If you’re looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Buckhead, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails – they’ll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Buckhead, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.
Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you’re organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we’ve seen and done it all, and we’re here to serve you as well.
we’ll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we’re done. We’ll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.
Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don’t just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.
From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Buckhead. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you’ll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We’ve got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest’s glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.
If you’re looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Buckhead, look no further than RTB. We’ve built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we’ll handle every detail – from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.
Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Buckhead, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.
RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn’t just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party – we’re here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we’re here to help.
At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.
The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there’s an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup – bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.
We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Buckhead. Our doesn’t just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.
Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:
Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn’t provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.
At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can’t go wrong with Raising the Bar.Contact Us
We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We’re in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.
Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company’s logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout – we’d love to hear what you’re thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.
Planning a party can be a blast, that’s for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go – from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You’ve got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the “nitty-gritty” while you focus on enjoying your event.
Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.
At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won’t suck the life out of your party – we’ll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.
We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say “I Do” without worrying about your drink service.
RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.
Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.
Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you’re thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.
Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more “out of the box” events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
In addition to bar rentals in Buckhead, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event
For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Buckhead’s most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.
Pumpkin patches in the Buckhead area are gearing up for the peak season.BUCKHEAD, GA — It's the time of year to think about picking up a pumpkin or two near Buckhead, whether your search for the best takes you to patches and fields or your local grocery store.In some areas, however, experts fear that heavy summer rains could have increased the likelihood of a blight that affects many vegetables including pumpkins, dampening the outlook for the pumpkin crop this fall.Georgia ranks 46th in the United States for the...
BUCKHEAD, GA — It's the time of year to think about picking up a pumpkin or two near Buckhead, whether your search for the best takes you to patches and fields or your local grocery store.
In some areas, however, experts fear that heavy summer rains could have increased the likelihood of a blight that affects many vegetables including pumpkins, dampening the outlook for the pumpkin crop this fall.
Georgia ranks 46th in the United States for the number of pumpkin acres harvested, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture census. About 74 acres were harvested in 2017, which is the most recent complete data from the USDA.
The USDA says six states — Illinois, California, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia and Texas — are responsible for 40 percent of pumpkin acres harvested. Together, they average between 4,700 and 5,600 acres of pumpkins a year, according to the USDA.
More recently, Illinois tops the list of pumpkin-producing states, harvesting about 10,900 acres in 2019. The other states among the top six have all averaged between 4,700 and 5,600 acres per year.
Four other states — Wisconsin, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania — account for another 20 percent of the pumpkins harvested in the country, meaning the top 10 pumpkin-producing states provide more than 60 percent of the country's pumpkin output.
Phytophthora blight is a fungus that showed up earlier than usual in the states that produce the most pumpkins, Mohammad Babadoost, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Illinois, told Harvest Public Media in July.
Heavy rains in late June and early July caused the fungus to show up earlier than anticipated in Morton, Illinois, a village that produces more than 90 percent of the world's canned pumpkin.
"After the middle of August, or close to the end of the season in September or so, it's not so bad," Babadoost said. "But this year, in the first week of July, is too much."
It's not yet known whether the fungus will lower the numbers of pumpkins produced in 2021. But Babadoost told Patch in an email statement he is "still observing some Phytophthora infection on pumpkins and other cucurbits (gourd plants)."
A decade ago, a global technology company like Cisco might have opened its Atlanta office in Buckhead. Twenty years ago, perhaps it would have picked Norcross where modem pioneer Hayes was located.Now Midtown is the preferred place for West Coast tech titans who want to establish a research hub in Atlanta.Cisco Systems, based in San Jose, California, on Wednesday said it will open an innovation office at Coda at Tech Square in Midtown. The maker of computer-networking equipment and software plans to invest $41 million in Atlant...
A decade ago, a global technology company like Cisco might have opened its Atlanta office in Buckhead. Twenty years ago, perhaps it would have picked Norcross where modem pioneer Hayes was located.
Now Midtown is the preferred place for West Coast tech titans who want to establish a research hub in Atlanta.
