When working for The Man leaves you feeling stuck in a Downtown Connector loop, head east to recover your indie spirit in Little Five Points (L5P). Start with the obvious: underground comics and Jack White's latest at Criminal Records, or vintage soul and shoe-gazer Goth CDs at Wax-n-Facts. The density of musicians in L5P makes September's Little Five Fest one to watch for breakthroughs, and Variety Playhouse regularly features live alt-folk and bluegrass in a deco theater. Don't worry if you missed L5P's legendary Halloween Parade & Festival—just be sure to pay due respects to the Elvis Shrine between live sets at Star Community Bar, located inside a converted bank. Guinness is too corporate for L5P happy hours: locals head to Wrecking Bar Brewpub for backyard-brewed Stout served in a former Methodist Church. To honor undead-invasion movies like Zombieland, the brave enter the skull doorway of Vortex Bar and Grill for Hell Burgers (haba—ero-spiked burgers) and Skull Crushers (the Deliverance version of a Long Island Ice Tea). Stop and smell the roses and/or discover your presidential ambitions at the Jimmy Carter Center in neighboring Inman Park.
Getting Around Atlanta
The easiest way to get around Atlanta is by car. Parking in entertainment, restaurant and hospital zones is limited to 4 hours, as designated by street signs, and is enforced from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (http://www.parkatlanta.org/regulations.html) Atlanta's transit agency, MARTA, operates four lines through the city (http://www.itsmarta.com). MARTA Buses operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekends. MARTA Trains operate from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. trains run every 15 minutes on all lines and every 20 minutes from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. (http://www.itsmarta.com/hours-of-operations.aspx)
Nearby Airports
  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport-ATL
Airport Taxis
  • $50-$60
Things to Do and See Near Little Five Points