10 Things To Do In Augusta, Georgia
Home of the Masters...and So Much More
The biggest names in golf are getting ready to tee off at the Masters, held the first week in April at the Augusta National Golf Club. Besides the immaculate greens and lush azaleas at the National, there’s plenty to see and do—like dropping by The Soul Bar, which celebrates James Brown, who was raised here. Augusta’s metro area has a population of just over 200,000, making it big enough to be interesting but not completely unwieldy for first-timers. A thriving bar and restaurant scene gives you interesting choices for food and drink—check out local faves Indian Queen, Abel Brown, and the Bee’s Knees—while the city’s Riverwalk makes it easy to get outside and enjoy the warm spring weather. Ready for a road trip to Georgia? We’ve got your Augusta to-do list.
The Partridge Inn
Friends in Augusta tell us the P.I. Bar and Grill, with its rooftop bar, is “the place to see and be seen during the Masters,” given its long history as “the spot to mix and mingle after a day on the course.”
Follow this walkway along the Savannah River to the Augusta Market, held every Saturday from March till November. Shop for local products and Southern food while you enjoy enjoy live music. And be sure to stop by the Morris Museum of Art.
Hop a kayak from a local outfitter to paddle the Savannah, which runs alongside the Augusta Riverwalk.
A happening spot downtown, Hive is a restaurant and tap room with 78—count ’em, 78—taps: 5 craft cocktails on tap, plus 7 wines, 1 sake, 2 sodas, 1 kombucha, 1 nitro cold press coffee, and 61 beers. Growlers to go!
Frog Hollow Tavern
Locals recommend the Braised Berkshire Pork Shoulder served with Port Wine & Vinegar Braised Collards and Smoked Gouda Mac 'n Cheese. We’re in!
Craft & Vine
Enjoy a cool atmosphere plus craft cocktails, gourmet snacks (try Woodfired Salted Pretzel Bites with a pimiento cheese fondue), seasonal charcuterie, and inventive small plates like Parmesan Crusted Oysters at this spot on Broad Street downtown.
A mother-daughter team gave Augusta its first brewery since Prohibition. Try the Three Under Par, crafted with aromatic apricots.
Finch & 5th
Even if you just want nibbles at this American bistro, the offerings are impressive, from the Artisanal Grilled Cheese to Boiled Peanut Hummus, served with such signature cocktails as the Peach Hound: Fruitland Augusta peach vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice, and lemon zest. A current local favorite is Augusta Lemonade, Finch & 5th’s tribute to an Arnold Palmer: four parts Fruitland Peach Tea Vodka and six parts lemonade, garnished with a peach slice.
Visit this collection of boutiques and restaurants to browse shops like Fab’rik, One., Soho, Lily Pulitzer, and more.
Miller and Imperial Theatres
Besides hosting special events and shows, the historic Imperial Theatre remains a popular movie house, while the Miller has undergone a $25 million restoration, raised by volunteers and donors. It presents a full roster of artists and plays year-round.