Cisco Systems, based in San Jose, California, on Wednesday said it will open an innovation office at Coda at Tech Square in Midtown. The maker of computer-networking equipment and software plans to invest $41 million in Atlanta and hire 700 new workers.
“It’s a testament to everything the state offers,” said Gov. Brian Kemp at a ceremony on Coda’s 20th floor announcing the project.
Fifteen years ago, Coda was the site of dreary parking lots. Today it is a $375 million office tower for Georgia Tech researchers and their corporate partners.
Georgia Tech President Angel Cabrera, who was a student at the university decades ago before the property was redeveloped, summed up the transformation in remarks to dozens of local executives.
In the late 1990s, “there was no good reason to be here, and there were plenty of good reasons not to be here.” Now, he said, it’s the “hottest tech neighborhood in America.”
Atlanta is known for its large supply of talent with technology skills, but the competition to recruit those workers is fierce.
The Atlanta area had 1,134 job openings for software engineers, paying an average salary of $99,200, as of Oct. 11, according to industry trade group Technology Association of Georgia. Cisco will compete with Microsoft and Facebook, among many others, in the hiring process.
The intense recruiting battle made it essential for Cisco to locate in Midtown, said Brooke Gothard, a vice president at brokerage JLL who represents technology companies looking to lease office space.
Tech companies hire “people in their 20s and 30s, engineers and sales people, and those people are already living in Midtown,” she said.
The list of technology companies that have opened new offices in Midtown is long, and getting longer almost daily.
Microsoft opened an office this year at Midtown’s Atlantic Station. Google will occupy 1105 West Peachtree, a new Midtown office tower, later this year. Mailchimp, which last month agreed to be acquired by Intuit for $12 billion, plans to move its headquarters to a new office complex on the Beltline, an area that real estate brokers call Eastside Midtown.
Cisco also will compete with companies that operate outside the tech sector but still need to hire software engineers and programmers. Railroad Norfolk Southern’s new Midtown headquarters is expected to open this year. NCR occupied its Midtown headquarters in 2018. Health insurance provider Anthem is located in Midtown and Visa said last month it plans to add 1,000 jobs in Midtown.
The state and local tax incentives offered to Cisco were not immediately available.
Georgia Tech and Portman Holdings developed Coda at Tech Square to provide office space for the tech industry. Coda tenants include software maker Keysight Technologies, WeWork flexible office space and one of the largest data centers in the Southeast.
The office tower is also a place to connect students in Georgia Tech’s co-op program with companies who may eventually hire them, said Patrick Smith, a managing partner at recruiting firm Lucas Group.
A Midtown office provides “great access to interns and entry-level tech talent from Georgia Tech,” Smith said.
West Coast tech companies also have been drawn to Atlanta’s Black tech talent to improve their workforce diversity. Georgia State University enrolled nearly 11,500 undergraduate students in 2019 who identified as Black, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Kennesaw State University, which maintains a large engineering school, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta University Center colleges all produce hundreds of Black graduates yearly.
Another reason Cisco may have picked Midtown is the company’s deep ties to Georgia. Cisco operates two offices in metro Atlanta and Chief Executive Chuck Robbins is a native of the Gwinnett County town of Grayson. His father was a local planning and zoning commissioner in Snellville, and his mother worked in the local courthouse.
In 2006, Cisco acquired Scientific-Atlanta, a maker of set-top boxes for cable TV, for $6.9 billion.
Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood has plenty of luxury hotels, but the newly opened Kimpton Sylvan Hotel stands out. For one thing, it’s a stylish example of adaptive reuse in a landscape crowded with new construction. For another, it’s a hotel where locals actually turn up. They come for the see-and-be-seen restaurants, plus the rooftop bar—another Buckhead rarity.Situated in the bones of a 1950s-era condominium, the 217-room hotel pro...
Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood has plenty of luxury hotels, but the newly opened Kimpton Sylvan Hotel stands out. For one thing, it’s a stylish example of adaptive reuse in a landscape crowded with new construction. For another, it’s a hotel where locals actually turn up. They come for the see-and-be-seen restaurants, plus the rooftop bar—another Buckhead rarity.
