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Best things to do in Athens

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Music Venue
“Great variety of local/national live music, amazing rooftop bar/patio/restaurant with a gorgeous view or downtown Athens.”
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College Football Field
“Stop by Sanford Stadium, where from Sanford Drive bridge, you can see into the stadium. On most days, you can even walk inside the gates of the stadium through the concourses, but not directly into the stands.”
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Botanical Garden
“A short drive but worlds away from town! A conservatory, formal and native gardens, a trail system, and a fabulous Children’s garden make this a place where there’s something for everyone! ”
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Bar
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“A long time Athen's favorite. Can't go wrong with this restaurant. Go early!”
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Brewery
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“Great beer and atmosphere, right downtown. Also hosts the Wednesday evening Athens Farmers Market (4-7pm; Apr. to Nov.) ”
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Breakfast Spot
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“‘Southern Fun Dining’, with delicious options for breakfast & lunch. Get there early to avoid the brunch crowd!”
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Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“An Athens legend. Vegetarian/vegan fare sure to delight even the biggest carnivore.”
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Bar
“Boiled peanuts, beer and pizza delivered to your table from next door (Automatic Pizza), this is an easy favorite spot for locals. Their mixed drinks are delicious. The American Mule is an easy win!”
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Art Museum
“Free admission on east campus of UG with 20-25 temporary exhibitions annually. 10,000 works of art. ”
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Cafe
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“A really nice high end restaurant, smack in the middle of downtown and next to our local non-profit theatre, Cine.”
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Cafe
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“Great location for lunch and breakfast. They serve breakfast all day and have the craziest donuts, such as the Elvis Presley with banana and peanut butter, cinnamon toast crunch donut, a great red velvet and many other pastries. ALSO, make sure to look at the wall behind the cash register because if you order in the fashion it tells you to, you get a 10% discount. So, don't be surprised if the person in line in front of you sings their order, or does jumping jacks while they order, or . . . . they may even try to hug the person in line behind them. ”
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Bar
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“This unique restaurant bar is always jammed with locals. Go early if you want to sit at the bar. They have the best Rueben you have ever eaten, and great burgers, sandwiches and hotdogs as well. Or if you want a light snack, try the SALCHIPAPAS. It is a great way to eat fries. And you are just a short two block walk from the Mure House. ”
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Grocery or Supermarket
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“This natural grocery store has everything a regular grocery store has, just healthier. Get there before 9 for the breakfast hot bar, which typically has eggs, bacon, grits, roasted potatoes, biscuits and gravy, tofu scramble, and various pastries.”
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Restaurant
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“The food at this Cuban-Peruvian restaurant is amazing but the atmosphere is an experience in itself! Laid-back, casual dining. It is great for kids and even has a small playground. B.Y.O.B. Cash only. ”
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Night Club
“Iconic music venue where REM and B-52s got their start. 2 blocks from loft.”
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Restaurant
“Want some oysters? Well Peter Dale and Hugh Acheson have joined up to create this incredible restaurant that is just 3 blocks from the Mure House. Hugh also owns the 5 and Ten and is a world class chef that serves as a judge on the show Top Chef and Iron Chef. Peter Dale is a culinary genius and also owns the National (very fine dining in downtown Athens) and Condor Chocolates - a must for the sweet tooth in you. Condor Chocolates is located at 5 points and you should really drive or Uber to get there. ”
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