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  • A A tlanta is all over the place -- 242 neighborhoods to be precise. You owe it to yourself get familiar with the best of them, so we just saved you a lot of time by compiling ten mini itineraries so you can do it up right any time of day or night.
    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. View on Map

    9am: See the Living Walls murals
    It’s one thing to take selfies in front of graffiti; it’s another to admire city-commissioned street art of bees, snakes, and other amazing weirdness.

    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

    10am: Bike The BeltLine’s Eastside Trail
    Rent a two-wheeler at Atlanta Bicycle Coalition; pedal the trail for a bit.

    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

    12:15pm: Selfie yourself at Krog Street Tunnel
    You can’t be this close to the constantly changing graffiti of KST without snapping a piece of history - that’s about to be painted over.

    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

    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. 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

    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. 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

    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. 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: Start a world culinary tour on Buford Highway
    This could go on forever. Atlanta’s most cultural street has some of the most authentically delicious pho, tacos, curry, and more. Just pull up to a seedy strip mall and indulge.

    Midtown

    5pm: Throw a frisbee to someone in Piedmont Park
    We promise they’ll catch it if you give it some elbow grease.

    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

    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. View on Map

    Old 4th Ward

    6pm: See ollies at Old 4th Ward Skatepark
    Skaters put in major work near awesome street art, right on the BeltLine.

    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

    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. 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
    $$ Decatur
     

    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

    Afrodish
    $$ 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 “barcade” 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 ho...more

    Venkman's
    $$ 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.

    Umi
    $$ 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
    Midtown
     

    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

    Argosy
    $$ 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
    $ Old 4th Ward
     

    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

    Metalsome
    $ 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

    HIMITSU
    $$$ 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
    $ West Atlanta
     

    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

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