Social Club

What to Do in Atlanta, for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

Published On 05/26/2016 Published On 05/26/2016
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8am: Eat breakfast at Revolution Doughnuts
Doesn’t a caramel bacon yeast ‘nut sound like the best way to start the day? Yes. Yes it does. View on Map

10am: Tour the Waffle House Museum
You have to call 48 hours in advance to reserve, but it’s an essential piece of ATL/DEC history. View on Map

11am: Have a world-class beer at Brick Store Pub
It’s never too early for a pint, whether it’s a local sour, a regional IPA, or a rare cask from Belgium. Oh and BSP is consistently rated one of the top five beer bars -- in the world, that is. View on Map

Inman Park

9am: Charge up on coffee and “everything” bagels at Inman Perk
One of the city’s best coffeehouses is right where the neighborhood begins, so no better place start your day and tour here. View on Map

11:30am: Lunch at Krog St. Market
A cheesesteak at Fred’s, dumplings at Gu’s, a spiedie sandwich from Ticonderoga Club, or pork carnitas at Superica. View on Map

12:45pm: Eat a “Beast on Yeast” slider at Victory Sandwich Bar
It’s a pot roast sammy, but it’s small so not as crazy as that sounds. Also ask for a Wild Heaven Emergency Drinking Beer -- this bar helped create it. View on Map


10am: Find your inner child [oh, and beer] at Centennial Park
Run through the Olympic rings-shaped sidewalk/water fountain, then hit Googie Burger and ask about the current selection of local brew, which will help you generate the courage to ride the giant SkyView Ferris wheel across the street. View on Map

11:30am: Walk inside a giant football and kick a field goal
Between the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone and the Playing Field inside the College Football Hall of Fame you can try your quarterback skills, flex in the end zone, and even see yourself win/fail on a 36-foot HD screen. View on Map

1pm: Take the Atlanta Streetcar to eat at Sweet Auburn Curb Market
Ride from the edge of the park past Georgia State to the Sweet Auburn district, and catch lunch at Arepa Mia, Afrodish, Bell St. Burritos, Grindhouse… Hell, eat everything. View on Map

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12pm: Eat an A-Town Creme at Sublime Donuts
Craft doughnuts didn’t really exist in ATL until this bakery opened up near GA Tech. Oh, and it’s open 24 hours, so you can come back later, because you’ll definitely want to. View on Map

1pm: Buy a new shirt, pants, shoes, or vinyl at Sid Mashburn
You’re in ATL, and you’re near one of the fashion industry’s favorite designers’ shops. Why the hell wouldn’t you cop some socks at least? View on Map

2pm: Play beer games at Ormsby’s
Darts and billiards are pretty ubiquitous; not so much with indoor bocce, backgammon, and shuffleboard. Oh, and this beer selection is serious. View on Map

3pm: Get your mojo back at Octane Coffee
It’s situated at a triangle intersection, and they have strong beans from around the world, and also a great selection of local beers and cocktails in case you’re still at it. View on Map


3pm: Taste the taps at SweetWater Brewing
ATL’s biggest craft brewery has an awesome tour and gives you drink tickets to sample suds from 420 to Catch & Release seasonals. View on Map

4pm: Have sushi at Umi; make reservations for cocktails at Himitsu
The sushi is among the city’s best. The Japanese craft cocktails require reservations, so don’t expect them to come cheap, but they’re worth every penny. View on Map

5pm: Visit the Atlanta History Center
It’s way cooler than you might expect when you see photos and stories of Atlanta from the Civil War era to the ‘70s. You can even record a segment for NPR’s StoryCorps while you’re there. View on Map

6pm: Eat a chicken & waffle skewer at 10th & Piedmont
The restaurant’s housed where a famous LGBT bookstore once stood (it still flies Outwrite’s rainbow flag above the building). The skewer comes with GA sorghum syrup, applewood smoked bacon, and hot sauce. That’s Atlanta pride right there. View on Map

