Beer lovers in the Silver Springs area are in for a treat. A new brewery and taproom just opened on Georgia Avenue, and it’s bound to become a popular spot for happy hour, late night drinks, and just about every moment in between.
Astro Lab Brewing is the brain child of Matt Cronin and Emma Whelan, two beer lovers who have an especially soft spot for the craft brewing process. Together they brings years of experience for a line up of beers that are sure to please all sorts of brew lovers. They currently have five vastly different beers on tap, with more coming soon. Stop in to enjoy one or two in their shiny new taproom, or take a tour of the facility. Astro Lab Brewing also teams up with local vendors for their food, and the current menu includes meat pies that are drawing reviews as positive as the beer. Check out what’s on tap on their website, and read a bit more about the interesting history of the owners. Astro Brewing Lab is just a few minutes walk from the Red Line Metro stop, and there is also plenty of parking nearby.
If you're a fan of the Atlanta Hawks, the "Basketball" room at Big Escape Rooms is a must-see. The earliest version of this escape room was constructed specifically for the Hawks as a team-building tool right outside of their own locker room at the Philips Arena. Although the location has moved, the scenario is the same. You and your group are trapped inside your locker room with only 45 minutes until the game begins! To avoid a forfeit, you'll have to follow clues and find the spare key that your coach has hidden somewhere.
"Basketball" is the easiest and most family-friendly of the rooms at Big Escape Rooms. If you're looking for something more challenging and much spookier, reserve "Clown". The setup in this room transports you to an abandoned circus tent where Boris, a serial killer clown, is on the loose. You'll have to play by his rules and solve riddles in order to be set free before becoming his next victim.
Ward off the winter weather rut at the newly opened El Sapo, a Cuban social club that is just the place keep things hot on cold nights. Note that they don’t call themselves a bar or restaurant; a "social club" is a much more accurate name for this hot spot.
The cocktails are front and center on the main dining menu, and as you can imagine, the mojito and cuba libre are top notch. They also offer a fresh coconut with Bacardi Coco liquor, and a popular spin on the Manhattan with a house vermouth blend. The menu covers everything from ceviche and small plates, to home cooked entrees and specialty items for two. With so many drink options and all kinds of interesting plates and portion sizes, you can really make your experience at El Sapo whatever you like. If you can save room, be sure to indulge in dessert. El Sapo has a chocolate soufflé, pineapple crème brulee, and light-as-air churros that will be the highlight of your meal. Stop in for drinks, dinner, or late night appetizers seven days a week. El Sapo opens daily at 5 p.m.