Exploring the Best of Atlanta

Exploring the Best of Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta and nearby Midtown and Buckhead, offers easy access to many great restaurants, attractions, sporting events, and nightlife. 


If you find yourself hungry after a long day of exploring nearby Georgia Tech’s campus or after watching the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium , you will find plenty of great eateries in Atlanta. Atlanta is home to many tasty Southern delicacies including lemon pepper wings which you can find at JR Crickets. These wings are savory and tangy, making them both unique and delicious.

JR Crickets Atlanta

No Southern getaway is complete without trying at least some fried chicken as well. Atlanta’s Busy Bee Cafe offers delicious and crispy chicken along with many side dishes such as mac and cheese and baked beans. Atlanta is also known for its incredible chocolate sea salt pops that can be found at King of Pops. King of Pops also sources their ingredients from local farms, making these delicious treats even better.

The Varsity Atlanta

Topping off the list is Atlanta’s iconic downtown institution and The World’s Largest Drive-In Restaurant, The Varsity. There’s simply no friendlier greeting than The Varsity’s famous line, “What’ll ya have…” The Varsity has been serving the best fast food – from burgers to hot dogs – since 1928. Be sure to check out the lingo before you order! 

Sports Bars

Every sports-lover needs a favorite sports bar! With so many professional and college sports and events in the area, fans will not be disappointed to find some of the best sports bars in Atlanta to grab a bite and watch the games.

Docs Food and Spirits Atlanta

Starting with the top-rated, Doc’s Food & Spirits is located just a few blocks away from The Battery and Truist Park. Enjoy strong drinks, wings, loaded nachos, and burgers while kicking back to watch the Braves!

Sports and Social Atlanta

Another home-team favorite is the two-story Sports and Social, located at The Battery Atlanta. This sports bar is certainly not lacking in space or giant TV screens! A 30-foot, high-definition LED screen located at the center bar, makes sports-watching here an incredible 3D experience. Sports and Social not only has delicious food and drinks, but also offers several arcade games to play like skee-ball, table tennis, and air hockey to enjoy while visiting this electric sports bar!


No trip to Atlanta would be complete without a taste of ATL nightlife. Tabernacle is one of Atlanta’s most well-loved hotspots.  The venue was built in 1910 as a church and was transformed into a music venue in 1996. Tabernacle hosts over 200 events a year and is one of the top event venues in the country.

Atlanta Tabernacle

If you’re looking for a unique listening experience then try out Blind Willie’s Blues Club, one of the oldest blues clubs in Atlanta. Blind Willie’s also offers cajun food and drinks and is located in the heart of Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland bar district. Atlanta also has many club and bar experiences such as CosmoLava which boasts 3 levels, 5 bars, VIP accommodations, and the best DJs in the city. CosmoLava has one of the best cosmopolitans in the city and offers a rooftop deck tucked in the midtown skyline.

Buckhead Village District

Buckhead Village District of Atlanta is known for its modern, chic food and fashion. Home to 30+ upscale shops such as Dior and Jimmy Choo, shopaholics alike are sure to find their trip to Buckhead Village nothing short of a luxurious shopping spree!

Buckhead Village District Atlanta

After all that shopping, you’ll want to stop by the restaurants and coffee shops, like Taverna or Brash. In addition, Buckhead is home to the original Moes’, a very popular chain of Southwestern fast food.

When visiting the Buckhead area, be sure to check out the local events happening before you go to see if there may be extra traffic, delays, early closings, or an event that you’d like to join!


Atlanta is home to several amazing attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium. Explore the aquarium and see thousands of animals and 11 million gallons of water. Besides its 179 species of animals, the Georgia Aquarium also offers unique experiences such as the Cold Water Quest and the Dolphin Coast. These experiences include touch pools, viewing tunnels, splash zones, and theaters.

Atlanta Aquarium

The Escape Game Atlanta is another fun attraction that allows guests to follow clues, solve puzzles, and decipher codes. The Escape Game Atlanta is a premium escape room experience that offers different themes and several rooms to explore. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a more lowkey Atlanta attraction. This urban oasis has over 30 acres of outdoor gardens, a beautiful children’s garden, and an amazing canopy walk. The botanical garden also has spaces that can be rented out for events and celebrations.

When visiting Atlanta, one attraction you surely don’t want to miss it the famous World of Coca Cola. This museum, located in the heart of Atlanta, showcases the history of the Coca-Cola Company, one of America’s most iconic brands.

World of Coke Atlanta

While touring the 20-acre property, visitors can view hundreds of artifacts, sample over 100 Coca-Cola beverages from all around the world, explore the gift shop, and experience a 4-D theater! Be sure to get your tickets for this must-see attraction of Atlanta. 

Last but certainly not least, no trip to downtown Atlanta is complete without a visit to Centennial Olympic Park. This 22-acre green-space serves as Georgia’s legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Today, the Park hosts a thriving entertainment and hospitality district in Atlanta.

Centennial Park Atlanta

Guests can cool off in the iconic Fountain of Rings, admire the commemorative bricks, take a selfie at The Spectacular (Olympic Rings), enjoy the playgrounds, gardens, and expansive lawns, and explore the many landmarks and features designed to enhance the visitor experience.


Atlanta is also home to 5 professional sports teams including the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC, Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Dream.

If you’re not a football, baseball, or soccer fan Atlanta also has the Atlanta Open, the FedEx Cup, and several motor-sports venues. Atlanta is also home to the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame which exhibits 770 different universities and colleges. 

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