When you’re thinking about the best way to use your downtime during ITW 2019, you should definitely consider a visit to Westside, Atlanta’s cultural neighborhood.
This once industrial heartland has been transformed into a vibrant creative hub. Westside, otherwise known as “West Midtown”, has seen artists move in and turn the unused open factory spaces into thriving urban lofts and art galleries.
If you’re looking to get your culture-vulture on during ITW 2019, make it a must-do to visit some of the best galleries in Westside.
You’ll find the Atlanta Contemporary championing modern art; one of the Southeast’s leading contemporary art centre, it will exhibit artworks from local Erin Jane Nelson & Chicago-based artist William J. O’Brien during your stay at ITW 2019.
There’s also the Westside Cultural Arts Center, with its ever-changing cast of local, national and international artists, it is worth an hour or two of mooching and appreciation.
The area also boasts a handful of great live music venues. Terminal West regularly hosts bands from around the world, but you may want to check out Parachute on June 25th for an authentic American rock experience.
With a studio space for over 300 artists, the Goat Farm Arts Center finds former industrial buildings now celebrating the performing arts.
And the Northside Tavern, a purported “dive bar”, showcases live music from local and national blues artists every night of the week. Originally built in the 1940's it served its local community as a gas station and grocery store, before being turned into one of Atlanta’s most famous music venues.
Once you’ve satisfied your appetite for art, we recommend heading out to the local restaurants for some of Atlanta’s finest food.
If you’re after a bite for breakfast, try for a seat in the West Egg Café where the Shrimp & Grits are award winning.
The word on the street is that the fried chicken biscuit at Holler & Dash Biscuit House is also about as good as any you’ll try in Atlanta. And then there’s DAS BBQ: a family run, proud barbecue joint that is talked about with religious fervour. Should you make it there during your stay, we’d urge you to order their much-loved brisket accompanied with a vat of their surprisingly spicy “elote cream corn”.
Now, that is a work of art.