Underground Atlanta is sort of an underground shopping mall, home to 140 tenants, including stores, restaurants, and nightclubs. It is a popular late night spot for both Kine and Kindred, as the bars in Underground Atlanta stay open until 4 AM (rather than the required closing time of 2:30 AM found in the rest of the city).
The original buildings of Underground Atlanta were built during the city’s Civil War Reconstruction Era. The original train depot there, built in 1869, is the oldest building in downtown Atlanta. When the street level was raised in the early 20th century, merchants moved their businesses from the ground floor to the second floor of their buildings. The lower levels were hidden, and turned into juke joints, speakeasies, and Kindred havens.
After the 1920s, the popularity of the area waned until the 1960s. At that time, Fulton County was the only county in the state that allowed mixed alcoholic drinks. Underground Atlanta (its official title in 1969) became popular once more.
Over the decades businesses in Underground Atlanta, as well as visitors, have come and gone. Renovations, right of ways, and increases in crime have all had an effect. Today, about 6 million people visit Underground Atlanta a year, in search of shopping, entertainment, and sustenance.
The abandoned viaducts of Underground are currently home to several Nosferatu havens.