Top Things To Do in Atlanta

Labor Day is a celebration of the American workforce and what better way to celebrate all of your hard work than to have one last hurrah for summer complete with good food, drink, and maybe even some music? Lucky for you, Atlanta has a lot of great options for you to enjoy your extended weekend. College football kicks off, Dragon Con is in town, and lots lots more. Read below for our top picks broken down by activity type:

Sports:

  • Chick-fil-a Kickoff game: Washington vs. Auburn- Saturday, Sept. 1st at 3:30pm at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  • College Colors Kickoff Block Party: Celebrate the start to college football with the college colors bar crawl this Friday, August 31st. To find out more about tickets and participating bars and restaurants read our post.
  • Georgia Tech vs. Alcorn State: Georgia Tech football kicks off its 2018 season at Bobby Dodd Stadium this Saturday, September 1st at 12:30pm.
  • Atlanta Braves Games: The Braves will be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates all weekend long at SunTrust Park. There will even be a Zedd concert after the game Friday night!
  • Soul Rise Classic 5K: Will take place Saturday, September 1st beginning across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Registration is $30 and proceeds will benefit early childhood development at the YMCA and other local community non-profits.
  • Big Peach Sizzler 10K/5K: Will take place Monday September 3rd with the 10K starting at the Chamblee MARTA Station and the 5K beginning at the Brookhaven MARTA Station. Registration is $45 for the 5K and $55 for the 10K. All proceeds will support Miles for Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Hike and Hops at Stone Mountain: Explore Stone Mountain on a 5-6 mile hike ending with a German beer tasting at the Village Corner German Restaurant. Tickets include one beer and a giant pretzel. Hike takes place Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 10:45am. Click here for more info. P.S- Stone Mountain will be hosting extended light shows all Labor Day Weekend. Find out more here.

Music:

  • Zedd concert: At SunTrust Park after the Braves vs. Pirates game Friday, August 31st. Find tickets here.
  • Taste of Soul Atlanta- Food & Music Festival: A free festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. To find out more about the music, food, and activities check out their site.
  • Lynard Skynard- Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour: Saturday, September 1st at the Lakewood Amphitheatre.
  • Michael Jackson vs. Prince Silent Disco: Saturday, September 1st at 830pm at the Buckhead Theatre. Tickets start at $13.
  • House in the Park at Grant Park: Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 12pm. Tickets are $10.
  • Local Brews Local Grooves at the Tabernacle: Come to the Tabernacle Sunday, September 4th beginning at 4pm for a craft beer and music festival. Free pizza from Outsiders pizza will be provided as well as a selection of local craft breweries and live music. To find out more info such as a list of breweries, bands, and ticket prices click here.

Food:

  • Taste of Soul Atlanta- Food & Music Festival: A free festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. To find out more about the music, food, and activities check out their site.
  • Luau at Victory Sandwich Bar: Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 2pm Victory Sandwich Bar in Decatur will be hosting a luau complete with live music, a tiki bar, and an all you can eat buffet. And tickets are only $15!
  • 4th Annual Labor Day Pig Out at Avalon’s Oak Steakhouse: Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids. Tickets include delicious food, and activities such as face painting, a photo booth, and lawn games. Beer, wine, and batch cocktails will also be available for purchase.
  • 33rd Annual Labor Day Blues & BBQ: Park Tavern will be hosting WRFG 89.3 FM’s annual BBQ Monday, September 3rd beginning at 1pm. Tickets are $15, for more info click here.
  • Local Brews Local Grooves at the Tabernacle: Come to the Tabernacle Sunday, September 4th beginning at 4pm for a craft beer and music festival. Free pizza from Outsiders pizza will be provided as well as a selection of local craft breweries and live music. To find out more info such as a list of breweries, bands, and ticket prices click here.

Social:

  • Dragon Con: Takes place August 30-September 3rd. Check out our guides to Dragon Con 2018.
  • Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival: Head to Callaway gardens from August 31st-September 2nd to witness the beautiful hot air balloons illuminate the night! The weekend event will include tethered balloon rides, live music, food and drink specials, a kids zone, beach activities, a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, and a photography class. To see the schedule of events click here. Adult ticket prices start at $24.95 and children’s prices begin at $14.95.
  • Pure Heat Community Festival: Celebrate Atlanta’s Black Pride this Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 12pm in Piedmont Park! The celebration will include market and food vendors, live music, and educational forums. The festival strives to bring awareness to the issues currently facing the LGBTQ community.

