While this neighborhood’s name doesn’t win any points for creativity, its artistic and diverse residents sure do. This small area is saturated with an impressive array of live music venues, murals, independent shops, and eclectic restaurants peppered throughout the two-block radius that is East Atlanta Village, or “EAV,” as it’s locally known. Radiating outward from the intersection of Flat Shoals and Glenwood Avenues, EAV is the driving force behind East Atlanta’s ascension from a pocket of crime to one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city. In just one block, you may find a coffee shop, gourmet restaurant, recording studio, vintage boutique, gay bar and live music venue. East Atlanta may be small, but it packs one heavyweight punch.
A stroll down Flat Shoals Avenue brings you to the fragrant doorsteps of the neighborhood’s best restaurants. East Atlanta locals are die-hard about their ‘hood, and that most certainly includes its food. The neighborhood’s residents will tell you to first stop by Argosy, We Suki Suki or So Ba for a fantastic meal. Argosy is one good-looking restaurant with gorgeous wood paneling and a sprawling indoor dining space. Here, you’ll find upscale gastropub fare like seared pork belly confit, burgers, beer-boiled peanuts and Belgian carbonnade. Innuendo aside, We Suki Suki doesn’t play games when it comes to Banh mi and Boba tea, which happen to make a pretty tasty combo.
Just one block from EAV’s main artery, So Ba splits its kitchen with Octopus Bar, a late-night watering hole. So Ba serves up its mouthwateringly good Vietnamese dishes—including several varieties of pho, Com tam and bún—until 10 pm. Octopus Bar opens at 10:30 pm to bring night owls an extraordinary dinner and cocktail menu until 2:30 am (although certain editors have been known to stay beyond those hours).
East Atlanta is one of the city’s live music hubs—and for good reason. Peppered throughout just two blocks, you’ll find The EARL, 529 and Union EAV, which all offer live music almost every night of the week. Perhaps best known is The EARL, which earned its Herculean musical reputation with a jam-packed schedule featuring an eclectic mix of performers, including Vampire Weekend, My Morning Jacket and The Avett Brothers. Locals flock to Graveyard Tavern, The Basement (beneath Graveyard) and Mary’s for drinks, dancing and DJs spinning a wide variety of jams.