Guests are coming to town, and they want to be acquainted with all that is Atlanta. What is the quintessential cuisine, the absolute attraction and the paramount place that you must visit? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!

With a focus on food, festivals and frivolity, below are 20 definitive ways to explore Atlanta, ensuring you show them the most characteristic places that are classic to the Capital of the South.

Chow down at The Varsity

Hailing as a staple of Atlanta’s dining scene since 1928, The Varsity serves gluttonous and greasy eats like no one else. Order your onion rings and chili cheese dog inside to experience the retro vibe and All-American atmosphere, or moto through the world’s largest drive-in for a bite of quintessential Atlanta.

Indulge your dark side at Clermont Lounge

What began life as a supper club in the basement of a local hotel transformed into Atlanta’s most beloved dive bar.  Lounge with oxford-clad attorneys, high-heeled drag queens, the occasional celebrity and everyone in between. And if the clientele isn’t eclectic enough to hold your gaze, the entertainment will capture you: live music and strippers older than this 1965 institution.

Pencil in your order at  Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Mary Mac’s is the last of Atlanta’s tearooms from the 1940s, and declared “Atlanta’s Dining Room” by the Georgia House of Representatives. Savor a meat and two sides for lunch or dinner, and don’t forget the cinnamon rolls. Although Mary Mac’s uses computers like just about all businesses these days, diners still get to fill out their orders on little cards with little pencils.  This should be easy for golfers, the rest of us will just have to fake it.

Rock out at The Tabernacle

Luckie Street’s music venue was renovated ahead of the 1996 Olympics from the building of an old church. It has changed hands many times since then, but great acoustics, an intimate space and exceptional headliners continue. Find upcoming events at The Tabernacle here:

Improvise a trip to Dad’s Garage Theatre

The team at Dad’s Garage performs hilarious productions, both scripted and improvised. Scripted shows often bring in big talent like Tim Meadows or Scott Adsit, but the local improv artists will knock your socks off. On the down side, your face muscles will probably hurt the next morning. Find upcoming events at Dad’s Garage here: