Georgia

Regional Chain-

Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs-Who knows how the heck a jersey style sub became a thing down here, but here they are, since 1975

 

When in Atlanta, don’t miss MJQ, a very cool dance club run by very cool people (736 Ponce De Leon Avenue, 404-870-0575).  Now the Drunken Unicorn folks have been using it for shows.  For record fanatics, stop into Criminal Records for a great selection of toys, comics and CDs but not a stitch of Vinyl (466 Moreland Ave. NE, 404-215-9511 in Little Five Points).
A true hipster can spend and entire trip in the neighborhoods Little Five Points, Virginia Highlands and East Atlanta.  Little Five Points is the true capital of Hipsterdom in ATL.
There is also a branch of Trader Vics in a fancy Hotel, the only major tiki chain
Alternative Radio-WRAS-88.5 FM

Get current info on bands playing and such in Creative Loafing. Some offbeat events are run by RowdyDowdy.

More Clubs:
Halo Lounge-817 W Peachtree St Nw, Atlanta, GA
The Mark-formerly Karma-79 Popular Street NW-(404-577-6967)
513 Club-513 Edgewood Avenue-(404-223-5132) for live music (is this still open?)
Euclid Yacht Club-1136 Euclid Avenue (404-688-2582)-awesome dive bar with boiled peanuts in little five points.
The Tabernacle-152 Luckie Street-(404-659-9022) housed in an old church.

Live Music Clubs in  Atlanta:
The EARL-488 Flat Shoals Road-(404-522-3950)
The Echo Lounge-551 Flat Shoals Road-(404-681-3600)
Masquerade-695 North Avenue-404-577-2007
Smiths Olde Bar-1580 Piedmont Rd-Tel: (404) 875-1522

Terminal West-Foundry turned  venue at King Plow Arts Center, with bar/restaurant. 887 West Marietta St NW C, Atlanta, GA 30318  (404) 876-5566
Variety Playhouse-1099 Euclid Avenue in Little Five Points.
East Atlanta Icehouse-eastatlantaicehouse.com-543 Flat Shoals Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30316  (404) 577-2073

The Mammal Gallery -Art Gallery with band events: 91 Broad St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303: (678) 744-7095

529 Bar // East Atlanta -full bar and music venue located in the heart of East Atlanta Village | 529 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta, Ga. 30316 | 404-228-6769.

Star Community Bar -live music bar in an old bank with a shrine to Elvis.  437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 Most nights  8PM–3AM  (404) 500-4942

Starlight Drive In-Old timey drive in with occasional afternoon band events, etc.2000 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, (404) 627-5786

Record Stores:
Criminal Records-466 Moreland Avenue NE, Little Five Points (404) 215-9511
Wax N Facts-432 Moreland Avenue-(404-525-2275)-Vinyl, Vinyl, Vinyl
Satellite Records-421 Moreland Avenue-(404-880-9746) Dance Music
Wuxtry-2096 North Decatur Road- (404-329-0020)

Eats:
Zesto Atlanta-Mini chain of soft serve ice cream and DQ like burgers, etc.  From a tipster “Zesto is a twisty cone place and I swear there is meth or crack or metha’crack in this devlish concoction b/c I have NEVER liked twisty cones like I like these, nor wanted to tell anyone {shout from rooftops} plus it’s an icon.”
Added 8/26/07 tip from Ursula1000
Ria’s Bluebird, 404.521.3737 421 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA. 30312 http://www.riasbluebird.com 
They have these pancakes w/ caramelized bananas that are to die for. I’m serious. Do yourself a favor and grab brunch there.
Eats-760 Ponce de Leon Avenue-(404-873-5002)-very unusual mini food court with all sorts of veggie and pasta dishes
Fellinis Pizza-1634 McLendon Avenue and other locations-(404-687-9190)
Mellow Mushroom-931 Monroe Drive and other locations-(404-874-2291)
Savage Pizza-484 Moreland Avenue-(404-523-0500) Yum! Garlic tomato paste!
Bridgetown Grill-1156 Euclid Avenue and other locations (404-653-0110) Great Carribean food.
The Colonnade, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-4923
Phone: (404) 874-5642 Old school sprawling restaurant bridging the gap between soul food and modern
The Varsity-61 North Avenue-(404-881-1706)-Gigantic, unusual, touristy burger and dog joint.  Its been featured on Food Network and the PBS hotdog special.  Chili Dogs are the Specialty of the house.
Heaping Bowl and Brew-469 Flat Shoals Avenue-ecclectic bistro where dishes are served in bowls.
Majestic-1031 Ponce de Leon-(404-875-0276)-Greasy 24 hour Diner with classic diner fare.
Flying Biscuit-1655 McLendon Avenue-Brunchy, Pseudo vegetarian fare (meaning lots of salads, etc) at this restaurant co-owned by an Indigo Girl. Now a mini chain.
Daddy D’z-264 Memorial Drive SE-404-222-0206-BBQ and Blues.  Featured on food network.
La Fonda Latina, Little Five points and other locations.  Excellent, very cheap cuban/spanish/mexican food.  Paella for less than 8 bucks!!!
The Vortex-two locations, one in little five points-“best place for tots and burgers and you can get cussed out by the servers all in one visit. They have a trailer park sandwich of pimento loaf and white bread along with The Coronary which is a fried egg upon top of one of these giant greeezy burgers (four stars **** for hangover friendly). ”
The Highlander,  931 Monroe Drive • Atlanta, Georgia 30308  (404) 872-0060 bar with super awesome bar food

