The folks behind Rathbun's opened Krog Bar in a tiny building in the parking lot of the Stove Works complex. It's the closest thing to a genuine tapas bar's ambiance our city has ever seen: The interior is tiny and you'll likely be forced, just as you are in tapas bars in Sevilla, to sit at long tables with strangers. Cured meat and other nibbles comprise the menu, to be consumed alongside vino from an astutely composed list.
No Southern breakfast is complete without biscuits, but the Flying Biscuit has made the biscuit -- cakey, oversized and with a touch of buttermilk -- the cornerstone of all its meals, even its lunch menu items and dinner entrees. Next door to the restaurant, there's a small to-go shop that's always crowded where you can get your biscuits, sold by the dozen, to go with your morning coffee. Street and lot parking available.
The overt country-club feel meshes with a distinct undercurrent of mellow booziness at this Southern-style restaurant that stands out from its surroundings on one of Midtown's seediest strips. Don't be daring. Go for the basic meat-and-two and choose the hot vegetables for sides. The fried chicken is the go-to order for generations of Atlantans. When you're looking for the dining equivalent of a comfortable old friend, visit the Colonnade.
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.
Tucked away in a small shoebox of a shop in Virginia-Highland is Atlanta's own mad master of gelato. With flavors ranging from the pedestrian trifecta of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate to zanier flavors like panna cotta, fig, and even rose (better than it sounds), all the gelatos are smooth, creamy, and delicious.
No sneaker store in town can compete with the 63-year legacy of Walter's Clothing. Being the old man on the block hasn't kept Walter's from staying hip. Try squeezing in on a Saturday and you'll see why. Walls of Adidas, Nike, Fila, Reebok, and Converse have kept customers fresh-to-death for decades. If you can't find your footing here, you're probably lost.
This former mill hosts a variety of events, from punk and heavy-metal shows to goth and retro nights. The venue features three music rooms (Heaven, Hell and Purgatory), and the Masquerade Music Park, an outdoor space for music festivals and other events.
Atlanta's premier art museum features paintings by artists who range from Claude Monet to Howard Finster. The Richard Meier-designed museum was expanded with a stunning addition by another famous architect, Renzo Piano.
Vietnamese food is so much more than spring rolls and noodle soup, and Nam Phuoug offers a delicious education for those wanting to delve deeper into this beguiling cuisine. Its pho is some of the metro area's best.
It's one thing to make art. It's another thing entirely to make a living making art. Go to art school and you'll spend plenty of time focused on creativity, but probably not too much on professional hustle. That's why we're lucky to have C4 in Atlanta. The arts entrepreneurship nonprofit, which operates out of the FUSE Arts Center in Downtown, offers the classes and resources artists need to help grow their businesses, from marketing seminars to website instruction to — gasp — decent health care options. Sure, health care and marketing may not be the sexiest parts about being an artist, but they're necessary for survival. And the more artists that can survive in the real world, the better off we'll all be.