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COVER STORY 8 It’s Saturday in Athens! Your guide to fun between the hedges and beyond.
INTERVIEWS 19 Brandon Coker UGA Trial Gardens Manager
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Men’s Tennis Head Coach Mike MacDonald Lead Singer, Family and Friends Karen Fooks Owner, Fooks Foods
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE 46 Whatever you’re into, we’ve got recommendations for you.
EXPLORE UGA 14 Get oriented 16 Historic highlights 18 Get outdoors 20 Make a sports pilgrimage 22 Experience campus cultural offerings 24 On-campus dining 26 Parking and getting around 27 Campus map
ALL ABOUT ATHENS 30 A very brief history of Athens 32 Downtown dining 24/7 34 Music and nightlife 36 Shop the Classic City 38 10 hotels close to campus 42 Historic neighborhoods
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Welcome ATHENS IS ALWAYS A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT, but perhaps there’s no better time than fall, when the historic charm of the Classic City and the University of Georgia campus are at their peak. For most people, fall signals the start of year end, when things start slowing down and winter’s just ahead. Since moving here a few years ago, I’ve found that the year’s cycles are reversed in a college town. Here, fall is a time of renewal. Thousands of new students arrive, marking an important new chapter in their lives and adding to the collective energy of the city. Thousands more return, eager to resume campus life. For businesses and residents in Athens, this rush of energy brings a new beginning, too. Whatever reason brings you to Athens, we are happy to help you explore campus and the city. “Saturday in Athens” has a specific meaning for many fans. But as our cover story shows, there are plenty of other Saturday activities in the Classic City beyond sitting in a stadium. From music festivals to 5Ks, we offer a wealth of weekend suggestions. If you’re here to tour campus, you can navigate UGA’s 762 acres thanks to our guide to the campus essentials. We help you take in notable locations that match your interests. Whether you want to take advantage of the university’s cultural opportunities, explore the natural beauty of its outdoor properties or visit iconic sports venues, we’ve got you covered. We also provide a student-tested tip sheet for eating on campus and insider tips on parking and getting around. As you leave campus to explore the city, you’ll quickly learn that Athens has grown up alongside the university over more than two centuries. Our “All About Athens” section covers shopping, dining, music and nightlife in the heart of downtown. We’ve expanded the guide to cover the city’s historic neighborhoods, each of which has a distinct personality and its own must-see destinations. Whether you’re a newcomer or a longtime Athenian, our goal is for this guide to help you make discoveries on campus and around town. Enjoy!
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Beyond the crowd in the stadium, a weekend in Athens offers a host of chances to explore. STORY MADELINE LAGUAITE PHOTOGRAPH REBECCA WRIGHT
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Never mind rain, sleet or sweltering heat. On select fall Saturdays, more than 92,000 people file into Sanford Stadium. A sea of red pompoms erupts in the stands as highlight and hype videos play on the enormous scoreboard. Inevitably, one video reminds the crowd, “Today is not any Saturday ... it’s Saturday in Athens.” As “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” blares from the speakers, thousands of voices join in the chorus: “Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!” For fans, “Saturday in Athens” has one meaning. But there are plenty of reasons to celebrate a Saturday in the Classic City beyond the stadium. Consider this another kind of highlight reel.
BETWEEN THE HEDGES
Georgia gameday traditions date back for decades and many are passed down from generation to generation of fans. For many, a successful Saturday starts hours before kickoff, at 7 a.m. when tailgaters are permitted to start setting up on campus. After enjoying food, drinks and maybe a quick game of cornhole or two, students, families and fans make the trek to the entrance to Sanford Stadium to witness the Dawg Walk. Fans anxiously await the players and coaches while the Redcoat Marching Band launches into song. Post-game, fans flock downtown, which seems to transform during a Saturday in Athens. After a win, expect constant ringing of the Chapel Bell — once used to signal air raids in World War II — late into the night. Beyond the hedges, a fall or winter visit to Athens can also mean the chance to take in other sports — with half
“Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” is originally by Elton John. The version now played in Sanford Stadium is a cover by Nickelback. UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA VISITORS GUIDE /9
the hassle and a fraction of the cost. Georgia soccer matches are played in the softball-soccer complex on South Milledge Avenue and are free to attend. Catching a UGA volleyball game is a great way to experience the atmosphere of Stegeman Coliseum.
EMBRACING THE ARTS From home game festivities to serious arts and culture, a taste of things to do in Athens.
HOME GAMES ¼¼Sept. 7, vs. Murray State ¼¼Sept. 14, vs. Arkansas State ¼¼Sept. 21, vs. Notre Dame ¼¼Oct. 12, vs. South Carolina ¼¼Oct. 19, vs. Kentucky ¼¼Nov. 9, vs. Missouri ¼¼Nov. 23, vs. Texas A&M
ARTS & MUSIC ¼¼Aug. 17, Opening Reception, “Yellow,” ATHICA ¼¼Sept. 14, Brent Cobb and Them, Georgia
¼¼Sept. 27-29, Wildwood Revival Festival,
Cloverleaf Farm, Arnoldville
¼¼Sept. 28, Family Day: Plein Air Painting,
Georgia Museum of Art
¼¼Oct. 12, North Georgia Folk Festival, Sandy
¼¼Nov. 21-24, Cloud Recordings Festival 2019,
FOR THE FOODIES ¼¼Saturdays through Dec. 21, Athens Farmers
Market at Bishop Park
¼¼Saturdays through Dec. 14, West Broad
¼¼Aug. 24, Food Truck Party, Milledge Avenue
¼¼Sept. 28, Athens Wizard Pub Crawl, downtown ¼¼Sept. 28, RecFest 2019, Terrapin ¼¼Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Athens Wine Weekend
GIVING BACK ¼¼Aug. 10, Seventh Annual Brain Fitness 5K
¼¼Aug. 17, Gamble for a Cause! Classic Center ¼¼Aug. 24, Artist2Artist Benefit Show, 40 Watt ¼¼Sept. 28, AIDS Walk 2019 ¼¼Oct. 12, Cherokee Rose Trail 5K, State
Botanical Garden of Georgia
¼¼Oct. 26, AthHalf 5K, downtown Athens
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One of the prime places to park on gamedays is the Classic Center, in the heart of downtown and just a short walk from campus. But the range of events that take place here on non-game days provides a sense of the arts and culture in Athens. Throughout the year, the Classic Center offers theater, comedy, UGA Hockey games, public ice skating, and more. “We offer two rotating art galleries that are available for free to the public whenever the Classic Center is open,” Destiny Cornelison, the advertising and PR coordinator at The Classic Center, says. Hillary Brown, a longtime Athens resident, is the director of communications at the Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA). Brown says the museum is another great way to celebrate Saturday in Athens. “We’re one of the few things on campus that actually does stay open even on game days,” Brown says. “And there’s a lot of tailgating that goes on around here and that’s totally fine. People are welcome to take a break from that come in and see some art.” For first-timers or anyone else interested, Brown recommends checking out GMOA’s self-guided tours — with a printout that gives visitors five objects to look for in the galleries — all with different themes. “It’s really easy to just go see five things — it’s not intimidating,” Brown says. The official state museum of Georgia, GMOA offers free admission and is open Tuesday through Sunday. “Obviously, people are welcome to take as long as they want to, but the fact that it’s free means you can just come in and see art just for a little while and expand what you’re doing on that particular Saturday,” Brown says. Next to the GMOA, the university’s Performing Arts Center hosts performances by students and faculty of the music school as well as visiting performers from around the world. Beyond large venues like GMOA and the Classic Center, local and contemporary art is showcased at independent galleries such as ATHICA. The downtown Lyndon House Arts Center offers a chance for two kinds of cultural experiences. You can take in exhibitions by local and national artists in the art galleries and learn about Athens history with a tour of the adjoining Ware-Lyndon House museum. Author appearances and other events are hosted at the award-winning Avid Bookshop while Ciné, an independent cinema, hosts a variety of film-related events as well as art shows and more. Cornelison suggests visitors to Athens “be open-minded” about trying new experiences. “Athens is a thriving and diverse culture,” Cornelison says. “From classic Broadway shows
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to tailgating to ice skating, Athens has options for the spontaneous and traditional alike.”
