Ryman Recommends: Patio Round Up



The weather is heating up, and after weeks of rain, it seems we have fast forwarded straight to summertime. Not that Ryman is complaining. This dog lives for an evening spent begging for leftovers lounging on a patio as the sun sets and the heat of the day cools off. Ryman spent some time rounding up all of his favorite patios around town. In no particular order:

Ted’s Most Best

The obvious front runner for the Athens Patio Scene. This pizza place has ample room to spread out and enjoy a cold Creature Comforts beer or a crisp Vinho Verde while you wait for a pizza and garlic knots. What started as a bocce ball court is now the most popular sandbox in downtown, giving parents the opportunity to throw a couple back without having to worry about their youngsters – awaiting some sandy pizza crusts from tiny hands is what keeps Ryman coming back.


The National

What it lacks in size, The National’s outdoor dining makes up for in flavor and people watching. With just a few tables outside, the seating feels casual and intimate while you enjoy some of the freshest, most delicious dining in town.

Photo via Awesome Athens


Ike & Jane

Ryman has sung the praises of Ike & Jane on many occasions. Its cute picnic tables with umbrellas make it the perfect spot to enjoy a sandwich and an Arnold Palmer on even the hottest of days.

Normal Bar

It’s a dog party every night of the week at Normal Bar, and Ryman never misses a good soirée. Sip on a Loving Cup or a Hecho en Mexico on the back porch, and soak up all the townie goodness that makes Athens the special place that it is.

Normal Bar Back Patio

Pulaski Heights BBQ

Pork, pooches, and patios go together like peanut butter and jelly. Pulaski Heights has ample outdoor seating to enjoy the roar of the train and the scents of the outdoor smokehouse. Ryman recently tried the new Cuban sandwich on the menu. Good lordy, it’s good! He has a new go-to when burnt ends aren’t on the menu.

Cuban Sandwich at Pulaski Heights


For brunch on a Saturday or Sunday, there is nowhere better than Heirloom Cafe. The Love on a Biscuit rotates weekly, and every week it is inexplicably better than the week before. The coffee is strong and the patio is peaceful. What more could a pampered pooch ask for before 11am?

Love on a Biscuit


The most historic of our featured patios, the 5&10 porch is covered, so you are safe from any sudden Southern thunderstorms making their way through town on a summer evening. Warning (maybe from personal experience…): 5&10′s porch is so fabulous, an hour can easily turn into 3, and 1 bottle of wine can quickly become 1 too many bottles of wine. But a life filled with “one too manys” is a life well lived in Ryman’s book.

Photo via MW Eats

Georgia Theatre Rooftop / Branded Butcher Rooftop

While what was the best view in Athens is now blocked with a monstrous student housing development (Don’t get Ryman started on this topic), the Georgia Theatre roof is the best spot to grab lunch, an after work beer, or a late night show. The food matches the atmosphere with Branded Butcher at the helm. Fans of the original Farm Cart (ME!) will be thrilled to see the Bahn Mi sandwich and burger on the menu.

Georgia Theatre Roof (pre-monstrosity) Photo via The Georgia Theatre


The Globe

The Globe only has 4 tables outside, but in the center of town on the corner of Lumpkin & Clayton, they provide some of the best people watching in Athens. Ryman likes to get a couple Twin Pine burgers and a cold brew and chill out for the day.


Seabear has quickly become a weekly ritual in our house. Warm evenings amble on when sitting on this porch located at the hopping Bottleworks Building. The inventive cocktail list is a perfect accompaniment to the fresh seafood. Ryman is partial to the fried clam strips and the chicken steam buns, but everything on the menu is fabulous.

Photo via Seabear

Dozen Beausoleils, please.




Ryman Recommends: White Violet

We all know Athens is famous for its music, but once and for all, can publications stop referencing The B-52′s and REM as if they are the only bands that have come from our great city? In the last 3 decades, Athens has been churning out incredible music that goes far beyond the pop sensations of the 1980′s and 90′s. One of these bands is the 4 piece Athens-based White Violet. Fronted by Nate Nelson, an Athens local who has had his hand in all aspects of our music scene since his early teens, White Violet creates beautiful, dreamy, almost haunting music. Their new album, Stay Lost, out on Normaltown Records, is out today, and it is the perfect album to soundtrack your autumn cookouts or mountain road trips.

White Violet will be celebrating their cd release today by supporting Pure Bathing Culture at Normaltown Hall (399 Meigs St.) tonight. Being the dog about town that he is, Ryman wouldn’t miss the show, so while you are there, be sure to look down for our furry mascot and give him some love. Doors at 8:30 $8

Tailgating with Hip Pops and the Dawgs

Georgia-Bulldogs-Football-091710LHip Pops Loves the Dawgs!

On Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 11:08 AM we’ll be keeping you cool and refreshed while tailgating again this week. The Dawgs are taking on South Carolina this Saturday. Coming off last week’s loss, they can use all of our support.

Come find the Pop Cart in the parking lot between the Baptist Center and Sigma Chi.
Flava-Flavors cheering on the Dawgs:

  • Eazy-T
  • Nappy Roots Beer
  • Mango Was The Case
  • Green LaTeaFa
  • Ghostface Licka
  • Foxy Brownie
  • Citrus Hill
  • So Fresh & So Cream


The Hip Pops cart is proud to make her tailgating debut at the UGA vs Boise State game September 3 at theGeorgia Dome. It has been hot, hot, hot this summer in the south, and nothing tastes better with a cold Budweiser than an icy pop.
We will be giving away free (yes, free!) pops at the Shepard Center Societytailgate. All proceeds from the tailgate benefit Atlanta’s Shepard Center SHARE Initiative. The Shepard Center is a remarkable hospital that specializes in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation. The SHARE Initiative helps treat US soldiers wounded at war.

Enjoy the tasty tunes of Ponderosa and the Dean Dollar Band while cooling down with a popsicle.
We hope to see you there in your RED and BLACK!

Party Down with New West Records

museumNew West Records (Corner of Pope & Meigs, near Big City Bread) is throwing a party after the Dawgs demolish Mississippi State. They’ve got free beer and Harry’s Pig Shop for all the party goers. DJ Immukization will be on the turn tables to keep the party going all evening long.

We are thrilled to be a part of the UGA Student Day at Georgia Museum of Art on Thursday, September 15. The museum recently underwent a major renovation, and the facilities are incredible. Pops are FREE to anyone with a student ID card. Pop Peddling begins at 1pm. I’m hoping we have a minute to slip away and check out the Hatch Show Print Exhibit…

Artsy Flavas of the Day:

  • Salt N’ Suga
  • Citrus Hill
  • Ghostface Licka
  • Mos Fresh
  • Mango Was The Case

See you at the Gallery!

Celebrating 10 Years at Canopy

Canopy Studios is celebrating their 10th anniversary with an Ariel Dance performance this weekend. Canopywill have shows Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 4 & 8pm, and Sunday at 2 & 6 pm.

Hip Pops recently opened a Pop Shop, and we are lucky enough to share a space with Canopy at the Chase Park Warehouse on Tracy St in Athens. Seriously, how fun is it to share a space with a TRAPEZE studio?! Athens is the coolest.
We will be selling pops outside our shop this weekend before and after the Canopy shows. Come by and celebrate with a pop!
Check out this VIDEO from Create Athens about Canopy

All Around Athens

bldg.parkinglotWe will be all over the place this weekend. I have been blending away in the Pop Shop all week to prepare for our festivities.

Little Kings – Friday & Saturday 8 – 2

It is Athens Americana Fest, and it would not be a party without some pops! We will be listening to some fine tunes at Little Kings Shuffle Club on Friday and Saturday night with music starting at 8pm. I am most excited to see The Mastersons in from Brooklyn, NY.

On the Menu:

  •  Cash Honey
  • Big Peppa
  • Two Lime Crew
  • Rum DMC
  • Eazy-T
  • Mango Was The Case
  • Lil’ Squeezy & ReFresh Prince

Before the Saturday Americana shows, we will celebrating spring with the gentlemen of SAE at their annual Shower Cap party. Betsy Kingston & The Crowns will be entertaining the crowds.

Come Say “Hi!”.

Make your tailgate the coolest in town!

555652_476935282326436_1855851694_nYou have your old smokies, the beer is on ice, and College game day Is on the mobile big screen… The only thing missing is the new tailgating classic, a cooler full of Hip Pops!

Hip Pops, based here in Athens, GA, creates custom popsicle coolers packed in dry ice to keep you cool all tailgate long. popsicles are a treat for kids and adults alike!

Cooler options:

30 Pop Cooler

Strawberry Lemonade, Key Lime Pie, Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade
Cost: $55

60 Pop Cooler

Strawberry Lemonade, Key Lime Pie, Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade, Arnold Palmer
Cost: $100

100 Pop Cooler

Strawberry Lemonade, Key Lime Pie, Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade, Arnold Palmer, Peppermint Chocolate
Cost: $160

Place your order by Wednesday at 12:00 PM by emailing hippopsathens@gmail.com.

Popping it all over Athens and northeast Georgia.

Contact us about catering your next event!