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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Music Venue
“Home of the Athens YMCA from 1889 until 1919, the original building on this site became a music store, movie house, hotel, Masonic Temple, furniture company and Sears Roebuck store before being replaced by the Elite Theatre in 1935. Except for a brief period as a Methodist church, this theatre – later renamed the Georgia Theatre – has served as a significant performance venue for emerging and established musicians from Athens and beyond. Devastated by a fire on June 19th, 2009, this historic concert hall has been rebuilt as a labor of love with reverence for the creative spirit that Athens has long embraced. With special thanks to the people of Athens and all who worked so diligently to restore her and make her better, the Georgia Theatre stands proudly reborn.””
  • 84 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a local favorite for a nicer dinner (or a nicer but less expensive lunch). In the evening though, it gets kind of loud.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Another Athens brewery. They will serve you so many varieties of beer, it might behard to leave, literally.”
  • 60 locals recommend
College Football Field
“Between the Hedges, where the University of Georgia Bulldogs play football. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Great place for sitting outside and enjoying nature. When the weather is nice, many people bring picnics and blankets and simply hang out in some of the open sunny spaces that the garden offers. There are also several miles of hiking/running trails, some of which runs along the river. There is also a newly opened children’s garden, which is quite impressive.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just adventurous, this is the place for you! Our favorites are the Staple, the Golden Bowl, the Smelt, and the nachos. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“This is just an Athens institution of deliciousness. Comfort food with some healthy options, too.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The museum is both an academic museum and, since 1982, the official art museum of the state of Georgia.1982[1] The permanent collection consists of American paintings, primarily 19th- and 20th-century; American, European and Asian works on paper; the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings; growing collections of southern decorative arts and Asian art; and a strong collection of works by African American artists. It numbers more than 12,000 works, growing every year.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want to get away from downtown but still want a good drink, this is the place to go!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Café
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“Mediterranean-style dishes created with seasonal, Southern influences, plus an extensive wine list. The idea behind The National is simple: to provide a casual neighborhood gathering spot reminiscent of the bars and cafés we’ve enjoyed on travels to Europe. Mediterranean inspired food and wine is served for lunch and dinner in the dining room and throughout the day at the bar. While our menu points to culinary traditions from abroad, we value our local farmers and our dishes reflect the changing seasons in Northeast Georgia.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Café
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“Famous for their donuts We recommend grab and go, because it's fairly small on the inside - not much seating Some outdoor seating available”
  • 32 locals recommend
Night Club
“The 40 Watt Club is a music venue in Athens, Georgia. Along with CBGB, the Whisky a Go Go, and selected others, it was instrumental in launching American punk rock and new wave music. The 40 Watt Club was the primary performance space for numerous "Athens bands", including Pylon, R.E.M., Love Tractor, Dreams So Real, Guadalcanal Diary, The Primates, Modern Skirts, and others. Its DIY ethos and informality were instrumental in the fostering of punk rock and a "scene" in Athens, GA. In more recent years, the club has been the home-base for such nationally renowned local bands as of Montreal, Reptar, Drive-By Truckers, and The Whigs.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This natural grocery store has everything a regular grocery store has, just healthier. Get there before 9 for the breakfast hot bar, which typically has eggs, bacon, grits, roasted potatoes, biscuits and gravy, tofu scramble, and various pastries.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This friendly but trendy spot is just a 7 minute walk up Church St. Seabear has a wonderful menu with incredible oysters, great local beers, specialty cocktails, appetizers, and perhaps the best grilled cheese sandwich in Athens, featuring housemade pickles and Independent Bakery bread. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
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“They make a great Old Fashion! I love the fried cheese wedges and chili dogs. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson owns this restaurant. Upscale spot for creative, contemporary Southern cooking. "Five and Ten is, and always was meant to be a place to revel in great food and drink, and where the patron would, quite simply, be happy"”
  • 43 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“This is a local favorite for a nicer dinner (or a nicer but less expensive lunch). In the evening though, it gets kind of loud.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just adventurous, this is the place for you! Our favorites are the Staple, the Golden Bowl, the Smelt, and the nachos. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“This is just an Athens institution of deliciousness. Comfort food with some healthy options, too.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Café
“Mediterranean-style dishes created with seasonal, Southern influences, plus an extensive wine list. The idea behind The National is simple: to provide a casual neighborhood gathering spot reminiscent of the bars and cafés we’ve enjoyed on travels to Europe. Mediterranean inspired food and wine is served for lunch and dinner in the dining room and throughout the day at the bar. While our menu points to culinary traditions from abroad, we value our local farmers and our dishes reflect the changing seasons in Northeast Georgia.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Café
“Famous for their donuts We recommend grab and go, because it's fairly small on the inside - not much seating Some outdoor seating available”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This friendly but trendy spot is just a 7 minute walk up Church St. Seabear has a wonderful menu with incredible oysters, great local beers, specialty cocktails, appetizers, and perhaps the best grilled cheese sandwich in Athens, featuring housemade pickles and Independent Bakery bread. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson owns this restaurant. Upscale spot for creative, contemporary Southern cooking. "Five and Ten is, and always was meant to be a place to revel in great food and drink, and where the patron would, quite simply, be happy"”
  • 43 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Yummy Cuban Sandwish! I try to order other things when I go, but I haven't been able to branch out. BYOB if your in the mood for a drink.”
  • 41 locals recommend

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