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David And Amy’s guidebook

David And Amy

David And Amy’s guidebook

Sightseeing
One of the top things to do in Atlanta with kids, the Georgia Aquarium features a wide variety of marine life and some very interesting and interactive activities for visitors. The world's largest aquarium, it houses more than 100,000 aquatic creatures, including the largest in the ocean - whale sharks. You can see rare albino alligators and watch as trainers interact with California sea lions. One unique option offered by the Georgia Aquarium is the opportunity to dive or snorkel in the tank with the sharks. To participate in the dive program, visitors must have SCUBA diving certification. For those not looking to get wet, the aquarium also has an acrylic tunnel to walk through and view fish swimming on all sides
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Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Street Northwest
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One of the top things to do in Atlanta with kids, the Georgia Aquarium features a wide variety of marine life and some very interesting and interactive activities for visitors. The world's largest aquarium, it houses more than 100,000 aquatic creatures, including the largest in the ocean - whale sharks. You can see rare albino alligators and watch as trainers interact with California sea lions. One unique option offered by the Georgia Aquarium is the opportunity to dive or snorkel in the tank with the sharks. To participate in the dive program, visitors must have SCUBA diving certification. For those not looking to get wet, the aquarium also has an acrylic tunnel to walk through and view fish swimming on all sides
The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers a lovely space with a variety of well laid out gardens, including formal flower beds and majestic trees that frame the urban landscape of Midtown Atlanta. The Botanical Garden is a great place year-round, with something always in bloom. Spring is, of course, an amazing time with a riot of colors. Some of the highlights include the Orchid Display House in the Fuqua Orchid Center, the Winter Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Conservation Garden, and the Desert House. Two of its major specialties are the Rose Garden and the hydrangeas, each of which comprise the largest collections in the southeast. A special garden area is designed for children, and an elevated boardwalk gives visitors tree-top views down into the forest. What you will see there depends on the time of year you are visiting, although the indoor gardens are always beautiful at any time of year.
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Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue Northeast
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The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers a lovely space with a variety of well laid out gardens, including formal flower beds and majestic trees that frame the urban landscape of Midtown Atlanta. The Botanical Garden is a great place year-round, with something always in bloom. Spring is, of course, an amazing time with a riot of colors. Some of the highlights include the Orchid Display House in the Fuqua Orchid Center, the Winter Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Conservation Garden, and the Desert House. Two of its major specialties are the Rose Garden and the hydrangeas, each of which comprise the largest collections in the southeast. A special garden area is designed for children, and an elevated boardwalk gives visitors tree-top views down into the forest. What you will see there depends on the time of year you are visiting, although the indoor gardens are always beautiful at any time of year.
Atlanta's place in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s is marked by a beautifully conceived interpretation center/museum that places this epic struggle into the greater worldwide movement for human rights. The Center for Civil and Human Rights explores the history of Jim Crow laws with actual television newscasts, speeches, photos, videos, personal accounts, and interactive experiences that bring visitors into the struggle. Portraits and stories of their work honor men and women who lost their lives in the struggle. The Human Rights Movement gallery carries the story into the broader picture of human rights worldwide: Apartheid in South Africa, women's rights, the rights of children and others, inspiring visitors to think about the rights of humans everywhere.
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National Center for Civil and Human Rights
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
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Atlanta's place in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s is marked by a beautifully conceived interpretation center/museum that places this epic struggle into the greater worldwide movement for human rights. The Center for Civil and Human Rights explores the history of Jim Crow laws with actual television newscasts, speeches, photos, videos, personal accounts, and interactive experiences that bring visitors into the struggle. Portraits and stories of their work honor men and women who lost their lives in the struggle. The Human Rights Movement gallery carries the story into the broader picture of human rights worldwide: Apartheid in South Africa, women's rights, the rights of children and others, inspiring visitors to think about the rights of humans everywhere.
Two blocks on Auburn Avenue are now protected as a National Historic Site. They include the birthplace of the civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr. at 501 Auburn Avenue, which dates from 1895, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407-413 Auburn Avenue, in which he and his father were ministers. Immediately adjoining, in the Freedom Hall Complex, is his grave. Between his birthplace and Ebenezer Baptist Church is Fire Station No. 6, which played a role in the life of the neighborhood and where volunteers tell stories of life here when King was growing up. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is also in this are
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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
450 Auburn Avenue Northeast
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Two blocks on Auburn Avenue are now protected as a National Historic Site. They include the birthplace of the civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King Jr. at 501 Auburn Avenue, which dates from 1895, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church at 407-413 Auburn Avenue, in which he and his father were ministers. Immediately adjoining, in the Freedom Hall Complex, is his grave. Between his birthplace and Ebenezer Baptist Church is Fire Station No. 6, which played a role in the life of the neighborhood and where volunteers tell stories of life here when King was growing up. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is also in this are
The Fox Theatre was built in the 1920s as the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, with an extremely posh Arabian-themed design. It has had a varied history, with problems during the Great Depression, but has always been a much loved landmark building since its construction. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior of the theater has seen considerable restoration work over the years in an attempt to maintain its original elegance, including the repair and restoration of the furniture collection to preserve its 1929 appearance. Performances at the Fox include diverse entertainment options such as operas, ballet, rock concerts, and movies, with hundreds of performances each year. In addition to the theater, there are two ballrooms: the Egyptian Ballroom and the Grand Salon. Both of these have been beautifully restored and are available for special events.
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Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St NE
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The Fox Theatre was built in the 1920s as the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque, with an extremely posh Arabian-themed design. It has had a varied history, with problems during the Great Depression, but has always been a much loved landmark building since its construction. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior of the theater has seen considerable restoration work over the years in an attempt to maintain its original elegance, including the repair and restoration of the furniture collection to preserve its 1929 appearance. Performances at the Fox include diverse entertainment options such as operas, ballet, rock concerts, and movies, with hundreds of performances each year. In addition to the theater, there are two ballrooms: the Egyptian Ballroom and the Grand Salon. Both of these have been beautifully restored and are available for special events.
Located just a short distance northeast of downtown Atlanta, Piedmont Park is the oldest and largest park in the Atlanta metro region. The grounds were the site of the Battle at Peachtree Creek during the Civil War. In addition to providing walking and running trails, the park has off-leash dog parks, gardens, sports fields, a lake with fishing piers, children's playgrounds, a swimming pool at the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center, and a splash pad for children at the Legacy Fountain. Local farmers and artisans gather on Saturdays at the Green Market, where you may find everything from fresh peaches, handmade soaps, and smoked meats to biscuits, Irish pancakes, sheep cheese, and sheep milk caramel. Look for chef demonstrations every Saturday from 11am until noon. On Saturday mornings April through November at 11am, you can learn about the park's history on a free guided walking tour, and on the first Saturday of every month, Piedmont Park Conservancy partners with the Atlanta Audubon Society for bird walks that explore the park's many different habitats. The park also hosts various events, from musical entertainment to fitness programs.
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Piedmont Park
400 Park Dr NE
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Located just a short distance northeast of downtown Atlanta, Piedmont Park is the oldest and largest park in the Atlanta metro region. The grounds were the site of the Battle at Peachtree Creek during the Civil War. In addition to providing walking and running trails, the park has off-leash dog parks, gardens, sports fields, a lake with fishing piers, children's playgrounds, a swimming pool at the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center, and a splash pad for children at the Legacy Fountain. Local farmers and artisans gather on Saturdays at the Green Market, where you may find everything from fresh peaches, handmade soaps, and smoked meats to biscuits, Irish pancakes, sheep cheese, and sheep milk caramel. Look for chef demonstrations every Saturday from 11am until noon. On Saturday mornings April through November at 11am, you can learn about the park's history on a free guided walking tour, and on the first Saturday of every month, Piedmont Park Conservancy partners with the Atlanta Audubon Society for bird walks that explore the park's many different habitats. The park also hosts various events, from musical entertainment to fitness programs.
The Atlanta History Center is a large complex that comprises the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, and the Kenan Research Center, along with a number of historic gardens. The History Museum features changing exhibitions and a permanent collection with topics such as the American Civil War, Folk Art of the South, and various other exhibits related to the history of Atlanta. The historic houses range in age from the 1860s to the 1920s and offer a glimpse of life during these time periods. The Margaret Mitchell House contains the apartment where Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind. The guided tour includes a look at this room as well as a brief film and exhibition on Margaret Mitchell. The six historic gardens include both natural areas and formal gardens. The Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Garden is at its best in spring, when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. Visitors can also see an 1860s-style garden at the Tullie Smith Farm.
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Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest
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The Atlanta History Center is a large complex that comprises the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, and the Kenan Research Center, along with a number of historic gardens. The History Museum features changing exhibitions and a permanent collection with topics such as the American Civil War, Folk Art of the South, and various other exhibits related to the history of Atlanta. The historic houses range in age from the 1860s to the 1920s and offer a glimpse of life during these time periods. The Margaret Mitchell House contains the apartment where Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind. The guided tour includes a look at this room as well as a brief film and exhibition on Margaret Mitchell. The six historic gardens include both natural areas and formal gardens. The Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Garden is at its best in spring, when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. Visitors can also see an 1860s-style garden at the Tullie Smith Farm.
Designed by architect Richard Meier and enlarged with three new buildings designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art is noteworthy both for its architecture and its extraordinary collections of art from the Renaissance to the present day. It is particularly known for its works by 19th-century French masters and an extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art. There is also a significant collection of European paintings and decorative art, and newer additions include modern and contemporary art, photography, and African art. The museum forms part of the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center and hosts an annual film series featuring foreign, independent, and classic cinema.