The Arts:

  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Is offering a Labor Day special of 15% off memberships! Use the code “LABOR 2018” at the checkout here.
  • Cirque du Soleil Corteo: Will be performing multiple shows over Labor Day weekend at the Infinite Energy Center. To find showtimes and tickets follow this link.
  • AJC Decatur Book Festival: Will take place August 31st-September 2nd in downtown Decatur. For more information and a schedule follow the link here.
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WHO TO SEE AT DRAGONCON 2018: PART FOUR

Hello and welcome to the final edition of “Who to See” Dragon Con 2018. For the finale, let’s take a look at “Attending Professionals”.

For my lover’s of puppetry and robotics, get ready for an all-star line up of some of the best puppeteers and puppet-makers in the world. Starting with Peter Abrahamson, Abrahamson has created countless robots and puppets for many Hollywood blockbusters such as I, Robot and Hellboy, as well as producing the hit T.V. series: BattleBots.

The world-renowned Kris Bluett-Woolen will also be in attendance. Bluett-Woolen has been working in the puppet business since 1988 and has performed in various countries such as Japan and South Korea. She also recently performed at the 2018 National Puppet Slam over at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

The current Education Director of the Center for Puppetry Arts, Aretta Baumgartner, is to make an appearance as well. Baumgartner specializes in performing while also teaching masks, movements, and puppetry.

Another star-studded puppeteer is Grant Baciocco from Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Baciacco is a comedic puppeteer and is a member of the Jim Henson Company’s Puppet Up! Uncensored troupe. His most recently work has been on the upcoming Happytime Murders film with Melissa McCarthy.

When searching for amazing costume and prop-makers, look no further than “The Wicked Tailor”.  Known in the real world as Frank T. Puricelli, “The Wicked Tailor” has won countless awards for his costumes and cosplaying, which includes the 2016 Dragon Con Overall Best In Show.

Professional costume designer and cosplayer “Jinglebooboo” will also be making an appearance at this year’s Con. Her work has been featured in Cosplay Culture, and was a competitor on the popular SyFy series Cosplay Melee.

One of my personal picks is make-up artist: Corey Castellano. Castellano’s work has been seen in countless Hollywood blockbusters and shows which include: The Patriot, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides, The Polar Express, Zombieland, and so many more.

Emily Schmidt of Go Big or Go Home Cosplay is a local cosplayer here in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also a Cosplay Melee veteran and winner of the episode “Throne Off”.  She is known for creating her own armor, and specializes with thermoplastics and foam. Schmidt can be found at the Geekspace Gwinnet which is a non-profit makerspace in Suwanee.

For my Rupaul Drag Race fans, the self-proclaimed: “Queen of All Nerds” Dax ExclamationPoint will fabulously strolling through this year’s Con. Dax’s style is based predominately on comic book super-heroines. She has cosplayed some powerful supers, such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Black Canary.

Award-winning cosplay model Barr “JaBarr” Foxx will also be at Dragon Con. JaBarr’s cosplaying creativity has been featured in the cosplay-themed book: Cosplay in America Vol.2, as well as Marvel’s official website for his rendition of Bishop and Gambit.  His #CosplayYourWay campaign encourages all individuals to cosplay regardless of race, size, age, or gender, and describes his own style as “Cosplay Chic!”

Next we spotlight award-winning gaming speaker: Dr. Roger Altizer, Jr. Dr. Altizer has spoken on topics from medical games and designs to the ever-growing eSports Industry. He is also a former game journalist and has hosted countless parties at conventions and fan events.

Speaking of gaming, attendees can also catch Andrien Gbinigie who is a Product Marketing Manager at Ubisoft. Gninigie has worked as a Community Manager on the Assassin’s Creed franchise and is an avid cosplayer.

The Associate Chair of Interactive Design, Game Development, and Motion Media Design at SCAD Atlanta, Eric Allen, will also be around the Con. If you’re interested in learning how to create 3D character rigs, then you should definitely check out his best-selling book: Body Language: Advanced 3D Character Rigging.

Another game-related professor is Shareef K. Jackson of the University of Wisconsin. Jackson teaches a course on Video Games & Learning, and is a STEM Diversity Advocate. He is the founder of the tutoring service Math Looks Good LLC. as well as the co-host for the Spawn On Me podcast.

