Visiting Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia
Across from our hotel, the Artmore, there is a small transit station. The front desk at the hotel informed us that we could walk across the street and catch a free shuttle bus to Atlantic Station. We proceeded to cross the street and head to the transit center.
We walked up what appeared to be the access road to the center, but were greeted by a big sign that stated pedestrians using that path will be arrested. Luckily, I spotted a police car just to our right, so we did not follow that path.
I approached the Atlanta PD car and asked the officer where the main entrance to the station was. To my surprise he told us to just walk up the path that we were originally going to use. Nathan joked that we were being set up and he would arrest us as soon as we went up the path. Needless to say, Nathan was wrong.
The free shuttle bus to Atlantic Station was leaving the transit center as we walked up. We were able to flag the shuttle bus down and hopped on board.
A quick 10 minute ride and we were at the Atlantic Station. We would have been there a couple of minutes earlier had we known when to get off. There are unfortunately no announcements for the stops so we missed ours. Luckily the bus just does a big loop and we were able to get off a few stops later, just on the other side of the road.
We explored Atlantic Station, which turns out to be basically a big outdoor shopping mall in Atlanta. There are all of the standard mall stores that one would expect in a big city mall. Personally I am not a big fan of shopping malls, or shopping in general for that matter.
We were hoping for more of a “downtown” feel, an area where we could perhaps go bar hopping. Needless to say this outdoor mall was not that. We did manage to located one bar, The Yard House.
The Yard House is a chain of restaurants / breweries across America. They have a great food menu and an excellent selection of beer. We were not all that hungry so we opted to split a small pizza. The pizza was good, but nothing to write home about.
We had two beer samplers, one with a variety of IPA style beers and one with Belgium style beer. Both were delicious but personally I liked the IPA selection the best. My favorite of the IPA’s was the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. It was so good that both Nathan and I chose to have a full pint of it after we finished the samplers.
The bus ride back to the transit center across from our hotel, The Artmore was mostly uneventful. The one notable experience was me losing my flip flop running for the bus. We were waiting across the street from where the actual bus stop was and there for had to sprint for the bus once we realized it was not going to stop where we had originally anticipated.