Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Atlanta

May 30, 2013 8:00 AM

One of the great things about living in Atlanta is that there is always something to do. New York may be “the city that never sleeps,” but Atlanta is “the city where it’s too early to go to sleep.” While in many cities, these late-night activities take place in bars, night owls in Atlanta like to branch out from the bars and absorb late-night Atlanta sans the hustle and bustle of the bar scene. Here are some great late-night alternatives to bars in Atlanta.

 Best Late Night Activities Beyond Bars In Atlanta

Enjoy some late-night coffee at Cafe Intermezzo (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Cafe Intermezzo – Midtown
1065 Peachtree St., Suite 2
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-0411

Open until 3 a.m., Cafe Intermezzo is the place for after-hours coffee and a snack in Midtown. With over 100 cakes, tortes, muffins and cookies available, you won’t be hungry for long, and the coffee selections are amazing. This an Atlanta coffee hangout with a European flair. It’s best known a place to relax and get away from all the noise and distractions of living in a big city. And yes, the cheesecake is as good as it looks.

Midtown Bowl

1936 Piedmont Circle N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5703

How about some late-night bowling? Open each day until 3 a.m., Midtown Bowl has 32 renovated lanes, food service, a full bar and a great staff that will take care of all your needs. Great for bachelor parties, birthdays and a night out with all your friends, it’s about time you get to Midtown Bowl. When was the last time you went bowling, especially after a late dinner or watching a baseball game at the bar? Head on over to Midtown Bowl.

Atlantic Station
Atlantic Town Center
1380 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA 30363
(404) 733-1221

Atlantic Station is the ideal setting for a nighttime walk and a chance to just relax. This mixed-use development is located just west of Midtown, but once on the grounds, you feel like you are a world away from big city life. A walk around Atlantic Station offers great views of the Atlanta skyline and peace and quiet you don’t often find so close to downtown Atlanta. Some of the merchants in Atlantic Station may even stay open late, so stop in and meet some great people.

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 Best Late Night Activities Beyond Bars In Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium at night (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Georgia Aquarium Sleepovers
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4151

Most Georgians have experienced the magic and beauty of the Georgia Aquarium, but here’s your chance to see it like few are allowed to do. A special program put on at the aquarium allows fans to stay after hours and explore the wonders of the “world’s largest aquarium” at night. You can even sleep in one of the exhibits and see informative videos about what goes on underwater and behind the scenes with all the marine life. This is a very cool opportunity for adults and kids.

Happy Donuts
380 Flat Shoals Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 893-0088

There is nothing better than late-night donuts and coffee. Happy Donuts is an institution and that knows how to make a donut any time of the day. Even at midnight, these fried treats are fresh and the coffee is hot. One patron said they aren’t too “cakey” and they are never too sweet. This is perfection in the form of a donut shop in Atlanta.

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at