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High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street Northwest
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Designed by architect Richard Meier and enlarged with three new buildings designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the High Museum of Art is noteworthy both for its architecture and its extraordinary collections of art from the Renaissance to the present day. It is particularly known for its works by 19th-century French masters and an extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art. There is also a significant collection of European paintings and decorative art, and newer additions include modern and contemporary art, photography, and African art. The museum forms part of the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center and hosts an annual film series featuring foreign, independent, and classic cinema.
In 1886, a chemist named Dr John Pemberton devised a syrup designed to relieve headaches. A friend of his mixed the glutinous liquid with water and carbonic acid, and the result of the mixture soon became the world's most popular soft drink. The World of Coca-Cola illustrates the history and triumphal progress of the world-famous drink in entertaining ways that will please all ages.
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World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker Street Northwest
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In 1886, a chemist named Dr John Pemberton devised a syrup designed to relieve headaches. A friend of his mixed the glutinous liquid with water and carbonic acid, and the result of the mixture soon became the world's most popular soft drink. The World of Coca-Cola illustrates the history and triumphal progress of the world-famous drink in entertaining ways that will please all ages.
Opened in 1992, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History portrays the nature and environment of Georgia, as well as technical and scientific phenomena with the aid of modern techniques. Some of the most eye-catching exhibits at the museum are the huge dinosaur statues at the entrance and the dinosaur skeletons in the Great Hall. Perhaps more entertaining are the interactive displays of the "Sensing Nature." There are many other interesting exhibits on the natural history of the local landscape and cultures from other parts of the world. Even the floors are attention-getting, made of limestone tiles with embedded fossils. A huge gallery is dedicated to temporary and traveling exhibits, and an IMAX theater shows nature-related films.
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Fernbank Museum | 3D Theater | Forest
767 Clifton Road
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Opened in 1992, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History portrays the nature and environment of Georgia, as well as technical and scientific phenomena with the aid of modern techniques. Some of the most eye-catching exhibits at the museum are the huge dinosaur statues at the entrance and the dinosaur skeletons in the Great Hall. Perhaps more entertaining are the interactive displays of the "Sensing Nature." There are many other interesting exhibits on the natural history of the local landscape and cultures from other parts of the world. Even the floors are attention-getting, made of limestone tiles with embedded fossils. A huge gallery is dedicated to temporary and traveling exhibits, and an IMAX theater shows nature-related films.
Although the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum opened in 1986, the modernist structure still feels contemporary today. With 24,000 square feet of museum space, this is a celebration of former U.S. President (and Georgia native) Jimmy Carter on a grand scale. Far from being staid and strictly academic, the museum offers interactive exhibits that explore Carter's life before, during, and after his time in the Oval Office. His Nobel Peace Prize medal is on display, and there's also some 4,000 square feet reserved for temporary exhibits.
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Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
441 Freedom Parkway Northeast
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Although the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum opened in 1986, the modernist structure still feels contemporary today. With 24,000 square feet of museum space, this is a celebration of former U.S. President (and Georgia native) Jimmy Carter on a grand scale. Far from being staid and strictly academic, the museum offers interactive exhibits that explore Carter's life before, during, and after his time in the Oval Office. His Nobel Peace Prize medal is on display, and there's also some 4,000 square feet reserved for temporary exhibits.
BBQ
Fox Brothers (actually founded by Texas transplant twin brothers Justin and Jonathan Fox) is a must-go when in need of ‘cue in Atlanta. The Candler Park spot gets packed but you’ll be munching on Frito pie (served in a Frito bag) in no time. For the tastiest experience, order the Tomminator (tots smothered in Brunswick stew), the Texacutioner sandwich (brisket, jalapeño cheddar sausage, mustard) and the banana pudding. You can get a taste of the offerings at their “que”-osk in Armour Yards, where they also sell kolaches for breakfast.
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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
1238 DeKalb Avenue Northeast
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Fox Brothers (actually founded by Texas transplant twin brothers Justin and Jonathan Fox) is a must-go when in need of ‘cue in Atlanta. The Candler Park spot gets packed but you’ll be munching on Frito pie (served in a Frito bag) in no time. For the tastiest experience, order the Tomminator (tots smothered in Brunswick stew), the Texacutioner sandwich (brisket, jalapeño cheddar sausage, mustard) and the banana pudding. You can get a taste of the offerings at their “que”-osk in Armour Yards, where they also sell kolaches for breakfast.
The Atlanta institution is one of the city’s best known barbecue spots. It has called the same no-frills shack on Piedmont Avenue home for nearly 30 years. There’s almost always a line out the door but the ribs served sticky and sweet make the wait worth it. Order them as a slab or on a sandwich and enjoy them while listening to some live blues music, which they have every night.
