Once a drab shell of hollowed warehouses and industrial artifacts from Atlanta’s manufacturing heyday, the Westside has reemerged in recent years with a live, work, play mantra and a hefty platter of top-tier dining, arts, and nightlife destinations for the city at large. Indie art galleries banded together with the communities and other institutions to establish the Westside Arts District, and large, mixed-use developments such as Atlantic Station and the Westside Provisions District have helped reclaim some of the most derelict expanses. With a growing number of young, ambitious professionals choosing to call the area home, this long-overlooked expanse of western ATL seems primed for yet another chapter of growth and revitalization.
Eclectic venue for hip-hop, spoken-word poetry, and up-and-coming soul artists. Home to Wednesday night jam sessions featuring a live band and open mic for vocalists to join in. Street parking available.
The Inman Park Barcelona is the seventh incarnation of the wine bar in the country. The food here is exactly as good as it needs to be. What is far better than good enough is the wine list. It’s primarily made up of Spanish, Portuguese, and Argentinean wines, the result being a thrilling game of discovery.
Located in the Westside Provisions District, this marks the Columbus, Ohio-based chain's first foray into Georgia. The shop is currently scooping 22 flavors — including the limited-edition Cloverton cheesecake, double-toasted coconut, and Loveless biscuits with peach jam. Keep an eye out for Jeni's blue food truck, Street Treats, roaming the city, as well.
At One Eared Stag, boldness of flavor wins out above all else. The entire menu is an exercise in boldness, in defying cliché. Chef Robert Phalen comes across as more of a creative force than a perfectionist. But any inconsistency is made up for by the sheer pleasure and originality the food inspires.
Founded in 1975 by members of the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church from Detroit, the shrine's services combine elements of the Roman Catholic Church with African traditions. Today, the bookstore is the neighborhood's best bet for finding books devoted to African-American art and culture.
Chai Pani is an expansion from Asheville and features traditional Indian Street food with produce bought from local vendors. Go during lunch or dinner hours for a full meal, an Indian snack, "Chaat," a cup of chai or an assortment of wine, beers, and house made cocktails. Many Chai Pani foods can be made vegan and/or gluten-free friendly upon request. $
The Downtown music venue, art space, and burgeoning community center has become one of the most exciting additions to South Broad Street in recent years. On the nights when the Mammal Gallery hosts a show, the street springs to life, animated with music and modest crowds of people admiring the colorful murals from urban renewal program Elevate.
One of Atlanta's best little wine shops, Le Caveau offers an eclectic range of choices to make any wine fan happy — unless, that is, you're a fan of generic-tasting corporate wine. Le Caveau stands out when it comes to organic, biodynamic, and natural wines, with a heavy tilt to the Old World. Let owner Eric Brown be your guide. A small but well-chosen beer fridge also stands at the ready.
Atlanta's newest museum near the World of Coca-Cola is designed to pay tribute to men and women who have fought for equality and justice throughout the world. The Downtown attraction will notably house Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic collection of personal papers. In addition, it'll also feature interactive exhibits on the stories behind civil rights heroes and focus on current human rights issues from around the world.