TAKE IN MUSIC
While Athens remains known internationally for its eighties hitmakers such as R.E.M. and the B-52s, it remains a proving ground for new local performers and a preferred stop for touring bands over the past four decades. This fall, acts like indie band Rainbow Kitten Surprise and The Neighbourhood will play the Georgia Theatre. Visitors looking for a more intimate experience will enjoy shows like Jupiter Coyote at The Foundry or of Montreal at the 40 Watt Club. Events like the North Georgia Folk Festival and the Cloud Recordings Festival both offer the chance to experience multiple artists. Wildwood Revival, held outside of Athens, combines music, arts and food.
Athens has a thriving food scene driven by chefs who focus on locally grown and produced foods. From high-end dishes at 5 & 10, owned by “Top Chef ” star Hugh Acheson, to fast-casual fare at Maepole, owned by acclaimed chef Peter Dale, Athens has dozens of restaurants that emphasize seasonal foods. Of course, if you want to get in touch with farmers directly, you can head out Saturday mornings to the Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park or the West Broad Farmers Market. Snag some local produce, pick up a last-minute bouquet of flowers, grab a quick bite to eat or get your morning cup of coffee at these markets. Consider taking a tour of the Condor Chocolates factory and get an inside look at how Condor produces its bean-to-bar fair trade chocolate. (Beware: The tours tend to sell out quick, so book in advance.) Larger crowds attend at events such as Athens Wine Weekend, which will be held in early 2020.
GIVING BACK AND STAYING ACTIVE
Just about every Saturday brings a 5K or other race — most benefiting nonprofits. While the AthHalf half-marathon that takes place in
Gameday Tips ¼¼Expect — and accept — long lines. All games
have healthy attendance, and some, such as this year’s hyped Notre Dame matchup, will bring massive crowds.
¼¼Park strategically. Beside the game itself,
parking will likely be the most stressful part of your day, so break out a map and make a plan before you head out for Athens.
¼¼Park and tailgate in one spot. It’s less scenic
than tailgating on campus, but a lot more efficient. Find spots at local businesses.
ATHICA / Christina Matacotta
October is held on a Sunday, less competitive runners can participate in a 5K the day before. The race weekend is produced by AthFest Educates, a nonprofit that gives grants to schools, nonprofits and other agencies that have music and arts education programs for kids. “For runners, it’s a great way to see a lot of downtown happenings and historic neighborhoods and campus,” Rachel Allen, media representative for AthFest Educates, says. “There are bands throughout the route so they can hear music, and tons of people come out and cheer.”
Runners might also enjoy the Milledge Mile, a 1-mile race in mid-August with cash prizes, or the Cherokee Rose 5K at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA which raises money for its facility. The annual AIDS Walk, hosted by Live Forward, is another way to raise awareness for a great cause. All these options add up to new and varied ways to experience Athens, Allen says. “There’s really a lot more these days for people with kids and families to do that I’ve noticed.”
¼¼Not tailgating? Consider breakfast or
lunch on campus. You won’t have to battle downtown crowds and you can be close to the Dawg Walk. Most locations are open on gamedays including Bolton Dining Commons and the Tate center.
¼¼Dress for comfort (and lots of walking).
While students sometimes get decked out, don’t feel you have to fit the mold.
¼¼Plan for the heat. Hydrate beforehand and
bring cash to buy water in the stadium.
¼¼Remember the SEC clear-bag policy. Don’t
bring a purse or backpack.
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CAMPUS ESSENTIALS 16 Historic sites 18 The great outdoors 24 On-campus eats 26 Getting around
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The University of Georgia’s main campus sprawls over 762 acres and includes more than 460 buildings. If you only have a day or a weekend to visit, it can help to take in the big picture and decide where to start exploring campus. For more help, see our map on page 27.
A Very Good Place to Start: The UGA Visitors Center You can schedule campus tours or pick up information at the UGA Visitors Center. Housed in the former campus dairies, the center is open Monday through Saturday. Weekday student-led driving and walking tours take about 75 minutes. Reservations are recommended. visit.uga.edu
N North Campus
The original campus of UGA, this section is bounded to the north by Broad Street and extends down to Baldwin Street. It includes some of the university’s oldest buildings and green space.
HIGHLIGHTS ¼¼The Arch ¼¼The Chapel ¼¼Founders Memorial Garden ¼¼Herty Field and Fountain
Bounded by Baldwin Street to the north and extending up Baxter Street to the west, this area is a hub of activity. During the week, it’s crowded with students going from class to class. It’s also the location of popular food courts and coffee spots. WHERE TO RE-FUEL There are plenty of options in the food courts at the Tate Student Center including student favorite Niche Pizza.
WHERE TO TAKE A BREAK The relatively new Coffee & Bagels shop on the first floor of the Main Library is airy, spacious and a good place to linger.
HIGHLIGHTS ¼¼Sanford Stadium
¼¼Jackson Street Cemetery
Herty Field Zell B. Miller and Fountain Learning Center
¼¼Tate Student Center ¼¼Zell B. Miller Learning Center
¼¼Special Collections Libraries
¼¼North Campus Quad
W South Campus
Stretching south from Field Street and bounded by East Campus Road, this portion of campus includes athletics facilities and a number of buildings dedicated to the sciences. The newest addition to South Campus is the indoor athletics practice facility. Though tours aren’t offered at the facility, you can see the massive structure next to Foley Field.
E WHERE TO RELAX Check out the Savannah Room Bar at the Georgia Center.
UGA Trial Gardens Intramural Fields/ Lake Herrick HIGHLIGHTS
¼¼Georgia Museum of Art
¼¼Science Learning Center
¼¼Ramsey Student Center
¼¼UGA Trial Gardens
¼¼Georgia Museum of Natural History
¼¼Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall
¼¼Performing Arts Center
¼¼The Georgia Center for
¼¼Lamar Dodd School of Art
Continuing Education and Hotel
¼¼Intramural Fields/Lake Herrick
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WHERE TO EAT FRESH Pick up sushi at the Joe Frank Harris Dining Commons
Bounded by East Campus Road and the North Oconee River, this diverse quadrant encompasses complexes for both the arts and athletics. It also houses facilities used by the College of Agriculture and a sprawling campus park. Make sure to dress comfortably because you will do plenty of walking, whether you stroll the halls of the art museum or hike the trails by the lake.
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Historic highlights Notable landmarks on the campus of the country’s first publicly chartered university THE ARCH
Believed to be forged in 1857, UGA’s cast-iron arch was modeled after the emblem on the Great Seal of the State of Georgia. Each pillar represents one of the university’s founding principles: wisdom, justice and moderation. While it has come to stand as a symbol for the university, its initial use was purely functional: The Arch acted as a gate between North Campus and Broad Street and kept roving cattle from eating the university’s lawn. It wasn’t until the 20th century that “the gate” became known as “the Arch.” Campus Tradition: It’s believed that if an undergraduate walks beneath the Arch, they will not graduate. That’s why you’ll see students carefully walking around the Arch.
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NORTH CAMPUS QUAD
Also called the North Campus lawn, the quad was included as an open green space in the 1801 construction plans for the first permanent building on campus — Franklin College. A walk from the Arch to the Main Library through the quad will provide you a view of ancient trees, lush gardens and some of the oldest structures on campus. Notable North Campus sites: The Chapel and Chapel Bell Built in 1832, the Chapel holds gorgeous murals and is worth a tour of its own, as it once was the center of most campus activities. During the Civil War, it even served as an army hospital. The Chapel Bell formerly rested in a crown tower atop the building and rang at the beginning and end of class, for religious services and for emergencies. By 1913, wood rot had set in, forcing officials to move the bell behind the building where it is now rung for any and all Bulldog victories. Old College The first building constructed at the University of Georgia, this 1806 brick structure at the center of North Campus has served many functions over the past two centuries. It has housed dormitories, classrooms, dining halls and military barracks. Originally called Franklin College, the building now is, appropriately, the home of Franklin College of Arts and Sciences administrative offices. Holmes-Hunter Academic Building The ornate columned building was renamed in 2001 in honor of Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, who integrated UGA in 1961.
