9 places in Atlanta to celebrate your birthday

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9 places in Atlanta to celebrate your birthday

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Whether you look forward to your birthday all year long or regard it with contempt, finding the perfect spot to celebrate in Atlanta can be stressful. We've rounded up nine of our favorite places to turn a year older depending on your needs so the only thing you have to worry about is which gift to open first.

If you're with family...

Canoe (Vinings) – Lining the Chattahoochee River in Vinings, Canoe has become one of the best restaurant choices in Atlanta for almost any occasion. Executive Chef Matthew Basford’s unique take on your favorites is almost reason enough to celebrate. Plus the wine selection is seriously amazing.  Canoe serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, so pick your favorite meal and start your party.

If you're turning 21...

Atlanta Wine School (Dunwoody) – Mark your legal milestone at Atlanta Wine School. The private facility located in Dunwoody is available for wine tastings and cooking classes. The school also makes special arrangements for birthday parties, such as pairing wines and beers with cheeses and desserts. For the competitive soul, you and your guests have the option of breaking up into teams for blind taste tests or take on the Chef's Challenge, producing a five-course meal. Click here to book a private event.

If you're on a budget...

Monday Night Brewing (Midtown) – Cheers to your birthday at Monday Night Brewing for a tour and taste testing. For $10, your guests can purchase a souvenir pint glass and six 6oz beer samples. Birthday guests enjoy a waived fee.

If you're celebrating during work...

Local Three (Buckhead) – While it's your special day, Local Three allows your co-workers to treat your meal and get back to the office in a reasonable amount of time. The restaurant's proximity to I-75, Buckhead, Atlanta's Westside and Cobb County make it an ideal meeting point. Parking in the garage attached to the restaurant is abundant and easily accessible from a traffic light at the entrance to the Piazza at Paces. Reserve the the Bushwood Private Dining Room for a more intimate setting.

If you're athletic...

Ormsby's (Westside) – Get your gaming on for your birthday by challenging your friends to arcade games, skeeball, darts, pool or bocce ball. The atmosphere is the perfect spot for a relaxed birthday celebration.

If you're not afraid of heights...

The Sun Dial (Buckhead) – View a 360-degree panorama of Atlanta from 723 feet while dining on contemporary and seasonal American cuisine prepared by chef Jason Starnes. If planning an event for someone else, The Sun Dial can commemorate the night by surprising your loved one with a custom-made cake or a bouquet of flowers delivered to your table.

If you're a child at heart...

The Painted Pin (Buckhead) – If your upcoming age is a sore spot, relive your celebrate child by taking your friends to The Painted Pin in Buckhead. You'll feel classy in his upscale bowling alley while enjoying a school-aged classic. Make sure to book a lane because even with 20 lanes, there is often a wait to bowl. In the mean time, check out the other activities The Painted Pin has to offer, including tennis, basketball, darts, bocce ball and skeeball. Pizza, sandwiches and cocktails are available as refreshments.

If you're artsy...

High Museum of Art (Midtown) – Flex your creative muscle at the High Museum of Art. The museum owns more than 15,000 works of art, and constantly showcases new exhibits. Admission is $10 for adults, and group visits can be book for large parties. When you need a snack break, the High offers a restaurant, cafe and coffee cart to satisfy your desires. 

If you're outdoorsy...

Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Midtown) – Spend the day among beautiful flowers and greenery at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The garden features an art gallery and plant collections open to the public, but other private rentals, such as the Sourwood Terrace & Canopy Walk and the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen, can be booked for personal events.

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