Now, while most college students who attend Dragon Con are there to ya know, avoid school, Dragon Con actually has an assortment of awesome professors and academics at this year’s Con.  These include: Dr. Matthew J. Brown who is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at The University of Texas at Dallas, and is also a professorial scholar of pop culture and comics. Since Dragon Con 2008, Dr. Brown has organized an academic conference  which I’ll definitely be attending.

I have to know how one becomes a pop-culture professional scholar.

Biology Professor Dr. Mohamed A. F. Noor of Duke University (Go Blue Devils!) has conducted countless studies on evolution and genetics. As avid Star Trek fan, Dr. Noor has given talks regarding the applied science in the Star Trek universe as well as many other science fiction universes.

Dr. Bethany Brookshire is an award-winning science writer for Science News for Students and Science News which are subsidiaries of the non-profit: Society for Science & the Public. Dr. Brookshire is also a blogger for Eureka! Lab and Scicurious, as well as a presenter for the podcast: Science for the People.

Another personal pick is Scott Harris of the Fernbank Science Center and Planetarium. Harris a Planetary Geologist who’s research includes meteorites and asteroid impact deposits around the world.

And while I know pretty much everyone who grew up in Georgia went to Fernbank Museum at some point for a class trip, I would I definitely recommend returning for one of their Fernbank After Dark events. Visitors can grab a drink while checking out the Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory for some star gazing and maybe even a shooting star! [Cough, it’s actually a meteor burning up in the earth’s atmosphere, Cough.]

Unfortunately, some of you believe that since October is over a month away, I can’t bring out my spookey-dooky skeletons. Well, in that case let’s grab some ghost hunters: at this year’s Con we have Shawn Boettner and Jordan T. Duncan of Paranormal Georgia Investigations. Boettner is one of the team’s paranormal investigators and Duncan is one of the Co-Directors. Maybe they’ll find a spirit or two.

And finally, the blood-descendant of master horror writer Bram Stoker himself: Dacre Calder Stoker! Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker, and like his great grand-uncle, Dacre has taken a keen interest in the world of vampires. He is the co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead, a direct sequel to the original Dracula which he wrote to “reestablish creative control over” over the original copyright. I won’t lie, there have been some…interesting vampire stories written since Bram’s publication. In 2011, Dacre also created the documentary-film Dracula meets Stoker. 

So, there you have it. Thank you for reading Part 4 of “Who to See” Dragon Con 2018: “Attending Professionals”. Be sure to catch the Gnome Queen and my Giant King at this year’s Con. We’ll be cosplaying Afro-Samurai, “Drinker” Bell and many, many more.

See you then!

For the entire Attending Professionals “Who to See”, check out: http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=attending-professionals-view

To read Parts 1, 2, & 3 click here:

https://atlbyday.com/2018/07/19/who-to-see-at-dragon-con-2018-part-four/

https://atlbyday.com/2018/06/28/who-to-see-at-dragon-con-2018-part-two/

https://atlbyday.com/2018/06/21/dragon-con-2018-who-to-see/

Colin Mochrie at Dad’s Garage

Over in Edgewood this weekend, Dad’s Garage Theatre House had a special two-night improv showing with world-famous comedian: Colin Mochrie.

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Colin is best known for his role in the improv-comedy show: Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

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Colin has worked on both the U.K. and U.S. versions of the show and has won countless awards for his talents, including Best Male Performance-Television at the 2000 Canadian Comedy Awards.

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A few of the ATL By Day Team attended the 8 P.M. show Friday night, which included President & Founder Zapp Flanagan, Outreach Coordinator Elsie Tito, and Head Content Writer Davi Gnomes.

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We looked stunning.

The show began with the Gen. Co. of Dad’s Garage which included my loving Giant King. Colin made a small appearance for the first round game of “Freeze”. “Freeze” begins with two improvisers starting a scene inspired by the audience. At any point, one of the other improvisers can yell freeze and tag out another player. A new scene begins from that same position.

Colin Mochrie & the Giant King

After Freeze ended, Colin exited the stage to await the second half. The remaining first half involved a series of hilarious short-form games such as: “Deathbox”, “One-Voice Interview” and “Sounds Like a Song”.

Sounds Like a Song

A short intermission concluded the first half and patrons eagerly awaited Colin’s return.