7pm: Visit The High Museum of Art
See collages, photography, sculpture and some superbly weird creativity at the city’s always-dope art museum. View on Map

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9pm: See a movie at Atlantic Station
Whatever flick you choose, you’ll get extra ATL points for taking the #37 MARTA bus from Arts Center Station to 17th St., where you can walk right up to the cinema. View on Map

7pm: Get a haircut at The Swag Shop
Killer Mike owns it. Hit the chair, get the cut, and pay the bill, or Run The Jewels. View on Map

8pm: Play ping pong at church
Sister Louisa’s Church of The Living Room & Ping-Pong Emporium is a spiritual affair. As is apparent when you see the owner’s paintings of Jesus, Elvis, and MLK while walking inside. View on Map

9pm: Play Tekken 4 and drink a “Donkey Punch” cocktail at Joystick Gamebar
Don’t ask questions. Just power up and play at the O.G. O4W bar-cade. View on Map

10pm: See live music at Venkman’s
Yacht Rock Revue, a gigantically popular ATL cover band, run this Ghostbuster-named comfort food restaurant/ performance hall. Dinner never sounded so delicious (and ‘80s). View on Map


8pm: Eat at Ponce City Market
It’s not easy to tell you where to eat in a place with so much culinary talent. Use this guide and chew yourself to satisfaction. View on Map

9pm: Sing hair metal karaoke at Metalsome
You’ll want to get here early; once the sign-up sheet is full, you’re either on or off. If you made it, get ready to shred and head-bang your favorite metal song while backed by a live band. View on Map

10pm: See Blondie dance at Clermont Lounge
Blondie is Atlanta's ageless (meaning totally not young, but still totally fabulous, crazy and unnaturally blonde) exotic dancer, and she does, well, things with beer cans. To put it lightly, she's famous. This might be the most mandatory thing you do in ATL, actually. View on Map

11:30pm: Have a local beer at Atkins Park
It’s the oldest continuously licensed restaurant in town. Have one of their dozens of made-in-ATL craft beers, and feel like you’ve brought 1922 into the future. View on Map

Little 5 Points

6pm: Buy something weird at Junkman’s Daughter
You’ll know when you approach the big crazy sign that you’re in the right place to cop that strange hat, those vintage pants, that glow-in-the-dark thing or some other random item. View on Map

7pm: Eat a burger at The Vortex
Not only is it one of the best you can get in ATL (and has been for years), it’s a biker hangout with a huge skull-shaped entrance, and you just need to trust us. View on Map

8pm: Drink rare beer at The Porter
You have a choice of over 400 of them, and like Brick Store in Decatur, The Porter is always in the global top 10, and usually near the top. View on Map

9pm: See a show at Star Community Bar
It could be Rotknee’s free Monday night comedy show or one of ATL’s many indie bands; regardless of material, Star Bar’s an institution. View on Map

East Atlanta Village

8pm: See a soccer match at Midway Pub
This English Premier League hangout is home to such an enthusiastic crowd that you may just make it through a whole match -- and get as wild as the regulars when there’s a goal... View on Map

9pm: Have a Ferrari at Argosy
It’s a cocktail made with Fernet Branca and Campari, and it’s great for after-dinner -- or before one of their late-night specialty pizzas. View on Map

10pm: Hear live music at The Earl
They’re known for alternative, but they’ve hosted everyone from Vampire Weekend to hometown metal heroes Mastodon. Say you were there when the next big band breaks. View on Map

12am: End with late-night food at Octopus Bar
Ever since this super-late-night spot opened it’s been a go-to for serious after-hours eats. The menu changes daily, but if they have octopus, get it. Obviously. View on Map

Arepa Mia
$$ Atlanta

The perico arepa is your new favorite breakfast sandwich. A perfect crispy, corn-based cross between flatbread/cake, it is utterly amazing when crammed with fluffy Venezuelan-style scrambled eggs (cooked w...more

$$ Downtown

Located in the popular Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Atlanta's municipal market building and home to over 20 individual food and beverage sellers, the AfroDish food stand serves traditional Jamaican and Caribb...more

