The Old Fourth Ward (O4W) has become one of Atlanta’s hippest neighborhoods, burgeoning with tons of local art, history and culture. If you haven’t yet had the chance to get over to this Eastside neighborhood, add it to your to-do list for 2017! To get you started, here are some of our favorite places to eat, drink and explore. Enjoy!
Take in the Views from the Roof of Ponce City Market
One of our favorite new places in Atlanta is Ponce City Market. The food court is especially perfect for those “What should we eat for dinner?” conundrums. But we want to focus on the offerings a few floors up. Skyline Park at Ponce City opened in the summer of 2016, and the old-timey boardwalk is equipped with putt-putt, a giant slide, carnival stalls and some pretty strong cocktails. And if that isn’t enough, 9 Mile Station, the roof’s new beer garden, has a killer deck with skyline views and fire pits, making it an awesome place to hang with friends even on a chilly day.
Stroll the East-side Trail to O4W Skate Park
If you’re looking for a cool place to wander around on a weekend afternoon, look no further than the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park. The park was opened in 2011 with a visit from legend Tony Hawk, and he’s been known to make surprise appearances when he’s in the city. Either way, you’re bound to see some pretty amazing slides and grinds.
Upgrade Your Regular Pizza & Beer at Ammazza
Atlanta is no stranger to good pizza. If you find yourself in Old Fourth Ward, we highly suggest you stop in to Ammazza for a bite. The atmosphere is hip and social, with communal tables, a patio and a 30-item long list of beers specially curated to enhance your pizza experience.
Expand Your Palate at Miso Izakaya
We love Miso for a lot of different reasons, they have a great wine and cocktail list and a gorgeous interior perfect for a date or a girls’ night out. But more than anything, we love Shoyu Tamago – crispy rice with a soft-boiled soy egg on top, sitting in a pool of delicious sweet soy sauce. Trust us – you’re going to want to order seconds.
Explore the History of the Civil Rights Movement at The King Center
Atlanta is a city rich in history, and the O4W is considered one of the epicenters of the Civil Rights Movement. As the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Historic Site includes MLK Jr.’s childhood home on Auburn Ave, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and many other buildings key to the movement.
Play Ping Pong at Church
No, you didn’t misread. But contrary to what you might be thinking, Sister Louisa’s Church and Ping Pong Emporium is actually a bar, located at the liveliest corner of Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard. And its popularity comes as no surprise – where else can you drink PBR tall-boys in church pews or play ping pong while draped in choir robes?
Eat and Drink your way through Krog Street Market
The long awaited opening of Krog Street Market has been a big player in the revitalization of the Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods. With some amazing shops and restaurants, there’s something for everyone. And you can’t miss the smells of Jeni’s Ice Cream’s waffle cones and small batches of handmade chocolates from Xocoatl wafting through the air – which is why Krog Street Market has become our favorite place to indulge our sweet tooth!
Kick it Old School at Joystick
Joystick is one of our favorite places in the newly thriving Edgewood neighborhood. Their beverage program is impressive – even the well drinks are made with high-quality liquors –lacking only in pretentiousness. This may have something to do with the plethora of old school arcade games (did someone say GALAGA?!) lining the walls, but we’ll let you be the judge.
Crush a Killer Sandwich and then Dance it Off at Noni’s
Just down the street is another hot spot for nightlife, Noni’s. But if you’re looking for some amazing Italian-inspired fare, get there early and try one of their specialty sandwiches or amazing pasta dishes. And don’t worry about the carbs, once the kitchen closes, local DJ’s crank out killer old school tunes so you can dance them right off!