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Music Midtown

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA, 30309

Late in the afternoon of Music Midtown’s second and final day in 2012, organizer Peter Conlon cut off ticket sales before, as the AJC reported, “capacity bordered on uncomfortable.”

Website: http://musicmidtown.com

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Newtown Dream Dog Park

3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA, 30022

Fortunately for Johns Creek’s four-legged residents, there’s the Newtown Dream Dog Park, opened in 2011 after a local won the first Beneful Dream Dog Park contest.

Website: http://johnscreekga.gov/home.aspx

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Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-688-2107

Oakland was a nineteenth-century hot spot; couples cruised the grounds in spiffy carriages and families picnicked near their forebears’ final resting places.

Website: http://www.oaklandcemetery.com

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Old Fourth Ward

Edgewood Avenue at Boulevard*, Atlanta, GA, 30312

The Old Fourth Ward’s mix of new hot spots and classic hangouts make for good music, good times, and good food.

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Paper Plane

340 Church Street, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-377-9308

The tiny, retro spot pairs sophisticated mixology with a sly menu of ambitious small plates.

Website: http://www.the-paper-plane.com/

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Plaza Theatre

1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30306

404-873-1939

The Plaza’s fortunes have risen and fallen over the decades, and this year marked another rebirth for the 1939 movie house.

Website: http://plazaatlanta.com/

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Poem 88

1100 Howell Mill Road, Suite A04, Atlanta, GA, 30318

While many still think of the contemporary art gallery as a place to view new work and sip free wine, Poem 88 has moved beyond such a limited interpretation to embrace a variety of creatively augmented events.

Website: http://poem88.net/

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Reign Nightclub and Vanquish

1021 and 1029 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-898-1704

Michael Gidewon, the man behind Vision, opened up Reign and Vanquish, side by side. The Peachtree complex has marble floors, strobe lights, and VIP areas everywhere.

Website: http://reignatlanta.com/

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Rotknee Presents

437 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30307

404-934-6598

At Little Five’s Star Community Bar, some of Atlanta’s best comics use the open mic to hone their chops.

Website: http://starbaratlanta.com/

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Serenbe Playhouse

9110 Selborne Lane, Suite 210, Chattahoochee Hills, GA, 30268

770-463-1110

Executive and artistic director Brian Clowdus deftly taps the theater’s bucolic Chattahoochee Hills landscape to dreamy effect.

Website: http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/

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Shout

1197 Peachtree Street, Colony Square, Atlanta, GA, 30361

404-846-2000

There is nothing quiet about this genre-defying blockbuster, the sister restaurant of Twist.

Website: http://heretoserverestaurants.com

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Shucks

705 Town Brookhaven, Atlanta, GA, 30319

404-846-1777

Most customers come here to slurp a dozen raw oysters, sourced from the Gulf and both coasts, and follow with a thick grilled cheese sandwich in a dozen variations.

Website: http://h2sr.com/shucks

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Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping-Pong Emporium

466 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-522-8275

Wednesday-night Church Organ Karaoke is your chance to partake in some not-so-sacramental wine (or beer or booze) and sing as loudly as you want.

Website: http://www.sisterlouisaschurch.com

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Stem Wine Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA, 30068

678-214-6888

Doug Turbush, along with chef de cuisine Brendan Keenan and manager/sommelier Jason Raymond, has done it again with this sophisticated wine bar.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/StemWineBar

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Stone Mountain Park

1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, GA, 30083

770-498-5690

The verdant vista from atop Stone Mountain (just a 1.3-mile climb) enables hikers to forget the crazy traffic bustling under the treetops.

Website: http://www.stonemountainpark.com

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SweetWater Brewing Company

195 Ottley Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30324

404-691-2537

This local brewery has single-handedly put the Southeast on the map for beer lovers.

Website: http://www.sweetwaterbrew.com

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Ten Atlanta

990 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-347-3360

A restaurant by day and a nightclub after—you guessed it—ten. Ten offers everything from poker on Monday to a DJ on the weekend, Falcons tailgating, and a patio-packing Sunday cocktail social.

Website: http://tenatlanta.com/index.html

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Terminal West

887 West Marietta Street, Studio C, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-876-5566

Westside’s King Plow complex once housed a foundry and shipped farm implements all over the United States and Latin America.

Website: http://www.terminalwestatl.com/

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