In summer 2019, the 184-year-old, 700-pound Chapel Bell was taken down for repairs — and scheduled to be re-hung by the 2019 football season.
Terrell Hall Science Hall originally was erected in this spot in the 1890s, but a fire led to its destruction. The current building was erected on the same foundation in 1903. It is named for William Terrell, who served in the U.S. Congress and endowed an agricultural chemistry professorship. Today, the graceful brick structure houses the admissions department.
On Jan. 30, 1892, the first intercollegiate football game in Georgia took place on this stretch of lawn, where Georgia beat Mercer University 50-0. Home games were played there until 1911. Today, Herty is an open field with a fountain and benches, a popular backdrop for wedding and graduation photos. Back Story: The field is named for Charles H. Herty, a former chemistry professor and sports fanatic who introduced football to students and served as an unofficial coach in the late 1800s.
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JACKSON STREET CEMETERY
Just across the street from the Main Library sits the Jackson Street Cemetery, with around 800 grave spaces that include two Revolutionary War soldiers and a former UGA president from the early 1800s. Also known as the Old Athens Cemetery, it was one of the city’s original resting places. The markers in the cemetery range from uninscribed local field stones to imported marble. In 2009, the cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The last known burial took place in 1898, though the cemetery officially closed in 1856 when the Oconee Hill Cemetery was opened. The cemetery, now 2.5 acres, once extended beyond its current area, as was underscored when 2015 renovations at nearby Baldwin Hall revealed an additional 105 grave spaces. The remains were moved to Oconee Hill Cemetery, and researchers concluded a majority of the individuals found were slaves or former slaves. Since the discovery, the university has commemorated these Athenians and other enslaved individuals with the Baldwin Hall Memorial on campus.
Wilson Lumpkin served as the governor of Georgia from 1831 to 1835. His descendants donated the Lumpkin family home (which is located near Conner Hall) to UGA in 1907, along with 736 acres of land. They had one stipulation: the house would revert back to the Lumpkin family if the university destroyed or moved the house from its original location. The house has stayed, along with the land now comprising South Campus.
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STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN / Julian Alexander
Get outdoors From formal gardens to acres of forest, UGA properties provide plenty of ways to commune with nature NORTH CAMPUS
Established in 1939, and dedicated to the 12 founders of the Ladies’ Garden Club of Athens, which was the first garden club in the U.S., this 2.5 acre site houses over 300 species, including a formal boxwood garden, two courtyards, a terrace, a perennial garden and an arboretum. Today, the garden and associated historic buildings are managed by the UGA College of Environment and Design. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the garden was recognized in 1999 by the American Society of Landscape Architects as one of the top 100 “landscapes of significance” within the United States.
The gardens serve as the site of a contest where annuals and perennials battle Southeastern heat and humidity. Ranked by endurance and beauty, the best plants of the year are given the Classic City Garden Awards. The gardens are open year-round.
FOUNDERS MEMORIAL GARDEN
LATIN AMERICAN ETHNOBOTANICAL GARDEN
Managed by the UGA Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, this garden includes roughly 150 culturally important plants.
UGA TRIAL GARDENS
INTRAMURAL FIELDS AREA
OCONEE FOREST PARK
Managed by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Oconee Forest Park is a working laboratory filled with century-old trees. The park contains the recently reopened Lake Herrick as well as picnic facilities, a hiking area, a dog park, and tennis courts and fields for other sports. There’s plenty of parking, the park is ADA accessible and the area can be reached by UGA buses and Athens Transit. SOUTH MILLEDGE AVENUE
STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA
About three miles south of campus, the garden is an educational facility operated by the university that covers more than 300 acres. Within the grounds are themed gardens, special collections and a conservatory that includes a cafe. You also can explore more than five miles of trails. Opened in 2019, the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden offers younger visitors interactive ways to learn about native plants.
GOATS AT WORK
The UGA Chew Crew enlists the help of goats to do what goats do best — chew. Invasive species have tipped the ecological balance of campus, but these four-legged heroes rapidly remove invasive plants. Students then plant native species in the hopes of restoring on-campus environments to their full potential. 18/ UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA VISITORS GUIDE
UGA Trial Gardens Manager
BRANDON COKER While the University of Georgia Trial Gardens is used primarily by the horticulture department, students and the general public can walk through the neat rows of colorful plants. If you go, hummingbirds, butterflies and honeybees that frequent the flowers might accompany you. Coker has managed the gardens since early 2017. ¼¼How has campus changed since you’ve been here?
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The UGArden Student Community Farm offers students hands-on experience in farming and gardening. Crops produced at UGArden are used by partner nonprofit Campus Kitchen and at Athens-area schools. The farm hosts events throughout the year. For information about touring, email email@example.com.
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The almost 7,300-yard, par 71 Robert Trent Jones course made Golf Advisor’s 2018 list of the top 50 best courses. The course, which has developed and evolved extensively since its inception in 1968, is open to the public, and there are several pass and membership options available.
I was also a student here; I graduated in 2010. One of my favorite things to do was walk around on campus. You could just pick a spot and you would find something beautiful, even if it’s not pretty flowers or shrubs: our great old trees, or these hidden away benches and areas you can walk under and beneath. ¼¼What are the favorite places you take people when they visit?
I love the State Botanical Garden — I’ve been going there my whole life. We also take our family to Sandy Creek Park. They have great trails, good trees, are open to everybody and they keep it really well-maintained. ¼¼How would you describe the environment on campus?
I find the environment quite peaceful. You can take a bus somewhere, get off, and find a quiet corner. ¼¼Are there lesser known places on campus you like to go to?
I like the turtle pond over by the ecology building. I’m always surprised at how many people turn up at the trial gardens looking for the turtle pond.
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STEGEMAN COLISEUM/ Julian Alexander
Make a sports pilgrimage
Must-see destinations for Georgia Bulldogs — whether lifelong fans or future freshmen CENTRAL CAMPUS
Since opening on Oct. 12, 1929, this facility has hosted millions of fans, students and visitors. Sanford has tripled its capacity over the decades to 92,746 seats. Currently the 10th largest on-campus stadium in college football by capacity, Sanford underwent a $63 million renovation of the west end zone in 2018, which included the installation of an updated video scoreboard and new upper and lower plazas. The best view following the restructuring of the stadium is from the walkway that connects the Tate Student Center to the Miller Learning Center. Campus Tradition: The deceased Georgia bulldog mascots, Uga I through IX, are buried within the stadium. SOUTH CAMPUS
BUTTS-MEHRE HERITAGE HALL
Named for Wallace Butts and Harry Mehre, this complex sits near the new indoor practice facility and Foley Field. The 85,000-square-foot building is located off Lumpkin Street behind the Spec Towns Track. Check out the Heritage Museum and Sports Museum, which include retired jerseys, Heisman Trophy memorabilia, the Rose Bowl trophy and the 1980 NCAA National Championship trophy. The center is open for tours during regular weekday business hours only; admission is free. Next to the facility is a garden containing a sculpture that commemorates venerRebecca Wright ated athletic director Vince Dooley. 20/ UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA VISITORS GUIDE
DAN MAGILL TENNIS COMPLEX
It’s comprised of 16 total tennis courts and can hold over 5,000 people, making this complex one of the largest on-campus tennis facilities in the United States.
Constructed in 1990, this 3,291-seat field is consistently ranked among the nation’s top collegiate baseball fields.
