Ultimate Westside Atlanta Itinerary: Where to Go and What to Do

Atlanta’s Westside is steeped in history, art and culture. Known as the center of growth and success for many African American businesses, the area is home to Atlanta University Center and it’s where Atlantans go to enjoy a booming nightlife. Planning a night out or a trip? Check this Westside itinerary.

Westside Reservoir Park

Start your day at Westside Reservoir Park
Start your day at Westside Reservoir Park. (📷: @jerrito1)

Into fitness? Start your visit to the Westside with an early morning walk or run at Westside Reservoir Park. As the largest green space in the city at 280 acres, Westside Reservoir Park, formerly known as Bellwood Quarry, is the perfect place for a morning stroll or jog. Amid picturesque walking paths and scenic environs, you can take in a view of the 350-foot-deep reservoir holding 2.4-billion gallons of emergency water reserves.

Black Coffee ATL

With a visit to Black Coffee ATL, your morning can only get better. Grab a cup of coffee “with a shot of culture” at this locally owned coffee shop. With a space designed for artists, entrepreneurs and visitors to convene; it definitely invites you to stay a while. Take your cup of joe to go and wander the artsy Castleberry Hill neighborhood.

Castleberry Hill Historic Arts District

Castleberry Hill puts the art in heart
Castleberry Hill puts the art in heart.

More than just a neighborhood, the Castleberry Hill historic arts district is a good place to continue your morning excursion through the Westside. Add some spice to your adventure by walking around Castleberry Hill where you will find coffee shops, restaurants, bars and green spaces. Come back in the evening and let the nighttime beats and memorable murals guide you.

Atlantic Station

Relax in the green space after shopping at Atlantic Station
Relax in the green space after shopping at Atlantic Station. (📷: Gene Phillips)

Kick off the afternoon with a little shopping at Atlantic Station. The upscale area with an open-air mall at its center is the perfect family-friendly hangout. From the wide range of dining options, shopping experiences and an opportunity to take in the history at the Millennium Gate Museum, Atlantic Station is one of the city’s hot spots. Pop-up events and weekend markets are held frequently at Atlantic Station.

The Home Depot Backyard

Tailgating at The Home Depot Backyard
Tailgating at The Home Depot Backyard is so much fun. (📷: The Home Depot Backyard)

Cheering on your favorite team at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? Try a tailgate at The Home Depot Backyard. The beautiful 11-acre green space with perfect views of the stadium and a bright mural, this is the perfect space to catch some sun or get hyped before a game. If you’re visiting during the week you can get a free workout during the evening fitness series.

Westside Motor Lounge

Westside Motor Lodge
The Westside’s new hot spot (📷: Courtesy of 360 Media)

Westside Motor Lodge offers an escape after you’ve fueled up with morning exercise and lunch. This new Westside hot spot consists of three vacant auto repair shops transformed into a dynamic indoor-outdoor escape perfect for people also interested in a unique culinary experience. At almost three acres, this lounge includes a restaurant and bar, cocktail lounge, game room, listening room, event space and a courtyard equipped with a beer garden, music stage, games, a fire pit, cabans and a food truck. It’s a great place to start a night out on the town.

Barcelona Wine Bar

Looking for a warm and welcoming meal? Barcelona Wine Bar provides just that. Enjoy tapas inspired by the culture of Spain with an award-winning selection of wines from Spain and South America. You can check out the happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or enjoy Saturday and Sunday brunch from noon to 3 p.m.

Westside Provisions District

Westside Provisions District is your stop for shopping and dining on the Westside
Westside Provisions District is your stop for shopping and dining on the Westside (📷: Melissa McAlpine)

Let the bar hopping begin. Westside Provisions District offers options for filling up with bites at one of the many restaurants. You can let your taste buds venture to Israel while dining at Aziza. After you’ve eaten all you can, grab an evening beverage at one of the local bars including Little Trouble, a fan favorite with an Instagrammable atmosphere. Craving something sweet? Finish off your dining journey with a scoop from Jeni’s Ice Cream.

The Interlock

There's always something to do at The Interlock
There’s always something to do at The Interlock (📷: Clint Walker)

After you finish up at Westside Provisions District you can meander across the street and visit one of the Westside’s newest destinations for a night to remember at The Interlock. Whether you want to grab another small bite or stay until the wee hours, The Interlock is overflowing with options. Play a game of minigolf at Puttshack or grab a drink and visit rooftop L.O.A for beautiful views, a rooftop pool and eats. Stop by the Bellyard Hotel’s Drawbar for more rooftop views. The list only gets longer and so will your night.

Palo Santo

Always great tunes at Palo Santo
Always great tunes at Palo Santo.

Take in delicious flavors of modern Mexican cuisine at this supper club-style restaurant and rooftop. Open until 11 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Sundays; it provides the perfect opportunity to watch the sunset while overlooking West Midtown.

Terminal West

Nothing beats a night of entertainment. End your night with a bang (or band) by catching a concert at Terminal West. Some notable musicians who have performed here include Kevin Morby, Calexico and Sudan Archives.

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