48. Drink at Manuel’s—on a Tuesday
Near the end of Maynard Jackson’s second term, a few of us from his office used to get together after work to hoist a few and gossip and bitch. Manuel’s Tavern became one of our gathering places.
46. Explore Edgewood Avenue on a Saturday
Fortify yourself with a basket of chicken at Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar—and don’t forget the hot sauce.
44. See Atlanta’s biggest stars
Take a peek at the universe.
41. Do the Time Warp at the Plaza Theatre
There’s a reason Lips Down on Dixie doesn’t hold its midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fox.
35. Sleep with the fishes—or the felines
If you’ve got small kids, we don’t need to sell you on the marvels of Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium.
34. Try “plane- spotting”
Here are three superior spots for a little aviation observation.
28. Get insulted by Charlie Brown
Former Atlantan RuPaul may be our national claim to drag queen fame, but locals give props to his compatriot, Charlie Brown—a performer in our gay scene for more than four decades.
26. Sip a Negroni on a terrace
Okay, so Atlanta’s not Paris, but you can pretend you’re Owen Wilson and travel back to the Jazz Age, when the likes of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tallulah Bankhead, and Charles Lindbergh mingled at the Georgian Terrace Hotel.
22. Drink up at our defining bars
Start easy with a sherry cobbler—the subtly sweet, low-octane cocktail of the moment—at H. Harper Station, housed in a former train depot in Reynoldstown. Head over to Poncey-Highland to eavesdrop on the journalists and politicos at Manuel’s Tavern and sip a SweetWater 420.
14. Embrace Atlanta’s easy-going style
Atlanta has a laid-back style; it’s a lot less pretentious than New York or other large cities. One place that really exemplifies that is Morgan Kylee boutique in Buckhead. It’s small, friendly, personal.