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KITTY J. POPE: Nightlife in Atlanta is Still Hot!

Kitty J. Pope, founder and director of the International Association of Black Travel Writers, tells us that in Atlanta, it’s the nightlife that really makes the South rise again.

There is much more to the city nicknamed “Hotlanta” than just touristy attractions and shopping malls. With world-class clubs, bars, restaurants, lounges and theaters, Atlanta has much to offer anyone looking for good night-time entertainment. Whether you’re in the mood for fast dancing, laid-back vibes or trendy outings, Atlanta’s nightlife has something for all entertainment needs.

Metro-Atlanta has hundreds of night spots for fun and entertainment.

There are about 115 nightclubs just in Midtown, the artsy district about midway between downtown Atlanta and the upscale, ritzy Buckhead area. There are over 60 nightclubs in downtown Atlanta, including hotspots at Underground Atlanta that sizzle at night.

There are almost 90 clubs in Buckhead, with some well-known for celebrity sightings. All year long, many night clubs and hotspots are open seven days a week until the wee hours. And that doesn’t count Atlanta’s many coffeehouses, sports bars, and lounges for your entertainment pleasure. For more information on various night spots, visit http://www.Atlanta.nightguide.com.

With a population of more than 4 million people, Metro-Atlanta has many venues for large-scale performances. Of course, you know about all the top entertainers that you can see at the Georgia Dome and Phillips Arena. These are the largest where mega-concerts are booked and you can see well-known stars like Atlanta’s own Usher, Jay-Z and Kanye West perform, many times to sold out crowds. Noted performers also play at the smaller Atlanta Civic Center.

In the summer, check out Buckhead’s Chastain Park Amphitheatre, where music lovers show up with picnic baskets, candelabras and drinks to enjoy entertainment under the night sky. You usually have to be out of these large-scale venues by about midnight, though.

But not at the Tabernacle’s, a venue that holds about 1,500 people with five levels and a restaurant; it is open until way past midnight. Entertainers like to LL Cool J, UB40 and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have performed here. Another large night spot for partying until daybreak is the Masquerade, where you can catch live music by local and regional bands.

Other popular large spots include Earthlink Live, where mostly the younger, hip-hop generation hangs out, and the Cotton Club, with different types of entertainment for all age groups.

Two very swanky clubs that draw long lines every weekend are Compound and the Velvet Room, both predominately black settings. These clubs are for the upscale urban hip-hop crowd. Tourists who come to Atlanta seek these two out because stars like Sean “P-Diddy” Combs and rapper T.I. hang out here.

Most of the time you have to ‘dress to impress’ to get admitted. Be sure to bring plenty of money for a good time. You can rent a VIP room at these clubs starting at around $1,000 and bottles of champagnes and wines can cost hundreds.

You can also enjoy Atlanta’s cultural arts scene after dark. The Fox Theatre — also known as the Fabulous Fox — is the most popular for theater performances. Designed in the 1920’s, it is an historic landmark that presents shows by Broadway and Theater of the Stars, a noted summer movie series. This also is where you can see Atlanta Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” during the Christmas season.

Opening a little less than five years ago is the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, which has become one of Atlanta’s premier performing arts venues. Home to the Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Broadway Series, this is where you can catch many concerts, plays and theatrical acts.

Other places for culture performances and theater include the 14th St. Playhouse and Rialto Center for the Arts, located in the heart of Atlanta at Georgia State University. 7 Stages is a professional, non-profit theatre company with a focus on the social, political, and spiritual values of contemporary culture.

Another legendary culture venue in Atlanta is the Apache, an award-winning concert spot, cafe & art gallery in one. It is an intimate space with great food and a full bar.

If you are looking for smaller, quieter, more intimate venues, you could try Atlantic Station, a two-story movie theater in Midtown. There, you’ll find celebrity-attracting restaurants, lounges and sports bars where there are always crowds watching games and having fun until late.

There are many dinner theaters to choose from like Agatha’s, a comedy murder mystery dinner theater, where all the shows are original and the audience participates in the action. Atlanta also has several outdoor theaters where you can enjoy orchestra under the stars.
For late-night dining, check out Gibney’s downtown where the kitchen is open until 2 a.m. in the morning, and there is a dance floor, pool tables and big screen TVs.

For more information on nightlife in Atlanta, visit http://www.Atlanta.cityvisitorsguide.com.

All images courtesy of Kitty J. Pope


IBIT TRAVEL Digest 2.26.12

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media

Juffureh, Gambia
Juffureh, Gambia | ©IBIT G. Gross

The Internet has given us all the ability to search out the lowest price on all things related to travel, so we really have no need for travel agents anymore, right?

Not necessarily.

An admittedly non-scientific side-by-side test by the New York Times matched the Web and a travel agent to see which produced the best deals — and the live-human travel agent came out on top.

Seasoned travelers know there’s nothing like having a knowledgeable travel agent in your corner when reservations fall through or unforeseen events blow up your travel plans. Now, it looks now as if the old-school travel agent might be able to hold their own when it comes to scoring travel bargains, as well.

