Explore downtown Athens: Simply a short walk from Sanford Arena, downtown Athens is bursting at its seams with trendy and quirky shops, a variety of bars and music places, unequalled dining, and more. The Victoria-era architecture produces a welcoming atmosphere for both visitors and locals to take a leisurely stroll and explore the regional stores. While you’re taking a look at the town, keep a watch out for the world’s only Double-Barreled Cannon on the corner of College Ave. and Hancock Ave and the Tree That Owns Itself, which is a few blocks away on the corner of Dearing St. and Finley St. Bordering downtown, the University of Georgia’s beautiful North Campus, which likewise makes for a gorgeous walk, starts at The Arch on Broad Street.
Feast on Regional Fare: No football fan will be underfed this season with dozens of delightful dining establishments lining the streets of downtown Athens. The Classic City’s food scene is growing and has just recently captured the attention of nationwide media. Among the most acknowledged dining establishments are 5 and Ten, Top Chef Hugh Acheson’s restaurant, and The Last hope Grill on Clayton St., which is constantly a family favorite. Mother’s Young boy, Heirloom Cafe, The Grit, Porterhouse Grill, and East-West Restaurant are also popular options for weekend breakfast. There is no scarcity of traditional “tailgating food” such as pizza, hamburgers, and wings, which can be discovered downtown at Amici Italian Coffee shop, The Volstead, and Dirty Birds. A total list of Athens restaurants can be found here
Enjoy a Cold Brew: While in Athens, fans will want to try regional Athens beer. Known for its unmatched taste and character, Terrapin beer is quickly winning over the nation. Adding to their collection of awards, Terrapin Beer Co. just recently claimed an area on The Best 25 Craft Breweries in the U.S. list, and visitors will comprehend why. The entire household, consisting of leashed four-legged buddies, is invited to explore the brewery on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Live outside music, complimentary tastings, yard games, and brewery trips every half-hour make for a pleasant, relaxing environment for all. A $10 memento beer glass secures eight four-ounce tasting tickets for visitors ages 21+. Athens‘ most recent brewery, Creature Comforts Developing Company, opened in April 2014 in downtown Athens, in the old Snow Tire structure on Hancock Avenue, and continues an Athens tradition of the exceptional reuse of historical spaces. Animal Comforts is open for trips Tuesdays through Saturdays. Inspect their Facebook page before house video game weekends for any modifications on hours.
Rock Out: Named the “Primary College Music Scene in America” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Athens is gushing with incredible music! The regional locations attract rising stars, old favorites, and whatever in between. Not just have world-renowned bands such as R.E.M., the B-52’s, and Widespread Panic originated from the Classic City, however hundreds of new and upcoming bands make their debut in Athens each year. Between well-known Athens locations such as the Georgia Theatre, The Melting Point, and 40 Watt Club, and intimate locations such as Caledonia Lounge, Little Kings Shuffle Club, and the Green Room, there is always a fantastic program to be seen. Check out the performance schedule here!
Take a Tour: For visitors thinking about discovering the historic elements of Athens, assisted trips are readily available. The Classic City Trip of Athens is offered daily through the Athens Welcome Center, in addition to free self-guided brochures/maps, audio tours, and pod tours. Details can be discovered at here. Athens Food Tours are a tasty and amazing option for those wishing to learn about and taste regional and local food. Last but not least, the self-guided Athens Music History Strolling Tour focuses on the history of Athens music and the areas that made the music scene into such a success.