Bell Street's serving up killer burritos and has been named one of America’s 10 best burritos by USA Today, all because Matt Hinton, a Morehouse prof, was dismayed by the burritos Downtown, so he took thin...more

Grindhouse Killer Burgers is kind of like the reading a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' book, but it's better because there's food involved. Orders are customized from scratch from the meat (beef/turkey/veggie...more

Overflowing with sinful amounts of fun, Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium hosts its own ping pong tournament, karaoke sessions with a real church organ, among other eccentric...more

Joystick Gamebar
$ Old 4th Ward

This bar arcade is wild with its tonics. Joystick co-owner Brandon Ley has meticulously put together a top-notch program that takes fortified wines as seriously as it takes random cosplay parties and the h...more

$$ Old 4th Ward

Creative comfort food and live music unite under one roof at Venkman's, the brainchild of Chef Nick Melvin and musicians Nick Niespodziani and Peter Olson (of the comedic cover band Yacht Rock Revue). Hous...more

Inman Perk Coffee
$ Old 4th Ward

The Inman Park coffee-torium offers a healthy dose of engaging artwork, decadent desserts, and quality cups of joe from Intelligentsia Coffee. The spacious set-up offers also ample seating and outlets aple...more

KSM’s vibe can be quickly described as food court-plus-alcohol-minus-mall-lameness. With so many choices, including Gu’s Dumplings and Grand Champion BBQ - plus FREE sparking water?? - there's really some...more

The Victory Sandwich Shop in Decatur is known for its small but mighty selection of tiny, affordable, and cleverly named sandwiches. The pressed squares’ flavor combinations range from the Tea Bird, with c...more

In addition to housing clothing retailers ( J Crew, Anthropologie), this Old Fourth War marketplace also contains local food vendors and award-winning chefs in the massive Food Hall. Fresh breads, meats, c...more

Clermont Lounge
$$ Poncey-Highland

Virginia Highland's Clermont Lounge is oh-so many things: a dive bar, a live music venue, a frequent karaoke spot, and, perhaps most notably, Atlanta’s oldest strip club. What more could you ask for?

Atkins Park Restaurant
$$ Virginia Highland

Atkins Park is Atlanta's oldest continually-running restaurant (it began as a deli in 1922), and the figurative cornerstone of Virginia-Highland. Over the years, it has remained relevant and beloved by Atl...more

10th & Piedmont's a "celebration lounge" focuses squarely on artisanal vodkas and shared plates. Check 'em out for a laid-back, swanky feel, plus some of the best chicken and waffles in the ATL.

Located in Midtown's arts district, the High houses over 13,000 works of contemporary and classic art, primarily from the 19th- and 20th-centuries.

Atlantic Station
$ Atlantic Station

This outdoor mall's got everything you could ever want: shopping, dining, drinking, outdoor movies, theater, and more all conveniently located.

Atlanta's most beloved local brewery, SweetWater Brewing Company offers year-round brews like Georgia Brown, IPA, and Extra Pale Ale, and seasonals include Festive Ale and Motor Boat.

$$ Buckhead

In the heart of Buckhead, Umi features a 23ft sushi bar where Fuyuhiko Ito -- formerly of sushi house MF Buckhead -- slices and dices denizens of the sea for the citizens of Atlanta. Its white oak walls gi...more

Prince won't make you purify yourself in the Chattahoochee (is that even possible?) for wanting to be down with this Revolution, a shop that's all about delicious doughy spheres in flavors like vanilla bea...more

Despite its laid back Southern vibe, the famed Brick Store in Decatur does not mess around when it comes to beer, housing not one but two completely separate beer bars. The historic building is centered ar...more