The only thing I love more than traveling by sea is traveling cheaply by sea, which means I’m naturally drawn to ocean-going ferries, and Tripologist.com has come up with a trip that satisfies on both counts.

As close as Japan and South Korea are to one another, it would only make sense to visit both while you’re traveling in that part of the world. But a round-trip ticket for the two-hour flight between Tokyo and Seoul could cost you $500 and up, which is insane.

For almost $200 less, you could take a three-hour cruise on a high-speed hydrofoil between the two countries, and pass easily and cheaply from the ports to the anywhere in either country via their high-speed rail networks.

Two high-speed train rides, connected by a hydrofoil? That’s me, all right.

Tripologist breaks down the particulars here.

That’s right. CBS is coming back at you with its 20th segment of the world travel contest show, The Amazing Race. The format is the same, 11 teams of two competitors each. The prize is the same, $1 million.

Being the travel addict I am, I’d probably watch this, anyway, despite all the artificial drama and instigated conflict the show’s producers try so hard to generate. But this time around, I have extra incentives.

The first is that, once again, there are contestants from San Diego on the show. Or rather, there were. The two Asian golfing sisters were eliminated the first night. Poor girls, they barely got their passports open and they’re already gone.

The other is that I have reason to believe that the race is returning to Africa. I’d watch for that reason alone. Some may watch this show for the conniving and the cattiness, but for this traveler, it’s all about the destinations.

And now, here’s this week’s Digest:


from Smarter Travel
The new rules requiring airlines to fully disclose the cost of a flight have prompted online travel agencies to limit their flexible options — in some cases, drastically. But there are still ways to use flexible search to your advantage.

from TIME
First, they were feeling up old ladies, frisking little girls and looting people’s luggage. Are TSA screeners now using their screening machines to ogle young women’s bodies? One woman says yes, and she’s suing.

from USA Today
The merger with United has caused Continental Airlines to disappear in all but name. Now, even that is going away. ​

from msnbc
Have one of those unbearably long flights coming up in Coach? Would rather not have a seatmate, maybe even prefer having a whole row all to yourself? That can be arranged.

from The​ Times, London UK
Better driving by motorists would make things a lot safer for cyclists. What makes this statement remarkable is that, in London, at least, it’s the motorists who are saying it.

from the New York Times
The NYT’s Michelle Higgins tells us how to get elite status from the better hotel chains. The way the hotels are adding on surcharges these days, you almost owe it to yourself to do it.

from Away.com
TV chef Anthony Bourdain shares his five top travel tips. This could cost him his Bad Boy membership card.

from the San Francisco Chronicle
The Costa Concordia disaster is giving folks in Venice second thoughts about how close they want these massive mega-ships passing by their fragile icon of Italian history.

from USA Today
Talks are underway that could bring a cruise to the capital city of Haiti for the first time in a quarter-century.

from Cruise Critic
Twenty-two passengers from the cruise ship Carnival Splendor robbed at gunpoint in Puerto Vallarta. This probably will trigger a massive response from the authorities to crime in the Mexican port, but it might be too late to save the Mexican Riviera.


from CP-Africa
Is this the footprint of God?

from The Daily Observer (Gambia) via allAfrica.com
New Fajara Craft Market opens in Kotu, part of an ongoing redevelopment of the Fajara waterfront.

from the Business Daily (Kenya) via allAfrica.com
Tourism figures are up in Kenya despite worries over tourist kidnappings and conflict with Somalia’s al Shabaab religious extremist militia.

from The Citizen (Tanzania) via allAfrica.com
Mafia Island. In more ways than one, it’s not what you think. On land, lush, green, and largely unspoiled tropical landscape. Offshore, world-class diving and snorkeling.


from State.gov
The State Department breaks down its travel warnings on Mexico, going state by state.

from the New York Times
This piece is all about how to spend a weekend in New Orleans. But if you approach this city in the right spirit, a weekend in “the NOLA” can last all year.

from USA Today
A new exhibit at a Phoenix museum shows there’s more to the Apache legacy than the legend of Geronimo.

from the San Francisco Chronicle
Hawaii’s lava flows are equally fascinating to scientists and tourists, but if you plan on taking in this breathtaking sight, a little caution is in order. Actually, make that a lot of caution.


from Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan)
From giant paper floats to a private train heated in winter by a pot-bellied stove, Aomori prefecture puts Japanese culture on display.

from the Japan Times
Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji fish market, which feeds this nation’s insatiable appetite for seafood, is a whirlwind of sights, sounds, aromas and characters. It’s also due to close in three years. So if you want to see a historic piece of daily Tokyo life, go soon.


from the Guardian (London UK)
An interactive map showing the best bargain-priced restaurants around Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You’ll want to keep this one in your “mobile.”

from the Guardian (London UK)
If you’re one of those people who think camping would be great if it weren’t out in the wilderness, Berlin has the hotel you’ve been waiting for. it’s called the Hüttenpalast. AUDIO SLIDESHOW

from the the Guardian (London UK)
Speaking of eateries, here’s one Parisian’s list of the ten best Paris bistros. I wouldn’t call any of these places a bargain, but they’re probably worth every euro.


from France 24
Iraqi town uses history and heritage to turn from terrorism to tourism.