Buckhead is the district in the northern section of Atlanta most famous for its nightlife, despite the recent closure of numerous nightclubs. In the area formerly known as Buckhead Village, massive construction projects are transferring the area into The Streets of Buckhead, an upscale shopping area similar to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The Streets of Buckhead is scheduled for a grand opening in 2009. Buckhead already has plenty of shopping options with Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza nearby.
Although Buckhead is wthin the city limits of Atlanta, it has characeristics of its own city. Buckhead even has its own skyline of high-rise apartments/condominiums and office buildings. In 2008, two new skycrapers have been completed to reach new heights: 3344 Peachtree and the Mansion on Peachtree.
By car, Buckhead can be accessed by exiting on Peachtree Street from GA 400. Buckhead can also be accessed directly by exiting the MARTA rail's North-South Line at the Buckhead Station (N7).
- Sovereign, also known as 3344 Peachtree, a mixed used development. Completed in 2008, this 50 story structure of post-modern architecture is currently the tallest building in the Buckhead Skyline.
- The Mansion on Peachtree, another new skyscraper that is both a hotel and a residence, and has a spa.
- Atlanta History Center , includes historical houses, gardens, and exhibitions.
- Governor's Mansion, house where the current governor and previous governors reside. Tours available.
- Sweetwater Brewery , brews Georgia's finest beers locally.
- Swan Coach House , a historical house that is a restaurant, gift shop, and art gallery.
- Andrews Upstairs. Attend a concert venue.
- Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. Walk through the Japanese garden, get a massage at the spa, relax in the whirlpool, eat dinner at Chassis, then have a drink at the Onyx Lounge.
- Kuhlman, 3500 Peachtree Rd Ste 1106, . Trendy European-styled and affordably priced mens' and womens' shirts and suits suitable for work or play.
- Lenox Square Mall, . Across from Phipps Plaza and anchored by Nieman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, and Macy's, this mall is an extremely popular mall for chain-store shopping in Atlanta, and encompasses a range of price-points. Stores include upscale Hermes, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and David Yurman, mid-high range stores like Kate Spade, Coach, and Polo, mid-range stores like Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole, J. Crew, Abercrombie, Aldo, and Urban Outfitters, and a few mid-low range stores like the Gap. Also has a large Apple store for electronics junkies. Outside of and next to the mall is a strip of stores which includes a number of boutiques like Blue Gene's , which carries a huge selection of designer jeans, as well as trendy apparel and accessories.
- Phipps Plaza Mall, . Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, this upscale mall has higher-end chain stores such as Barney's Co-op, Intermix, Versace, Armani, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany's, including the only Jeffrey store outside of New York, as well as an AMC movie theater.
- Anis Cafe and Bistro, 2974 Grandview Ave, . Extremely romantic and charming authentically French bistro-cafe tucked away in an old house near Pharr Road.
- Buckhead Diner, . Popular faux-diner with black tie waiters serving up heaping portions of greasy upscale "diner" food.
- Eclipse di Luna, 764 Miami Circle, . Vibrant and extremely fun tapas restaurant and bar hidden away in the antique district of Buckhead serving up pitchers of Sangria and Mojitos with its tasty small plates. Has live music on weekends.
- Hong Kong Harbour, 2184 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE. Popular Chinese restaurant with a friendly family atmosphere and authentic food.
- Seasons 52, . Health-conscious gourmet restaurant and wine bar where each entree is under 475 calories.
- Au Pied de Cochon, 3315 Peachtree Rd, . Outrageously-decorated Atlanta location of a France-based restaurant where patrons can order the restaurant's namesake, pig's foot. Located in Inter-Continental Buckhead.
- Bone's, 3130 Piedmont Ave, . A traditional steakhouse in every sense, this Atlanta power-dining institution has been around since 1979. Ranked as one of the high-rated steak houses across the board, Bone's was the highest-rated steakhouse in the nation by Zagat in 2006.
- Fogo De Chao, . A Brazilian churrascaria for those looking for a less-unique but still meat-filled dining experience. Gauchos carrying spools of meat cut slices at the table.
- Justin's, 2200 Peachtree Rd. Caribbean-Southern restaurant and bar pioneered by P. Diddy is a favorite of local celebrities.
- Taka Sushi Cafe, 385 Pharr Rd NE. Locals swear by the premium sushi and service offered by this this little sushi restaurant tucked away from the main drag of Buckhead amidst upscale salons. A hidden find that its patrons hope won't be discovered.
- Restaurant Eugene, . Inviting continental restaurant with fresh and innovative fare.
- The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, . Nationally-recognized French restaurant run by Chef Arnaud Berthelier that offers both a la carte and prix fixe options is one of the best known in Atlanta and has received the Mobil Five Star award.
NOTE: Parts of the bar scene on Peachtree Street have recently been torn down for redevelopment, so be careful as your destination may end up being a pile of dirt. Call ahead to make sure that the bar still exists.
- Aiko, . Ultra-sexy restaurant/club with an international crowd.
- Beluga Martini Bar, . Martinis, cigar and live music entertain an older, uppercrust Buckhead crowd.
- East Andrews Cafe and Bar . Together with Andrews Upstairs, guests can enjoy a cocktail and relax in an outdoor courtyard or listen to live music.
- Fado, . A popular Irish pub chain on Buckhead's main drag.
- Fever, . Long waits don't deter club-goers from going to this Euro-style club between Midtown and Buckhead.
- Hole in the Wall, . Former teeny-boppers and current college greeks down drafts and Jägerbombs at this wild party bar.
- Piebar, . White, space-ship like bar between Midtown and Buckhead serves up strong drinks and unusual pizzas.
- Sambuca Restaurant, . Jazz, Blues, and other great live musicians. They also offer a upscale bar scene and a great menu featuring pastas, seafood and salads.
- Tongue and Groove, . Crazy club on the main strip draws the 20-something set that likes to dance.
- Holiday Inn Express Buckhead, . A surprisingly nice location for a budget hotel and tucked away from the main traffic, this Buckhead hotel is within easy driving distance of
all intown attractions.
- Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Rd., . Grand Hyatt Atlanta is a sophisticated retreat with the largest guest rooms in Buckhead. Hotel provides complimentary transportation to Atlanta's major attractions.
- Inter-Continental Buckhead, 3315 Peachtree Rd. NE, . Classy hotel catering to the business set within walking distance of shopping malls and power-dining.
- Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, . This Buckhead destination also houses one of the most highly-regarded restaurants in the city.
In the early 2000's, Buckhead was experiencing a rising crime rate, with even a few homicides. However, the crime rate started dropping when the bars and clubs started closing an hour earlier, and surveillance cameras were installed and more police officers started patrolling the area. More recently, the property which was once a popular gathering spot for partygoers, has been purchased to be transformed into an upscale shopping neighborhood. This is an effort to keep the potential trouble makers away, as local residents have been complaining about noise, crime, and generally rowdy behavior linked to partying and excessive alcohol.