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Return to Clean: Tastes of Atlanta

Dining experiences to savor evenings during The Clean Show

ATLANTA — There will be lots of business taking place on the floor of the Georgia World Congress Center here July 31-Aug. 2 during The Clean Show.

But the exhibits and educational sessions aren’t open 24 hours a day. There’s plenty in the city of Atlanta to experience and places to drink, dine and network for show attendees.

“Atlanta, while being a true ‘Southern city’ with all the things one would expect of the South, is also a metropolitan area that has so much to offer, for anyone from anywhere,” say representatives from Cintas in the area. “It is a melting pot of people, cultures and all that can provide for whatever one is looking for.”

“Atlanta has convenient worldwide accessibility due to the airport,” shares Charles Brown, UniFirst’s general manager in Atlanta. “The convention centers are in the entertainment district, and everything is within walking distance.”

The weather in July and August, while hot, should be fantastic, say the reps from Cintas.

“Not immune from springtime weather and storms, by late July the summer heat will be building, but it is bearable and makes for outstanding evening outdoor activities and dining,” they add.

“The Clean Show will return to ‘The A’ in 2022 for a remarkable edition, and we want you to enjoy your stay while you’re off the show floor,” shares organizer Messe Frankfurt.

Both Messe Frankfurt and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau shared food and fun ideas for Clean ’22 attendees and exhibitors to experience the best the city has to offer.


After a busy day on the show floor, Clean Show attendees can treat themselves to a great meal and a night on the town.

“Atlanta in Late July and August will be hot but there are many options for dining and activities,” says Keith Ware, a laundry consultant in the area.

Check out the following selection created especially for Clean ’22 attendees, all just a quick walk or ride from downtown.

Alma Cocina—Modern Mexican fare and cocktails located in Downtown Atlanta. Enjoy delicious dishes and fantastic service. Bright, fresh ingredients and regional influences shine through lunch tortas and taquito spreads, seasonal guacamoles and salsas, and traditional chicken mole Oaxaca full of rich flavor. Sample from the most diverse tequila selection in the city and an inventive cocktail list during a destination dining experience to remember.

Bacchanalia—One of the most celebrated restaurants in the city, Bacchanalia features contemporary American Cuisine from chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. The entire menu relies on organic ingredients sourced from the chefs’ farm, creating a unique dining experience for the guests.

Bar Mercado—Bar Mercado is a casual, multi-regional Spanish tapas restaurant and bar. It’s the perfect place to have a drink with industry friends.

Bold Monk Brewing Co.—The Bold Monk exists to bring comfort in a time of leisure. Bold Monk is a place to simply be …to be satisfied, to be joyous, to be connected, to be well. In its restaurant, brewery, bookstore, coffee house and beer garden, attendees will find their space.

By George at The Candler Hotel—Serving breakfast, brunch and dinner in Peachtree Street’s most elegant dining room, By George offers sophisticated cuisine in the spirit of classic Contemporary American cooking.

By George’s cuisine is spearheaded by two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugh Acheson. To match Acheson’s food is an extensive wine program helmed by accomplished sommelier Steven Grubbs and keen cocktails from the talented hands of Kellie Thorn.

Bulla Gastrobar—Featuring a bar and open kitchen, this place serves quality gastronomic creations made with the finest and freshest flavors, along with hand-crafted cocktails and an impressive wine list. A great place to celebrate with business partners and peers.

Der Biergarten—The menu here features traditional German pub foods such as brats, pretzels with mustard and strudels. German beers are on draft like Weihenstephan, Warsteiner and Spaten. There may or may not be live music on any given night on the patio.

No Mas! Cantina—No Mas! is downtown Atlanta’s answer to amazing dining and shopping in the Castleberry Hill Historic + Art district. No Mas! has become a cultural oasis, with several businesses revolving around Mexico, all under one roof.

With 350 seats in the main restaurant, 80-plus tequilas, fresh desserts, every type of coffee, breakfast daily in the cafe and shopping in the Artisan Market from more than 500 artisans of Mexico, there is something for everyone at No Mas!

Northside Tavern—The Northside Tavern was built in the 1940s as a neighborhood grocery store/gas station. Today, Northside Tavern has evolved into a lively musical gathering spot known for its blues and has become a fixture of the area, even voted No. 9 of the 50 Best Bars in Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine.

STATS Brewpub—STATS features a classic American menu that includes something for everyone. The unique take on tried-and-true favorites is sure to please every palate. Find favorite beer, cocktails and wine at every turn while enjoying a favorite sporting event on one of its 70 high-definition televisions.

The Tabernacle—Located in Downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park District, The Tabernacle building has a rich and storied history. It opened in 1910 as The Broughton Tabernacle with Dr. Leonard Gaston Broughton as the pastor.

Dr. Broughton started the Georgia Baptist Medical Center and nursing school, which began as the Tabernacle infirmary with three beds. The Third Baptist Church was an active congregation with more than 4,000 members.

The congregation relocated during the mid-80s and the building lay vacant until the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games when it was converted into a House of Blues club. Now operated by Live Nation, The Tabernacle houses a variety of concerts and events regularly.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails—White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails adds a creative zest to dining and events in downtown Atlanta. The kitchen at White Oak prepares food that reflects the dynamic contradictions of Southern life.

The merging of contemporary with traditional, simple with complex and rural with metropolitan are represented in a menu that requires precise methods of production, yet results in plates that appear simple and familiar.

Brown sums up, “Atlanta is a vibrant city with unlimited entertainment, nightlife and many attractions to explore.”

Check back Thursday for hints from local industry representatives. Click HERE to read about Atlanta’s various districts to explore, and HERE to discover some of the city’s attractions.

Return to Clean: Tastes of Atlanta

Alma Cocina offers modern Mexican fare and cocktails located in the downtown area. (Photo: Eric De Fino, 2019)

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