Hipster’s guide to Atlanta's Westside

The word hipster can be a loaded one, but most will agree the term exudes distinct qualities, namely independence, appreciation for the arts and counter-cultural ideals. 

All those characteristics happen to describe many of the dwellers of Westside Atlanta, which includes West Midtown and areas near the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail.

For those who like to think of themselves as hipsters,  there are places just as cool and counter-culture as you are.

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Take a look at these select spots on Atlanta’s Westside that are tailor-made for the consummate hipster.

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

51 Elliott St. SW, Atlanta. 404-523-2174.

Tiny and eccentric Elliott Street Deli & Pub has existed long before it fell in the shadows of Mercedes-Benz Stadium —since 2006 to be exact. This blue-collar dive was formerly a jazz club known as Dee's Bird Cage, but is now known for its friendly and outdoor setting, hot and cold sandwiches and live music down in the basement. Come for a date or after a game at the stadium, and you're sure to have an amazing time.

Mammal Gallery

91 Broad St. SW, Atlanta. 678-744-7095.

Indie or not, it's easy to appreciate the eclectic space of Mammal Gallery, a music venue and collaborative performance and art space. South Broad Street, a usually pretty empty area, resurrects when the gallery has a show. People from all walks of life fill the building, out onto the street with admiration of art and good times.

Tuesday open mic at The Mammal Gallery; it's free and all acts are welcome. (Courtesy of The Mammal Gallery's Facebook page/For the AJC)

Brash Coffee

1168 Howell Mill Road Atlanta. 470-575-5077.

This tiny cafe opened in 2015, constructed from two shipping containers − the first public shipping container project in Atlanta. The Brash "box" is only 400 square feet, but the enclosed patio offers plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for the coffee and architectural lovers.

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Castleberry Hill Art Stroll

180 Walker St. SW, Atlanta.

The second Friday of every month, round up your friends or family and head to the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. It's a free, self-guided tour that walks through fascinating and diverse galleries, as well as neighborhood businesses and restaurants. Some fun places along the way include Mindzai CreativeBesharat Gallery and Iwi fresh Garden Day Spa. For those wanting to stay out even later, hit up Bottle Rocket for its infamous karaoke after party.

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Rowdy Dowdy

1300 Sylvan Road SW, Atlanta.

If you're looking for a rambunctious, glitzy time, head on over to Rowdy Dowdy. The unique and eccentric art collective takes place in a renovated Adair Park auto mechanic's shop, which just so happens to also be where the "Rowdy Girls" live. There's always tons of cool bands and plays coming up on their calendar− don't miss out on them, or the house-made wine and concessions.

Uptown Comedy Corner

800 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 404-881-0200.

Nothing compares with the up close and personal feeling of a great comedy club. Uptown's hosted some of the biggest names in comedy for the last 20 years: Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Mo'Nique, Kevin Hart and many more. This isn't the place to wear a ball cap or sweat pants; instead, put on something spiffy and get ready for a night filled with good times and comedy excitement.

Marcia Wood Gallery

263 Walker St. SW, Atlanta. 404-827-0030.

Goodbye spinning rock, hello Autoeater. Marcia Wood Gallery was behind that gigantic move, brokering the 16-ton Carrara marble structure devouring a Fiat Panda piece for Midtown Alliance. Many artists are represented by this gallery, as well as regular rotating shows by nationally- and internationally-acclaimed artists. Put on your hippest outfit and get ready to have a swanky time. 

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