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Fat Matt's Rib Shack
1811 Piedmont Avenue Northeast
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The Atlanta institution is one of the city’s best known barbecue spots. It has called the same no-frills shack on Piedmont Avenue home for nearly 30 years. There’s almost always a line out the door but the ribs served sticky and sweet make the wait worth it. Order them as a slab or on a sandwich and enjoy them while listening to some live blues music, which they have every night.
Sometimes, when two chefs fall in love, they open a barbecue spot to bring together both of their passions to the kitchen, which is exactly what happened here. Cody Taylor, a Tennessee boy, and Jiyeon Lee, a Korean pop-star turned chef, are the brains behind Heirloom Market. This hole-in-the-wall has zero indoor seating, but that doesn’t stop folks from flocking here for southern barbecue served with Korean spices, sauces and accouterments. The specials sell out fast and change daily so keep an eye on the website to figure out what’s being served.
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Heirloom Market BBQ
2243 Akers Mill Road Southeast
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Sometimes, when two chefs fall in love, they open a barbecue spot to bring together both of their passions to the kitchen, which is exactly what happened here. Cody Taylor, a Tennessee boy, and Jiyeon Lee, a Korean pop-star turned chef, are the brains behind Heirloom Market. This hole-in-the-wall has zero indoor seating, but that doesn’t stop folks from flocking here for southern barbecue served with Korean spices, sauces and accouterments. The specials sell out fast and change daily so keep an eye on the website to figure out what’s being served.
Sweet Auburn in Poncey-Highland is the place to go to when you want more than barbecue. The meats, like the brisket and pulled pork, are great, but so are the Asian-infused eats (inspired by the roots of owners and siblings Anita and Howard Hsu). Can’t-miss items include the Wu Tang wings and pimento cheese wontons. The Bing & Rosemary cocktail (gin, rosemary syrup and lemon) is the ideal concoction to wash all that food down.
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Sweet Auburn BBQ
656 North Highland Avenue Northeast
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Sweet Auburn in Poncey-Highland is the place to go to when you want more than barbecue. The meats, like the brisket and pulled pork, are great, but so are the Asian-infused eats (inspired by the roots of owners and siblings Anita and Howard Hsu). Can’t-miss items include the Wu Tang wings and pimento cheese wontons. The Bing & Rosemary cocktail (gin, rosemary syrup and lemon) is the ideal concoction to wash all that food down.
All Things Hipster
Jump on the Beltline, near Krog Street Market which sits on the corner of Irwin Street and Edgewood Avenue, with the Beltline running along the parking lot and behind Stove Works – across the street from KSM. It makes a great starting point or destination for a walk along the Beltline. Great place to start with plentiful shopping and savory food to enjoy.
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Krog Street Market
99 Krog Street Northeast
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Jump on the Beltline, near Krog Street Market which sits on the corner of Irwin Street and Edgewood Avenue, with the Beltline running along the parking lot and behind Stove Works – across the street from KSM. It makes a great starting point or destination for a walk along the Beltline. Great place to start with plentiful shopping and savory food to enjoy.
Clocking in at a whopping 2.1 million square feet, this is the Southeast’s largest brick structure, and is home to big retailers, local boutiques, gyms, and more than 20 varied restaurants and food stalls (including multiple James Beard Award-winning chefs). Ponce City Market is somewhere you come for a good time, whether it's shopping at a small boutique, gallery, or larger store, or for a meal or drink in the central food hall (featuring three James Beard Award winners). Management does a great job of hosting fun events like cooking classes, art and candle making workshops, wine tastings, and more. You also can pay a small fee to take a freight elevator to the rooftop and play vintage carnival games and get some of the city's best skyline views
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Ponce City Market
675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
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Clocking in at a whopping 2.1 million square feet, this is the Southeast’s largest brick structure, and is home to big retailers, local boutiques, gyms, and more than 20 varied restaurants and food stalls (including multiple James Beard Award-winning chefs). Ponce City Market is somewhere you come for a good time, whether it's shopping at a small boutique, gallery, or larger store, or for a meal or drink in the central food hall (featuring three James Beard Award winners). Management does a great job of hosting fun events like cooking classes, art and candle making workshops, wine tastings, and more. You also can pay a small fee to take a freight elevator to the rooftop and play vintage carnival games and get some of the city's best skyline views
There are a few places in Atlanta where freak flags fly, and proudly so—but chief among them is Little Five Points. The quirky neighborhood around the five-corner intersection of Euclid, Moreland, and McLendon Avenues on Atlanta's east side is home to Variety Playhouse (their solid roster of indie concerts is the stuff of legends), alternative clothing boutiques, vintage record shops, and plenty of off-color restaurants, but for a microcosm of what makes L5P unique, head to the Junkman’s Daughter, an emporium of novelties. There, shoppers will find gifts, clothing, and art for folks of all persuasions, from goth to hippie to punk.
