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A Weekend in Athens, Georgia for the Post-Graduate Crowd

athens, georgia

Over the last seven or so years, I’ve spent a lot of time in Athens, a rural area an hour and a half northeast of Atlanta. It’s home to the University of Georgia and is one of the South’s most notable college towns, but there’s so much more to it than that. Both of my sisters have lived there, so I’ve had the chance to discover the local’s perspective. So if you find yourself in the Classic City but aren’t interested in the dive bars of downtown or the chaos of gameday on campus, you’re in luck. There’s plenty for you to enjoy!

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Dinner at Five and Ten

Where to Eat

White Tiger Gourmet– Set inside an old grocery store, White Tiger is best for nice weather when you can sit at the picnic tables outside. I never get sick of their breakfast items or buffalo chicken tacos.

Ideal Bagel Co– I can’t spend more than 24 hours without grabbing a bagel from this former toy store. The bagels are authentic, especially when topped with a fried egg and pastrami, my personal favorites.

Pulaski Heights Barbecue– Around the corner from my sister’s house, this barbecue joint offers pulled pork with classic sodas and craft beer. If you’re not in the mood for barbecue, opt for tacos and sandwiches.

The World Famous Athens– You’ll find cheap beer and bar food at its finest here as well as live music. I love their chicken and waffles club with fries topped in their aioli, which they call Liberace sauce.

Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market– Among the best outdoor brunch spots is Heirloom. Love on a Biscuit is as amazing as it sounds, a buttermilk biscuit topped with brisket. They also have vegetarian and vegan options.

Five and Ten– Typically a restaurant for students to bring their parents when they’re in town, this restaurant is celebrity chef Hugh Acheson’s flagship eatery. The menu features as many local ingredients as possible.

Trappeze Pub– Named for the Trappist monks and their signature beer, Trappeze is a beer bar with delicious food. Seek out unique brews upon the bartender’s recommendation.

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Creature Comforts Brewing

Where to Drink

Creature Comforts Brewery– I may be biased, as one of my sisters currently works there, but this brewery is perhaps my favorite in Georgia and certainly my favorite in Athens. Housed in a former tire store, be sure to try the Tropicalia and Athena.

Terrapin Beer Co.– But you should also stop by the OG of Athens brewing on the outskirts of town. Their specialty brews are top-notch like their Walking Dead themed beer and the chocolate milk-esque Moo Hoo.

1000 Faces Coffee– Go straight to the source, the roaster, for the best coffee in town. Don’t let the location fool you, as you can get a pour over here along with all the equipment and gear you need to make coffee at home.

Manhattan Cafe– I love this bar more than words can explain. Located on a historic corner of Athens known as “Hot Corner,” this bar has a small patio but a dark interior that slightly resembles a strip club. But the cocktails are top notch, served in vintage barware, and cheap.

Sister Louisa’s Church – Athens– The second outpost of an offbeat Atlanta favorite, here you’ll find bizarre (and to some, sacrilegious) artwork, cheap PBRs, choir robes and, most importantly, ping pong tables.

Little King’s Shuffle Club– For a casual dance spot, head to Little King’s. They also have rock trivia.

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The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

What to Do

Avid Bookshop– Browse for your favorite reads at this independent bookstore with regular author events. They have a great children’s section as well!

Dynamite Clothing– Vintage clothing lovers should stop by here for gently worn t-shirts, clothing for men and women, and accessories.

Georgia Museum of Art– You’ll be surprised at this fantastic art museum that is attached to the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. They host regular exhibitions, including student works.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia– Located on the way out of town, the botanical garden is a sprawling space of walking paths. They also have a greenhouse and host events like fitness classes.

West Broad Farmers Market– Get the freshest produce from local farmers to start your day off right. There are also tents with prepared food and coffee.

Georgia Theatre– Catch a show at Athens’ mother theater, which surivived a massive fire and has reopened. Headlining acts typically perform here and they have a rooftop bar.

The Foundry– Another live music venue is at Graduate Athens, which hosts smaller music acts.

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Hotel Indigo

Where to Stay

Hotel Indigo Athens Downtown – Univ Area– The original boutique hotel in town, Hotel Indigo is well located for downtown access and has its own in-house coffee shop and art gallery. The design is inspired by covered bridges found in the area.

Graduate Athens– Formerly the Foundry Park Inn, the Graduate Athens is a re-branded boutique hotel chain found only in college towns. Here you’ll find a live music venue, spa and funky rooms.

AirBnB– You’d be surprised how many great places you can stay in Athens on AirBnB. This gives you more options in terms of neighborhoods (try Cobbham or Pulaski Heights!) and is better for groups. Try your first stay on AirBnB by using this link and get $20

Have you ever been to Athens, Georgia? Where else would you recommend?

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  1. White Tiger Gourmet LLC
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    217 Hiawassee Ave
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 353-6847
    http://www.whitetigergourmet.com/
  2. Ideal Bagel Co
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    815 W Broad St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 353-0005
  3. Pulaski Heights Barbecue
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    675 Pulaski St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 583-9600
    http://pulaskiheightsbbq.com/
  4. The World Famous Athens
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    351 N Hull St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 543-4002
    http://www.theworldfamousathens.com/about/
  5. Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    815 N Chase St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 354-7901
    http://www.heirloomathens.com/
  6. Five and Ten
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    1073 S Milledge Ave
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 546-7300
    http://fiveandten.com/
  7. Trappeze Pub
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    269 N Hull St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 543-8997
    http://www.trappezepub.com/
  8. Creature Comforts Brewery
    Restaurant in Clarke County Georgia

    271 W Hancock Ave
    Clarke County Georgia
    (706) 410-1043
    http://creaturecomfortsbeer.com/
  9. Terrapin Beer Co.
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    265 Newton Bridge Rd
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 549-3377
    http://www.terrapinbeer.com/
  10. 1000 Faces Coffee
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    585 Barber St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 534-8860
    http://www.1000facescoffee.com/
  11. Manhattan Cafe
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    337 N Hull St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 369-9767
  12. Sister Louisa's Church - Athens
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    254 W Clayton St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 850-3668
    http://www.sisterlouisaschurch.com/
  13. Little King's Shuffle Club
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    223 W Hancock Ave
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 369-3144
  14. Avid Bookshop
    Attraction in Athens Georgia

    493 Prince Ave
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 352-2060
    http://avidbookshop.com/
  15. Dynamite Clothing
    Attraction in Athens Georgia

    143 N Jackson St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 543-1243
    http://dynamite-athens.com/
  16. Georgia Museum of Art
    Attraction in Athens Georgia

    90 Carlton St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 542-4662
    http://georgiamuseum.org/
  17. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
    Attraction in Athens Georgia

    2450 S Milledge Ave
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 542-1244
    http://botgarden.uga.edu
  18. West Broad Farmers Market
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    1573 W Broad St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 613-0122
    http://www.athenslandtrust.org/
  19. Georgia Theatre
    Attraction in Athens Georgia

    215 N Lumpkin St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 850-7670
    http://www.georgiatheatre.com/
  20. Graduate Athens
    Restaurant in Athens Georgia

    295 E Dougherty St
    Athens Georgia
    (706) 549-7020
    http://graduateathens.com/

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