Outdoor, indoor, restaurant, live music or art – no matter what your taste or entertainment desire, you’ll find it in Old Fourth Ward. It’s the neighborhood long associated with Martin Luther King Jr., but he’s not the only celebrity who has graced the streets of this popular neighborhood. Its popularity is soaring thanks to great restaurants, bars and hangouts, and the gossip magazines have been ablaze with news of who’s been seen where. With fun for kids, and an eclectic selection of restaurants and bars, don’t just limit yourself to this list; go explore Old Fourth Ward yourself!

The Fainting Couch
434 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 872-6698

It’s knick-knacks and object d’art all the way here. If you’re looking for something unusual, or a one-of-a-kind gift, here is where you will find it. It’s an Aladdin’s Cave of treasures, antiques and bric a brac; a bright splash of unique in a same ol’, same ol’ kind of world. If you like your house to be adorned with conversation pieces, you’re guaranteed not to find anything better than The Fainting Couch.

Edgewood Speakeasy at Pizzeria Vesuvius
372 Edgewood Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 343-4404
www.pizzeriavesuvius.com/speakeasy 

Hidden behind a secret door, accessed from Pizzeria Vesuvius, this 1920s-themed speakeasy makes a great location for drinks after a busy day. Well-priced cocktails aplenty and local and craft beers are the drinks of choice, in addition to traditional liquors and some old-style moonshine. The DJ plays the very best of old school funk, disco and soul, and the atmosphere has a vibe to get a buzz from. 

Historic Fourth Ward Park
800 Dallas St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 590-7275
www.h4wpc.com

This 17-acre public park is located at the heart of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Idyllic grounds surround a two-acre lake which is specially designed to help manage water following a 100-year storm event. A splash pad and huge playground provide kids with ample entertainment, and the skatepark is sure to keep bigger kids entertained. Walkers, joggers and runners alike visit the park for its tranquil running environment and well-maintained paths which wind their way around this park. 

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Fruttela
701 Highland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 588-0117
www.lafrutella.com 

Over 50 different toppings can be chosen for the 10 varieties of frozen yogurt available at this store. All organic, fat free milk is used for the frozen yogurt, and real fruit and probiotics make this a delicious, healthy treat. Keep an eye on Fruttela’s Facebook page, linked from its website, for updates on which flavors are in store this week as the list rotates regularly.

Rathbun’s Restaurant
112 Krog St.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-8280
www.rathbunsrestaurant.com

Hungry? Read this restaurant’s menu and you will be. With items on the humorously titled ‘Second Mortgage’ menu including elk chops and a 20-oz cowboy ribeye, this is fare to make your mouth water. For smaller appetites, the big plates menu includes crispy duck breast and enchanted springs trout, so no matter what your favorite flavor, you’ll find it cooked to perfection here. But be sure not to fill up too much on your entree; you’ll be sorry if you pass up the dessert menu. 

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