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Georgia City Tips
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Atlanta, GA
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.


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
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

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

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.
    Address: 659 Peachtree St.
    Phone: 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.
    Address: 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.
    Address: 821 Piedmont Ave.
    Phone: 404-872-9290
    Rates: $89 and up

 

Other bars, clubs, etc.
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

 

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.

Athens, GA

The local alternative paper is the
Flagpole.  Also check Rock AthensDawgfood is a local food blog.

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

Live music-
40 Watt Club -285 W. Washington St. -Athens GA -706.549.7871
Tasty World-ON THE CORNER OF JACKSON AND BROAD STs.,   JUST NEXT TO THE CAMPUS OF  THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Caledonia Lounge-256 W Clayton St.  Entrance in rear

Brunswick, GA

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

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.

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

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
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.

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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