While it may be tempting to sweet talk your way into nightclubs using less reputable forms of identification, many of Atlanta's most popular venues for rubbing your sweaty body against strangers have 18 and up nights. Three places we recommend you start: Quad @ Spring4th Complex, Drunken Unicorn, and the Basement. www.quadatlanta.com, www.thedrunkenunicorn.net, www.basementatl.com.
Work on your balance and hand-eye coordination while all of your friends are chemically impairing theirs. Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park, 830 Willoughby Way; Brook Run Skate Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody; McKoy Skate Park, 534 McKoy Street, Decatur.
The colossal Scott Antique Market takes place the second weekend of every month at the Atlanta Expo Center. With 3,500 booths, find furniture, musical instruments, jewelry, and more — anything you need or everything you don't. www.scottantiquemarket.com.
Nothing turns a grown person into a giggling 5-year-old like a 43,000-square-foot indoor trampoline arena. SkyZone, a national trampoline complex behemoth, has locations in Kennesaw, Roswell, and Suwanee where you and your friends can hop, (literally) bounce off the walls, and remind yourself you still can't pull off a backflip. skyzone.com.
Try Midtown Bowl for a classic feel (though it's often crowded), Metro Lanes and Games in south Atlanta for cosmic bowling, or FunTime Bowl on Buford Highway for some cheap weekday deals. And don't forget — if you're a Tech student, take advantage of the lanes in the student center, especially for around $3 per game. www.midtownbowl.com, www.metroplexatl.com, www.funtimebowl.com, www.studentcenter.gatech.edu.
Atlanta has a vibrant comedy scene full of young, emerging talent, more established pros, and plenty of big name visitors. ITP? Hit up Midtown's Laughing Skull Lounge, where Margaret Cho has been known to hang out. OTP? Plan on catching a show at the Punchline, in the funny business since 1982. Every Monday, Star Bar in Little Five Points holds one of the city's best open-mic nights — for free. www.laughingskulllounge.com www.punchline.com, www.starbaratlanta.com.
A screening at the Plaza Theatre on Ponce can often be as much a spectacle as it is a movie night. Go for the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which features a campy and costumed live show every Friday at midnight; be a part of the raucous crowd at a showing of "the worst film ever made" The Room (starting back up in September the last Tuesday of the month); and check out the Silver Scream Spook Show for a little schlock with your classic horror flick. GSU students can also catch fringe films for free ($3-$5 for everyone else) at campus theater Cinéfest. www.plazaatlanta.com, www.gsu.edu.
Most gallery openings take place Thursday-Saturday evenings, are free, and generally are packed with interesting people and art. Put Whitespace, Get This!, and Beep Beep galleries on your short list. During the rest of the week, head over to Atlanta's major art institutions, which all offer student discounts, including the High Museum of Art ($16.50), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia ($1), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center ($5), and the Museum of Design Atlanta ($5). The High also hosts regular college nights that run into the wee hours with DJs, dancing, and food. www.whitespace814.com, www.getthisgallery.com, www.beepbeepgallery.com, www.high.org, www.mocaga.org, www.thecontemporary.org, www.museumofdesign.org.
Join the people lined up out the door at Fat Matt's Rib Shack for nightly blues and 'cue. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday nights, 8:00 p.m. the rest of the week. No cover. www.fatmattsribshack.com.
Take a day to work your calves on something besides concrete. Head west for vast views of canyons and waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon Park; south for Georgia's own "Little Grand Canyon," Providence Canyon Park; or north to Raven Cliff Falls, for beautiful waterfall views. www.gastateparks.org, www.fs.usda.gov.
Atlantans loooove festivals. On any given weekend there could be a neighborhood, food, art and/or music festival taking place. Some of the most popular places to commune with other Atlantans include — but are certainly not limited to — the Inman Park Festival (April), Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival (July), the Decatur Book Festival (Labor Day weekend), sci-fi gathering Dragon Con (Labor Day weekend), and the A3C Hip Hop Festival (October). www.inmanparkfestival.org, www.killertomatofest.tumblr.com, www.decaturbookfestival.com, www.dragoncon.org, www.a3cfestival.com.
Teams gather across the city nearly every weeknight to compete for prizes and geek glory. Impress your friends with your knowledge of '90s sitcoms and former World Series winners. Check out www.teamtrivia.com for a good running list of trivia nights. We can vouch for Tuesdays at Thinking Man Tavern, Wednesdays at Mellow Mushroom – Lavista Road, and Thursdays at Takorea. www.thinkingmantavern.com, www.mellowmushroom.com, www.mytakorea.com.