1123 Spring St.
The coolest thing about Slam City (other than its comfy outdoor setting when the weather's good) is its unique diversity of talent. Where else can you catch a 20-year-old black guy and a 40-year-old white woman performing poetry together? Under the careful eye of Ayodele, the master of ceremonies and a contender himself, Slam City attracts a hardcore following of word groupies, as well as a healthy showing of curious newcomers to its monthly competitions. Unlike the spoken word nights at some bars or restaurants, Slam City has a pay-what-you-can cover donation and no drink minimum, making it a value and a service to the Atlanta literati.