Unique Things to do in Atlanta: A Sustainable Meal and Small Venue Concert

Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster

If you are looking for things to do in Atlanta you will certainly not have trouble finding them.  Like most major cities, Atlanta is home to a number of tourist attractions.  From CNN and The World of Coke to the Georgia Aquarium and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, there is something for everyone looking for fun things to do in Atlanta.  But, what if you are looking for something a little less ‘touristy’?  What if you want to get off the beaten track and find some really UNIQUE things to do in Atlanta?  Well, this weekend my husband and I toured a bit of Atlanta that not everyone gets to see!

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The Wrecking Bar and Unique Things to do in Atlanta

Photo Courtesy of Keizers (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

My husband and I are total foodies and very conscious of where that food is coming from.  When we are looking for restaurants in Atlanta, rarely do we choose to eat at a ‘chain’ restaurant.  Instead, we choose places that source their ingredients as locally as possible and who really care about the quality of the food they serve.  This weekend, we visited The Wrecking Bar Brewpub whose menu includes delicious creations such as a Chicken Pot Pie that is made with pastured poultry, local mushrooms, and cipollini onions along with a few other delicacies.

THe WRecking Bar Menu

The Wrecking Bar Brewpub also offers your standard burgers (made with grass fed beef) and salads (made with local greens) and they list all the farms that they support right on the menu.  I HIGHLY recommend that you try their Wreck Fries with their unique dipping sauces.  They will bring you some tasty organic ketchup but I encourage you to branch out!

Things to do in Atlanta The Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

404.221.2600 main

What is truly unique about The Wrecking Bar is it’s history.  It is located in the basement of the famous Victor H. Kriegshaber House which has been everything from a 20th-century Victorian-style home, a Methodist Protestant church, and even a dance school. The restaurant itself is located in the basement and has a cozy yet family friendly feel to it.  They are famous for their selection of specialty beers brewed on site.  This is definitely a restaurant you should check out while you are in Atlanta!

Things to do in Atlanta LIttle Five Points

Within walking distance to The Wrecking Bar, you will be in an area of town commonly referred to as “Little Five Points“.  This eclectic area may not be exactly ‘kid friendly’ but it offers some of the most unique and alternative cultural experiences you will ever find in the area.  We took a detour to Criminal Records which offers the most amazing selection of vinyl records, CDs and music paraphernalia I have ever seen.  Spend some time browsing some of the unique thrift stores, smoking shops and bookstores while you are there.

The Tabernacle and Things to do in Atlanta

Photo by By Tim Farley via Wikimedia Commons

Not too far from Little Five Points and The Wrecking Bar Brewpub, you will find a small venue concert location called The Tabernacle.  The Tabernacle building has a unique history. From The Tabernacle website:

It opened in 1910 as The Broughton Tabernacle; Dr. Leonard Gaston Broughton was the pastor and a physician. Dr. Broughton started the Georgia Baptist Medical Center and nursing school, which began as the Tabernacle infirmary with three beds. The Third Baptist Church was an active congregation with over 4000 members. The congregation relocated during the mid eighties and the building lay vacant until the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, when it was converted into a House of Blues club.

The Tabernacle Concerts

The interior of The Tabernacle is beautiful and still retains quite a bit of it’s historical qualities.  If you want to be up close next to the band, choose the general admission floor tickets.  We chose seats in the balcony and had a wonderful view.  We saw Willie Nelson this weekend but the schedule is always changing and you will find a lot of unique rock bands to choose from on the calender.

The Tabernacle 
152 Luckie Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: 404.659.9022


If you are looking for things to do in Atlanta I encourage you to branch out beyond ‘the tourist things’ that you normally find advertised.  Atlanta is an old city with a rich history so you can really find some unique things to do in Atlanta if you do a bit of searching!

 What are YOUR favorite things to do in Atlanta?

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  1. Sounds like you had an amazing time. I'd love to check them out if I'm ever out that way.
  2. Now that we live in Dallas and have visited a ton of local stuff, Atlanta is next on our list. This looks like a fun stop. Those french fries are calling my name too!
  3. I love lists like this. We get tired of museums and fast food when we travel. These are the types of things we prefer to do!
  4. How fun! We have never been out that way, but want to visit someday soon. Looks like you have such a great time.

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