Situated in the bones of a 1950s-era condominium, the 217-room hotel proves that fresh paint, a modern portico, and retro-chic signage can utterly transform a building. Inside, the decor showcases vintage furniture, leafy plants, and contemporary art. The midcentury-modern design scheme extends to the outdoor pool with its low-slung rattan furnishings and sleek wood patio.
While the design is clever, it’s the hotel’s food and drinks that have Buckhead talking. Willow Bar, a sprawling garden lounge just off the lobby, offers patio beverages (sangria, cucumber spritzes) and shareable plates (like a fried-chicken picnic basket with all the fixings). The Betty, which fittingly looks like a place Don and Betty Draper might have dined, is a spot for icy martinis, $169 porterhouses, and cigars on the patio. The ninth-floor rooftop bar, St. Julep, is known for its panoramic views, weekend dance parties, and playful cocktails named after Outkast songs (“Hey Ya!,” for example, is a citrus daquiri).
The Iberian Pig“I’m really stoked about this restaurant’s Buckhead location—it’s a really comfortable atmosphere. I love the pork cheek with truffle and egg.”
Irby’s Tavern“In terms of getting together with friends for drinks, this cool little sports bar has a great patio and an eclectic group of people.”
This article appears in the Fall/Winter 2021 issue of Southbound.
DECATUR, GA — When Atlanta-based startup Switchyards announced the upcoming opening of a “private library” in Decatur, both locals and public library supporters alike were quick to express confusion and disappointment.There is a public library in Decatur, after all, and it’s free for everyone to use. Today, Switchyards is proud to announce the launch of an entirely new product in beautiful De...
DECATUR, GA — When Atlanta-based startup Switchyards announced the upcoming opening of a “private library” in Decatur, both locals and public library supporters alike were quick to express confusion and disappointment.
There is a public library in Decatur, after all, and it’s free for everyone to use.
Today, Switchyards is proud to announce the launch of an entirely new product in beautiful Decatur, GA. Opening January 3, 2022.
Imagine a private library in your neighborhood. Designed specifically for focused work. The quietest room in the city. A gym for the mind.
— Switchyards (@switchyards) October 13, 2021
Described as “a gym for the mind,” Switchyards private workspace would allow members who pay $100 per month to access “a place completely separate and isolated from the endless distractions of home and the office,” the company website says, as well as bottomless coffee and the ability to use the rest of Switchyards’ other locations.
“No phone calls. No meetings. No zoom,” Switchyards’ tweet thread continued. “We’re calling it The Library of Deep Work and Focus.”
While some were excited to see Switchyards expand their local co-working franchise, many noted that Downtown Decatur already has a free public library and that a privatized version would exist for a privileged few.
The responses got pointed.
“Imagine paying for a space that replaces the one you already paid for with your tax dollars, but this time, you don’t have to see any homeless people,” wrote Twitter user @Kamala4VP.
“This is petit bourgeois gentrifier shit and I will do literally everything in my power to prevent the success of your business,” tweeted Rachel Kahn, a community organizer in Atlanta.
The Switchyards website also notes that this space is specifically meant for Switchyards’ “top performers,” or “those who truly want to get meaningful work done and are craving a space for it,” and that therefore the space will be capped at 200 members. Additionally, the space reportedly would be open 24/7.
The aesthetically-minded “neighborhood work club” currently has locations in Cabbagetown, Downtown, and Westside Atlanta, and anticipates opening a location in Buckhead in addition to the location slated for Decatur.
Writer Audrey Taylor Ward, who currently holds a membership to utilize Switchyards’ Cabbagetown location, said the announcement was disappointing and made her reconsider whether she’ll continue her membership.
“I’d like to see some accountability toward the communities you allege to care about and seek to provide a ‘product’ for,” Audrey wrote in a tweet to Switchyards.
“Overall I think the idea of a space meant for quiet work and unlimited coffee in and of itself is fine — the marketing, that they’re trying to call it a private library, has a sort of elitist tone,” said Ward. “With gentrification so rampant all over the city [of Atlanta] and in Downtown Decatur, it’s kind of one more insult to the people in town who maybe can’t afford something like that but still deserve a nice place to work.”
