We moms love a good Girls’ Night Out (GNO), but it’s not like we get the opportunity on a weekly basis. That’s why, when we are able to escape for a few hours, we want to make the most of it. Here are our favorite ways to let loose and have some much-needed girl time.

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Hop Around

Why go to one place when you can go to three? And even better if you don’t have to drive from place to place. That’s why spots with several restaurants and bars in one location are ideal. Take Ponce City Market in Midtown, for instance. Your group can start the evening with apps and cocktails at The Mercury, have dinner at Brezza Cucina, and finish the night at City Winery. We also like Avalon in Alpharetta, Town Brookhaven, The Battery and Virginia-Highland for good hopping-around GNO’s.

Get Crafty

If you have shied away from those painting or sculpting workshops because you fear your artistic skills aren’t up to par, fear no more. We are here to tell you anyone can do it. These events are idiot-proof and fun. We especially enjoy AR Workshop, where you can build those Joanna Gaines-style signs and boxes. They have locations in Milton, Smyrna, Lawrenceville and Rome. Also, check out Painting with a Twist (which has six area locations) and Sips N Strokes (three area locations). These places often offer ladies’ nights and let you BYOB.

Sip and Sample

When you go out with your husband, he typically wants a hearty meal. Not true with the ladies. Finally, you can enjoy tapas-style without hearing someone complain about the small plates and big prices. Our fave places for small plates? Gypsy Kitchen in Buckhead, Whiskey Bird in Morningside and Eclipse di Luna in Dunwoody and Buckhead. Also, your girlfriends probably prefer sipping rather than chugging, so check out Atlanta’s options for wine and beer tastings. We like Deep Roots in Roswell, Hop City in West Midtown and Krog Street Market and Vino Venue in Dunwoody.

Pamper Yourself 

Your whole group can get gorgeous with blowouts from Drybar in either Buckhead or Alpharetta. Have your makeup done at one of Van Michael’s with seven area locations. Relax in massage chairs while getting manis and pedis at…well, just about anywhere.

GNO Tips

Don’t drive: Ubers, Lyfts or taxis are a necessity even if you plan to have just a couple of drinks. Don’t risk it; nothing ruins a GNO more than a DUI (or worse).

Be budget conscious: When planning a GNO, think about your audience. Chances are, many of your gal pals are watching their finances. No need to make plans to go to a five star restaurant; your group will have just as much fun with fewer stars.

Check out Ladies’ Nights: Johnny’s Hideaway in Buckhead offers Ladies’ Night on Wednesdays. Fridays and Saturdays are Ladies’ Night at Sage Woodfire Tavern at the Perimeter. Red Sky Tapas and Bar in East Cobb, a hot spot for good fun and live entertainment, has Girls’ Night Out every Wednesday with half price wine.

Make time for talking: Even if your girls’ night includes a movie, play or comedy show, be sure to also schedule time before or after to gab. Catching up is the best part of getting together.

Don’t forget daytime: GDOs (Girls’ Day Out) can be just as fun as GNOs and sometimes easier to coordinate. You could do an extended lunch, have a spa day, or go shopping.

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