Atlanta Lifestyle and Culture
Atlanta is a truly metropolitan city. It has maintained a sense of its history while also becoming increasingly multi-cultural, with a number of immigrant populations. It’s also an important centre for business and home to several large multinational corporations.
Visitors and residents alike get a feeling for Atlanta’s history at attractions like the Atlanta History Centre or the Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr District.
Atlanta loves its sports. Whether you’re keen to get in on the action of baseball, basketball or American football, Atlanta’s teams are all thrilling to watch. For baseball initiates, check out the Atlanta Braves. If you’re up for some American football, the Atlanta Falcons are your team – at least while you’re in Atlanta. For those keen on basketball, the Atlanta Hawks are always an exciting team to watch in the NBA.
Atlanta has played a central role in the evolution of various styles of American music, including jazz, blues and soul. It also includes a vibrant, if under-appreciated, indie rock scene. Atlanta is perhaps best known for the group OutKast, which earned the south a name for hip-hop music.
Atlanta heats up when the sun goes down, with revellers enjoying a wide range of lounges, nightclubs, bars and live music venues. While the Virginia Highland has a laid-back vibe, the Midtown scene is trendier and the Buckhead crowd is oh so chic.
Nightclubs around Atlanta offer the perfect opportunity to unwind after some sightseeing. Without doubt one of the hottest clubs in the city is the Opera Atlanta Nightclub. If it’s a touch of opulence you’d like, survey the partying from a VIP booth on the second level. Alternatively, join in the dancing on the ground level, with world-class DJs spinning great music all night.
There’s never a shortage of bars to choose from in Atlanta. Nothing beats the luxury of the Atrium Bar at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, or try a refreshing locally brewed craft beer at Gibney’s Pub.
Some of the best venues for live music include the beloved Fox Hotel, the 10 High Club at Darkhorse Tavern, Andrew’s Upstairs and Blind Willies.
Sample the home-style southern cooking that keeps so many Georgians satisfied at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, a traditional restaurant that specialises in southern food. Paschal’s and the Busy Bee Café also offer up soul food favourites and have been doing so since the 1940s. The Varsity, opened in 1928, is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant.