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I will be taking my very first trip to Atlanta next week. Flyin' solo and I cannot wait!

I'll be flying out of SFO late Monday evening and arriving in ATL early the following morning. Then it's three days and two nights at the Westin Buckhead. The main purpose of my trip is to see the Black Crowes at the Fox Theatre Tuesday night, but I made sure to fit one extra day into my itinerary to take in a bit of Atlanta. I barely saw anything outside my hotel room and the Hard Rock Live when I went to see them in Orlando at the end of January (yes, I'm a big fan). I want to make the most of it this time. Since Tuesday will be mostly occupied with pre-show fun at the Vortex and the show itself, Wednesday is gonna be my main sight-seeing day. Hopefully the weather will be accomodating.

I've done a lot of online reading in preparation for my trip, but I'm still rather at a loss about what exactly I should do to fill my day on Tuesday. The Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta History Center and Atlanta Botanical Garden all look pretty interesting--especially for picture-taking purposes. OTOH, The World of Coca-Cola and Underground Atlanta both seem like complete wastes of time. So far, the thing I'd most like to do while I'm there is to go and photograph the views from the revolving Sundial Restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. I realize that's an especially touristy thing to do but what the hell! ;)

What are some cool things to see and do in Atlanta? Can you recommend a few particularly great restaurants and/or bars in Buckhead and near the Fox Theatre? Are there any Atlantans in the house? If you've got any tips for me, I'd love to hear 'em. Thanks! :)

Mama Roux (Mama Roux), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 10:51 (sixteen years ago) link

You can't go to Atlanta and not go there.

GeorgiaDrone, Thursday, 9 March 2006 02:25 (sixteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
Don't plan on buying any alcohol on Sunday though

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday he does not support letting Georgians vote on the question of allowing Sunday beer and wine sales at grocery and convenience stores.

Speaking on Atlanta radio station Q100, Perdue said the proposal before the General Assembly to allow such sales, "is going to have a tough time.

"I don't support that. I don't know whether it will pass the Legislature or not, but it will have a pretty tough time getting the last vote."

The "last vote" is Perdue's. If the House and Senate pass the bill allowing local voters to approve such sales, the governor can veto it.

"Think of it this way," the governor added in the radio interview. "It really helps you plan ahead for the rest of your life - buying on Saturday, rather than Sunday. Time management."

Perdue did not elaborate on why he does not support Sunday sales, and his aides declined to clarify the matter. A religious conservative who does not drink, Perdue has vetoed several alcohol bills in the past.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 19 January 2007 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Anybody know of any good clubs in Atlanta? How is the Decatur Social Club?

Gukbe, Saturday, 2 February 2008 08:14 (fourteen years ago) link

four months pass...

We're going to Atlanta this weekend. Recommend me somewhere good/interesting/unusual to eat, not too expensive.

Rock Hardy, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 16:27 (fourteen years ago) link


Any opinions on El Rey del Taco, Chef Liu, El Pastor, Chosun Ok, Carver's Grocery, or Burrito Art? Apparently the food at Taqueria del Sol is good but the staff there are all LZBC-esque assholes who treat you like shit and make you pay for the privilege?

Rock Hardy, Thursday, 26 June 2008 03:02 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

uh, what should i do in atlanta?

well, let me narrow the question a bit: movie theaters? record stores? book stores? eats? sights? design-type stuff? clothing boutiques?

will just be there for two days....

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 01:35 (twelve years ago) link

clermont lounge imo

tehresa, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 01:36 (twelve years ago) link

For record stores, Criminal Records in Little 5 Points is good. Around the corner in Candler Park Market is Full Moon Records, which specializes in old vinyl.

L5P also has tons of clothing boutiques. If you're only in Atlanta for a day you may as well walk around that area. It's touristy and silly but there's lots to see and it's where all the hipsters hang out during the day. The Star Bar is right there as well.

Definitely go to Eats on Ponce De Leon for some awesome & cheap southern cooking. Bring some warm clothes tho, Atlanta is fucking cold right now. It's been in the teens the past few nights.

Atlanta's got an Ikea now, if you like those. That's off Northside. Best night life currently is either on Ponce (the Local, MJQ/Drunken Unicorn, Clermont, El Bar on Tuesdays) or East Atlanta Village (The Earl, 529 for cheap good local punk rock).

Also you could check out Wonder Root in East Atlanta on Memorial Ave. It's a community arts center/venue that has some nice facilities and sometimes cool, obscure acts play there. The Eyedrum is around the corner as well for some local DIY art and maybe some cool experimental bands. Oakland Cemetery is inbetween the two for a nice old place to check out during the day.

Adam Bruneau, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 02:05 (twelve years ago) link

adam bruneau who are you and why did you not come to sefap!?

tehresa, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 02:06 (twelve years ago) link

low yo yo stuff near the 285 perimeter's got some good crates of records worth digging through.

there's a couple of really good beer bars in decatur if drinking fancy belgians and microbrews are yr thing: brickstore pub and leon's full survice. plenty of other good dive bars east of I-75/85

Bastards of Young Dro, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 02:22 (twelve years ago) link

saw Of Montreal at the Eyedrum about 9 years ago. would definitely recommend it for ramshackle funtimes. if it's still the same place.

moron oil (Gukbe), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 02:35 (twelve years ago) link

we have many fine strip clubs

doomed... to fart (cankles), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 02:40 (twelve years ago) link

thanks, keep 'er comin

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 04:57 (twelve years ago) link

good soul food?????

