Just because you don’t have a car or are in Atlanta for business doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. There are plenty of nightlife options near MARTA stations, and with several hotels and restaurants surrounding the Peachtree Center MARTA station, there are usually people on the streets and options of things to do. Keep in mind that the rail line stops operating around 1 a.m., so plan your evening accordingly.
Meehan’s Public House
Get a beer and a bite at this Irish pub on Peachtree Street, a very short walk away from the station. Exposed brick and wood paneling make it a cozy spot after dark. Stop by on Friday nights for live music. Two thumbs up on their giant pretzels. For easiest access, take the Harris Street exit off the train platform and follow the signs to Peachtree Street West. At street level, turn right and walk about a block.
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint
A newer venue, Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint features live jazz Thursdays-Sundays. The spacious venue also serves Southern-inspired food and specialty cocktails. Take the Ellis Street exit off the train platform and follow the signs to Peachtree Street East (keeping left after going through the fare gates). Take the elevator or escalator to street level and turn right then cross over Peachtree Street at the stoplight.
Ray’s in the City
A higher-end restaurant above the MARTA station, Ray’s in the City specializes in seafood and steak, with live jazz Thursday-Saturday. Food and drink specials are available between 3-7 p.m.as an added bonus. Take the Harris Street exit of the train platform and follow the signs to Peachtree Street West. At street level, turn right, and the restaurant is one door down.
Metro Café Diner
The Metro Café Diner is about as close as it gets to a typical New York City diner experience. The multi-level restaurant has the required huge menu and karaoke every night after 8 p.m. Take the Harris Street exit off the train platform and follow the signs to Peachtree Street East. Turn left at street level, then left again on Andrew Young International Blvd.
Agatha’s: A Taste of Mystery
For humor that doesn’t involve yourself or your friends singing karaoke, head to Agatha’s, a comedy murder-mystery dinner theater. The ticket cost includes a five-course meal and shows regularly change throughout the year. Take the Harris Street exit off the train platform and follow the signs to Peachtree Street East. Turn left at street level, then left again on Andrew Young International Blvd. At the first stoplight, turn right on Peachtree Center Avenue.
A slightly longer walk away from the station is Trader Vic’s, a tropical tiki bar situated in the lower level of the Hilton hotel. Thursdays you can pretend you are in paradise with $6 Mai Tai’s and live music from Tongo Hiti. A food menu is available, but prices are on the high side. Take the Harris Street exit off the train platform and follow the signs to Peachtree Street East. At street level, turn right on Peachtree Street then right again on John Portman Blvd./Harris Street (eastbound). An entrance to Trader Vics is a little over two blocks down on the left.
Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge
One of the few nightclubs in downtown Atlanta is Harlem Nights Ultra Lounge. DJs play Hip Hop, R&B, Dance and Top-40 music in a main lounge, and a second VIP area offers more seclusion. There is a full dinner menu and a late-night menu. Take the Harris Street exit off the train platform then follow the signs to Peachtree Street East. Turn left at street level then left again on Andrew Young International Blvd., which is the first light. The lounge is two blocks down at Courtland Avenue.
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The Broughton Tabernacle opened in 1910, and today is one of Atlanta’s unique concert venues. Rock, metal and pop music are typical shows you’ll find here. See the above link for walking directions.
Sun Dial Bar and View
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At the top of the Westin Hotel is a rotating bar with a panoramic view of the city. On Wednesday and Thursday nights enjoy live music from the Mose Davis Trio. Order a specialty cocktail and take a commemorative glass home with you.
Downtown Atlanta Carriage Tour
Regular horse-drawn carriage rides depart from different carriage stands and hotels in the area. Reservations are recommended, and you can choose from a 15-minute, 30-minute or one hour ride. The closest carriage stand to the station is at Peachtree Center Avenue and Andrew Young International Blvd. From MARTA, follow the signs to the Harris Street exit off the train platform, then to Peachtree Street East. At street level, turn left on Peachtree Street and left again on Andrew Young International Blvd. and walk to the next intersection. You can also connect with the carriages at the Hyatt Regency or the Ritz-Carlton on either side of the station.