Hankook Taquaria-1341 Collier Road – Atlanta, GA 30318  , 404.352.8881 Korean tacos!? and cheap 7 dollar Bi Bim Bap.Closed Sunday and only lunch monday.  Til 9 pm other days.

Stay away from the Buckhead neighborhood.  It is for khaki people.

Regional Oddity-Gigantic cups of Sweetened Ice Tea.  If you want unsweetened you have to TELL THEM!!!!

Girls Roller Derby League-http://www.atlantarollergirls.com/

“Budget Hotels”
Worth noting for superior service and luxury at a less expensive price is the centrally located Georgian Terrace. It is located directly across the street from the historic and beautiful Fox Theater in Midtown and is itself a restored historic building. 659 Peachtree St.  404-897-1991
Rates: $89 and up

There’s a lower-end hotel/motel on nearly every corner, but few have as much character as the Highland Inn in Virginia Highlands.  “recently” renovated to attract a “higher-end” clientele-though still on the rustic side with separate hot and cold faucets in the sinks, etc. The Highland is a renovated mansion with 55 rooms that are sparsely but tastefully decorated.  You’ll see a lot of European tourists and more often than not, a rocker on the road, crashing conveniently and cheaply for the night.  644 N. Highland Dr., Phone: 404-874-5756
Rates: $59 and up

An alternative to hotels is a  Victorian bed and breakfast. You can stumble upon many along Midtown’s Juniper and Piedmont Avenues, but the best is the Shellmont Bed and Breakfast Inn. The 1891 mansion is impeccably restored. Antiques and period pieces fill the rooms, and a veranda overlooks manicured lawns and a fish pond.- 821 Piedmont Ave.
404-872-9290

 

Other bars, clubs, etc.
Argosy -470 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 -most days 5PM–2:30AM  (404) 577-0407 gastropub with occasional DJs including Fringe Factory Mod Night.
Clermont Lounge-789 Ponce De Leon Avenue-Normally I wouldn’t put a strip joint in the hipster travel listings, but this one kept coming up in my research, so I am including it. Apparantly, this is a great dive bar with cheap beer and amusing, non tradational strippers. It is very close to MJQ and the restaurant Eats. Also nearby in the Kroger shopping center is the internet cafe Innovox.
Cresent Lounge-1136 Cresent Avenue-loungey lounge, sofas, candles, etc.
Backstreet-845 Peachtree Street NE-Mostly gay until 3am this club has tons of after hours action and an x rated drag show.
Stores:
Junkmans Daughter-464 Moreland Ave, Little Five Points-toys, clothes, shoes, etc.
The Dressing Room-504 Flat Shoals Ave.-East Atlanta-404-584-2200-Great Thrift shop with lots of guy stuff
This tiny shack is the exterior of MJQ, a cool club
Slaw Dogs and tasty food from The Varsity, An Atlanta Classic

 

Athens, GA Hometown of the B-52s

 

Clubs. GO BAR-195 Prince Ave, Athens, GA

Athens, GA

The local alternative paper is the Flagpole.  Also checkRock Athens.  Dawgfood is a local food blog.

