Local Recommendations

Dinner in the Classic City

The Place: Cool, brick-lined standby offering Southern comfort food, clever cocktails & craft beer on tap (229 E. Broad St.)

American: Blind Pig Tavern | Clocked! | Grindhouse Killer Burgers | The Grill |  The Varsity

Asian: Donna Chang’sIron Factory | Shokitini | Taste of India | Thai Spoon | Utage Sushi Bar

Bar & Pub: Trappeze Pub | 5 Bar

BBQ: Pulaski Heights BBQ | Saucehouse BBQ

Crepes: Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar

English: The Globe | The Royal Peasant

Eritrean/Ethiopian: Mannaweenta

Italian: DePalma’s Italian Café

Jamaican: Kelly’s Authentic Jamaican Food

Latin American: Cali N Tito’s (Cash Only)Taqueria del Sol | Viva! Argentine Cuisine

Mediterranean: Mediterranean Grill | Taziki’s Mediterranean Café | The National

Pizza: Automatic Pizza | Starland Pizzeria & Pub

Seafood: Marker 7 Coastal GrillSeabear Oyster Bar

Steakhouse: Hilltop Grille | Porterhouse Grill

Upscale Southern: Last Resort GrillThe Place

Vegan/Vegetarian: The Grit

While You’re in Athens

UGA’s Oconee Forest Park is located on Lake Herrick behind the Intramural Fields and offers miles of beautiful natural-surface trails.

We’re so glad International GMP has brought you to our town. While you’re here, we hope you have the opportunity to explore Athens during your free time. See below for a few recommendations while you’re here!

Attractions & Culture

Cine: Athens’ own independent movie theater offers a quaint environment for those wishing to unwind from a long conference day by catching a flick downtown.

Creature Comforts Brewery: Situated in a former tire shop downtown, Creature Comforts has become a staple of Athens. Swing by while you’re exploring Athens to sample some signature brews like Athena.

Georgia Museum of Art: The Georgia Museum of Art offers free admission and is located on the east campus of UGA. However, conference attendees will notice that the conference mostly conflicts with the museum’s hours of operation. For those who want to make it happen, Sunday before 5 p.m. or Thursday following conference adjournment are possibilities!

The Arch: As a symbol of the University of Georgia and gateway to campus, the Arch is located downtown right off E. Broad Street. It leads to the gorgeous and historic North Campus, the oldest area of Athens.

The Tree That Owns Itself: You mean you’ve never heard of a tree exercising its property rights? Welcome to Athens!

Live Music

Music lovers wishing to decompress following a long day of GMP regulations, we recommend checking out these famous Athens music venues to see who’s performing. You can always find some live music in downtown Athens!

Georgia TheaterThe Foundry40 Watt Club


Birchmore Trail: If the chilly March weather won’t stop you, the Birchmore Trail is a 1.25-mile natural surface trail located near Memorial Park, just a few minutes from the Georgia Center.

Georgia Baseball: Baseball fans, the Georgia baseball team plays at Foley Field which is within walking distance from the Georgia Center. Here’s a link to the schedule if you’re interested in catching a game during GMP week!

State Botanical Garden of Georgia: The University of Georgia’s 313-acre preserve is set aside for the enjoyment of plants and nature. Take a few moments before sunset to enjoy a nature trail or the tropical conservatory.

Oconee Forest Park: A 60-acre natural area nestled behind the Intramural Fields on the edges of Lake Herrick, the Oconee Forest Park features miles of hiking and mountain biking trails for both those early risers or those wishing to relax outside after a day of conference sessions.