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Little Five Points
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There are a few places in Atlanta where freak flags fly, and proudly so—but chief among them is Little Five Points. The quirky neighborhood around the five-corner intersection of Euclid, Moreland, and McLendon Avenues on Atlanta's east side is home to Variety Playhouse (their solid roster of indie concerts is the stuff of legends), alternative clothing boutiques, vintage record shops, and plenty of off-color restaurants, but for a microcosm of what makes L5P unique, head to the Junkman’s Daughter, an emporium of novelties. There, shoppers will find gifts, clothing, and art for folks of all persuasions, from goth to hippie to punk.
Where stripers go and die. Divy, fun and an Atlanta institution. A strip club and a boutique hotel. They may seem like strange bedfellows, but in rapidly transforming Atlanta, this unusual relationship seems to be working. The Clermont Lounge is not just any strip club. Established in 1965, this next-level dive bar is a beloved institution, where DJs, bands and Tuesday-night karaoke singers do their thing alongside dancers ranging in age from about 22 to 72.
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Clermont Lounge
789 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
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Where stripers go and die. Divy, fun and an Atlanta institution. A strip club and a boutique hotel. They may seem like strange bedfellows, but in rapidly transforming Atlanta, this unusual relationship seems to be working. The Clermont Lounge is not just any strip club. Established in 1965, this next-level dive bar is a beloved institution, where DJs, bands and Tuesday-night karaoke singers do their thing alongside dancers ranging in age from about 22 to 72.
The Earl is the essential hipster watering hole. This place is pure rock, tattoo and smokers paradise. Great place to have a drink. It's a fun atmosphere that's just a packed little room with a small stage and bar where you can get nice and personal with whoever you're there to see. The acoustics are pretty good and you'll see some more local flavor here for cheap with $10-12 cover charge. The bar out front is fun too with great music playing, some outdoor seating in the heart of the East ATL Village area, and a decent selection of brews.
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The EARL
488 Flat Shoals Avenue Southeast
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The Earl is the essential hipster watering hole. This place is pure rock, tattoo and smokers paradise. Great place to have a drink. It's a fun atmosphere that's just a packed little room with a small stage and bar where you can get nice and personal with whoever you're there to see. The acoustics are pretty good and you'll see some more local flavor here for cheap with $10-12 cover charge. The bar out front is fun too with great music playing, some outdoor seating in the heart of the East ATL Village area, and a decent selection of brews.
Bar Scene
Grant Henry is many things—former seminary student, proud father, civic developer, folk artist—and all of these roles coalesce magically at his bar. The wall space is covered with iconography: some of it funny, some of it offensive, all of it compelling, like a series of car accidents you can’t turn away from. (Is that really a baby crawling up a cross under a sign that says “Ladder of Success?”) Not only has Church fueled Edgewood’s resurgence, but Lady Gaga and Ben Stiller have been known to drop by. P.S. Church Organ Karaoke on Wednesdays
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Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium
466 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
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Grant Henry is many things—former seminary student, proud father, civic developer, folk artist—and all of these roles coalesce magically at his bar. The wall space is covered with iconography: some of it funny, some of it offensive, all of it compelling, like a series of car accidents you can’t turn away from. (Is that really a baby crawling up a cross under a sign that says “Ladder of Success?”) Not only has Church fueled Edgewood’s resurgence, but Lady Gaga and Ben Stiller have been known to drop by. P.S. Church Organ Karaoke on Wednesdays
There are a lot of rooftop spots in Atlanta, but if you’re looking for one where you can actually meet people, rather than deal with distraught six-year-olds, head to Hotel Clermont. It’s a little more difficult to get into than their lobby bar or the one in Tiny Lou’s, but you’ll be glad you waited when you finally see the view. Head here for a date, when you want to impress clients, or for a pre-dinner drink that happens to coincide with golden hour. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll realize why: The stylish design and priceless view are reason enough for the insane popularity of this cabana-style rooftop scene teeming with millennials. But what will truly win you over is the lack of pretension, from Solo cups to canned beers to Astroturf.
Clermont Hotel and Rooftop Bar
789 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
There are a lot of rooftop spots in Atlanta, but if you’re looking for one where you can actually meet people, rather than deal with distraught six-year-olds, head to Hotel Clermont. It’s a little more difficult to get into than their lobby bar or the one in Tiny Lou’s, but you’ll be glad you waited when you finally see the view. Head here for a date, when you want to impress clients, or for a pre-dinner drink that happens to coincide with golden hour. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll realize why: The stylish design and priceless view are reason enough for the insane popularity of this cabana-style rooftop scene teeming with millennials. But what will truly win you over is the lack of pretension, from Solo cups to canned beers to Astroturf.
If you are near Five Points. This brewery and restaurant right off of Moreland in L5P is housed in what looks like the home of a Southern aristocrat, but inside it’s basically just a nice neighborhood bar. Wrecking Bar is a great spot to come with a big group and try a bunch of beers, but they also have a pretty diverse menu, with everything from pretzels and fondue to beef cheeks, once you get hungry.
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Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Avenue Northeast
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If you are near Five Points. This brewery and restaurant right off of Moreland in L5P is housed in what looks like the home of a Southern aristocrat, but inside it’s basically just a nice neighborhood bar. Wrecking Bar is a great spot to come with a big group and try a bunch of beers, but they also have a pretty diverse menu, with everything from pretzels and fondue to beef cheeks, once you get hungry.
This impossibly hip and refreshingly diverse Edgewood lounge, from co-owner and DJ Karl Injex, is a worthy destination for its sultry sets (lots of funk and soul) and its strong yet playful cocktails (order the Beautiful Savage, a mix of tequila, pineapple, lime, and jalapeño). The intimate bar fills up quickly on weekends, and at 11, the entire space becomes one of the city’s best dance floors
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the Sound Table
483 Edgewood Avenue Southeast
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This impossibly hip and refreshingly diverse Edgewood lounge, from co-owner and DJ Karl Injex, is a worthy destination for its sultry sets (lots of funk and soul) and its strong yet playful cocktails (order the Beautiful Savage, a mix of tequila, pineapple, lime, and jalapeño). The intimate bar fills up quickly on weekends, and at 11, the entire space becomes one of the city’s best dance floors
If you are heading to Decatur. Leon’s U-shaped bar encourages conversation. Its clever cocktail list encourages experimentation: The Garden Party, for instance, mixes blanco tequila, poblano, arugula, ginger, Salers, lime, celery shrub, chili salt, and club soda. Its extensive beer menu will delight any hops snob. And its menu is as much a draw as the drinks, from the warm chickpea and cherry salad with basil and aged provolone to the $7 fries that are a meal themselves. On pleasant nights, ask for patio seating—and take advantage of the bocce court while waiting for your table.
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Leon's Full Service
131 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
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If you are heading to Decatur. Leon’s U-shaped bar encourages conversation. Its clever cocktail list encourages experimentation: The Garden Party, for instance, mixes blanco tequila, poblano, arugula, ginger, Salers, lime, celery shrub, chili salt, and club soda. Its extensive beer menu will delight any hops snob. And its menu is as much a draw as the drinks, from the warm chickpea and cherry salad with basil and aged provolone to the $7 fries that are a meal themselves. On pleasant nights, ask for patio seating—and take advantage of the bocce court while waiting for your table.
Also another downtown Decatur. With its retro graphics and over-the-top fruit garnishes, S.O.S. has fully embraced tiki kitsch, but it’s still a serious cocktail destination; despite its small size, it boasts the largest selection of rum in Georgia. If you’re seeking caloric sustenance to go with your flaming mai tai, note that the bar is located in back of Decatur’s Victory Sandwich Bar and that it hosts Jarrett Stieber’s superb pop-up, Eat Me Speak Me.
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The S.O.S. Tiki Bar
340 Church St
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Also another downtown Decatur. With its retro graphics and over-the-top fruit garnishes, S.O.S. has fully embraced tiki kitsch, but it’s still a serious cocktail destination; despite its small size, it boasts the largest selection of rum in Georgia. If you’re seeking caloric sustenance to go with your flaming mai tai, note that the bar is located in back of Decatur’s Victory Sandwich Bar and that it hosts Jarrett Stieber’s superb pop-up, Eat Me Speak Me.
Kimball House is a bustling favorite among the hip set, from service-industry insiders to young ATL tech workers to neighbors looking for a quick drink or a long meal. Occupying an 1891 train depot, this restaurant—and its James Beard Award–nominated cocktail program—is home to the area’s most charmingly period bar, with belt-driven overhead fans and liquor shelves that rise to the lofty ceiling. Dervish-like barkeep and co-owner Miles Macquarrie adds to the ambience by ensuring every drink is matched to its proper glass and by climbing the bar ladder to dramatically signal last call. Be sure to pair a dozen of the city’s best-curated oysters with any of the half-dozen or more absinthes on offer
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Kimball House
303 East Howard Avenue
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Kimball House is a bustling favorite among the hip set, from service-industry insiders to young ATL tech workers to neighbors looking for a quick drink or a long meal. Occupying an 1891 train depot, this restaurant—and its James Beard Award–nominated cocktail program—is home to the area’s most charmingly period bar, with belt-driven overhead fans and liquor shelves that rise to the lofty ceiling. Dervish-like barkeep and co-owner Miles Macquarrie adds to the ambience by ensuring every drink is matched to its proper glass and by climbing the bar ladder to dramatically signal last call. Be sure to pair a dozen of the city’s best-curated oysters with any of the half-dozen or more absinthes on offer
Nearby food - Our go to for good eating
If you love tacos. This happens to nearby off of Buford Highway. Authentic tacos that is open late nights.
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El Rey Del Taco
5288 Buford Hwy NE
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If you love tacos. This happens to nearby off of Buford Highway. Authentic tacos that is open late nights.