Originally the Georgia Coliseum when it opened in 1964, this athletic training and competition space was renamed in 1996 in honor of Herman James Stegeman, was the head football, basketball, baseball and track and field coach at the university in the early 1900s. Stegeman is the home of Georgia’s basketball and volleyball teams as well as the GymDogs gymnastics program. It hosted gymnastics and volleyball competitions during the 1996 Olympics plus the 1989, 1999 and 2008 NCAA gymnastics championships. The coliseum underwent recent renovations for a center-court scoreboard, new seats, an improved sound system and more. Stegeman can hold 10,523 people and features a state-of-the-art basketball floor. EAST CAMPUS
RAMSEY STUDENT CENTER
The UGA gym offers 440,000 square feet and a variety of activities. Ramsey holds more than 25,000 square feet of
weight-training space, three pools, four gymnasia, a climbing wall, an outdoor bouldering area, 10 racquetball courts, two international squash courts and an indoor track. The center offers classes from yoga to boxing. Good to Know: Guest passes, which are available to alumni, guests of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel and those sponsored by a current student, can be purchased at the admissions desk or online with a valid photo ID. Full daily access for adults for is $7. SOUTH MILLEDGE AVENUE
TURNER SOCCER COMPLEX
Home to both the Bulldog soccer and softball programs, these stadiums have seen highly historic games, such as the first and second rounds of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Men’s Tennis Head Coach
MANUEL DIAZ A University of Georgia alumnus, Manuel Diaz became head coach of the men’s tennis team in 1988. Since then, he has led the team to 28 SEC titles and was inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame as well as the Puerto Rican Tennis Hall of Fame. ¼¼How has the university changed since you’ve been here?
It’s changed significantly. When I went to UGA from the fall of ‘71 through the spring of ‘75, we were a mere 18,000 students. It’s almost doubled in size. For example, all of the East Campus was not there. That was just woods. Now it houses our museum, it houses our performing arts center, it has our most up-to-date dorms, cafeterias and the Ramsey Center. To me, it’s the most beautiful campus of all, and I’ve been many, many places.
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they visit from out of town?
North Campus is a must. Just walking through the old parts of campus, it brings back the history. I graduated with a degree in history. Today when I walk there, I feel like I am sort of stepping back in time. I also think one place that may not be attended by our current students, but is a must, is the State Botanical Garden. The trails and the beautiful gardens are an incredible experience. And you know, downtown Athens is an incredible place to take visitors; there’s a little bit for everybody. ¼¼What are some of your favorite places to eat?
I came back in 1982 to be a coach at the university; we’ve only lived in one house for the last 37 years, in Five Points. It always had the ADD drug store lunch counter and it had Hodgson’s Pharmacy. In the last five to seven years, we have been sort of crossing over and seeing more and more restaurants pop up. Now LRG Provisions is there in Five Points, as well as The Expat. One of my favorite hang outs is The Royal Peasant Pub. ¼¼Can you describe how the UGA sports program has changed,
specifically the tennis program?
For me it’s been an association that goes back 45 years almost. I’ve seen the transformation: Us going from a top-20 program to a top-10 program, to an elite national championship-caliber program. We take a great deal of pride in recruiting great student athletes, our kids do a tremendous job in excelling in both of those areas. We just had our 38th anniversary of our first team that made it into the final four, our 1981 team that captured our SEC championship. We had a great reunion — seeing those relationships still vibrant 38 years later, that’s what the University of Georgia tennis program is about.
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Culture on campus
Museums, galleries, concert halls and troves of special collections EAST CAMPUS
GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART
Opened in 1948, this serves as the state’s official art museum. Now occupying a contemporary building, it holds more than 10,000 objects in a permanent collection that includes American paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, Japanese prints, and a growing collection of Southern decorative arts. GMOA offers a range of programs including film series, guided tours and special events, such as the Third Thursday evening art tour series and yoga in the galleries. A special exhibition this fall involves storytelling in Renaissance Maiolica, with tin-glazed earthenware produced in 16th century Urbino, Italy. Admission is free. EAST CAMPUS
LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART
Lamar Dodd includes studio space for all disciplines. The building itself showcases displays of emerging artists’ work through its halls. It’s named for Lamar Dodd, who came to the university as a resident artist
UGA’S PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
In 1987, UGA president Charles Knapp declared that the school needed a “cultural fabric.” The result was the university’s Performing Arts Center (PAC), which was completed in 1995. Georgia’s PAC, home to both a 1,100-seat concert venue and a smaller recital hall, features world-class symphonies, Tony-winning singers and Broadway veterans on a regular basis. The center’s 2019-2020 UGA Presents season begins in September and includes such diverse performers as the Kronos Quartet, Ricky Skaggs, Patti LuPone, the Bel Canto Trio, the Ailey II dancers, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. You also can catch performances by UGA faculty and students, such as the UGA holiday concert in late November. Full schedule and details at: pac.uga.edu
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The Georgia Museum of Art collection contains works by local folk artists, including the late Howard Finster (above, center).
and established the framework for the Georgia bachelor’s degree in art in the 1930s. EAST CAMPUS
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The Performing Arts Center is home to the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall and the Ramsey Concert Hall, venues which host national and international performers as well as performances by UGA music students and faculty. Hodgson is the larger hall, able to hold 1,100 people in festival-like seating. CENTRAL CAMPUS
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES
This 115,000-square-foot building holds the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library with approximately 120,000 rare books and over 6 million archival items such as family papers, diaries and letters. It also holds the Georgiana Collections, documents on state history, and the University of Georgia Archives. This facility houses the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection, which preserves over 250,000 works in film, video, audiotape, transcription disks and other formats. One Special Collections Libraries exhibit features materials relating to the year 1979, including the Three Mile Island disaster, the controversial SALT-II treaty negotiations with the Soviet Union, and other key events. SOUTH CAMPUS
GEORGIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
In 1999, the Georgia Museum of Natural History was recognized as the official state museum of natural history. Teachers in a range of disciplines have access to the specimens that are kept in the museum which include 1.3 million insects, over 325,000 species of fishes and nearly 50,000 reptiles and amphibians. Admission is free; call ahead if you would like to bring a larger group.
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Dining options for whatever reason brings you to campus FOR A QUICK LUNCH OR LATE DINNER Niche Pizza Co., Tate Student Center There are dozens of toppings to choose from — and several gluten-free options. For those with a sweet tooth, dessert calzones are available. Open 10:30 a.m. to midnight on weekdays; 4 p.m. to midnight on weekends.
spot for a meeting or to take a break from a conference or campus tour. A partnership between Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee, the café offers salads and sandwiches, as well as the namesake java and bagels. Opens at 7:30 a.m. weekdays and in the afternoon on weekends.
FOR A MOBILE BITE
TO GET WORK DONE Coffee & Bagels, Main Library Occupying a sunny corner of the Main Library on historic North Campus, this is a great
Taqueria 1785 Food Truck, various locations In 2016, this red wagon became UGA’s official food truck, serving Tex Mex-inspired dishes. Menu highlights include churro ice cream bowls and chicken tinga tacos. The truck often is seen in front of the Main Library, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Performing Arts Center. Track the truck’s location and hours on Twitter by following @Taqueria1785.
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The Creamery, South Campus Look carefully or you might miss this tiny spot which has operated from the Environmen-
RELIVE FRESHMAN YEAR UGA Dining Commons If you’re curious about how campus dining has evolved since your day, why not investigate the dozen food stations in Bolton or one of other dining commons? You don’t need to be on a meal plan to eat in the cafeterias; just pay with a debit or credit card. Prices (Tax Included): ¼¼Breakfast $9.20 ¼¼Lunch $11.45 ¼¼Dinner $15.75
tal Health Science Building since 1941. The Creamery serves sushi, salads, sandwiches and ice cream. The latter, alas, no longer is made on site as it was when the Creamery processed milk from the UGA dairy herd. Open weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TO GET THE FANCIEST MEAL ON CAMPUS The Savannah Room, Georgia Center Featuring locally-grown ingredients, the Savannah Room in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel provides contemporary Southern dishes along with other creative entrees and desserts. If you’re here for a conference or other business, the Savannah Room offers the right atmosphere for formal
matters. It’s open for breakfast on the weekends, lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every evening.
