Places that make Atlanta home
The perfect combination of history and kitsch, the Cyclorama is a cylindrical painting, at one time the largest oil painting in the world, depicting the Battle of Atlanta.
In Midtown just across Peachtree Street from the High Museum, you'll find the only museum in the Southeast dedicated to all things design.
Dad's Garage is the largest improv and scripted comedy group in Atlanta, hosting live ensemble performances every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night in Little Five Points.
One of Atlanta's most iconic establishments, the 4,678-seat Fox Theatre originally opened in 1929 as a movie theater. Today, it hosts more than 300 performances a year, from ballet and Broadway to rock concerts and comedy.
You haven't truly experienced karaoke until you've belted "Don't Stop Believin'" in a private room at this Korean joint in Atlanta's international oasis, Buford Highway.
Located in the heart of Midtown, the High is the leading art museum in the Southeast. The permanent collection includes artists like Claude Monet, Chuck Close, and Howard Finster.
This complex surrounding MLK's boyhood home in the Sweet Auburn historic district includes Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both MLK and his father were pastors, as well as the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. A nearby visitor center features several multimedia exhibits that tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement.
Tucked away alongside Freedom Parkway, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum has tons of historical documents from Carter's presidency, including a full-sized replica of the Oval Office. The center regularly hosts readings from internationally-known authors like Dave Barry and Anna Quindlen.
If you're looking for a night of dancing, don't bother with the fancy "club" scene in Atlanta. MJQ is casual, and just a stone's throw away from MailChimp's soon-to-be new offices at Ponce City Market.
Another Midtown gem, the Laughing Skull Lounge is hidden in the back of The Vortex Bar & Grill on Peachtree Street. The world's smallest full-time comedy club, this 74-seater has hosted the likes of Paul F. Tompkins, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Hannibal Buress, and Kyle Kinane.
Originally built in 1939, the Plaza is Atlanta's oldest still-operating movie theater. Since 2012, it's undergone extensive renovations and attracted more mainstream movie releases, while still showing cult favorites like midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Formerly the Southeast's largest movie house, the Rialto Center is now a performing arts venue located in downtown Atlanta, and owned and operated by Georgia State University. The venue regularly hosts jazz, world music, and dance performances. It also serves as the home for the National Black Arts Festival.
Funded by a gift from Bill Cosby, this museum on Spelman College's campus houses a wide variety of contemporary African and African-American art.
Every Monday night, Atlanta's best comedians take the stage for an open mic event at this Little Five Points dive. There's never a cover charge.
If you drive south on Moreland Avenue, past Little Five Points, past East Atlanta, you'll eventually stumble upon this tribute to a bygone moviegoing era. And for several dollars cheaper than your average ticket at the corporate multiplex, you can enjoy a double feature under the stars.
A relatively new addition to the Westside, this mid-sized concert venue at the King Plow Arts Center is beautifully designed, has consistently great sound, features a wide variety of canned beers, and operates a full-service restaurant with direct access from the venue.
The East Atlanta Restaurant & Lounge has been a staple of EAV for 15 years, hosting local bands as well as nationally known indie acts, and serving unrefined but delicious bar grub. This is the place to catch a rock show.
Housed in the Balzer Theater at the old location of Herren's, the first Atlanta restaurant to voluntarily desegregate, Theatrical Outfit is one of the oldest professional theater companies in the city. They focus on staging productions from classic and contemporary literature, particularly those of Southern writers and playwrights.
Built in 1870 as the home to Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus tales featuring Brer Rabbit, the Wren's Nest in the West End now serves as Atlanta's oldest house museum. It offers daily tours, regular storytelling, and two writing programs for middle and high school children.