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A Day in Atlanta’s LGBT-Friendly Midtown Neighborhood

Explore the charm of Midtown Atlanta this Pride. Image courtesy of: maxvis/iStock/Getty Images Plus collection/Getty Images

What makes Atlanta such a unique city is its neighborhoods. Midtown is both a cultural destination and a major hub for the city’s LGBT community. Here’s an itinerary for a perfect day in Midtown:

Morning

Start your day with a hearty Southern breakfast at Flying Biscuit Cafe, which was co-founded by the Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers, who grew up in Atlanta and started the duo while attending Emory University. On weekends, go for brunch at Publik Draft House, which offers biscuits and burgers and is located directly across the street from Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown.

Afterwards, rent a bike from Skate Escape or Relay Bike Share to pedal down the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail from Piedmont Park to Ponce City Market or Krog Street Market, the city’s best food halls. There’s colorful street art along the way, and each offers multiple dining options when you’re ready for a break.

Afternoon

If it’s after 12, it must be time for libations. Head to Empire State South for a glass of frosé to cool you down over a game of bocce. Henry’s has an outdoor patio perfect for its Taco Tuesdays special and a cold craft beer. And Joe’s on Juniper is always lively — share wings or potato skins with friends or dig into one of its juicy burgers.

Afterwards, take a wander through Midtown’s museums, each devoted to something different. The collections at the High Museum of Art cover every period in history, while MODA focuses on creativity and design with everyday applications. To experience the city’s live theater scene, there’s nowhere better than the historic Fox Theater, which presents touring Broadway shows and concerts and influenced the design of its across-the-street neighbor, Hotel Indigo Midtown. The Alliance Theatre is another favorite, producing shows that often go on to gain national success.

Or you may want to partake in the city’s shopping culture, by perusing boutiques like Eco Denizen, an environmentally responsible store for home decor and gifts. Hop aboard the MARTA train at Midtown Station and you can quickly be at the upscale mall Lenox Square in Buckhead, a neighborhood with many independent shops.

Evening

After a quick rest and refresh, head to dinner at favorites near the Hotel Indigo Midtown, like Campagnolo for cozy Italian fare, or TEN, a Southern spot with a popular bar. Mary Mac’s Tea Room, located a few blocks away, is an Atlanta classic, known for its hospitality since 1945 and dishes like fried green tomatoes and fried chicken.

If you’re looking for a nightcap, stop by The Lawrence or Grain, both cozy craft cocktail bars. Comedy at Laughing Skull Lounge is another option, showcasing both national acts and amateurs. But if you want a big night out, you’ll find clubs to keep you dancing. Atlanta Eagle is a popular leather bar, while Blake’s offers karaoke. Opera is a large nightclub with different music offerings every night. My Sister’s Room in Midtown has been a favorite for women for the past few decades, offering burlesque nights, speed dating and one of the official Pride after parties.