This is our go to for a quick bit. Reasonably price with great quality and is the quintessential expression of Asian fusion. The restaurant looks more like an upscale food hall with neon lights and yellow-coated industrial metal stools, and it serves Malaysian food, which is inherently a mix of Chinese, Indian, Singaporean, and Thai flavors. There is no better cuisine to illustrate what Buford Highway has become: a collage of cultures, where different is treasured and even sought out.
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Food Terminal
5000 Buford Hwy NE
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This is our go to for a quick bit. Reasonably price with great quality and is the quintessential expression of Asian fusion. The restaurant looks more like an upscale food hall with neon lights and yellow-coated industrial metal stools, and it serves Malaysian food, which is inherently a mix of Chinese, Indian, Singaporean, and Thai flavors. There is no better cuisine to illustrate what Buford Highway has become: a collage of cultures, where different is treasured and even sought out.
Best Ramen Noodles in town. For any noodle lover, finding fresh hand-pulled and knife-cut noodles is a true treasure. Its located in a shopping center next to the Dollar Tree, Lan Zhou Ramen is a cheerful spot that is so proud of its noodles, you can watch the chef in action, masterfully pulling and stringing the strips of dough, through a window in the dining room. The restaurant serves three types of noodles: the hand-pulled noodles you see the chef preparing above, chewy knife-cut noodles that resemble Italian pappardelle, and rice noodles.
LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面
5231 Buford Hwy NE
Best Ramen Noodles in town. For any noodle lover, finding fresh hand-pulled and knife-cut noodles is a true treasure. Its located in a shopping center next to the Dollar Tree, Lan Zhou Ramen is a cheerful spot that is so proud of its noodles, you can watch the chef in action, masterfully pulling and stringing the strips of dough, through a window in the dining room. The restaurant serves three types of noodles: the hand-pulled noodles you see the chef preparing above, chewy knife-cut noodles that resemble Italian pappardelle, and rice noodles.
Foodie Restaurants
Throw out all your assumptions about restaurant dining: With Gunshow, "Top Chef" finalist Kevin Gillespie has torn up the rulebook. The Glenwood Park restaurant wheels around cartfuls of tapas that diners may choose or forgo. Likewise, half the cocktails on the menu are prepared tableside. The fluorescent lights are bright, the hard-rock music is loud, and the kitchen is so in-your-face that you can see right into the walk-in cooler. “The atmosphere is very raucous,” says chef-owner Gillespie. “It’s more like going to a concert than a restaurant.”
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Gunshow
924 Garrett Street
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Throw out all your assumptions about restaurant dining: With Gunshow, "Top Chef" finalist Kevin Gillespie has torn up the rulebook. The Glenwood Park restaurant wheels around cartfuls of tapas that diners may choose or forgo. Likewise, half the cocktails on the menu are prepared tableside. The fluorescent lights are bright, the hard-rock music is loud, and the kitchen is so in-your-face that you can see right into the walk-in cooler. “The atmosphere is very raucous,” says chef-owner Gillespie. “It’s more like going to a concert than a restaurant.”
Once upon a time, 914 Howell Mill Road was a gritty warehouse in an equally gritty West Midtown neighborhood. Today, it’s The Optimist, the crown jewel of Ford Fry, the culinary emperor behind 11 restaurants. Toss your keys to the valet and walk past the miniature-golf lawn, where patrons sip cocktails and kick off their shoes to play a round. The must-try menu item here is the lobster roll, considered by many to be one of the best dishes in the city, period. They also have one of Atlanta's best happy hours, Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with $5 punch cups and $1 oysters.
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The Optimist
914 Howell Mill Road
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Once upon a time, 914 Howell Mill Road was a gritty warehouse in an equally gritty West Midtown neighborhood. Today, it’s The Optimist, the crown jewel of Ford Fry, the culinary emperor behind 11 restaurants. Toss your keys to the valet and walk past the miniature-golf lawn, where patrons sip cocktails and kick off their shoes to play a round. The must-try menu item here is the lobster roll, considered by many to be one of the best dishes in the city, period. They also have one of Atlanta's best happy hours, Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with $5 punch cups and $1 oysters.
Since opening in 1979, Bones has become a Buckhead institution, and the classic menu is a big part of the reason why. Start with the sharable chilled seafood platter with shrimp, crab legs, and lobster. For something smaller, try the creamy lobster bisque with just the right hint of spice—it's worth a visit in itself. You’ll also want to order a steak; don’t miss the dry-aged bone-in ribeye. Sides, meant for sharing, include rich sautéed mushrooms and truffle-butter mashed potatoes. In honor of your surroundings, finish your meal with a slice of warm Georgia pecan pie with praline sauce and vanilla ice cream.
