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.
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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