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 5 January 2010 05:50 (twelve years ago) link

i went to daddy' d's? dizzy d's? something like that.
it was good.

tehresa, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 05:59 (twelve years ago) link

also the waitress is super nice.

tehresa, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 05:59 (twelve years ago) link

ate some a+ food at these two places when i went last year - &

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 08:55 (twelve years ago) link

Daddy D'z is great but it's bbq rather than soul. For soul I love the Busy Bee Cafe (webpage). It's close (by car) to downtown.

The MLK historical site is pretty much the only can't-miss sight. Well, I love the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, but I visit with kids (I used to live in ATL but my family is all still there so I visit yearly). And the Clermont of course.

Euler, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 10:23 (twelve years ago) link

Lo Yo Yo rocks but they have weird hours. Like they are only open three days a week. It's record geek heaven though.

Good soul food, there are tons of places. Eats is still my favorite. I used to work at the Majestic when it was good cheap 24 hour diner. Nowadays they jacked up the price but the food still sucks. Daddy D'z is rad. For breakfast I recommend the many Flying Biscuits, or the Waffle Houses if you're in the Northside part of town.

Adam Bruneau, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 18:13 (twelve years ago) link

Whats sefap? The past year or so I've started drifting less towards hanging out so much, which is an easy thing to do in Atlanta. Every weekend there are like 4 or 5 awesome things you can do a night.

I'm in a zillion bands, like every other musician in Atlanta ;-) Who are you, tehresa?

Adam Bruneau, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 18:13 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

so is Gladys Knight's chicken & waffles place just a tourist trap?

Staying downtown (Aug 3-8), but will get around as much as time allows (no car). Where to go for cheese grits?

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 14:30 (twelve years ago) link

Best thing to do in Atlanta right now is probably sneak into one of the huge corporate hotels downtown and find the rooftop swimming pools. Some of them even have poolside bars!

Beach Pomade (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 16:12 (twelve years ago) link

I have a rooftop pool in Brooklyn that I'll be forsaking for a week. I hope at least the ATL summer is no worse than usual.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 July 2010 16:19 (twelve years ago) link

also, I understand Mary's is the most fun gay bar.

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 21 July 2010 14:38 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

I'm going to be in Atlanta for a couple of days - staying downtown, somewhere, near wherever my wife's conference is. I'll have access to a rental car but I don't want to spend the whole time driving around.

Any suggestions for any of the following things? Southern food, local institution type diner / burger / whatever places, really good restaurants, historical things to check out, good places to roam around and hit bookstores, good coffee places, interesting bars, art museums / galleries, and so on?

joygoat, Sunday, 3 April 2011 20:03 (eleven years ago) link

food at this restaurant is great, esp the scallops - is a more casual bar atmosphere but good for cocktails, sushi etc

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 April 2011 20:10 (eleven years ago) link

southern food: daddy d'z
AWESOME burgers: the vortex. the one on Moreland Ave is better than the one on West Peachtree and it's in the Little Five Points district which is a good place to hit up bookstores/record shops/et al

I slang in my (absolutely clean glasses), Sunday, 3 April 2011 20:11 (eleven years ago) link

i was just gonna say the vortex

J0rdan S., Sunday, 3 April 2011 20:13 (eleven years ago) link

I always go to 5 Points and hit Wax n Facts (for used vinyl and used cds) and sometimes Criminal Records (if I'm looking for new shit). I'm bad at remembering the names of restaurants and bars, but I agree that you should go to The Varsity (linked upthread).

The Georgia Aquarium is fun, but it's not as big as you'd imagine. It didn't seem that way to me last year, at least. I mean the giant tank is GIANT, but the rest of the exhibits are in-and-out in just a few minutes. I was slightly disappointed.

I used to go all the time in the 90s, mostly for shows/concerts, but most of the things I liked and would recommend back then are gone now.

Uteruses Before Duderuses (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 3 April 2011 20:13 (eleven years ago) link

southern food/local institution: mary mac's
burger/local institution: ann's snack bar
historical crap: atlanta history center

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Sunday, 3 April 2011 20:28 (eleven years ago) link

georgia aquarium has some dope fish, but it's kinda soulless and ugly

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Sunday, 3 April 2011 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

seven months pass...

Crüt, Fever -- my Chicago trip is a bust, but I'm kind of thinking about coming over that way next weekend. Anything happening?

D. Boon Pickens (WmC), Saturday, 5 November 2011 19:19 (ten years ago) link

Nothing that I know of, but I'm not really a goer outer.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 5 November 2011 19:26 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...


