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Athens, GA

“There’s something inherently special about Athens that I have a hard time putting my finger on. If you can’t catch its wavelength, it’s possible to miss entirely, because it is overall a calm place that makes little effort to impress. I love how low key it is. It makes it easier to stay focused on making music and art.” — Mothers

Curated by: Deep State, Drive By Truckers, Monsoon, Mothers, The Whigs, Graduate Hotel

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Athens, GA
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Raven Cliff Falls
Trails through waterfall-filled valley with one of Georgia's most popular waterfalls.
3000 Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy, Helen, GA 30545, USA
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Waffle House
"Even though it immediately counter-acts any healthy aspects of the trip: Waffle House!" - Patrick Janda
Waffle House, West Clayton Street, Athens, GA, USA
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Zombie Coffee and Donuts
Custom-made donuts and handcrafted coffee in downtown Athens, GA.
350 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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State Botanical Garden of Georgia
A botanical garden of 313 acres with a conservatory operated by the University of Georgia.
2450 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605, USA
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Birdsong Mural
"Walk west along Clayton towards Washington and Pulaski streets where you can snap a picture in front of the Birdsong Mural." - Katherine Edison 
294 West Washington Street, Athens, GA, USA
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University of Georgia Arch
A 160-year old cast iron arch that borders North campus and Downtown Athens.
university of georgia arch
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Big City Bread Cafe
Great biscuits! It’s fun to eat out on the patio under the trees with the dogs and little kids drawing with sidewalk chalk.” - Katherine Edison
393 N Finley St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Sandy Creek Nature Center
“[It] is an urban oasis with a huge variety of ecosystems — miles of trails through the woods, rivers and creeks, a pond and even restored Piedmont prairie, and I love to spend time in the park.” - Katherine Edison
205 Old Commerce Rd, Athens, GA 30607, USA
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Watson Mill Bridge State Park
A 1,018 acre Georgia state park; an ideal spot for a picnic, camping, hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park is named after the Watson Mill Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the state of Georgia.
Athens, Georgia 30606, USA
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Oconee Forest Park
60-acre natural area with walking trails, a 1.2-mile mountain bike trail, and a 15-acre lake. A 100-year-old forest, home to the largest scarlet oak tree in Georgia.
Athens, Georgia 30606, USA
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Pulaski Heights BBQ
A restaurant in Athens, GA, serving barbecue food. Pulaski Heights BBQ are also BYOB!
675 Pulaski Street, Athens, GA, USA
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1000 Faces Coffee
"[1000 Faces] has delicious caffeine infusions." - Marshall Mosher
510 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Trail Creek Park
Trail Creek Park offers over 4 miles of mountain bike designated multi-use trails.
200 Trail Creek St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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The Independent Baking Co.
Small, simple bakery known for its gourmet, scratch-made breakfast pastries, breads & cookies.
1625 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606, USA
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Seabear Oyster Bar
Chic, lively place with a popular happy hour offering oysters, eclectic seafood dishes & cocktails.
297 Prince Ave Suite 10, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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White Tiger Gourmet
Quaint, casual eatery serving American fare with a focus on barbecue meats & vegetarian specialties.
217 Hiawassee Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Iron Factory
North Korean BBQ joint with food cooked tableside.
2754, 255 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Cali N Tito’s
Peruvian based food with Cuban and Mexican influences. Eclectic décor and outdoor space.
1245 Cedar Shoals Dr, Athens, GA 30605, USA
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The Old Pal
 The Old Pal is a neighborhood bar located in the Normaltown district of Athens, GA.
1320 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30606, USA
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Hodgson’s Pharmacy
Local Athens Pharmacy, gift shop, and ice cream shop located in the heart of Five Points in Athens, GA. 
1260 S Milledge Ave #1, Athens, GA 30605, USA
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Five Points Bottle Shop
Unique and rare selections of beer and spirits.
1655 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606, USA
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Five and Ten
Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson’s fine dining restaurant. 
1073 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605, USA
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Cine BarCafe
Intimate movie house showing first-run indies & smaller-release films on 2 screens, with a cafe/bar.
234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Agora Vintage
Vintage clothing store in Athens, Georgia.
233 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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The Globe
English-inspired pub with a relaxed vibe offering typical bar fare & a variety of beers.
199 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Ike & Jane
This simple spot is a cafe with light breakfast & lunch foods plus a bakery with scratch-made goods.
1307 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30606, USA
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Atomic
Funk junk extravaganza. Art, vinyl and vintage finds for everyone! 
260 W Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Manhattan Cafe
Georgia Trend named them one of the top ten bars in the state of Georgia in their 2014 Silver Spoon awards.
337 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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The Max Canada
Best patio in Athens, GA.
243 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Transmetropolitan
Order a house slice or choose from dozens of toppings at this pizza place serving cocktails too.
145 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Sr. Sol Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant in Athens, Georgia.
2455 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30606, USA
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Little Kings Shuffle Club
Bar and venue in lovely downtown Athens, GA.
223 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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The World Famous
Cozy venue that serves up craft cocktails, beer, coffee and more.
351 N Hull St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Hi-Lo Lounge
The Hi-Lo Lounge is a bar and lounge that serves food located on Prince Avenue in Normaltown. Hi-Lo serves three-way chili served Cincinnati style and many other favorites.
1354 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30606, USA
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Inoko Sushi Express
Down-to-earth kitchen crafting tempura plates & a range of hibachi dishes, plus classic sushi.
2301 College Station Rd, Athens, GA 30605, USA
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Viva! Argentine Cuisine
Argentine cuisine on the East Side of Athens.
247 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Tree That Owns Itself
The Tree That Owns Itself is a white oak tree that has, according to legend, legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet of its base.
277 S Finley St, Athens, GA 30605, USA
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Caledonia Lounge
Intimate alternative music venue showcasing both emerging & well-known bands several nights a week.
256 W Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Hendershots Coffee
Coffee shop & bar in a former gas station offering a casual Southern menu, live music & local art.
237 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Walkers Coffee Shop & Pub
Cafe by day selling coffee, pastries & sandwiches, bar by night for beer & cocktails, plus a patio.
128 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Go Bar
Go Bar is a hip spot for late-night dance parties. Bands perform live almost every night, and karaoke is featured on Thursdays.
195 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Wuxtry Records
Buying and Selling Vinyl for 40 Years. Wuxtry Records is an independent record store founded in Athens, Georgia in 1976.
197 E Clayton St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Nuci’s Space Resource Center
Nuçi's Space is a resource center based in Athens, Georgia, United States, that provides rehearsal and performance space for local musicians.
396 Oconee St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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The Grit
100% meat-free eatery in a historic building serves innovative dishes in a diner-style setting.
199 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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The Classic Center
Convention center in Athens, Georgia.
300 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Flicker Theatre & Bar
Cozy venue with a full bar for live music, independent films, art shows & other creative events.
263 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Georgia Theatre
Georgia Theatre is a live music venue and event space in Athens, Georgia. Many prominent national and local acts across all genres have performed at the Theatre, including rock, folk, country, indie, alternative, hip hop and electronic.
215 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Jittery Joe’s Coffee
Hip coffeehouse chain serving microroasted brews from around the world, plus baked goods.
297 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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40 Watt Club
The 40 Watt Club is a music venue in Athens, Georgia. Along with CBGB's, the Whisky a Go Go, and selected others, it was instrumental in launching American punk rock and new wave music.
285 W Washington St, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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Creature Comforts Brewery
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. crafts the finest balanced artisanal beers.
271 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601, USA
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