The University of Georgia, commonly referred to as UGA or Georgia, is the state's flagship school located in Athens Georgia, approximately an hour drive from Atlanta. Considered one of the best college towns in the country the campus is home to just under 30,000 students. Athens is a city in the midst of a rebirth and renewal; emerging as a cultural hotspot with a dynamic art, music and restaurant scene. Sports are an integral part of life at UGA with students cheering on their beloved "Georgia Bulldogs."
Stay: Get inspired and feel that special college spirit at The Graduate Athens. This is a new concept in hotels: a brand offering fun, stylish and well priced lodgings located exclusively in college towns and catering to parents, alumni and tourists. The Graduate Athens is housed in an old foundry building complete with a multi tiered music venue and restaurant just a short walk from the UGA campus. Other options: The Hotel Indigo, less than half mile from campus and The Holiday Inn, directly adjacent to campus.
Coffee: For a quick cup of coffee, Athens’s Bagel is the place to go. Named after an episode in The Simpsons, Jittery Joe’s is a student favorite, known for their small batch roasts and excellent quality beans. If you're staying at The Graduate, grab a coffee in the lobby at Ironworks Coffee before you head to your tour.
Breakfast: You can't visit Athens without a meal at Mama's Boy, every student's favorite. Open until 2pm, each dish is served with a freshly baked buttermilk biscuit. One student told us " After a long night out or as a break from studying, I always head to Mama's for what has become a ritual: two fried eggs over easy with a biscuit, pulled pork, and gravy on the side - all washed down with a freshly squeezed raspberry lemonade." Other students argue that Big City Bread has their vote for Athen's best breakfast. A local favorite, the Independent Baking Co. sells delicious freshly made breads and pastries.
Lunch: Known for great sandwiches, salads and soups, Trappeze Pub also has a cozy atmosphere. Voted best pizza in Athens, head to Transmetropolitan Pizza. Get your Cuban fix at Cali N Titos. Looking for something more inventive? Book a seat at The National, a casual neighborhood place from famed chef Hugh Acheson and chef Peter Dale, serving Mediterranean inspired fare.
Casual: If you’re craving a "greasy, slimy, southern dish" as one student states, Dawg Gone Good Barbecue is definitely the place for you. It's very casual, and only open three days a week, so try and time your visit appropriately. For good Korean BBQ, cooked at the table, dine at Iron Factory. Known for their “out of this world tasty burgers” head to Clocked, an Athens staple.
A Step Up: When parents are visiting from out of town, students eagerly book a table at the Last Resort Grill or The World Famous. Serving seasonal and sustainable food, The Branded Butcher features pasture raised meats from local farms. If you only have one night, don't miss celebrity chef Hugh Acheson’s 5&10 restaurant, serving an array of southern specialties--the fried chicken is legendary.
Late Night Snack: After a late night at the bars, Little Italy is a necessity. The pizza is reminiscent of New York City’s iconic slices, and hundreds of students on the walk back to their dorms cannot resist this greasy temptation. For a more upscale late night indulgence, have a nightcap at The Old Pal, considered one of the South's best bars.
Local Attractions: Seeing a show at the historic Georgia Theatre is not to be missed. Restored and rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2009, this is truly an Athens landmark. There are barely any seats - besides at the rooftop bar - everybody just stands and enjoys the show. For a truly special experience, visit Hodgson’s Pharmacy, an Athens icon. More than just a pharmacy it's a local hub - stop by and enjoy a hand dipped ice cream cone. Browse the many stores downtown where vintage lovers will have a field day at huge Agora Vintage.
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UGA FAST FACTS
Black & Red
210 South Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602-1633
(p) (706) 542-8776
(f) (706) 542-1466
Patrick Winter, Associate Vice President
NCAA Division I
+ UGA CHEAT SHEET +
Big City Bread
Independent Baking Co
Cali N Titos
Dawg Gone Good Barbecue
Last Resort Grill
The World Famous
The Old Pal
+ LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
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