Neanderthal, Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:24 (five years ago) link

better and more clear

Neanderthal, Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:27 (five years ago) link

this is insane. im trying to figure out where this is. is this in midtown before the 85/75 split?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:34 (five years ago) link

It's right around where Piedmont goes under I-85, just south of the GA 400 onramp.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:36 (five years ago) link

police thankfully anticipated the collapse and were diverting traffic away before the actual collapse happened

Neanderthal, Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:40 (five years ago) link

Atlanta and fires, man.

hope everyone is alright tho. ATL is my fav home away from home these days.

Neanderthal, Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:40 (five years ago) link

For people who don't live here or aren't familiar with it, that is one of the most heavy traffic stretches of road in the entire city at rush hours. I have no idea wtf is going to happen tomorrow (or for the next few months while they rebuild it).

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:41 (five years ago) link

RIP Atlanta

example (crüt), Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:48 (five years ago) link

yeah this is the main road! they are going to have to entirely close 85 northbound and people will have to take 75 and surface streets. add in that stupid new baseball stadium about to open up and this is gonna be a messy month.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:49 (five years ago) link

Imagine how bad the 285 bypass is on a normal day. Now double it. Atlanta will now basically be surrounded by a parking lot.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:53 (five years ago) link

yep. sounds like all 85 traffic is going to be re-routed to Buford Highway and Peachtree Rd. 8 lanes of traffic on 2 lane roads.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:01 (five years ago) link

Glad I live on the south side of the city for once.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:08 (five years ago) link

This will make my May trip interesting.

Glad nobody got hurt (is that confirmed)?

Neanderthal, Friday, 31 March 2017 00:10 (five years ago) link

No drivers or fire/police people harmed as of now.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:11 (five years ago) link


scattered, smothered, covered, diced and chunked (WilliamC), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:19 (five years ago) link

So MARTA stores some of their surplus materials underneath that stretch of I-85 and some big plastic conduit caught fire (reports of how vary at the moment), but because it's plastic, it got really hot really fast and basically turned into a petroleum bomb right underneath the roadway.

Superb planning, MARTA!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:24 (five years ago) link

how is it today yall

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Friday, 31 March 2017 17:01 (five years ago) link

no idea. this week i was let go from a project and am currently underemployed. this is divine retribution imo.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 31 March 2017 20:34 (five years ago) link

I work from home and I'm rarely on the north/east side of town anyway, but I imagine it's Armageddon.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 31 March 2017 21:25 (five years ago) link

I'd figure this should be taken as an illustration of what can happen when you apply high heat at a rebar joint under heavy weight bearing. Of course, I would not doubt there isn't already some nuts saying there was not anything in that shed that could burn hot enough to cause the failure.

earlnash, Friday, 31 March 2017 21:44 (five years ago) link

it took me ten minutes longer to get home. but I don't take I-85 anymore.

example (crüt), Friday, 31 March 2017 22:39 (five years ago) link

Three arrested in connection!

Neanderthal, Friday, 31 March 2017 23:54 (five years ago) link

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:02 (five years ago) link

That's the third version of the General Lee jumping the chasm today. But fuck it, it's still a great gag.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:17 (five years ago) link

four years pass...
four months pass...

Herbie Hancock in the park last night was simply sublime. This city does almost feel world-class sometimes.

(Also Sazeracs at Bon Ton are highly recommended. Nicely located right around the corner from Mary Mac’s.)

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Sunday, 29 May 2022 20:22 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

Proposed redevelopment at the Star Bar in L5P apparently generating an inordinate level of drama. There’s a lot of context I had been missing.

I didn't say that. But they used to host bubbapalooza, say they were part of the redneck underground and had a wooden confederate flag hanging up on the top right of the stage. Not surprised that the folks with the most nostalgia for it aren't super diverse.

— Adam Harrell (@adamdharrell) September 19, 2022

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Monday, 19 September 2022 16:30 (one week ago) link

I'm much more concerned about the closing of Atlanta Medical Center.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 19 September 2022 17:08 (one week ago) link

Agreed, I thought it’s a done deal tho.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Monday, 19 September 2022 18:41 (one week ago) link

I have no idea how far the redneck underground stuff goes back, but Star Bar has been a hot spot for stand-up for the last ten years and that includes black comics, white comics, and everyone else. No idea who Adam Harrell is, but it sounds like he's just a shit-stirrer.

L5P is already kind of ruined, so this is just people trying to hang on to anything they can. More power to em, I guess.

AMC closing is a bigger deal by 1000%.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 19 September 2022 20:54 (one week ago) link

re comedy can definitely confirm. I lived really close the first 3 years I was in Atl and went almost weekly to the semi infamous Monday. got to see a lot of sets by local folks who’ve gone on to do pretty well (eg Sam Jay) and even bigger touring comics who are in town for “real” shows would go up, incl a surprise hour+ set with Hannibal B. I would say on average it might consistently be one of the most evenly integrated rooms in town

ftr don’t know anything about the owners or it’s history (and def never saw a confederate flag, so maybe that’s from another era?). their music bookings tended towards smaller punk and metal acts (afaict) that I was generally unfamiliar with, so I think I’ve seen all of two shows there: Thelma & the Sleaze and a sort of hipster old school country cover band

no one wants to twerk anymore (will), Monday, 19 September 2022 22:45 (one week ago) link

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