Happy Hour Hotspot: Thrive

While in college, I became very close friends with several women who were from Atlanta and repped it hard. I mean they were the truest of the ATLians and their love for the city ran deep. Throughout my matriculation we would take several road trips to Atlanta and I became quite acquainted with the city. I too developed an affinity for this chocolate city. It was a southern metropolis that had all the makings of a big city while still maintaining its southern hospitality.

Needless to say when I received notification that I had been selected for an internship in Atlanta my senior year, I was delighted. I completed my year in Atlanta and loved it. I had every intention of moving back to the city after graduation, but as with many of my plans, things did not quite work out that way. However, many of my friends did make the move to Atlanta so I still get to the city at least a couple times a year.

On this occasion, I was in town for a girls weekend with my friend April. She is one of the women I mentioned above and still represents Atlanta to the fullest. Whenever I am in town, she always indulges my foodie obsessions and introduces me to a new restaurant.

Happy Hour at Thrive

After perusing some of my favorite foodie sites including Eater and Yelp, we decided to visit Thrive. Thrive is an upscale casual restaurant located in Downtown Atlanta. The menu is varied and offers something for everyone.

Happy Hour at Thrive

Happy Hour at Thrive - Dining Room

We arrived in time to enjoy happy hour at Thrive, which you know is just perfect for me and my pockets.

We started off with drinks of course. I had the Blood Orange Rita which was quite nice. If I were not the designated driver I would have definitely ordered a second.

Happy Hour at Thrive - Blood Orange Rita

We continued the festivities with lots of food. We probably should have eaten breakfast and/or lunch because we were very hungry when we arrived. As a result, we were tempted to order all of the happy hour specials listed on the menu but we limited ourselves to just 5. Fortunately the restaurant was not busy at the time and the kitchen was able to get our food prepared quickly.

Happy Hour at Thrive - TacosGrouper Tacos – Two Ways

Happy Hour at Thrive - SushiSpicy Salmon Roll

Happy Hour at Thrive - CalamariCrispy Calamari

Happy Hour at Thrive - FlatbreadFlatbread Pizza

Happy Hour at Thrive - SlidersSlider Burgers

Our grandmothers would be proud though because our eyes were not bigger than our stomachs and we ate it all. Yes these two little ole ladies threw down and ate all of that food with no help from anyone.

Happy Hour at Thrive - Menu

Overall our favorite selection was the grouper tacos which we would have ordered a second one of but we were told they we had the last one. We loved that there were two different flavors in each order. We liked them both very much.

We also really loved the flatbread pizza which was topped with blue cheese, figs and a balsamic olive oil. The flavors balanced perfectly and was so delicious especially when served hot and fresh out of the oven.

I also enjoyed the calamari which was flavored with a sweet chili aoili.


Fortunately since we took advantage of the specials during happy hour at Thrive, we were able to be true gluttons without our pockets suffering along with our waist lines. As you can see this happy hour at Thrive was very affordable for the two of us once we split the bill, with appetizers priced at $5 each and drinks $7 each.

I would definitely return for happy hour at Thrive again if I were in Atlanta on another occasion.  Have you visited Atlanta? What are some of your favorite frugal foodie spots to dine in the Atlanta?

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  1. July 9, 2016 / 11:43 AM

    We are going through Atl on our way to Ole Miss soon, so we will def seek Thrive out for a Road Trip treat! I’ll be sure to drive my share on our way up so I can order a few of those ritas before climbing in the passenger’s seat, yumm!

    Thanks for the tip!

    • Tia
      July 13, 2016 / 8:56 AM

      Yes definitely take the first shift if you want to go here. The cocktail was delicious. This is a worthwhile stop if you’re in the area for sure.

  2. July 13, 2016 / 8:19 AM

    I live in Atlanta and I keep meaning to check this spot out! Probably for date night with the hubby soon!

    • Tia
      July 13, 2016 / 8:55 AM

      Yes it would be a good daye spot with the hubby and it wont break the bank either.

  3. July 13, 2016 / 8:50 AM

    I’m only 2 hours away from Atlanta and those grouper tacos look Delish!!

    • Tia
      July 13, 2016 / 8:54 AM

      They were good. We wanted more but they said that we ordered the last one even though we saw them serve another guest one as we concluding our meal. It was ok because by then we were full anyway.

  4. July 13, 2016 / 10:05 AM

    Those tacos and the spicy salmon roll?! YESSSSSS for my stomach AND my pockets! I love happy hour ANYWHERE lol but it’s especially good when they have GOOD food!

    • Tia
      July 13, 2016 / 10:20 AM

      Yes me too!

  5. July 13, 2016 / 8:29 PM

    I’ll take those burgers please! I don’t eat seafood but those tacos look delicious. Even to me.

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:15 PM

      Living in Florida I cannot imagine a life without seafood. There are a lot of carnivorous options as well. I am interested to try the chicken wings on my next visit.

  6. July 13, 2016 / 10:54 PM

    Grouper taco…. Yes. Please. Thank you. Great photos! I’ll have to put that on my list for Atlanta..

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:13 PM

      Yes the tacos were good Eva. We were so mad that that we could only order one.

  7. July 14, 2016 / 10:27 PM

    Goodness! Great food photos!!

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:14 PM

      Thank you LaShonda!

  8. July 14, 2016 / 10:59 PM

    That food looked delicious! I was just in Atlanta last month visiting my best friend so it would have been nice to check out.

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:16 PM

      Yes Tia, you can keep it on your list for your next visit.

  9. July 14, 2016 / 11:27 PM

    Well dang, this is my kind of spot. I was all excited about the Blood Orange Rita; that thang looks so good. But that food though, I’m overdue for a trip to the A for this year. I need to go eat my heart out.

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:18 PM

      Yes the Blood Orange Rita is worth being excited about so have one for me too when you go Mimi.

  10. July 14, 2016 / 11:51 PM

    Now that’s a great way to save your coins. Great review and the pics are mesmerizing.

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:20 PM

      Thank you. Yes I am frugal foodie all day. What is better than good food at a good price?!

  11. July 15, 2016 / 12:22 AM

    Girl I used to work in the building that is attached to Thrive and this used to be one of my fav lunch/happy hour spots! I still love there sushi, I havent been there in a while but great recap I need to visit soon.

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:21 PM

      If I worked in the same building it would be one of my faves too. I should have called you for recommendations.

  12. July 15, 2016 / 9:02 AM

    $5 and $7 apps are good. Those tacos look yummy. Adding this to my list. Lol

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:23 PM

      Yes those prices were perfect for my pocket. What I appreciated most is that the portions were not skimpy. This was definitely a good value.

  13. July 15, 2016 / 5:50 PM

    I love the decor first of all! As usual, the food looks so good!!! That fried calamari and those cheeseburger sliders and fries are calling my name!

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 7:06 PM

      Yes Kasi, I agree the decor is amazing.

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