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CL Staff Favorite Places in Atlanta 

Dustin Chambers
SWING SET The wide wooden swing atop a hill on the Beltline behind Two Urban Licks is one of our favorite places: It's an incredibly romantic place to bring a picnic and swing, watching the sun set behind the city.
Joeff Davis
ROOF WITH A VIEW The Georgian Terrace Hotel may have a hundred years of history that give it an extra level of grandeur, but its rooftop-pool view is only a few decades old. Still, it's the best view in town: 360 degrees and goes on for days when it's clear outside. At night, you just might find someone proposing marriage with the skyline as backdrop. 659 Peachtree St. 404-897-1991.
Joeff Davis
TAG, YOU'RE IT Inside the Pullman Yard in Kirkwood is kind of a cliche hipster graffiti spot, but we love it for the weird grandness of the space. It's all but abandoned, and trees have reclaimed the interior in some spots. There are train cars, random murals, and hobo nests littered with crack paraphernalia trash. It's creepy, and has ghosts, and we can't help but love it. 27 Rogers St.
Joeff Davis
Pullman Yard
Joeff Davis
Pullman Yard
Dustin Chambers
BAR LIGHT, BAR BRIGHT We have a nerdy boozer's fetish for everything behind the bar at Leon's Full Service. All the random esoteric spirits, a wall of badass glassware fit for every drink ever, and the giant eight-foot-tall double-door glass cooler full of craft beer -- we get thirsty just thinking about it. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-687-0500.
Dustin Chambers
Leon's Full Service
Joeff Davis
NEW ZOO REVIEW Lions and tigers and bears get all the love at zoos, but when we're at Zoo Atlanta, we like to hang in the tortoise area. The reasons for this are many: they live to be nearly a century old, on average; they are gorgeous in that way only the most prehistoric of animals can be; and, finally, we're usually stoned to the bejesus belt, to quote Carl Spackler, and nothing beats turtles and weed. 800 Cherokee Ave. 404-624-9453.
Joeff Davis
MIDNIGHT RUN When the "Hot"� sign lights up at midnight at Krispy Kreme on Ponce de Leon Avenue -- well, what happens to our mouth is absolutely vulgar. The slathering. The panting. It's our reward to ourselves and our loved ones after a night of working late. If you've got a better place to be when night turns to day than here, we'd love to hear it. 295 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-876-7307.
Dustin Chambers
GENTLEMEN CALLERS You wouldn't think Diamonds of Atlanta would be a great spot for a music event, but that's where you'd be wrong. The sound, the color scheme, the leather -- it all adds up to a surprisingly urbane experience. Maybe you'll want to scout it out during non-event hours. We won't judge. 1271 Marietta Blvd. 678-974-5831.
Dustin Chambers
Diamonds of Atlanta
Joeff Davis
TUNNEL VISION The empty, eerie tunnel along the Beltline in Southwest Atlanta (best known as where Matthew Proctor stages his noise-folk music shows) occupies its own time and space that exists outside the city. Atlanta has a terrible habit of erasing any trace of its past to make room for another disposable mixed-used living, shopping condo abomination. But the tunnel remains unchanged since the days when train whistles were heard here every day, and when you're standing on the edge, staring into its yawning, soot-stained entrance, you can feel the history it has witnessed.
Joeff Davis
GROUND FLOOR There's something about the weird library smell that exists on the bottom floor of Highland Row Antiques that makes us feel like we've stepped back in time. When the world gets too weird, we love to wander the aisles here, testing out its mid-century furniture, reading through old books. It's like the best grandma's closet ever, and we could totally live there. 628 N. Highland Ave. 404-815-8830.
Joeff Davis
Highland Row Antiques
Joeff Davis
ROOT CAUSE When we want to sit and escape, we seek out the giant Magnolia tree that used to be part of the outfield of Ponce de Leon Park, home of the minor league Atlanta Crackers (Southern League) and the Atlanta Black Crackers (Negro League) in the '20s. It's behind the Whole Foods there, and we love it simply because it's huge and beautiful and provides shade and a place for contemplation. It doesn't even matter that it's right next to a bunch of dumpsters and loading docks and a CVS. (Whole Foods: 650 Ponce De Leon Ave.)
Dustin Chambers
BIG WHEELS Loose Nuts Cycles is one of those perfectly named locales. Where else can you open a conversation with "Loose Nuts, how's it hanging?" and not crack a smile? These guys seem so much like your cool uncle that they will probably fix your bike for beer. Possibly. Maybe. OK, probably not. But maybe? Possibly. But it couldn't hurt to show up with a six-pack along with your busted rim and see what happens. 452-A Cherokee Ave. 404-228-5555.
Joeff Davis
URBAN CROSSROADS The intersection of Broad and Poplar streets, downtown, is a cacophonous joy. If only we could replicate this simple slice of urbanism -- wide sidewalks shaded by trees outside mixed-use buildings, full of walking, biking, bustling city-dwellers -- several thousand times throughout Atlanta.
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Dustin Chambers
SWING SET The wide wooden swing atop a hill on the Beltline behind Two Urban Licks is one of our favorite places: It's an incredibly romantic place to bring a picnic and swing, watching the sun set behind the city.
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