire of Brazil turns it up with an especially man-ified menu featuring exotic meats. That's what we call a good Father's Day idea to sink your teeth into. Plan for an afternoon siesta thanks to meat overload.
We don't know a lot of guys who go out and get manicures, strait-razor shaves or skin treatments on a regular basis, but real men know the value of taking care of themselves. For the DIY dad, the Art of Shaving boasts badger hair brushes, sturdy nail files, masculine skin care products and horn combs.
If Dad is a cigar man, look no further than the Highland Cigar Co. for your Father's Day gift idea. The walk-in humidor boasts a choice selection of puff sticks, plus a private line of hand-rolled cigars. Plenty of classy smoking accessories give you pairing options. Their lease-able private humidor lockers give the old man the chance to smoke his favorites while sampling some of the Cigar Co.'s 40 scotch options.
Some men like spa treatments (not that there is anything wrong with that!), but we prefer old-school luxuries for the classic guy. Case in point, the straight-razor shave at Nadine's Triple Crown. Plus, if Dad still has a mop to crop, this stylish salon also offers traditional barber trims performed in comfy leather chairs.
Since grilling is another one of Team Guy's favorite activities, we expect the Big Green Egg will wow most dudes. Besides, what better way to cook the Bacon Explosion than on a Big Green Egg?! This smokin' bad boy was conceived right here in the ATL, and we've got a convenient location to pick one up.