152 Luckie Street Atlanta, GA 30303 +1 404 659 9022
Just steps from Centennial Olympic Park and downtown hotels, this former Baptist church isn't much to behold from the street, but the interior is a marvel of architectural restoration. Constructed in 1910, the building features three levels of seating facing the stage, plus numerous lounges, billiards areas, bars and secluded alcoves. The facility hosts a full schedule of top-flight entertainment throughout the year and is a spectacular place to enjoy a concert. A more intimate venue is located below in the aptly named Cellar, where smaller acts are booked.
190 Marietta Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30303 +1 404 827 2300
This downtown complex features not only the global headquarters of CNN and Turner Broadcasting, but an Omni hotel, several fine restaurants and a nice selection of boutiques and shops. Take a tour of the CNN studios for a behind-the-scenes look at news in the making, grab a meal at Bugatti's, and stick around for a taping of one of the popular shows telecast daily. In order to guarantee a place in a show's audience, be sure to reserve a seat in advance.
121 Baker Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30313 +1 404 676 5151/+1 800 676 2653(Toll Free)
Atlanta's most famous invention is also the world's most popular soft drink and nowhere is this more clear than at this unique downtown museum. The new 20-acre (8.09 hectare) complex features a 4D cinematic experience, and the largest collection of Coke memorabilia ever assembled, including a pop-culture gallery. The museum draws many visitors, and features an exhaustive look at the history, manufacture and distribution of Coca-Cola. Perhaps the most popular phase of the tour is the final stop, where guests are invited to sample vast and various recipes of Coke as it is marketed throughout the world. Hours change daily, so visit their website for up-to-date information.
50 Upper Alabama Street Southwest Suite 007 Atlanta, GA 30303 +1 404 523 2311
This vast collection of shopping, dining and entertainment outlets (100+) is located in the heart of downtown's business district. Covering six city blocks, the underground mall is anchored by the World of Coca-Cola, which sits behind a 138-foot (42-meter) light tower at the entrance. Many specialty retailers and restaurant chains are represented between Upper Alabama and Central Avenue, while the rustic-themed Lower Alabama street market is home to smaller stores, quaint eateries and several nightlife options. Business hours of stores may vary.
320 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30308 +1 404 525 4400
This expansive restaurant is perfect for big groups, and is placed right between Downtown and Midtown. A large bar anchors one side of the main floor in this restored warehouse setting, while tables and booths are sectioned off into more intimate dining areas. A billiards room and a smaller bar are upstairs, and a large deck provides outdoor dining opportunities. Ribs, steaks, fish and pasta dishes are featured, as well as wood-fired pizza and some nice vegetarian dishes. Be sure to try one of Max's specialty beers, too, brewed on-site.
205--235 Mitchell Street Atlanta, GA 30303 +1 404 521 6600(Tourist Information)
Named for the high number of hotels built during the early 20th Century, the Hotel Row Historic District aims to preserve the historic structures that span one block on Mitchell Street. The hotels were built at the time to serve travelers using a nearby railroad stations. The district comprises six buildings, which are some of the most well-preserved structures from the time.
Located within the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, King Birth Home is where one of America's most influential civil rights activists and leaders was born. The 19th Century house, has been rather well-preserved, with all its rooms and period furniture intact. Visitors to the historic site can explore the the house through the guided tours offered by the park rangers. Advance registration is required for the tour. Call ahead for more information.
163-175 Peters Street Southwest Atlanta, GA 30313 +1 404 524 4781
One of the top contemporary art galleries in the city, Besharat Gallery showcases the works of acclaimed local as well as national and international artists. Besides the numerous rotating exhibitions, the gallery hosts an eclectic private collection of contemporary art. Though exhibitions at the gallery are not restricted to any particular medium, there is a definite focus on photography. Some of the renowned artists that have exhibited here include Antoni Taule, Jean Arcelin and Robert Jessup. Check website for upcoming exhibitions and more.
200 Peachtree Street Northwest 200 Peachtree Atlanta, GA 30303 +1 404 522 5522
The stunning crystal chandeliers and beautiful stained glass windows at Grand Atrium will take your breath away. One of the most beautiful venues within the 200 Peachtree, this hall was designed in 1927 by renowned architect Philip Schutze. Whether you wish to host a large cocktail receptions for more than 1000 people or simply an intimate private gathering, Grand Atrium will delight you with its impressive setting. Check website for more.
215 Peachtree Street Northeast Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta Atlanta, GA 30303 +1 404 688 7625
Named after the renowned rock act, Velvet Underground is an intimate space within the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta. Ideal for hosting birthday parties and private gatherings, the space is regularly host to concerts as well. The room can accommodate 120 people, and stage seating is available as well. Check website for more.
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