The Beer Cart

The second half introduced the Dad’s Ensemble, and of course Colin Mochrie. For this part of the show, a “Long Form” game took place which is when a suggestion from the audience inspires a variety of narrative scenes. This suggestion can be referenced throughout the story, and characters can be reoccurring as well.

Colin & The Ensemble

For the Long Form, the suggestion of “blueberry” was taken which resulted in a sequence of “A Single Blueberry Pie”, “Blueberry Zip-Up Underwear”, and “A Dying Marriage on a Spiral Staircase”.

The Butler Brings the Blueberry Zip-Up Underwear

Colin also played the role of the Queen of England, where “she” gave each of the guards a few “cup checks” on her afternoon stroll.

The Queen Before the Cup Checks

All of these scenes had the audience roaring in their seats.

The Healthy Vodka Debate

The show finished with a standing ovation and pure excitement for Colin’s next return to Dad’s.

A Single Blueberry Pie

For more events around Atlanta, check out our Events Calendar https://atlbyday.com/events-calendar/

 

Ravine Is The Newest Venue On The Midtown Scene

Friday, 17 August, marked the grand opening of Ravine, an entertainment venue that occupies the space of what used to be called Reign. I am not allowed to call Ravine a “club” because, to be fair, it is not. When I write my neighborhood nightlife scene guide, I will have to categorize places into venues, clubs, bar & food with live music, and pop ups

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Before I go into the music headliner of the inaugural evening, I need to talk about the venue. First off, parking is $20–that is decided by the parking company who watches over the lot, just fyi. VIP parking is available, too. The staff are all very nice and congenial–even the huge, imposing dudes hired for security and VIP area management. Bathrooms were spacious and had friendly attendants. Ravine is not just about music and DJs, but more about hosting private and sponsored events. Want to host DJ Snake here? Awesome. Want to have a bar mitzvah in a sick venue? Affirmative. Does your company want to have a lit end of year party/meeting with a live band? You’re covered.

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Ravine has two levels. The right side of the main floor is dedicated VIP seating areas, with a bar in the back right. The left side is a long, well-staffed bar that didn’t bleed too bad into the main floor. Upstairs is the main VIP seating area that houses up to five parties (it started getting difficult to do math with the strong drinks being poured, so pardon me if I get that wrong). Shout-out to Ed, who was doing a fantastic job of overseeing the entry area of the lower left VIP stairs next to the stage.

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Beware Presents brought us two acts that evening: SixSixMusic as the opener and Loud Luxury as the headliner. Loud Luxury is a Canadian production and DJ duo Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace, based in Los Angeles. The two met while going to school, and collaborated on songs together. After seeing a Porter Robinson show in 2016, they were inspired to create the song “See It Again.” In 2017, they remixed Martin Garrix‘s song “Scared to Be Lonely”–which brought them to the spotlight and enabled them to do further remixes that propelled them to touring and playing festivals.

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The floor finally got packed around 1 a.m., and I found that I still had a little more personal space than usual–so that was good. I have read Reddit and Facebook Atlanta EDM-based group posts debating the dress code at Ravine: I would say I saw patrons dressing slightly nicer than Opera and IRIS, but not all dripping bling and stiletto heels. Also, and this is important to me, it wasn’t hot inside the venue. If anything, I was cold–which is oh so important when dancing for your life and keeping your makeup looking sickening.

Friday evening was magical, indeed. Not only did I get free Krispy Kreme donuts on the way home, some guy in upstairs VIP started throwing money down on the dance floor making it rain a shower of one dollar bills! Shout-outs to Rachel behind the bar and Stephanie in the women’s bathroom: it was my pleasure shoving some people out of the way in order to collect some free money and tip y’all in cash.

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Okay, so here it is: Did I enjoy my time there? Yes. Was the sound great? Yes. Ravine has invested in a British-designed Funktion-One sound system and the depth was just right for the size of the venue. Lights and lasers? Yes, Ravine uses ROBE lighting systems. It’s not a huge setup, but it enhances the DJ(s) just fine. The large LED screen in the back is really the main draw for your eyes.

I would definitely go back for a music artist I really like. Ravine says it will soon announce other non-music acts and events, so stay tuned! I’m excited to see who else Beware Presents will book, as well. I’m going to recommend Steve Aoki for those of you who are looking for a WILD party; he’ll be there on Saturday, 6 October. You may even get famously caked!

Keep dancing, Atlanta!

