Sometimes, it’s just nice to get back to basics. In that spirit, we’ve rounded up a handful of old-school spots in and around ATL to take you back in time to the good ol’ days. Like they say: A classic never goes out of style.

Hit the roller rink at Cascade
For more than 20 years, this expansive roller rink has been the go-to spot for locals trying to get their skate on. Tip: head there on Sunday nights for ‘Adult Skate’ starting at 8pm, and get ready to admire regulars with some serious moves on the maple-wood floor.

Catch a flick at the Starlight Six Drive-in Theatre
Take your standard date night to a whole new level by opting for a cozy evening at this drive-in theatre (one of the last of its kind in the U.S.!) down Moreland Avenue. They’ve got double features, a concession stand, the option to B.Y.O drinks and snacks, plus they get most of the latest films that play in regular theatres.

Grab a bite at Zesto
This vintage-style eatery has been a city staple for more than 65 years, serving up classic diner fare like chili dogs, creamy malts and their signature “Chubby Decker” burgers, all amid a kitschy, ‘50s diner vibe at various outposts around town. Go all the way and get a milkshake with two straws for sharing.

Strike Out at Midtown Bowl
For a fun outing that allows for plenty of socializing, Midtown Bowl is where it’s at. Open since 1960, they’ve got 32 bowling lanes along with a full food area and bar—all the makings for the perfect old-school meetup.

Go thrifting at Highland Row Antiques
Don’t be fooled by this Virginia-Highland outpost’s modest storefront—this place is seriously expansive. Head to the back, go down the flight of stairs and be met with multiple warehouse-size rooms chock-full of goods from decades past, from vintage threads and boxes of records to Mad Men-era furnishings, midcentury kitchen wares, and so much more.

Rent a movie at Videodrome
Forgo another Red Box or Netflix night and shop local by stopping into Videodrome. This freestanding movie rental spot in Poncey-Highland stocks new releases along with hard-to-find classics and foreign flicks galore.


Caroline Cox is a writer and editor who co-runs the local arts website Common Creativ ATL. Follow her on Twitter at @carolinecox because she’s funny and "Roses" by OutKast is about her.