The Midtown MARTA station is one of the best in Atlanta. Bustling with businesses, restaurants, housing and nightlife, it is highly walkable and offers access to Piedmont Park and Tech Square. Whether you are looking for a night on the town or are heading to a festival, you can do it all here, including this list of the best destinations this station has to offer.
Midtown Nightlife District
There is something for everyone in the nightlife scene around Midtown. From nightclubs and bars to comedy and jazz clubs. Crescent Avenue holds many of the area’s hot spots such as Opera, Sutra Lounge and CosmoLava, which are less than two blocks from the station.
List of Nightlife Venues
Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
Almost right next to the station is the former apartment of “Gone With the Wind” writer Margaret Mitchell. You can tour the building and view the museum without having to walk more than a block.
Piedmont Park and Festivals
The Midtown station is the main access point to Piedmont Park and also commonly used for major events such the Dogwood Festival, Music Midtown, Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Atlanta Arts Festival. Park Tavern is at the far end of the park for refreshments and skyline patio dining, or get active in the park itself with tennis courts, swimming pool and athletic fields.
Taste of Atlanta
Atlanta is already a foodie paradise with numerous and affordable (and tasty) restaurants. Taste of Atlanta brings many of them together in the same place each year in the Tech Square, about three blocks from the station.
If you love rooftop lounges, you’ll love this spot at the Renaissance Hotel. Classy and overlooking the city, it has fire pits and handcrafted cocktails. Great for a date.
Empire State South
As the closest fine dining restaurant to the Midtown station, Empire State South makes the list. As the name suggests, the focus is Southern food, which they offer in various forms for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, they have a bocce court and coffee bar. Take the 10th Street exit out of the station and turn right (east) on 10th Street and cross over Peachtree Street. The restaurant is located in the corner of the 999 Peachtree Street building on the right.
For a higher-end European-inspired menu head to Ecco. Several large patios provide views of the tucked-away street scene and pizzas are wood-fired. Yum. Take the Peachtree Place exit out of the station and turn left on Peachtree Place then right on Cypress Street.
One of the newest casual restaurants on the block (and less than a block from the Midtown station) is Cafe Agora, which specializes in Mediterranean food. They have nearly a perfect rating on Yelp, so if you need a gyro fix, head here. Take the Peachtree Place exit out of the station and turn left. The cafe is on the next corner next to Arden’s Garden.
Vortex Bar and Grill
For an amazing burger, including the famous coronary bypass burgers, head to the Vortex on Peachtree Street. There’s a small patio out front and next door is the Laughing Skull Lounge comedy club. It’s also open late night if you need some substance after having a few drinks. Take the Peachtree Place exit out of the station and turn left on Peachtree Place then right on Peachtree Street.
Bars (for the guys)
If TVs and beer are what you are looking for, two large sports bars are only a block away from the station: Taco Mac and Hudson Grille. Take the Peachtree Place exit out of the station and turn left and walk up to Peachtree Street. Or follow the same directions above, but turn right on Cypress Street before you reach Peachtree Street and walk a couple blocks for the tucked-away patio at Cypress Street Pint and Plate.
Bars (for the girls)
Ra Sushi has a combination indoor/outdoor bar, classy interior with several lounges and regularly updated skinny cocktails at the intersection of 11th Street and Crescent (see above directions to the nightlife district). Or choose from the swanky female-oriented steakhouse/bar STK or the bar in the Lowes Hotel nearby. Take the main Peachtree Street exit out of the station and turn right on 10th then left on Peachtree Street. Both venues are on the right near 12th Street.
Regency Suites Hotel
The Regency Suites Hotel in Midtown just might be the closet hotel to a MARTA station, so it definitely makes a “best of” list. The hotel features a business and fitness center, daily complimentary breakfast and complimentary dinner Monday through Thursday when reservations are booked directly through the hotel.
Who doesn’t like a trolley? The free service picks up at the Midtown station and stops in various places on the Georgia Tech campus.
How to Ride the Tech Trolley
If you are looking for a transit-friendly condo, there are several condo buildings in close distance to the station, with the closest being Metropolis and Aqua. Take the Peachtree Place exit out of the station and turn left for Metropolis (on Peachtree Street) or turn right for Aqua (West Peachtree Street).