by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
If you've ever traveled as a one-man band, you know it's not always easy flying solo. But having a solid game plan for solo Atlanta travel will make your trip all the more entertaining and memorable. From playing bar games at Ormsby's (pictured) to chowing on 10pm cheeseburgers, read on for our calls for those traveling alone to Atlanta.
Updated: August 12, 2011
Acclimate yourself to a booming social scene and have some fun doing it at this West Midtown underground speakeasy and game emporium. Known for a good-looking, younger crowd and a massive list of craft beer, the bar naturally encourages new friendships--whether over a game of darts or bocce.
Knowing where the locals hang out can be your secret weapon when traveling solo, but in hotel-happy downtown, that's a tall order. Thankfully, there's Social Restaurant on a tucked-away side street, boasting friendly regulars, a Spanish menu and a great wine list.
If you're looking to blend in for a wild time, look no further than Johnny's Hideway. At one of Atlanta's oldest clubs, you'll find the older partying set boogieing down with youthful hipsters. The common thread is drinking and dancing--an ideal combination for those on their own looking for trouble. As a bonus, the people-watching is top-notch.
We recommend hitting our first-class pizza champion, Antico, to any and everyone who comes to Atlanta. Besides the jovial atmosphere, the benchmark pies, and the heavy-accented Italians manning the ovens, the only seating option is ? communal. There's no more delicious way to quickly get to know a few strangers.
Museums and art galleries are best enjoyed by yourself anyway, and for a lighthearted take, we're partial to the World of Coca-Cola. Take in the history through old advertisements and 4-D movies, see how Cokes are bottled, and sample weird (and sometimes gross) flavors of Coke from around the world.
Sometimes as a solo traveler, there are occasions where you want to embrace your solo-ness and just sit and enjoy. Going alone to gastro-champ Holeman & Finch actually works in your favor, as your chances of snagging one of its 24 double cheeseburgers that come out at 10pm significantly increase. Get there early, grab a few cocktails and put your order in. Thank us later.
Whether you're looking to people-watch, relax amid a sprawling green space or get a little exercise, Piedmont Park is the city's crown jewel of outdoor escapism. There also just happens to be a first-class aquatic center (read: pool) that's well worth the $2 price of admission during the summer season.