WHEN YOU WANT A DRINK Savannah Room Bar, Georgia Center The one on-campus destination for alcohol, this intimate space in the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel serves craft beer, wine and cocktails. It’s steps from Stegeman Coliseum and in the heart of South Campus. The bar is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sambazon in Tate Student Center offers healthier options such as made-to-order acai bowls.
FOR A HEALTHY BREAK Sambazon, Tate Student Center Sambazon boasts fair-trade coffee and certified organic açai bowls. Visitors can choose from pre-made bowls or create their own. Open 7:30 a.m. to midnight during the week; 4 p.m. to midnight on weekends.
hind the counter. Open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
FOR HEALTHY TAKEOUT Sushi with Gusto, East Campus While sushi can be found in retail locations scattered throughout campus, the best selection is at Sushi with Gusto, housed in the Joe Frank Harris Commons in East Campus. In addition to a variety of specialty rolls, one can also find poke bowls and nigiri made fresh be-
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THE BEST DINING HALL The Niche Dining Commons, UGA Health Sciences Campus If you can only visit one dining hall, this should be it. The Niche offers made-to-or-
der burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and calzones. There are entrees and sides available too, with copious desserts including cookies, fruit and soft-serve ice cream. The Niche is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Normaltown, which is reachable by UGA bus. On the down side: It’s only open 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays.
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Parking and getting around PARKING ON CAMPUS
Visitors may park in any pay lot or pay deck. All parking pay facilities accept credit cards. Designated visitor lots: ààNorth Campus Deck ààSouth Campus Deck ààTate Center Deck ààEast Campus Deck ààPerforming Arts Center Deck ààCarlton Street Deck The hourly rates for the six above lots are as follows: àà0-30 minutes = $1 àà31-60 minutes = $3 àà61-120 minutes = $5 ààEach additional hour = $1 ààMaximum daily fee = $10 However, exceptions exist for special events. The parking rate at these decks are $20 for every home game and $5 for any other campus event. The visitor parking areas can be found on the campus map.
PARKING FOR FOOTBALL GAMES
The free campus spots are farther away and usually the first to go, so check out a map and have a plan before you get to Athens. Parking downtown will be challenging, so don’t plan on it unless you buy a pass for a deck in advance. Advance parking can be purchased through
the Classic Center or Downtown Athens Parking System. You most likely will have to walk from your parking spot. This isn’t the worst thing in the world — one of the best parts of the gameday experience is the fanfare and the buzz of a Saturday in Athens. For a slightly less scenic but more efficient experience, you can find a spot at a local business near campus and be able to park and set up your tailgate in one place. You’ll have to walk a little farther when you leave the game, but you’ll also be out of the worst traffic. Parking spots typically range from $25 to $65 depending on proximity to campus and the competitiveness of the game. Also, some homeowners will offer up their driveways or lawns in exchange for a fee so visitors can park on game days.
GETTING AROUND BY BUS Campus Bus The UGA bus system can be efficient and saves you the time and expense of hunting for parking. You can download an app with routes. For more details: transit.uga.edu Athens-Clarke County Transit Athens buses take you all over town. It’s free to ride for students, faculty and staff with UGA IDs. Children under age 18, senior citizens and
people with disabilities also ride free. For more details: athenstransit.com
Accessibility UGA’s vast and hilly campus can pose greater challenges to those who use wheelchairs or have other mobility limitations. The university’s Disability Resource Center provides information regarding accessibility on its website. Most campus buildings and classrooms are handicap accessible and evacuation chairs can be found in places such as the Main Library, the Miller Learning Center and Tate Student Center. Some locations on campus feature disability drop-off locations and all pay decks contain convenient spaces for those who have a state-issued disability placard or license plate. For more information: drc.uga.edu For details regarding seating for UGA athletic events: 706-542-9053 For questions about transportation and parking services: 706-524-7275
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The classic college town A (very) brief history of Athens Back in 1785, Georgia’s state legislators made history by chartering the country’s first publicly funded college. But it took almost two decades for the University of Georgia to find a home.
THE FIRST CENTURY
In 1801, the trustees selected 633 acres surrounding a hilltop settlement high above the Oconee River. The area’s main village — 10 houses and four shops — was renamed Athens. After five more years, Franklin College, the university’s first building, was completed. To finance the fledgling school, the trustees sold portions of the original acreage. Merchants and plantation owners snapped up property and settled near campus. As a result, Athens grew faster than the college. By 1820, Athens was a bustling textile center, while UGA still operated from its first building (known today as Old College). Unlike other Georgia cities, Athens was spared significant destruction during the Civil War. Grand mansions, spacious warehouses and sturdy storefronts from the early 1800s GOOD TO KNOW still stand downtown and in nearby neighborhoods. ¼¼The city of Athens and After the war, Athens boomed. Clarke-County unified Rural Georgians flocked to its mills in governments in 1990. search of work, veterans enrolled in the ¼¼At 121 square miles, college and freed slaves opened schools Athens-Clarke is the and businesses, creating a strong black smallest county in middle class. Georgia.
¼¼Population: 126,000 ¼¼The current mayor is Kelly Girtz.
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THE SECOND CENTURY
It was in 1872 — almost a century after the university’s founding — that the college saw its most dramatic
changes. A federal land-grant designation expanded the school. Meanwhile, streetcar service fueled development of new residential areas, and Athens became the capital of Clarke County. (The two governments consolidated in 1990.) Growth of the city and university continued in the early 1900s. In the 1950s, the Navy Supply Corps School moved to Athens, where it operated for another half century. Its buildings today house UGA’s Health Sciences Campus. A commitment to preservation was reinforced in 1980 as Athens became an early adopter of the Main Street USA program and focused on preserving the historic structures of downtown. That decade also saw the emergence of a nationally acclaimed music scene, fueled by bands such as Pylon, R.E.M. and The B-52s.
The city founders and university trustees might not know what to make of a weekend in today’s Athens, which can draw 93,000 fans to a football game, crowds to 40 music venues and foodies to restaurants and craft breweries. The connection between city and university is particularly strong because most students move off campus after freshman year. Students represent a quarter of the Athens-Clarke County population, and their influence on politics, business and development is significant. While the music and bar scenes earn accolades for Athens as a destination for college students, the city’s appeal does not end after graduation. UGA might have been named the most hipster college in the country by The Huffington Post, but Athens also is a perennial contender on the Forbes list of best places to retire. As you tour UGA, you will find it’s impossible to tell just where campus ends and the city starts, which is precisely why both school and town inspire passion — for four years and far longer.
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Downtown dining 24/7 From early morning lattes to feta fries at 4 a.m., the best city eats BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH Athens Bagel Company Need a quick morning bite? This Jackson Street spot close to campus is the place to go. Last Resort Grill Opened as a music venue in 1966, this West Clayton Street restaurant now is known for its art-filled decor. Brunch includes omelets, quiche and crab cakes Benedict. Mayflower Restaurant This diner-style café has been run by the Vaughn family in the same Broad Street location since 1948. Cash only.
LUNCH Clocked! American Diner Just up from 40 Watt on West Washington, this eatery is known for inventive burgers made with organic, local ingredients. Bonus: Any burger can be made vegetarian. Dawg Gone Good BBQ Using his grandmother’s recipes, owner William Hardy keeps things simple but tasty with essentials like pulled pork and brisket. Lindsey’s Culinary Market This North Thomas Street spot offers farmTHE NATIONAL / Reynolds Rogers
fresh Southern favorites. Stop by for a chicken salad sandwich or seasonally inspired soups. Ted’s Most Best Known for its enviable patio, complete with a bocce ball court, Ted’s on West Washington Street stands out thanks to artisan individual pizzas, many available on gluten-free dough. Trappeze Pub Famous for its enormous beer selection, this pub at the corner of Hull and West Washington streets serves superior bar fare with an emphasis on locally sourced foods.