Sublime Doughnuts
$$ Home Park

Sublime is to donuts what Picasso was to painting. They're serious about the craft of creating sweet dough with a hole in the middle and their huge variety of gourmet donuts convey that with every delectab...more


Ormsby's is a bi-level tavern serving craft beers and cocktails, plus elevated dishes in an expansive upstairs dining area featuring a small couch lounge and booths, and a sprawling bottom level with games...more

Octane Coffee
$ Midtown

This bespoke espresso bar and cocktail haunt's West Atlanta outpost (they've got locations across the ATL and Alabama, plus a forthcoming location in West Virginia) offers inventive takes on classics libat...more

The Vortex
$$ Little 5 Points

This sibling-owned bar and restaurant in Little Five Points is a self-proclaimed "Official Idiot-Free Zone," and they're notorious for kicking out rude or high-maintenance customers to create a laid-back a...more

The Porter Beer Bar
$$ Little 5 Points
Star Community Bar
$ Little 5 Points

It’s easy to see why this is one of Atlanta’s greatest dive bars. Star Bar features weekly events like Monday Night Comedy, Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party, and Live Band Cowboy Karaoke Wednesday, as we...more

Midway Pub
$$ East Atlanta

This East Atlanta Village hot spot has a game room, over 130 brews, signature cocktails (along with frequent drink specials!) and a spacious patio to enjoy all of the above. Enjoy cripsy pimiento cheese fr...more

$$ East Atlanta

This massive bar in East Atlanta Village is a local late-night watering hole. Until 2am every night, this restaurant dishes out funky craft brews and everything from mini hot dogs, to gourmet pizzas, to se...more

The Earl
$$ East Atlanta

The rusty vintage signage lining the aged, peeling turquoise walls give this place in East Atlanta Village the dive-y old-school feel it's widely loved for. That and its impressive draft selection, which c...more

Octopus Bar
$$ East Atlanta

Featuring a menu that changes daily, Octopus Bar is a quality spot for late-night eats. But keeping in tune with their name, yes, you'll be able to order octopus on pretty much any day you're there.

Located in Downtown Atlanta, this giant ferris wheel provides its riders the best views of the city. Tickets are available for all cars, but if you're feeling adventurous, you could splurge on a 5-person V...more

The College Football Hall of Fame is the only place you need to be for your fix of everything college football. It includes 50,000 feet of exhibit space and a 45-yard indoor football field, wherein visitor...more

This market, located in Downtown Atlanta, is the perfect place to go during those times when you have no idea what you want for lunch, and where you can have a little of everything if you so choose. Soul f...more

The SWAG Shop
$ Atlanta

Rapper Killer Mike's Graffitis SWAG Shop (Shave Wash and Groom) is a lot more than just your average, run-of-the-mill barbershop. Incorporating the art of rap and hip-hop, the shop has rapidly become the p...more

$ Poncey-Highland

If you've always dreamt of being a rock star but never made it out of your parents' garage, search no more for the perfect opportunity to make it a reality! With many different metal bands and artists to c...more

$$$ Buckhead

Reservations are the only way you’ll get any refreshment at this super-exclusive cocktail parlor (the name literally means "secret") connected to sushi restaurant Umi. Once inside, enjoy sushi, sashimi, ed...more

The Atlanta History Center offers its visitors more than one way to learn about and enjoy the past with its historical houses, gardens, educational programs, and interactive experiences. Guests can take to...more

Love Waffle House? Love Museums? This is the best of both worlds. Learn about the beginnings of one of the South's favorite breakfast locales at the site of the very first Waffle House.

Sid Mashburn is your one-stop shop when you want to get measured for a suit, listen to records, and have a cold drink. Atlanta houses one of three Sid Mashburn locations, and offers everything you need to...more

Junkman's Daughter
$ Little 5 Points

The Junkman's Daughter, located in Little 5 Points, has everything from a full tobacco shop to clothes, shoes, posters, unique gifts, and even bizarre odds and ends. And, if you're around in October, there...more