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Bones Restaurant
3130 Piedmont Road Northeast
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Since opening in 1979, Bones has become a Buckhead institution, and the classic menu is a big part of the reason why. Start with the sharable chilled seafood platter with shrimp, crab legs, and lobster. For something smaller, try the creamy lobster bisque with just the right hint of spice—it's worth a visit in itself. You’ll also want to order a steak; don’t miss the dry-aged bone-in ribeye. Sides, meant for sharing, include rich sautéed mushrooms and truffle-butter mashed potatoes. In honor of your surroundings, finish your meal with a slice of warm Georgia pecan pie with praline sauce and vanilla ice cream.
When chef Angus Brown died unexpectedly in early 2017, four months after opening 8Arm, many wondered whether his funky, rule-breaking restaurant would survive. Chef Maricela Vega’s arrival last March answered that question in triumphant fashion. Her fearless menu—13 inventive plates, most of them meatless—has sent Atlanta’s food world into a tizzy. Locals show up in droves to 8Arm’s small white-brick building, which sits in the shadow of Ponce City Market in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood
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8ARM
710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
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When chef Angus Brown died unexpectedly in early 2017, four months after opening 8Arm, many wondered whether his funky, rule-breaking restaurant would survive. Chef Maricela Vega’s arrival last March answered that question in triumphant fashion. Her fearless menu—13 inventive plates, most of them meatless—has sent Atlanta’s food world into a tizzy. Locals show up in droves to 8Arm’s small white-brick building, which sits in the shadow of Ponce City Market in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood
Ask any Atlanta foodie about buzzy local restaurants, and you're likely to get an earful about Lazy Betty. Chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips, vets of Le Bernardin, began developing their menu with a series of pop-ups that quickly sold out. The momentum continued when Hsu, an Atlanta native, appeared on Netflix’s "The Final Table," wowing audiences with his composure under stress. So it came as no surprise that when Lazy Betty and its tasting menu finally began welcoming diners, it was an instant smash.
Lazy Betty
1530 DeKalb Ave NE
Ask any Atlanta foodie about buzzy local restaurants, and you're likely to get an earful about Lazy Betty. Chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips, vets of Le Bernardin, began developing their menu with a series of pop-ups that quickly sold out. The momentum continued when Hsu, an Atlanta native, appeared on Netflix’s "The Final Table," wowing audiences with his composure under stress. So it came as no surprise that when Lazy Betty and its tasting menu finally began welcoming diners, it was an instant smash.
Set in a strip mall on Atlanta’s Buford Highway, Sushi Hayakawa has simple green walls, a smattering of tables, and a thick wooden sushi bar. Behind that bar is chef Atsushi Hayakawa, his signature red towel rolled around his head, slicing chunks of octopus he flew in from his native island of Hokkaido. This year, the James Beard Foundation nominated him for Best Chef in the Southeast, and if you want a front-row seat to the action, good luck. Reservations for his new omakase table are booked several weeks out. Sushi Hayakawa is a traditional sushiya, and if you wouldn’t find it in Japan, you won’t find it here. Still, there are plenty of crowd pleasers like thick-sliced fatty tuna nigiri served over warm rice with just a dot of potent wasabi.
Sushi Hayakawa
5979 Buford Highway Northeast
Set in a strip mall on Atlanta’s Buford Highway, Sushi Hayakawa has simple green walls, a smattering of tables, and a thick wooden sushi bar. Behind that bar is chef Atsushi Hayakawa, his signature red towel rolled around his head, slicing chunks of octopus he flew in from his native island of Hokkaido. This year, the James Beard Foundation nominated him for Best Chef in the Southeast, and if you want a front-row seat to the action, good luck. Reservations for his new omakase table are booked several weeks out. Sushi Hayakawa is a traditional sushiya, and if you wouldn’t find it in Japan, you won’t find it here. Still, there are plenty of crowd pleasers like thick-sliced fatty tuna nigiri served over warm rice with just a dot of potent wasabi.
At Tiny Lou's, chef Jeb Aldrich doesn’t dial back the technicality on his classic French cuisine simply because he’s working above a strip club (it doesn't throw him, don't let it throw you). In fact, some of his most popular dishes are the most traditionally French, including the black cocoa foie gras torchon and steak frites with certified Angus culotte and crispy house frites. Don't fill up before dessert; try the Ode to Blondie, a kicked-up blondie a la mode named after the most popular dancer at the Clermont Lounge, the strip club downstairs
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Tiny Lou's
789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
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At Tiny Lou's, chef Jeb Aldrich doesn’t dial back the technicality on his classic French cuisine simply because he’s working above a strip club (it doesn't throw him, don't let it throw you). In fact, some of his most popular dishes are the most traditionally French, including the black cocoa foie gras torchon and steak frites with certified Angus culotte and crispy house frites. Don't fill up before dessert; try the Ode to Blondie, a kicked-up blondie a la mode named after the most popular dancer at the Clermont Lounge, the strip club downstairs