4 reasons why Edgewood Avenue never fails on a Friday night (or any night of the week)

Edgewood Ave on Thursday, March 26, 2021. Looking to go out on Edgewood? Try these four mainstays on the scene. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

For a decade leading up to the pandemic, Edgewood Avenue felt like one of the best, and most trendsetting little melting-pots in Atlanta. The Sweet Auburn district, once known mostly as the home to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park, had been reborn as a thriving bar district; the backdrop for some of the most popular nightlife in the entire city.

But a lot changed on Edgewood during the pandemic.

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Popular underground dance hall Music Room closed, taking its upstairs sister establishments Bone Licking Southern Kitchen and the hidden Edgewood Speakeasy with it. Corner Tavern shut down its Edgewood location, and the space gave way to the expansion of the Church bar. Mother abruptly closed its doors forever. And the iconic Sound Table shuttered too, just weeks before nearby construction caused the entire west-facing facade of the building to crumble, mural and all.

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