DINNER DePalma’s Italian Cafe House-made breadsticks and an array of entrees make this cozy Broad Street location a popular date-night spot. For dessert, try the Zuppa Inglese, sponge cake soaked in rum and espresso and served with mousse. FIVE A streamlined menu at this spacious North Hull Street restaurant makes ordering simple: Select from one of five appetizers, one of five entrees and one of five cocktails. Or, try specials from the company’s Destin, Florida, seafood market. The National With excellent service, Peter Dale’s Mediterranean-influenced restaurant is ideal for celebrations. The bar is a destination in its own right. The Place The Place offers a great view of North Campus. Sip a cocktail while you peruse the menu, which includes a decadent twist on chicken and waffles. Porterhouse Grill Students love to have their parents take them to this East Broad Street steakhouse, which also has a sizable seafood selection. South Kitchen + Bar Tucked into the historic former Hotel Georgian, South’s atmosphere is timeless, but the
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AFTER MIDNIGHT The Grill Open 24 hours, this College Avenue diner can become as crowded as most bars. The Grill serves standard diner fare, and breakfast starting at midnight, but is especially beloved for its fresh-cut fries served with feta dip. Little Italy Athens is home to many pizza joints, but this Lumpkin Street dive is known for its late-night social atmosphere. Select from cheap thick- or thin-crust slices and a variety of subs. Open until 2 a.m. weekdays; 3 a.m. weekends. The World Famous With a big selection of beers and cocktails, this tiny spot on North Hull Street also offers appetizing dishes such as poutine, tofu wraps and savory pretzel bites served with local honey.
COFFEE AND MORE 1000 Faces Coffee The Athens-based fair-trade roasting company operates a coffee shop on Thomas Street. Iron Works Coffee Located in the historic Graduate Athens hotel property, this quiet shop is a great for meetings. Jittery Joe’s The Classic City’s best known coffee brand has several area shops — including on UGA’s campus. But the café at the corner of Broad and Jackson streets remains a favorite. Walker’s Coffee and Pub Across from the Arch, Walker’s offers indoor and outdoor seating. Bonus: It’s a bar at night. Zombie Coffee and Donuts Opened by a UGA alum, this bakery offers doughnuts with toppings like Fruity Pebbles or bacon.
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well as hosting early shows by acts such as The B-52s and Love Tractor, 40 Watt has welcomed a who’s who of rock, including Nirvana, the Strokes and Gnarls Barkley. The venue remains a prominent showcase of local talent, and hosts the annual Fluke mini-comics festival. The Caledonia Lounge Almost directly behind 40 Watt, the Caledonia Lounge offers a more intimate space for both local and touring acts. Its patio allows patrons to enjoy music from outdoors. Live Wire Athens The West Dougherty Street concert hall may look small from outside, but it packs a punch. The venue has three stages, and has become a popular spot for weddings and special events.
Music and nightlife With more than 80 bars, clubs and venues, the night resonates with life in the Classic City When the sun goes down, Athens floods with riffing guitar chords and waves of conversation. No matter what block you walk down, you’re bound to see people chatting over drinks or walk past a live performance. Here are a few of the most essential places to check out.
CLASSIC CLUBS 40 Watt Club On the corner of Washington and Pulaski streets sits the fifth location of 40 Watt, named by Pylon drummer Curtis Crowe, who played a 1979 party in the original location, lit by a single bulb. As
Lead Singer, Family and Friends
MIKE MACDONALD Family and Friends is an indie-rock band based out of Athens. Since releasing its first album in 2014, the six-member band has taken off. Macdonald, a University of Georgia alumnus, sings and plays guitar. How has Athens changed since you’ve been here? I think the secret’s out on Athens being such an amazing place. As a result, there’s been an influx of people wanting to live in Athens that aren’t just students staying four or five years. The next challenge will be to see how Athens grows with corporate America coming in. I’m confident Athens can contain the heart and soul of what makes it an amazing place to be. It’s got this quirky charm of ‘Keep Athens Weird.’” What are some of your favorite places to take people when they visit from out of town? Walkers Coffee and Pub is kind of my home inside of Athens. I started working there around the same time the band started. It’s like the heart and soul of Athens to me. What are some of your favorite places to eat? Cali N Tito’s, the Lumpkin one, that’s the go-to. I love the outdoor patio at Ted’s Most Best, especially at dusk. It’s like the perfect place to be. Agua Linda, the same thing. How could you best describe the Athens music scene, or the Athens sound? As long as I’ve been here, one thing the Athens music scene has been so great at is becoming more and more supportive and encouraging. It’s wide open right now; you can see any genre and people from all aspects supporting each other. Maybe when I first got here there was an Athens sound, but I don’t think there really is one anymore. You can find any type of music and all types of music flourishing right now.
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The Classic Center Host to large-scale musical performances, the Classic Center, located on North Thomas Street, serves as the city’s go-to location for theater, dance and stand-up comedy. It also hosts a Broadway series — which this year will include “Waitress” and “The Bronx Tale” — as well as an annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” The Foundry The Foundry offers both traditional standing room and a full-service dining area within view of its stage. Located in the Graduate Hotel complex on East Dougherty Street, the venue generally features laid-back performances by singer-songwriters, jazz acts and folk groups. The Georgia Theatre Sitting on Lumpkin Street in the heart of downtown, the Georgia Theatre first hosted music in 1978 after years as a movie house. A 2009 fire shut it down, but the owners rebuilt the legendary venue and reopened it in 2011. Serving as a likely stop for any big name artist coming through Athens, the Georgia Theatre includes a ground floor and several balconies to watch large shows, as well as a rooftop bar. Morton Theatre The historic Morton Theatre anchored the “hot corner,” at the intersection of Hull and Washington Street, a center of African-American business and civic life. Built in 1910 by entrepreneur Monroe Bowers “Pink” Morton, it is the oldest surviving black-owned and -built vaudeville theater in the country. Today the Morton serves as a venue for concerts, theatrical performances and special events. Ciné The only independent movie house in Athens, Ciné is the best place to catch lesser known films and documentaries. The theater includes two screens, a full bar and a pre-show lounge. In addition to current releases, Ciné hosts special screenings, art exhibits and film showcases.
ONE-OF-A-KIND CLUBS 9d’s This throwback bar will wallop you with nostalgia. It’s a shrine to everything related to the 1990s, and will get you partying like it’s 1999.
Church Bar This sister location of the eclectic Atlanta bar (Full name: Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium) is known for out-there religious decor and a welcoming staff. And yes, you can play table tennis. Go Bar The experimental side of the Classic City is showcased at this bar on Prince Avenue, which often features performances from the town’s most boundary-pushing acts. It also hosts popular karaoke nights. Flicker Theatre & Bar A great spot to catch up-and-coming local artists, Flicker is also home to the city’s OpenTOAD show, an open-mic comedy night for professionals and first-timers alike.
BARS WITH MUSIC
Many larger bars feature live music. Take in a show at the outdoor stage of Boar’s Head Lounge, or check out a concert while you grab a drink at Hedges On Broad. Acts perform on small stages at The World Famous, Nowhere Bar and Little Kings Shuffle Club.
DRINK AND GAMES
For those looking to grab a drink before (or after) a show, Allgood Lounge offers two floors and an outdoor Tiki bar, while Magnolias of Athens features free pool tables and a giant projector screen TV, making it the perfect location for catching the night’s biggest game. Cutters Pub offers excellent service, huge
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BREWERIES AND TASTING ROOMS ¼¼Akademia Brewing Company In addition to its own beers, Akademia serves wine and cocktails and offers a lunch and dinner menu featuring flatbreads, burgers, wings and entrees such as shrimp and grits. The Atlanta Highway brewery has a side space called the Odeon where it hosts performances and events. ¼¼Creature Comforts Brewing Co. At the corner of Hancock Avenue and Pulaski Street, the Creature Comforts tasting room welomes patrons to sample a variety of beer, including limited edition brews as well as yearround favorites such as Athena and Bibo. The company completed a second facility off North Chase Street in June 2018 and has since used the building for increased production. ¼¼Terrapin Beer Co. Since its founding in 2002, Terrapin has become Athens’ most widely distributed beer, with brands that include Hopsecutioner, Up-Hi and Luau Krunkles. In 2016, the craft brewing division of MillerCoors bought a majority interest in the company. At the Newton Bridge Road brewery, visitors can sample unusual brews, browse the gift shop and enjoy the large outdoor area. ¼¼The Southern Brewing Company Southern Brewing Company joined the Athens brewery family in 2015. The Highway 29 hotspot features spacious indoor and outdoor area. The company’s year-round brews include Hobnail IPA, Red and Black sour ale and I.P.hAzy. Seasonal brews also are available.
screens and serious drink specials. It’s a great spot to catch a game or to meet up with friends. The Max Canada has a colossal patio, air hockey, arcade games and cheap beer. This list wouldn’t be complete without Wonderbar, where you can play retro arcade games like Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat with alcoholic accompaniment.
