OLD FOURTH WARD
If you feel like…
Celebrating the new season: Sweet Auburn Springfest
For more than 30 years, this O4W festival has been ushering in the new season with food, fun and live entertainment for adults and kiddos alike. Join in the revelry May 13-14 when there’ll be a Sweet Auburn walking tour to boot.
230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE, 30303 l
Being a fit fam: Intown Tumbling & Yoga (pictured above)
In the past few years, publications like Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and Live Science have touted both the growing trend of kids doing yoga and the benefits they’re seeing from starting this practice young. Intown Tumbling & Yoga’s award winning, light-filled studio is the city’s only yoga studio designed particularly with kids in mind, getting them on an early track to mindfulness, helping them build self-confidence, body awareness and giving them tools to manage their emotions, all while they have tons of fun stretching, jumping and tumbling around. Owned by former gymnast Kim Steen Langan, the facility (located next to Two Urban Licks on the Atlanta BeltLine) accommodates kids age 2 to teens, with offers including “Mommy and Me” gymnastics, family acro-yoga classes and more. For birthdays, it offers a 90-minute class for up to eight kiddos, with cake, decorations, snacks, drinks and goodie bags. Week long summer camps (for ages 3 and up) begin May 30 and last through the end of July—look for themes such as Ninja Challenge, Under the Big Top, Frozen in July and Superhero. With all of these awesome accommodations, it’s no wonder the studio was named winner of the Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards for 2016.
828 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, 30306
Hearing live music: Venkman’s
Started by a few of the guys behind popular local lounge act Yacht Rock Revue in a former soda bottling plant, this lively spot has already made a name for itself by offering inventive, tasty dishes paired with outside-the-box events (movie screenings and the signature Not Annoying Trivia nights) and, of course, awesome live music acts.
740 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, 30312
Flirting: Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
Whether you find seats at the bar, a table for two or a spot in “The Grove,” the outdoor area, this is an ideal spot for great getting-to-know-you conversation over seasonal snacks and cocktails. Split a triple chocolate s’mores dessert, and that’s amore.
684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE, 30312
Hitting the dance floor: Mother
This watering hole toggles between dive-bar pricing and hip environs— which is probably why locals flock to it on the regular, with Taco Tuesdays ($2 tacos, Tecate cans and tequila shots) or weekends when DJs spin jams upstairs until the wee hours.
447 Edgewood Ave. SE, 30312 l
Grabbing a late-night bite: Ammazza Pizza
Open until 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and midnight on the weekends, this O4W pizzeria serves up authentic, Napoletana-style wood-fired pies in a laid-back atmosphere. The beer selection’s tops, with nearly two dozen brews on tap, and the mozzarella is made fresh daily. Vegetables are sourced from local farms and meats come from the Spotted Trotter in Kirkwood.
591 Edgewood Ave. SE, 30312
Photo: Lisa Burnett