Think of Vinings and swanky suburban real estate or high-end townhomes will probably come to mind or perhaps glimpses of the river from that bridge that brings you to the doors of Canoe restaurant. Situated on a ridge high above the Chattahoochee, Vinings’ reputation as an upscale shopping and dining destination remains untarnished. A few miles northwest just outside the Perimeter, Smyrna has grown into its own notable destination, thanks in part to newer home developments and increased options for dining and shopping.
The tiny, shacklike entrance reveals an eclectic and loyal late-night crowd. Music at this underground clubber’s club ranges from hip-hop and Brit-pop to downtempo and rare grooves. The dim basement space feels like the most happenin’ speakeasy in town.
Chef Ron Eyester's candor and cheeky antics have bristled the occasional diner but his decision to create a triangle of restaurants near the border of Virginia-Highland and Morningside has endeared him to the community. The empire began with Rosebud, which can always be counted on for chicken liver toast, oysters, and other tasty fare.
This gourmet mom-and-pop stand delivers highly inventive and inspiring ice cream creations. Traditional strawberry and chocolate are pure perfection, but flavors such as black walnut, sweet corn, and coconut jalapeno are creative standouts. The salted caramel flavor is a game changer. Non-ice cream items include made-to-order crepes — one filled with the heavenly, nutty Nutella and fresh strawberries.
A gallery and co-op space for contemporary art, lecture series, drunken critiques, workshops, talks, and a couch just for sitting. Run by a trio of Georgia State University students who also live upstairs. The Low's opening in 2013 marked the trio's first advancements toward unifying contemporary artists and challenging perceptions of art.
East Atlanta staple for local and up-and-coming rock bands, as well as nationally established indie acts, and grub for the hipster-PBR set. Sundays also feature a hangover-friendly live music set, 1-4 p.m.
Originally a cotton-gin manufacturer, the Goat Farm is a Westside haven for working artists and performance companies, a frequent location for movie shoots (cough cough, Hunger Games, cough cough), and a great live music venue.
The cinematic chaos and glamour of Two Urban Licks draws a decibel-shattering crowd eager for rambunctious dining and willing to sit out the long wait just for the youthful exuberance that fills the restaurant. For the best dining experience, stick to the appetizers and small plates. Outdoor bocce courts along the Beltline's Eastside Trails
A local blues, jazz, and roots institution that's been around for more than 25 years. The North Highland Avenue storefront, with its signature guitar-wielding neon alligator, has persevered through an unpredictable economy and the commercial ebb and flow of roots-based music that regularly fills the dimly lit room.
Wild Bill’s is a sanctuary for suburban cowpokes in search of line-dancing, fight nights, and concerts from such country and western stars as Pat Green and Miranda Lambert. They even take down the mechanical bull for rap nights, and have hosted concerts by Foreigner and Skid Row. Basically, it’s a hay hootin’ time. If you’re nostalgic for the era of stone-washed jeans and ladies with bangs teased to the ceiling, welcome home.