Finally, who doesn’t love throwing sharp objects while sipping a beer? While the activity might sound dangerous, staff at LumberJaxe Axe Throwing Bar give visitors a safety briefing before any throwing happens and will intervene if they see the slightest hint of reckless behavior. Other than that, you’re free to experience a one-of-a-kind bar.
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Shop the Classic City
Discover dozens of boutiques and specialty stores in downtown Athens The historic buildings in downtown Athens house a mix of long-time local, independent retailers along with a few regional and national brands. Within this walkable space, you’ll discover more than 60 specialty retailers.
For those in need of a little retail therapy, Athens offers something for every taste and budget. American Threads This smaller chain with stores in several Southern states carries boho-style clothes, shoes, jewelry and bags. Cheeky Peach Some of the adjectives the store uses to describe itself include “fearless,” “fashion-forward” and “badass.” Dress Up With locations across the Southeast, it’s hard to ignore the 65 new arrivals every week — with trendy items like dresses, jumpsuits, graphic tees, jackets, shoes and accessories. Epiphany This women’s boutique puts a twist on affordable fashion with a mission of donating its profits to local and international charities. Heery’s Clothes Closet Open since 1959, Heery’s has outfitted generations of students and alumnae with higher-end classics and designer lines including Tibi, Rachel Zoe and Tom Ford. 36/ UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA VISITORS GUIDE
The Indigo Child Here, you’ll find a mix of fashion and accessories, from animal prints to gameday staples. Pitaya Pitaya’s Georgia location is on East Clayton Street and sells everything from rompers to track jackets and tube tops to jumpsuits. Red Dress Boutique An entrepreneurial success story, thanks in part to “Shark Tank,” this online retailer has a storefront on College Avenue and stocks affordable and on-trend dresses, tops and accessories.
Men’s fashion — though arguably harder to find — is worth the search. Kum’s Fashions Since 1978, this shop has provided students with cool accessories. You’ll find sunglasses, shoes and hats from brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Converse and Vans. Empire South This versatile store offers popular brands such as Southern Tide, Patagonia and Southern Marsh. Onward Reserve Few shops beat this Athens-based retailer, which has a hunting lodge-meets-business-casual feel. The shop carries brands such as Barbour, Southern Proper, Shinola and High Cotton.
As you might expect in a college town with a strong music and arts scene, vintage and consignment shops abound. Many of these shops also carry newer, retro-inspired pieces. Agora Vintage If designer clothing is your passion, explore Agora’s collection of Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermés pieces. Atomic This shop is ideal for great deals on authentic looks that have cycled back into style. Community This Jackson Street shop sells creations by local designers — including “up-cycled” pieces crafted from revamped vintage wear. Community also has a great selection of gift items, cards and posters. Dynamite For men and women’s styles, check out Dynamite’s one-of-a-kind pieces on North Jackson Street.
If you’re in need of a statement piece, you’re in luck. Several shops offer custom jewelry, beading and other original pieces. Aurum Studios Check out the work of in-house designers, or explore the wide variety of pottery and other items from local artisans.
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This store offers a design-your-own engagement ring service as well as a variety of highend watches for men and women.
This mom-and-pop store is an explosion of college apparel and gifts from brands such as Nike, Champion and Cutter & Buck.
Margo Sterling Silver A jewelry and metaphysical store on East Clayton Street, Margo carries jewelry, beads, precious stones and crystals.
Tailgate Located on East Broad Street, Tailgate is an offshoot of American Eagle that specializes in customizable and collegiate gear. Check out the retro-inspired Bulldog- and Athens-themed tees and sweatshirts.
Native America Gallery This shop has a jewelry collection that grows daily, as well as other items — hats, boots, pottery and books — perfect for gifting.
GIFTS & HOME
From stationery to furnishings for the home, Athens is sure to have a gift for anyone on your shopping list.
Anyone familiar with Athens might know it as a staple of the ’80s music scene or the home of R.E.M. or the B-52s, but the city attracts fans of all music genres.
Archer Paper Goods The East Clayton Street store stocks stationery and gifts.
Wuxtry Records This store was one of the first to carry records by fledgling artists of the pivotal 1980s and 1990s music scene.
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Bizarro-Wuxtry Comics The sister store to Wuxtry Records, Bizarro is a hive of comics and collectibles in an intimate space.
at stores downtown. In addition to acres of logo-emblazoned gear for game days, you can find everything from supplies for your pets to accessories for tailgating.
Low Yo Yo Stuff Records This shop carries a mix of vinyl and CDs as well as music-related books and posters.
Die-hard Georgia fans find plenty to cheer for
Established by University of Georgia alumni in 1975, The Clubhouse sells everything from apparel and pet supplies to watches and jewelry.
Bear Hug Honey Company Ever wanted to taste infused local honey? Bear Hug sells that, along with gifts and housewares. The Indigo Home The sister store of The Indigo Child features an impressive selection of dorm and apartment decor. Treehouse on Main This boutique and gift shop on West Clayton Street is a satellite of the shop in Clayton, Georgia, which is, indeed, on Main Street. Find home decor products such as pillows and frames, as well as bed, bath and body products.
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HILTON GARDEN INN — ATHENS DOWNTOWN
With a mix of rooms and suites and a 24/7 business center, this upscale hotel in the heart of downtown is a good destination for a longer stay.
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Location, location, location. Situated on Broad Street and steps from North Campus, this hotel offers easy access to the university and downtown.
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This Broad Street hotel has larger suites with family-friendly features such as full kitchens.
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Minutes from campus, the eco-friendly Indigo houses a concert venue and gallery. Its restaurant and room service menu feature local vendors.
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This 190-room hotel on North Thomas Street, adjacent to the Classic Center, features 24-hour fitness and business centers as well as perks such as breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Check out the rooftop bar.
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This recently updated hotel on Finley Street offers a pool and free highspeed internet as well as a mix of rooms and suites. Can’t get enough red and black? This football-themed complex in the heart of downtown rents Bulldog-themed condos.
This property once housed an iron foundry and has been beautifully renovated. The on-site spa makes for an extra relaxing stay — or you can chill and catch a concert at The Foundry.
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Opened in 2018, this hotel on South Hull Street puts guests in close proximity to both downtown and North Campus. It has a variety of guest rooms and suites.
If you want to be in the heart of campus, there’s no better spot than this UGA-operated complex that includes a 200-room hotel. It’s an easy stroll from Myers Quad and Stegeman Coliseum. The on-site restaurants are handy and reasonably priced.
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Set aside time on your visit to explore these historic neighborhoods close to campus and downtown BOULEVARD
Founded in the late 1800s as a suburb accessible by streetcar, this neighborhood today is popular with artists, entrepreneurs and musicians as well as university staff and young families. Grand Victorians line Boulevard, the namesake thoroughfare, while brightly painted wood cottages, many the former residences of textile mill workers, dot the side streets of this mostly residential area, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ààRefuel. Stop by Heirloom Café to sample dishes that feature ingredients from farmers and producers in the Athens region. White Tiger
Gourmet operates in a former grocery, and is known for barbecue and hearty sandwiches. Locals gather at picnic tables in the side yard and take advantage of the BYOB policy. Maepole, a casual new restaurant from chef Peter Dale of The National, features all-organic produce and meats. Just up Chase Street, Tlaloc offers a breadth of options — from Salvadoran pupusas to Tex-Mex combos — making it a favorite of students and the Athens Latino community. ààMake a wellness appointment. Urban Sanctuary, an upscale spa located in a former historic church, emphasizes organic and all-natural products. It’s open seven days a week and has evening hours, making it easier to book an appointment while visiting.