Inter-Brews Episode 2: Sawdust & Crickets w/ Lucky Yates and Amber Nash

Hello and Welcome to the second episode of the Inter-Brew’s Podcast Series presented by ATL By Day & Unfinished Business.

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The goal of each episode is to spotlight local Atlanta celebrities, artists, and residents while sampling some of the best “brews”our great city has to offer.

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For this episode, we were over in the Grant Park area at Hodgepodge Coffee with the amazing (and hilarious) Amber Nash and Lucky Yates from Dad’s Garage Theatre House.

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Amber and Lucky are two of the most recognized Improvisers in the Atlanta acting scene and have been performing for over twenty-years.

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You may also know them as Pam and Krieger from the hit FX series Archer, which is to return this coming spring.

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Seasonal Drip: Costa Rican Terrazu
Partnering with Chester from Unfinished Business with Chester & The Shrew, we had a great time expanding on Lucky and Amber’s experiences as Improvisers, voice-actors, while also over-caffeinating ourselves on some Hodgepodge coffee.

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The coffees and lattes were fantastic by the way. Davi does Gnomes’ Best.

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Oh Honey Latte, Quad, & Seasonal Drip
Shoutout to Taylor Alan Photography for taking some amazing photos https://www.tayloralanphotography.com/archerpodcast/

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To listen to Episode One in the Inter-Brew’s Series with English Nick click here: https://atlbyday.com/2018/07/01/interbrews-ep-1-the-g13-experience-with-english-nick-sweetwater-brewing/

For more of Unfinished Business, check them out at: https://www.ufbpodcast.com/

Review: Tritonal and Gorgon City at Opera Nightclub

Tritonal stopped into Atlanta on Friday, August 3, to play a set at Opera Nightclub in Midtown. The American music duo from Austin, TX, played to a packed audience with a mix of house, trance and popular mixes from other DJs (Everyone enjoyed that Chris Lake mix, am I right?). Despite the guy who I caught surfing Reddit, everyone was having a great time.

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I walked all around that main floor. People were standing everywhere and it was crazy upfront near the end of the night. I saw shirtless guys in every direction! It was a mixture of “Ooooh!” and “Ewwww!” for half an hour.

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The next evening featured Gorgon City, an English EDM production duo from North London. Kye “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “RackNRuin” Robinson-Scott played their house music set to a bunch of stoked ATL fans–enough to make it another packed, hot and sweaty night in Midtown.

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Thomas Demey, 27, of Atlanta, attended Saturday night’s event.  “‘Grooves On The Vinyl.’ This song brought me back to Gorgon City after the ‘Sirens’ album. They nearly disappeared off the house map but came back strong with this tech-house banger. I’m in this tech-house groove right now with melodies and lyrics–this hits the spot.”

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Demey had the pleasure of viewing Gorgon City from the VIP section. “VIP at Opera is always an interesting experience. The people up there are typically not there for the music being played but rather the VIP experience. That’s my not crowd. I’d much rather get down with the dancing crowd. People trying to get sweaty (by dancing) and into the music. Ultimately, I spent more time in VIP for this show but I do prefer the main floor.” He added, “The only downside is that Opera was exceptionally packed for both this weekend’s shows, so that made spending time on the floor difficult–especially if you wanted room to dance.”

 

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Space was a premium on both nights, so word to the wise: Go VIP if you like a lot of area around you and want to see these bigger acts. The main floor is not for claustrophobic!

Keep dancing, Atlanta!

 

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is opening their first Atlanta location this Thursday!

What was once a Phillips 66 gas station, and later a laundromat, will now become home to Atlanta’s first Hattie B’s hot chicken joint, reigning from the Music City of Nashville. In 2012, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken first opened their doors in Nashville, and now their newest location will be opening in Little Five Points, just a short walk from the center of the entertainment district! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited about going for a bite to eat before enjoying a concert or show at Star Bar, Variety Playhouse, 7 Stages, or Horizon Theatre! What’s even better is that the new digs will boast a large outdoor seating area where patrons can enjoy locally crafted draft brews and take in the view of the hip, and affectionately grungy, Little Five Points scene.

