Explore Atlanta After Dark
From the upscale restaurants in bucolic Vinings to the homey bars in eclectic Little Five Points, there’s no shortage of things to do in Atlanta after dark. Whether your drink of choice is port or PBR, our itinerary for a night out has you covered.
Evening Entertainment: Ping-Pong and Choir Robes
Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium | 466 Edgewood Avenue
Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium (Church for short) isn’t actually a bizarrely titled house of worship. But the bar does call its patrons parishioners, and provide choir robes for visitors who want to fit in with the decor. Nearly every inch of the walls is covered with the owner’s tongue-in-cheek artwork, which mixes religious figures and quirky messages. Play ping-pong and darts, or drop by on select nights for tarot-card readings and karaoke backed by a church organ.
Dinner: Farm-to-Table Fare on the Riverfront
Canoe | 4199 Paces Ferry Road Southeast
The chefs at Canoe believe that food should be made from, well, food. They whip up beautifully plated New American cuisine using locally sourced ingredients, including organic vegetables from the restaurant’s own gardens. The menu changes with the seasons, but the slow-roasted rabbit is a perennial favorite: it’s set on a bed of swiss chard and fettucine flavored with candied-garlic jus. Large windows offer great views of the Chattahoochee River right outside. For a really homey experience, grab a seat on the patio or a table by the waterfront.
After Dinner: A Unicorn and a Band
Drunken Unicorn | 736 Ponce de Leon Avenue Northeast
Finding this Old Fourth Ward concert venue can feel like stumbling upon an ultra gritty secret: look for the trippy unicorn graffiti mural outside and follow the stairs down to the door. Inside, you’ll be elbow to elbow with your fellow music lovers—the bar describes itself as “small and loud, like Gary Coleman.” On any given night you can hear anything from punk to hip-hop, and unlike at an arena, you won’t be so far from the stage that you have to watch the band on a big screen.
Late Night: A Beer Lover’s Dream
The Porter Beer Bar | 1156 Euclid Avenue
Contrary to its name, this bar in Little Five Points offers more than porters. Way more. The beer list gives you more than 430 domestic and imported craft bottles and drafts to choose from, including pours from Atlanta’s own Monday Night Brewing, SweetWater Brewing Company, and Orpheus Brewing. Not into beer but love long reads? Pick from a drink menu with nearly 200 whiskeys and other spirits. If you still have room after your feast at Canoe, snack on the salt-and-vinegar popcorn or goat-cheese fritters (each of which has a suggested beer pairing).
Rashawn hopes to eventually pack her Kindle and trail mix for a trip that requires a passport. For now, she visits US cities with microbreweries and nice views.