Bars-

The World Famous – 351 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601 (706) 543-4002 Apparantly the food isn’t as good as it used to be but the bar is supposed to be cool.

Flicker Theater and Bar-263 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601 (706) 546-0039 Occasional live bands too

Go Bar-195 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601  til 2AM  (706) 546-5609-small bar with occassional bands that can make the crowd flow out the door.

eats-
five & ten-1653 S. Lumpkin Street -Athens, Georgia 30606
(706) 546-7300 upscale southern food

Mamas Boy-197 OAK STREET-ATHENS, GA 30601 (706) 548-6249 -breakfast, lunch and brunch, biscuits, pork chops, etc.

The Grill-171 College Avenue  Athens, GA 30601, (706) 543-4770-24 hours a day, 7 days a week save a couple holidays.  Burgers, burgers, burgers, burgers, hot dogs, sammys, and you don’t have to have french fries, you can get salad or mashed instead.

Live music-
40 Watt Club -285 W. Washington St. -Athens GA -706.549.7871
Caledonia Lounge-256 W Clayton St.  Entrance in rear

The Max Canada – 243 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601(706) 286-0339-Dive bar with Bands

Georgia Theater-215 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601  (706) 850-7670

 

Record Stores-

Low Yo Yo Stuff ,261 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601
Secret Sounds 215 Commerce Boulevard in a stall market Athens, GA 30606
Wuxtry Athens-197 E. Clayton St., Athens GA 30601-2702 ,(706)-369-9428

Avondale Estates, GA (Atlanta Suburbs)

Eats-

Pallookaville Fine Foods -17N Avondale Plz, Avondale Estates, GA 30002 (404) 500-1785-“gourmet” corn dog and quirky decor.

Blakely, GA
Eats
Blakely Chicken ?-212 N Main St, Blakely, GA 39823 (229) 723-4201 most days-10AM–10PM-Chicken shack with amazing cheap fried chicken. good fried okra too. Take out of picnic table only.

Columbus, GA
Odd Museum-The Lunchbox Museum-purported to have the largest collection of lunchboxes.
Located Inside of International Marketplace, 318 10th Ave. Columbus, GA 31901 Phone  706-332-6378
Dillard, GA
Eats-
Dillard House is a destination restaurant with a huge southern menu.  A must visit.

 

Augusta, GA

The local alternative paper is the Metropolitan Spirit.

Eats-
Mini Chain-Wife Saver-fried chicken and Shrimp Southern sides, try the brocolli casserole and pimento cheese. 3316 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 860-2605
BBQ Barn-Only Wednesday to Saturday-10298 Atomic Rd, North Augusta, SC (803) 278-7202 THey have St Louis Gooey butter cake on the dessert menu.

Gary’s Hamburgers- 3909 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30907 most days 6AM–9PM  (706) 210-7575

Jackies M’s and Son Cafe and Catering: 3308 Milledgeville Rd, Augusta, GA 30909  (706) 738-6055 They have cheesesteaks, but you want to get a soul roll with Cucumber sauce and hot smoked turkey sandwiches.  Closed Sunday and Monday
Olde Time Burgers-1944 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904 (706) 736-4464 The kind of small burgers this site lives for. Closed Sunday, Most days 11AM–7PM Get a double

Perry’s Pig – 1957 Old Savannah Rd, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 724-2387 BBQ Closed Sunday and Monday.
Sports Center Restaurant -594 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 724-9307 Big thick burgers and best onion rings anywhere.

venue-

Soul Bar : 984 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901 most nights 4PM–2AM (706) 724-8880

Brunswick, GA

Hostel-
Hostel in the Forest, Brunswick, GA 912-264-9738-Sleep in a treehouse for 15 bucks a night!