You can all but guarantee the chicken will come hot, but most importantly delicious! All of Hattie B’s locations have a Yelp aggregate review of four stars or more with three of their locations receiving the coveted 4.5 stars! Their main dish, the breast and wing quarter, comes in six different choices of heat, ranging from “southern” (no heat) to “shut the cluck up” (extra hot)! Each plate comes with two sides which start at the fair price of $9.00. If you don’t like to pick through the bones, you can also try their jumbo tenders or get your chicken between two buns on a sandwich. We personally can’t wait to try the pimento mac and cheese side or sweeten the deal with one of their deserts! Especially the banana pudding.

The Five Points location will begin operation on Thursday, July 12th. Their hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-midnight 

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Be sure to check out our events calendar for all the best things to do in Atlanta this week, especially around the “A!” While you’re there, be sure to give Hattie B’s a warm southern welcome and tell them ATL By Day sent you!

Nashville-based hot chicken joint, Hattie B’s, is opening their first Atlanta location this Thursday!

Best Fitness Studios by Neighborhood: East Atlanta

For my final installment of the Best Fitness Studios in Atlanta by Neighborhood, I will be featuring the many unique neighborhoods of East Atlanta. Arguably the trendiest part of Atlanta, this area has a lot to offer by way of specialized fitness boutiques and is home to some of my favorite studios.

Looking to try out multiple different studios to find the one that works best for you? Most studios offer discounted first time trial classes! You can also look into joining Classpass, an app that gives you access to hundreds of gyms in Atlanta. Take $40 off your first month with Classpass using the code here! And if you need recommendations for other areas of Atlanta you can view my Buckhead/Brookhaven recs here, and Midtown/West Midtown here!

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Get your core work in at Fit To Be! They offer a variety of classes that target different muscle groups to help you build a stronger you!

O4W/Inman Park/Virginia Highlands

  • Barre
    • FIT: TO BE (842 North Highland Ave). Fit to Be’s classes give you a much better workout than most barre classes. They offer cardio, TRX, upper/lower body classes, and stretching; they basically cover it all! My favorite class: Abs, Thighs, & Glutes.
  • Cycling
    • I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to head to another neighborhood to find a great spin class. Check out my recommendations in Midtown here!
  • Pilates
    • The Daily (900 DeKalb Ave NE). This Inman Park location is brand new but offers the same great Reformer pilates classes as the original location in West Midtown.
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
  • Strength Training
    • The Forum (675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE). Started by two retired NFL players, the Forum offers seriously kickass workouts! Their Fast-Twitch class is one of the most challenging and rewarding classes I have ever taken.
  • Yoga
    • Infinity Yoga (655 Highland Ave NE). Infinity Yoga is my favorite yoga studio in Atlanta. I have listed it 3 times in my “Best Fitness Studios” articles because it is that good. The instructors make each flow unique and challenging, often incorporating arm balances with options that are suitable for beginners and advanced members.
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Check out The Daily in Inman park for a workout aimed at sculpting long, lean muscles using a pilates reformer machine!

Druid Hills/Emory/Decatur

  • Barre
    • Pink Barre (855 Emory Point Dr.). Pink Barre’s classes incorporate more cardio into their routines than your tradition barre class because it transitions into moves at a faster pace. These short workouts will leave you feeling like you checked all of the boxes in your fitness needs.
  • Cycling
    • I’d recommend heading over to Buckhead or Brookhaven for a better spin class. Check out my recommendations here!
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
    • Again there are better gyms for this in other neighborhoods. Click here for Midtown recommendations and here for Buckhead and Brookhaven.
  • Pilates
    • Solidcore (150 E Ponce De Leon Ave.). Solidcore is another studio offering pilates on a machine. Not the Reformer or Megaformer though, as this is a custom-built machine exclusive to Solidcore. The class sizes are very small so you get attention to detail. They even offer beginner level classes if you are new to the whole pilates movement.
  • Strength Training
    • Orangetheory Fitness (855 Emory Point Dr. and 319 W Ponce De Leon Ave.). Orangethoery combines weight training with cardio by use of treadmills and indoor rowing machines. I personally love rowing as a way to get your heart rate up while also toning your arms, legs, and core! You can even schedule your first class for free.
  • Yoga
    • Corepower Yoga (2480 Briarcliff Rd NE). Corepower’s classes are not your typical yoga class. For example, they offer a class called YogaSculpt where you use hand weights and do things like bicep curls and back flys while in yoga poses. They also offer a heated candlelight power flow: be warned as it is HOT (100-103 degrees), much hotter than a traditional hot yoga class.