guide2: G-Day in Athens

To the fans who eagerly wait each year for that beloved Saturday in April, the one that gives you the short and sweet taste of the fall season between the hedges, the Classic City has one message for you: “we’re ready”. This year will be heavier and hotter than ever, as we attempt to beat the SEC-record by exceeding last year’s 93,000 attendance record. So if you’re planning on making the Spring pilgrimage to Dawg country, make sure you do it properly. There are certain spots you’re going to have to visit. We’ve gathered a few various musts to consider for every type of visitor’s mood:


For the dawg fan who travels solo, we suggest you head over to one of these fine spots to enjoy an ice-cold brew as you wait for the G-Day fun to commence. 

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  1. Georgia Theatre Rooftop Bar
  2. South Kitchen and Bar
  3. Five Athens
  4. All Good Lounge


For the families searching for more wholesome fun, we suggest grabbing a pre or post game snack at one of these famous haunts. Trust us, your kids will be screaming “it’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog” all day long after they taste the cookin’ at these four spots. 

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  1. Ted’s Most Best
  2. Grindhouse Killer Burgers
  3. The Pine
  4. The Grill


For the moms who were dragged to Athens against their will, we suggest you find refuge at these four shopping destinations while your husband and friends watch the game.

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  1. IV Seasons Fashion
  2. Heery’s Too
  3. Appointments at Five
  4. Heery’s Clothes Closet


For the lover of Georgia Football, we suggest you go to these four spots. First, the University of Georgia Bookstore. There you’ll find every fun piece of Georgia Bulldog paraphernalia in the world. You might even spot a Football player or two! Second, you have to grab a bite or drink from one of Chris Lloyd’s establishments. Whether you’re sipping a famous blood orange mimosa at Marker 7 or a Bloody Mary at Hilltop Grille, you’ll be surrounded by one-of-a-kind Jack Davis drawings and prints! After all, he is the son-in-law of the late and great cartoonist. Lastly, cool off at Onward Reserve. It may be a clothing store, but it’s decorated like an old Southern hunting lodge. Amidst the cornucopia of needlepoint flasks and feathered bow-ties, you’ll find UGA alum Steve Penley’s artwork and tons of good-looking menswear created by UGA 40 under 40 winner TJ Callaway. 

(left to right)

  1. Onward Reserve
  2. Hilltop Grille
  3. Marker 7 Coastal Grill
  4. UGA Bookstore


Last, but not least, for the person who visits Athens for the food and not the football. Yes, those people exist. No, they are not aliens. They’re called “hipsters”…

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  1. Seabear
  2. 5&10
  3. Last Resort Grill
  4. The National


For even more, visit our online guide! GO DAWGS!

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