Atlanta Journals

Georgia: Atlanta

An April 1998 trip to Atlanta by kylebarber

Quote: Avoiding the heat and enjoying the southern gentlemen of Atlanta

Georgia: Atlanta

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Overview

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Atlanta is such a popular place to visit and relocate to these days, that I was initially surprised at the low key qualities it possesed for such a large city. But after a few days I came to realize that this is much of Atlanta's charm. While offering the laid back pace of life of a small town, this metropolis has most of the services one would need to appreciate a fll city life experience. It's also a very gay friendly city, without sacrificing any of the southern carm you'd hope for. As a jaded New Yorker, I was completely disarmed by all the friendly smiles and conversations. Yet I never felt concerned that I needed to hide who I was in this forward thinking town. The only real downs...Read More

Einstein's

Restaurant

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Located in midtown Atlanta near many of the gay bars, Einstein's is a popular restaurant late into the evening. They have limited seating on the patio, which is a romantic option for dinner. I would have liked to have made it to their famous Sunday brunch, for which apparently all the local boys drag themselves out of bed. But the two meals I had here for lunch and dinaner were both excellent, and the service was particularly friendly. I wish I could order up one of my adorable waiters.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Einstein's
1007 Juniper St
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 876 7925

Colonnade

Restaurant

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Since 1927 this roadside family dining establishment has been serving up traditional southern meals to loyal patrons. I wasn't thrilled with all of the meal, and the senior citizen waitstaff made me feel like time would stand still forever. But the accompaniments to my turkey dinner were fresh tasting and loaded with fat, grease and other unhealthy pleasures. I think I'd pass on the turkey, though. I'm not sure I believe the waiter who said that it was freshly roasted on the premises. It tasted more like microwave reheated Hormel. The pecan pie was serviceable, but that's not going to cut it when I'm visiting Atlanta.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Colonnade
1879 Cheshire Bridge Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
+1 404 874 5642

Outwrite Books

Attraction

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This gay bookstore has to be among the best in the country. It's not only large, but packed with a wide diversity of books not often found at the porn-obsessed "bookstores" found in other cities. Adding to its appeal is the full service coffee bar inside the shop, which features entrée items on the menu beyond the now standard muffins and scones. You can feel free tolinger at the tables for however long as you'd like. Lots of gay tourist information was available here, which added immeasurably to my trip. It's worth checking out just to learn which bars are truly happening on which nights, and what places should be avoided despite what your guide book says.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Outwrite Books
991 Piedmont Ave
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 607 0082

Underground Atlanta

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Attraction

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When Atlanta was first starting out as an industrial hub it relied on the quick expansion of the railroad to help make its name. In order to accomodate the large number of trains coming in and out of the city Atlanta needed more land. They began building on top of the downtown area, which over time grew less and less important to the everyday citizen. But their neglect has resulted in the preservation of an important historical area now known as Underground Atlanta.Supposedly the most popular tourist attraction in the entire state of Georgia, Underground Atlanta is bustling with activity and throngs of people. But the experience is not so much about soaking up the rich cultural heritage of the Old ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama St.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 523-2311

Piedmont Park

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Attraction

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This beautiful park is situated near midtown and much of the city's attractions and sights. Its convenience makes it quite popular with many residents, who are all out working up a sweat making the loop around the jogging path. I really enjoyed walking along this trail, checking out the rolling lawns and gigantic trees as well as the friendly passerbys who all had a smile to greet me. Quite different than Central Park in New York City! The adjacent Atlanta Botanical Garden is spread out over thirty acres and contains many interesting species that are local to the region. They have a greenhouse where they nurture tropical and desert plants, including the world's largest flower back in 1998. I ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Piedmont Park
10th Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 817 6817

Blake's

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Attraction

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I was warned by many locals that this bar is pretty snooty and that the boys are neither friendly or talkative. But I had no trouble striking up a conversation with some of the folks at the well-lit and casual Blake's. It does seem to attract a younger and more professional crowd, but for me that is a definite plus. It's also a bit cruisier than other bars in Atlanta, but for someone who's just visiting from out of town, another big plus... Downstairs is the main bar, a large square in the center of the room with boys seated at the counter or lined up along the wall. It's not hard to make eye contact or navigate your way to a friendly stranger. Upstairs is a more relaxed setting where they sh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Blake's
227 10th Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
(404) 892-5786

Burkhart's Pub

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Attraction | "Burkhart's"

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Burkhart's is a very laid back and friendly tavern for gays and lesbians, much different than the video bars I'm used to visiting in New York City. It is a little dark and foreboding when you first enter, but everyone here is quite easygoing and more than happy to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Perhaps it's the casual atmosphere of the place, but Burkhart's does tend to attract an older crowd that what you might find at Burke's. But if you are looking for a mellow place to sip a beer with some locals you can't go wrong. There are pool tables and sometimes on the weekend a barbeque, which only add to the easygoing atmosphere. Burkhart's bar is located inside the very gay frien...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Burkhart's Pub
1492-F Piedmont Ave
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
+1 404 872 4403