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Your wedding will be one of the most special days of your life, but your rehearsal dinner can also be an event that is just as memorable and heartwarming while leading up to the big “I do.” It’s a night where your closest friends and family come together to celebrate your upcoming marriage over a delicious meal. But more importantly, it’s a time to cherish all those who have supported you in your journey to love. So whether you’re looking to create an intimate evening with a few guests or a larger-scale event to host more, Athens has a variety of unique restaurants and event spaces to make sure your rehearsal dinner is unforgettable. 


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For the Smaller Rehearsal Dinner:

  • Butcher & Vine

Butcher & Vine is a small locally-owned wine and charcuterie bar with two locations, one in Athens and one in nearby Watkinsville. The Athens location, which opened in January 2021, has a full service kitchen and bar that elevates the Butcher and Vine experience to the next level. In addition, the Athens location offers partial and full restaurant rental for semi-private or private events. For your rehearsal dinner, you will work closely with in-house Chef Kory DePaola to create a custom menu, grazing table, and bar selection to make your rehearsal dinner truly one of a kind. 


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  • Five and Ten 

Five and Ten is another small Athens restaurant located right on South Milledge Avenue. Since 2000, Five and Ten has been known for it’s delicious and upscale cuisine, with items on the menu ranging from braised rabbit and sourdough dumplings to cornmeal fried catfish. Owner Hugh Acheson says, “Five and Ten is and was always meant to be a place to revel in great food and drink and where the patron would, quite simply, be happy.” Five and Ten is available to rent for intimate gatherings and is a perfect venue to make your rehearsal dinner feel cozy and personal. 


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For the Larger Rehearsal Dinner: 

  • Hotel Indigo

Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel located in downtown Athens known for its modern elegance and chic Southern hospitality flair. This location offers a variety of event spaces to host your larger rehearsal dinner in a place that compliments your style. You can choose from The Grand Courtyard if you want a more elegant evening, the Rialto Club for a more casual yet sophisticated feel, or Hotel Indigo’s Art Gallery for an ultra-modern and creative space to host your dinner. 


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  • The Foundry at Graduate Athens

Graduate Athens is known as an iconic hotel and event space located right near downtown Athens and only a short walk from UGA’s campus. The Foundry, also known as “The Southeast’s living room for life’s special occasions,” is the perfect venue within Graduate Athens to host a lively rehearsal dinner for all of your guests. The restaurant and bar located in The Foundry are available for partial rentals, along with the opportunity to hire local musicians, to ensure that your rehearsal dinner is a groovy and entertaining event. 


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