5 reasons Midtown is Atlanta’s favorite live-work-play district 

With a backdrop of posh shops, trendy eateries and luxury skyscrapers, Midtown has staked its claim as one of the most bustling districts in Atlanta.

Midtown Atlanta, located north of downtown Atlanta and south of Buckhead, is situated in an area that's easy to explore since there are 14 miles of walkable streets and bike lanes,MARTA rail and shuttle that runs a route to and from the shopping district of Atlantic Station.

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It’s home to about 800 businesses, including Coca-Cola and Georgia Tech, where thousands of the city’s young professionals and college students work − but most importantly −  play.  As much as Midtown has gained a reputation as a corporate mecca, attracting several Fortune 1000 companies, the neighborhood also has a reputation for its designation as one of the city’s favorite spots for millennials −−where one can brunch by day and party by night.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the hottest venues, restaurants and more that truly define Midtown.

Part of the sold out crowd Monday night in Midtown. (Robb D. Cohen, www.robbsphotos.com)

Center Stage

1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta.

Watch your favorite performers live at Midtown Atlanta's Center Stage, a prized gem in the Atlanta music and performing arts community. The theater fits more than 1,000 people, complete with a lounge area. Big names are slated to perform at the venue for packed crowds such as Florida rapper XXXTentacion on July 1 and Rich Homie Quan on Aug. 8. Grab your tickets for the next Center Stage show at Ticketmaster.

(Courtesy of The Flying Biscuit)

Flying Biscuit

1001 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Satisfy your brunch craving any time of the day by stopping at Midtown's Flying Biscuit. With a menu that's centered around fresh Southern comfort foods, you can't go wrong. People have been singing their praises for the restaurant for years. Now, the Atlanta founded eatery has more than four stars on Google reviews and 14 locations across the South. Walk into the brightly colored Midtown location and ask for the grits and biscuits, which are favorites at the brunch spot.

Christa Tinsley walks past the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown Atlanta while rain starts to fall on the area. Heavy fog early in the week has given way to a pair of weather systems that are expected to dump 3-4 inches of rain through Sunday. Yes, the posters on the wall are of Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl , Dick Gregory and Jonathan Winters. No, they're not likely to perform at the comedy venue. (John Spink)

Laughing Skull Lounge

878 Peachtree St., Atlanta.

Hear some jokes that will tickle your funny bone at the Laughing Skull Lounge. It is unlike any other comedy club you've been to, because it's the smallest one in the world. With only 74 seats, the lounge focuses on delivering "The Art of Comedy." Come by every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. starting June 27 through Aug. 24 to watch 15 local and national comics land punchlines for just $10. Renowned comedians you might have seen on TV are also scheduled to showcase their material at the lounge, such as Ben Gleib the host of "Idiotest" June 29 through July 2.

Lava Lounge

57 13th St. NE, Atlanta.

Put on your dancing shoes before hitting Midtown's Lava Lounge, because you'll be sure to bust a move sometime during the night. The club has three levels, three bars and three different renowned DJs spinning hits during certain nights. The genres played on rotation during a typical evening at Lava Lounge are Top 40, EDM, Tap, Funk and Mainstream music. Take note that there is a strict dress code, and the lounge only opens its doors Thursday-Saturday at 9 p.m. So dress to impress for a night that could last until 3 a.m.

(Courtesy of the Laughing Skull)

The Daiquri Factory

889 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta.

Sip on an ice cold frozen daiquiri in Midtown's The Daiquri Factory. From Monday to Thursday, The Daiquri Factory has free-to-enter special events, such as the Monday Crab Fest for $24 from 5-9 p.m. On Tuesdays, daiquri, beer and wings prices drop to $3 for the restaurant's Fat Tuesday deal. Then Wednesday and Thursday are karaoke nights where doors open at 12 p.m. and the fun doesn't stop until midnight.

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