MIDTOWN & ANSLEY PARK
If you feel like…
Dancing: Lava Lounge
For a true “clubbing” experience (flashing lights, VIP bottle service and bumpin’ DJ beats), look no further than this three level nightlife destination. It’s got award winning cocktails, guaranteed great playlists and events galore, including the Hip-Hop and Latin music-drenched Lavish Fridays and Lava Lounge Saturdays, where they blast everything from old school music to EDM. Enter and prepare to get your groove on.
57 13th St. NE, 30309
Getting outside: Piedmont Park
Arguably Atlanta’s most popular outdoor destination, Piedmont Park is the ideal place to spend a warm day. You can bring a picnic, hit up the Green Market, enjoy a meal alfresco on Park Tavern’s sunny patio, get in some reading time on a blanket or play fetch with Fido in one of the two on-site dog parks. Feeling sporty? The park is home to green spaces and designated areas for soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, biking, bocce ball and more. If you prefer to take the scenic route, lace up your sneakers and follow the nearly 1-mile Lake Loop, or explore the .52-mile Active Oval running track. There’s a slew of events on the calendar this month, too, such as The Fit Family & Friend 10K relay (May 6), the Atlanta Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk (May 7), the 2017 Midtown Race for MAC 5K (May 13) and the inaugural Runaway Bride 5K (May 21). Plus, on May 14, Park Tavern hosts a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet complete with eggs Benedict, cheese grits, green beans almondine, sweet potato soufflé and more, along with chef-manned stations for omelets, meat carving and French toast—not to mention stellar views of ATL’s skyline. (Don’t delay reserving your spot— this holiday tends to sell out fast.)
521 Park Dr. NE, 30306
500 10th St. NE, 30309
Hearing live music: The Loft/Center Stage
This month, a handful of awesome musical acts will be gracing the stages of this multi-venue Midtown space. Center Stage is hosting Damien Escobar, Citizen Cope and the SuicideGirls’ “Blackheart Burlesque” show, while Loft-goers can catch acts such as Mick Jenkins, Sampha, Kings Kaleidoscope and Vamps.
1374 W. Peachtree St. NW, 30309
Flirting: Blake’s on the Park
This Atlanta landmark has been a staple in the city’s gay community for decades. It hosts regular screenings on its two-dozen TVs, plus kickball tournaments and themed music nights, all while slinging quality cocktails and plates of tasty grub (try the Blake’s house chili—you won’t be sorry).
227 10th St. NE, 30309
Catching a sports game: Hudson Grille
Hudson Grille is the go-to intown spot for watching the big game. Case in point: Earlier this year, the “Today” show broadcasted there before the Falcons met the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Enjoy quality bar bites while taking in plays and cheering for your team on the numerous big-screen TVs.
942 Peachtree St. NE, 30309
Grabbing a late-night bite: Cafe Intermezzo
End your evening at this French bistro-style cafe known for its expansive cocktail list (Harvey Wallbanger, anyone?) and its decadent desserts. One massive slice of Oreo cheesecake, please and thank you.
1065 Peachtree St. NE, 30309