This east DeKalb enclave has become something of a post-hipster nesting place — or, as one resident described it, “a punk rock retirement village.” Due to the proximity of the International Rescue Committee, which helps refugees establish stable homes, Clarkston’s also a melting pot of eastern European, African and Middle Eastern communities.
The tiny, shacklike entrance reveals an eclectic and loyal late-night crowd. Music at this underground clubber’s club ranges from hip-hop and Brit-pop to downtempo and rare grooves. The dim basement space feels like the most happenin’ speakeasy in town.
No sneaker store in town can compete with the 63-year legacy of Walter's Clothing. Being the old man on the block hasn't kept Walter's from staying hip. Try squeezing in on a Saturday and you'll see why. Walls of Adidas, Nike, Fila, Reebok, and Converse have kept customers fresh-to-death for decades. If you can't find your footing here, you're probably lost.
Even after all these years, the fiery nuances of Szechuan cuisine at Marietta's Tasty China — and the mild intestinal discomfort that can accompany it — is still totally worth the drive. Despite many personnel changes since opening in 2006, Tasty China has managed to keep churning out the kind of hot and numbing, tongue-tingling fireworks that keep us venturing back out to the 'burbs for more. Try the burning ma la burrito-like beef roll or a bowl of bubbling red peppers and tender white fish. And don't forget the crispy cilantro fish rolls.
The shop usually scoops around 22 flavors — including core flavors such as salted caramel, brown butter almond caramel, and the milkiest chocolate in the world. Keep an eye out for the Jeni's food truck, Street Treats, roaming the city, as well.
H. Harper Station bills itself as a “modern watering hole.” The cocktail menu is divided by liquor choice, and with more than 40 selections, can be a tad overwhelming. H. Harper is part neighborhood bar, part upscale restaurant, and part old train station along a still-sketchy stretch of Memorial Drive.
In the central East Atlanta spot formerly occupied by retro soul bar the Village, you'll find 529 — a tiny, smoky space that oozes cool. Despite being the size of a Manhattan apartment, there's a closed-circuit TV above the bar on which you can watch the band playing on the stage behind you. The front patio’s about as big as the performance space, with the added bonus of a pass-through to the bar and plenty of fresh air.
The longest-running African-American comedy club in Atlanta, Uptown Comedy Corner has featured Chris Rock, the Wayans Brothers, Steve Harvey and Chris Tucker in the more than 20 years it's served Atlanta's Westside.
Located across from Decatur Square, Eddie's hosts aspiring and accomplished singer-songwriters for live shows almost nightly and is famous for its biannual Open Mic Shootout. The venue features an intimate listening room, a covered patio, a varied menu, and a full bar.
A local blues, jazz, and roots institution that's been around for more than 25 years. The North Highland Avenue storefront, with its signature guitar-wielding neon alligator, has persevered through an unpredictable economy on the strength of the roots-based music that regularly fills the dimly lit room.
The name doesn’t convey just how impressive the 27-acre campus is. It's rolling with greenspace and boasts a spacious yet intimate 375-seat theater with a handsome, earth-toned color scheme. The Southwest Arts Center gives arts fans a reason to drive outside the southern bounds of the Perimeter.