I realize that I could never date any of you lovely readers after revealing my cards like I am about to do, but for the sake of the blog (and being in a relationship) - I’m going to take that risk. I totally have a “go-to” first date place that is the perrrrrrrfect spot to go out with “that special someone” for the first time.
I am a sucker for Apres Diem in Midtown – and here are my Top 10 reasons why:
10 – Situated in on the border of the Virginia Highlands and Midtown, Apres Diem is under 1 mile away from my condo – which makes it super convenient for me when I am running the predictable five minutes late for a date. (Selfish, I know…)
9 - AD is an adorable euro-style cafe with a friendly, and heavily accented, staff and it’s got a super patio – which I totally recommend over sitting inside.
8 - People are constantly coming and going in and out of the restaurant and the scene is always changing. I don’t think that Apres Diem even really knows what it is… Certain times throughout the day it feels like a straight-up coffee shop. I’ve been there when there’s a DJ and it feels like a European disco. Lunch and dinner – you name it. It’s also perfect before catching an artsy-fartsy movie next door at Midtown Arts Cinema.
7 - They have a great beer and wine list. I suggest checking out one of their Malbecs, love their Albarino and my fav. beer on the list is the Kronenbourg. Also, the AD bartenders know how to make a mean Grey Goose gimlet.
6 - Parking is difficult, so you have a nice little stroll with your date to your car – which is awesome (assuming the date went well).
5 - Attractive waitstaff will keep your attention if your date doesn’t. Just saying…
4 - Apres Diem is hip and feels unique. You don’t feel like you are in a strip mall in the middle of the city. Upon entering the restaurant, you feel transported to Europe.
3 - The restaurant is dimly lit and has a variety of seating options – tables, half-booths and comfy chairs. The atmosphere is intimate without feeling overly-romantic.
2 - They have a killer dessert case – which is always useful to prolong a good date. I’d recommend their pita + hummus and the ahi tuna appetizer, too!
1 – Because I said so…
I’m a big, big fan of Apres Diem and totally recommend it for your next first date. Try it out and let me know what you think!
Apres Diem (Diem Family Restaurants)
931 Monroe Drive NE #C103
Atlanta, GA 30308