Morgan, a former resident of Decatur, said she is also concerned about the cost and intentions of the space. “I understand the desire for quiet spaces, especially with the increase in working from home, but I don’t necessarily think that charging people $100 a month for that quiet room is the most beneficial for downtown,” she said. “I’ve used the Decatur Public Library often, and there are certainly places where if you wish to have a quiet space, it’s there.”
As of Friday, Switchyards has not publicly commented on the pushback but has posted several tweets promoting their brand, specifically an event featuring former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and rapper Killer Mike.
Decaturish reached out to Switchyards, who declined to comment on the record. Economic development officials with the city of Decatur said they don’t know where Switchyards plans to open its Decatur location. The DeKalb County Public Library declined to comment.
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If the decomposing jack-o'-lantern is creeping you out, share the fall bounty from Buckhead pumpkin fields and patches with critters.ATLANTA – When the jack-o'-lanterns you carved from the best pumpkins plucked from patches and fields near Buckhead this fall start looking droopy and sad, they still have life.While uncarved pumpkins can last two to three months indoors, carved pumpkins usually only last a few days before they start to decay. Streets and porches all over Buckhead are often filled with the wilting, sagging...
ATLANTA – When the jack-o'-lanterns you carved from the best pumpkins plucked from patches and fields near Buckhead this fall start looking droopy and sad, they still have life.
While uncarved pumpkins can last two to three months indoors, carved pumpkins usually only last a few days before they start to decay. Streets and porches all over Buckhead are often filled with the wilting, sagging faces of jack o'-lanterns getting older by the minute.
But as with Christmas trees a few months later, there are many ways you can recycle these pumpkins that will help birds, wildlife and the planet.
1. Share the seeds with birds and wildlife.
Pumpkin seeds are a healthy and popular snacking treat for a variety of birds and wildlife, especially as the weather gets colder and food is harder to come by. As your pumpkin starts to soften and fade, collect the seeds from inside, and give them a day or so to dry.
Don't add any kind of seasoning, even salt, Birds & Blooms advises.
Then scatter the seeds outside, or put them in a birdfeeder or bowl. If you live in an area with bears or other harmful predators, try placing the seeds on an upper level that only birds and smaller animals like squirrels and chipmunks can reach.
2. Make A 'Snack-O'-Lantern'
You can also just cut out the middleman and turn the pumpkin itself into a "snack-o'-lantern pumpkin feeder," according to the National Wildlife Federation.
Just take the pumpkin, cut it in half, scoop out the middle, and attach the top and bottom halves of the pumpkin with string and several wooden dowels.
Fill the bottom half with either birdseed, pumpkin seeds, or both. See here for more detailed instructions from the National Wildlife Foundation.
3. Plant The Seeds Of Future Pumpkins
You could also use the seeds for their intended purpose: making more pumpkins.
To save and store pumpkin seeds for the following year, place the pulp and seeds from the pumpkin inside a colander, according to Gardening Know How. Wash cold water over it, and pick out a few of the largest seeds.
Spread the rinsed seeds far apart from each other on a dry towel, and place that towel in a cool, dry spot for a week.
Place the seeds in a seed envelope, and place the seed envelope in a plastic container with several holes poked in the lid. Put that container in the back of a refrigerator, and get ready to plant your own private pumpkin patch next year.
4. Make An Animal Smorgasbord
Animals and birds love pumpkins just as much as people do, so why not give them a special treat? Simply cut the pumpkin into small, bite-sized pieces, and scatter them in a spot where you won't mind local critters coming to nosh, the National Wildlife Federation advises.
Again, this one is probably best to avoid if bears, foxes, coyotes, rats or any variety of predators and pests are a problem nearby.
5. Donate Pumpkins To A Local Zoo
If you feel more comfortable leaving the animal feeding to professionals, consider donating the pumpkin remains to a nearby zoo. Many zoos accept pumpkin donations after Halloween because they are a nutritious snack that most animals love.
6. Compost It
If your pumpkin is truly on its last proverbial legs, put its nutrients back into the earth by composting it. Even if you don't have a compost pile, you can put it in your garden, and many areas offer municipal composting services. Just make sure you take out all the seeds first, lest an impromptu pumpkin patch begins to sprout out of the compost.