It happens all the time: You’re on a weekend getaway, shopping and exploring and snacking your way through your vacay destination. But after dinner, there’s still that space of a few hours when you just aren’t ready to take the party back to your hotel room. There must be more going on here, you think. After all, you’re supposed to be on a vacation, and you want to squeeze every drop of fun out of the time you have there.
Luckily for you, if you’ve chosen Alpharetta as your weekend escape of choice, you’ll have no shortage of late-night frivolity options. Here are just a few ways to keep the fun factor high when the sun goes down:
If your feet beg to do a bit (or a ton!) of tappin’, don’t miss Alpharetta’s Music at Twilight on the corner of Milton Ave. and North Main St. in Downtown. From 8:30-10:30 pm on specific Fridays from now until August 23, you’ll discover tunes that speak to your soul from an array of Americana, rock, and country singer-songwriters. All these nighttime good vibes are free, and this starlit musical experience is sure to be unforgettable.
You’re out living your best life, and suddenly you’re starving. Enter Shade Street Food + Bar. Perfect for when those night moves have you craving some sustenance beyond a Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch, this ultra-cool kitchen/lounge concept offers late-night eats from across the globe. Open ‘til 2am on Friday and Saturday (a revelation!), Shade offers an inspired, diverse menu featuring everything from street tacos and fried rice to an Irish burger and Coney Island hotdog, and even an epic Nola-style seafood broil. And don’t think you’ll be noshing late-night in a somber situation—this trendy downtown spot has the music bumpin’ with a live DJ from 9 pm until close. Feeling a little spicy? Be sure to imbibe with the El Hielo Diablo, a margarita masterpiece made with tanteo jalapeno and habanero-infused tequilas, charaeu alo liqueur, and mango puree topped with dry ice.
Alpharetta’s “Acoustic Living Room,” is the prime location to get lost in the sway and sizzle of jazz. Open Thursday through Sunday, The Velvet Note delivers a listening experience that allows for the purest possible sound in a cozy, intimate setting. Settle in for delicious rifts and craft cocktails (with no minimum charge ever). In just moments of allowing yourself to drift away into the dreamy allure of The Velvet Note, you’ll see exactly why this live music lounge has been consistently voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the United States.
If you want to go big when it comes to evening entertainment, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre is the spot. There’s not a bad seat in the house at this 12,000-capacity, epic outdoor venue complete with gorgeous greenery all around and state-of-the-art jumbo screens to guarantee you never miss a beat. The lineup from now until the end of the summer features rockers like Korn, Kid Rock, and Breaking Benjamin; surefire boot-stomping from Brad Paisley; and nostalgia-inducing magic from Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton.
For comfy accommodations to retire to when the nighttime winds down, check out our extensive list of hotel options here. And if you go a little too late night and find yourself desperate for a big breakfast (and maybe a bloody mary!), you’ll be happy to know that next-level brunch options abound in Alpharetta.