Stretching along the Oconee River between Third and Oconee streets, Chicopee-Dudley is home to students and longtime locals. While close to downtown, it offers plenty of ways to experience the outdoors. ààVisit a local favorite. Mama’s Boy is beloved thanks to its charm and nontraditional menu of updated Southern classics. Weekend brunch lines can be long, so consider Pancake Tuesday instead. ààTake a musical Tour. Landmarks associated with Athens legends R.E.M. include: the wooden railroad trestle featured on the “Mur
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ADD Drug in Five Points has a busy, old--school lunch counter that is popular with neighborhood residents. Try a grilled cheese sandwich or chocolate malt.
Owner Fooks Foods
KAREN FOOKS For 15 years, Fooks Foods has provided specialty produce and Asian goods to the Athens community. The store is located on South Milledge Avenue, just past Five Points. What made you want to open your business? There was a need in town — to put it shortly. There weren’t too many Asian food stores in town, and I was wanting to get out of the food service business and into retail. So it makes sense. What kinds of products do you offer? Asian foods mainly. Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Filipino. Fresh produce and dry goods. How have you seen Athens change since you opened? The population has grown. Generally speaking, I don’t know. Honestly I don’t think it’s really changed drastically. How has your business changed in the last 15 years? The demand from international students has grown. And within the last five years, in particular, there’s been more interest in Indian cuisine. I started primarily with East Asian — Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, that sort of thing. That’s my background. I’m half Japanese, Filipino, part Russian. And I’m all about food. In the beginning, it was about getting food to the international students that would make them feel at home. Food in Asian culture is a big deal. It means something. And I’m in the Western world, I guess you could say, where we live to eat, we don’t eat to live. There you go.
mur” album cover; the Steeple of St. Mary’s Church where the band played its first show; and Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods, famous for its slogan “Automatic for the People.” ààGet moving. Trail Creek Park contains the Athens Heritage Trail, dotted with historical markers and displays. It connects to the North Oconee River Greenway, several miles of bike/walk pathways.
Stately homes and historic structures from the early 1800s still stand in Cobbham, just as prized for its proximity to downtown today as it was in antebellum Athens. ààCheck out iconic eats. Don’t miss a stop at The Grit, a classic vegetarian spot that’s popular with omnivores, too. Donderos’ Kitchen, nestled into a restored home, is a cozy destination for breakfast and lunch. Seabear Oyster Bar is a favorite for cocktails and celebratory dinners. ààMultitask. Hendershot’s houses both a coffee shop and full bar, making it a great place to get work done during the day. Head back in the evening for drinks, live music and comedy. ààMake house calls. Tour the former homes of Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, for whom the neighborhood is named, and famed newspaperman Henry W. Grady. These house museums provide insight into Athens’ past.
Walking distance from campus and the many sorority and fraternity houses lining South Milledge Avenue, Five Points is popular with students as well as professionals and professors, many of whom live in historic homes lining the surrounding blocks. The namesake intersection is home to more than a dozen restaurants. ààDine fine. For those who take food seriously, 5&10, known as the launching pad for Hugh Acheson’s celebrated career, is a must-visit. At The Expat Athens, French bistro fare and stellar cocktails shine. Donna Chang’s serves upgraded twists on Chinese takeout classics and has an exceptional wine list. At LRG Provisions, sample twists on Southwestern fare. UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA VISITORS GUIDE /43
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ààEat cheap. Thanks to expansive outdoor seating, a low-priced
Central American menu and a BYOB policy, Cali N Tito’s is popular with students. Newcomer el Barrio offers gourmet tacos priced below $4 — along with an extensive tequila list. For a nostalgic breakfast or lunch, sit at the counter in ADD Drug. ààCatch a match. The Royal Peasant, a small pub with a British pedigree, draws regulars who know it’s the best place to watch soccer. ààIndulge. Arrive early at Independent Baking Co. for fresh-fromthe-oven classic French breads and pastries, or spend an afternoon sipping coffee on the patio of Condor Chocolates, which offers Fair Trade truffles and bar chocolate as well as gelato and baked goods. Kids will love a stop at the Hodgson’s Pharmacy ice cream counter. Cones are just $1. ààGo upstairs/downstairs. The Pine and the Root are sibling spots (restaurant, Pine, upstairs; bar, Root, below) that feature Southern fare as well as a selection of Transfit-approved menu items. Check out the Whiskey list. ààStroll and shop. Spend an hour or two browsing boutiques and specialty stores including Masada Leather and Archipelago Antiques. A highlight is Avid Bookshop which has an exceptional kids section. ààVisit otters, possums and bears. Memorial Park Houses greenspace, trails, a dog park, swimming pool and community center. Its key attraction is Bear Hollow Zoo, which offers rehabilitation for native species.
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Originally nicknamed for the State Normal School — a teachers college — Normaltown now is a trendy area with a mix of older homes and local businesses. The University of Georgia’s Health Sciences Campus opened in the old Normal School campus in 2012 bringing an infusion of campus life into the area. ààHead to the park for produce. Sprawling Bishop Park contains tennis courts, a pool, trails, tennis courts and playing fields. On Saturdays it hosts the Athens Farmers Market. ààBrowse books, bolts and brie. Stop in Normal Hardware, an oldschool store where you’ll find Radio Flyer tricycles, rocking chairs and every fixture imaginable. Normal Books stocks classic and recent releases and hosts readings and events. At Half-Shepherd Market & Cheese Shop, select from a range of specialty cheeses and pick up a baguette or bottle of wine. The shop also hosts cheese classes and serves lunch. ààEat well. Ike & Jane Cafe and Bakery is known for inventive doughnuts. Marti’s at Midday is a destination for a healthy and hearty lunch. Located in a renovated service station, Automatic Pizza serves up thin-crust pies that can be customized. Agua Linda draws loyal crowds (especially on Friday evenings) with its generous platters of Tex-Mex staples. Square One Fish Co. is a relocated incarnation of a local favorite that previously operated downtown. ààDrink well. Hi-Lo Lounge is a laid-back neighborhood favorite that special events such as trivia nights and drag shows. Serious
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mixology and an elegant atmosphere set Old Pal apart from the college-town bar scene. Normal Bar is lovable and dive-y with a vast main room with plenty of seating. ààExplore academic history. The historic buildings of what is today the Health Sciences Campus include a gorgeous former Carnegie library.
PULASKI HEIGHTS/NORTH CHASE
Less than a mile from downtown, Pulaski Heights originally was home to a diverse mix of city clerks, blue-collar workers and craftsmen. Today’s residents have renovated the original wooden cottages and manufacturing spots and built modern homes and work spaces in the area’s hilly, tree-shaded lots. The adjacent North Chase Industrial District is home to a mix of lofts and converted industrial buildings. ààWander former warehouses. The Chase Park Warehouses, today house businesses and studios. Highlights include the Tree Room, a
courtyard built around large, otherwise obtrusive trees and used for special events. Check out M3 Yoga and Veronica’s Sweet Spot. ààBarbecue and arts. The former L.M. Leathers Sons plant on Pulaski Street now houses ATHICA, a gallery that focuses on work by emerging and local artists. You’ll also find Pulaski Heights BBQ , which showcases locally sourced meats. ààCaffeine, cocktails, and couture. Buvez is a coffee shop by day and cocktail spot by night, serving as a neighborhood gathering spot. The same building is home to State the Label, which features naturally sourced products, hand-painted textiles and garments sewn in the United States. Across the street, Jittery Joe’s Roaster operates in a converted Quonset hut. This headquarters of the local coffee empire is the place to stop in to watch coffee alchemy in action — and order a fresh-made latte. ààMake trails. The Pulaski Heights Trail is a short walk/bike path that connects the area to downtown.
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The Red & Black's Fall/Winter 2019 Visitors Guide for the University of Georgia and Athens.