Venues-

Tipsy McSways – homemade pretzels & live music : 1414 Newcastle St, Brunswick, GA 31520  (912) 267-9991 Most nights til 2AM

Buena Vista, GA (near Atlanta)
While visiting Atlanta, take a drive to see folk art masterpiece Pasaquan.  PLEASE CALL AHEAD BEFORE VISITING.  For an appointment to visit Pasaquan call Gwen Martin @ 912-649-9444
or Pat Connell / Connell Gallery, 333 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA 404-261-1712 or email: msconnell@mindspring.com

Cordele, GA

Eats-Jack’s Old South BBQ is in Cordele, GA.. just off of I-75 (exit 101) in South Ga. When you exit (assuming you are going south on I-75), take a right. Look for a Liberty gas and Shoney’s restaurant. There is a little road between them that leads to a shopping center (approx. 100 yards). You will see the restaurant on the right side as you enter the shopping center.

Decatur, GA

Sites-Waffle House Museum ?-  2719 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030-first waffle house, now a museum. W-Th by appt, call 48 hrs in advance.770-326-7086  Admission:Free
– See more at: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/18095#sthash.N5Z7Lrwh.dpuf

Eatonton, GA
On Highway 142 between Covington and Eatonton, you will find the Nuwaubian Pyramids of Georgia.  It is the compound of a religious organization that is founded on ancient Egyptian teaching.   404 Shady Dale Road, Eatonton, Ga., Highway 142

Gwinett, GA

The local alternative paper is the Gwinett Loaf.

Helen, GA
An “alpine village” in northern Georgia.  You can stay at their Fantasy Inn which looks like a castle, and visit the inns “museum of the hills and Fantasy Kingdom”, before eating at the Troll tavern.  The Castle Inn, 8590 Main Street, Box 258, Helen, GA 30545, (706) 878-3140  |  Toll Free (877) 878-3140

Macon, GA

Eats-

Nu-Way Weiners –  founded in Macon, Georgia in 1916, is America’s second-oldest hot dog chain and has world-famous chili dogs that are bright red-430 Cotton Ave  Macon, GA 31201
(478) 743-1368

The Rookery -543 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201 (478) 746-8658-Sorta looks like a TGIFridays knock off but actually good burgers and mind blowing onion rings.

Music and Misc

Golden Bough Bookshop, 371 Cotton Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31201
478-744-2446-at the time of this writing they had tuesday night concerts are free and start around 9ish

Roasted – Cafe and Lounge-442 Second Street, Macon, Georgia 31201 

North Atlanta, GA

The local alternative paper is the Topside Loaf.

Savannah, GA

The local alternative paper is Creative Loafing Savannah.

Savannah, GA Local Specialty-Shrimp and Grits

Candy Store-Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is located at 225 East River Street. Savannah also has a location at 318 West Saint Julian Street at City Market, or you can visit us in Charleston at 32 North Market Street. Pralines and Divinity

Live Music-
Velvet Elvis-127 West Congress Street in Savannah’s Downtown Historic District.  Local indie bands.
Guitar Bar-348 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd-Savannah, GA 31401
The Jinx ?- 127 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401 most nights til 3AM  (912) 236-2281
You can also find music across the border in Charleston, SC.
Eats-lady & Sons Restaurant – 102 W. Congress St.  Famous Buffet of southern food.
Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House-(912) 232-5997, 107 West Jones St.-THE place to eat in Savannah.  Down home cooking in an old rooming house.  Feature from tourist info site.
The Crab Shack-912-786-9857-At Chimney Creek on Tybee Island.  Said to be the best seafood in Savannah.

 

The Pirates House-Really old building that houses a tacky tourist pirate theme and buffet.  Locals love to hate it.
20 East Broad Street | Savannah, GA 31401 | (912) 233-5757
Savannah has a famous candy store on River street in the historic district and they do mail order and catalog sales as well.

 

Tucker, GA

Eats-Old Hickory House -Country-style American fare, barbecued meats & more : 2202 Northlake Pkwy, Tucker, GA 30084-Last restaurant of a former chain.  Great looking Baby Back ribs, brunswick stew

Valdosta, GA

Amusement Park-
Wild Adventures Theme Park, 3766 Old Clyattville Road,  Valdosta, GA  This is a real amusement park with multiple coasters, about 1.5 hours from Jacksonville, FL  I-75, exit 13

Whittier, NC

Lodging-Starlight Motel- next to a small mountain stream with a small picnic area with grills, horseshoe pits. Rooms include an “Elvis room” with Jacuzzi. From $35 to 8682 Hwy 74W, Whittier NC Phone 704-497-5936 or the area code may be 828 due to recent changes.

 

 

 

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