One of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, Old Fourth Ward has quickly gained status as one of the city’s most popular areas. With its rich Civil War, civil rights and political history, Old Fourth Ward is a natural home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The neighborhood's innovative population of entrepreneurs opens cutting-edge restaurants, bars and nightclubs that have made the area a nightlife hotspot for locals. The area can easily be explored in a day, but stay for the nightlife thanks to an emerging after-hours scene on Edgewood Avenue. Ready to explore? Follow our guide to things to do in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward:
Retrace Atlanta’s Rich History
Practically every building in Old Fourth Ward has a riveting story, especially since the Atlanta Preservation Center began rescuing and rehabilitating endangered structures. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is rife with civil rights landmarks. In the Sweet Auburn District, which overlaps some with the King Historic District, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market harks back to the early 1920s, when a devastating fire consumed most of the Fourth Ward. The Curb Market was built in an effort to rebuild and stands today as the city's oldest public market. The Atlanta Daily World (ADW) building and The Royal Peacock were also hubs of activity during the civil rights movement. Take a food tour through the restaurant stalls at the Curb Market, enjoy a refreshment from Arden’s Garden or Condesa Coffee in the ADW building, or dance into the night at The Royal Peacock.
Where to Eat in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward
Old Fourth Ward brims with locally owned restaurants for every taste. Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar and Thumbs Up Diner serve up Southern fare, while Miso Izakaya, Cafe Circa and Across the Street lend international flavor to the neighborhood. Don’t miss local favorites LottaFrutta, Serpas and Highland Bakery for a perfect mix of laid-back ambiance and incredible food.
Nightlife in the Edgewood Area
Night owls are flocking to Old Fourth Ward thanks to the rebirth of Edgewood Avenue. Eclectic nightclubs and bars line the street, which buzzes with energy on weekend nights. Stop in for good music and even better food at Noni's or The Sound Table. Find your happy place at Joystick Gamebar, which offers vintage arcade games and group-friendly board games alongside craft cocktails and excellent food. Visit celebrity magnets Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping-Pong Emporium and Edgewood Corner Tavern, which have played host to the likes of Lady Gaga, Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth, among others.