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

Published On 05/26/2016 Published On 05/26/2016
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Morning
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Morning

Decatur

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Downtown

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.

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.

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.

Afternoon
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Afternoon

Westside

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.

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?

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.

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.

Buckhead

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Evening
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Evening

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Virginia-Poncey-Highland

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.