Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse and Keep it Local

Places

On Monday, August 21, 2017, we’ll be treated to a total solar eclipse visible along a band spanning a great swath of the continental United States. If you’re into this kind of astrological thing (which we totally are), we recommend you head to one of the cities listed below and frequent these local favorites in the process.

Portland

Little Bird Bistro – Southwest
“Little Bird includes their rotating selection of oysters on their early- and late-night happy hour menus at just $1.75 apiece (regular price is $3.50). Grab a friend, a dozen oysters, that $6 double brie burger, $8 macaroni gratin and one of the best kale salads in town. This is a place I’ll hustle to get to in time for a late-night meal that’s the perfect mix between indulgent and replenishing. The wine picks (happy hour or not) are always solid, and the bar is stocked and ready to mix up some of the best cocktails in the city.” – #portland @localeur Doniree @doniree

Little Bird Bistro Portland Oregon Oysters
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Mississippi Studios – Mississippi
“Founded in 2003, Mississippi Studios was one of the pioneers of the efforts to revitalize its namesake, Portland’s Historic Mississippi District. Nowadays, it’s known as one of the incubators for up-and-coming artists – both local and national – making their way through Portland’s music scene. MissStu’s bar and patio are open seven days a week, and it’s a rare night indeed where you can’t find a band on the marquee, usually for under $20.” – #portland @localeur Yume @pretentiouspdx

Mississippi Studios Portland Oregon Band
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Charleston

Hampton Park – North-Central
“One of the city’s largest parks, this is by far the most beautiful and secluded in the city. Hampton Park is home to lush floral gardens, a duck pond (or should I say Canadian geese?), smooth bike and running/walking trails, a charming gazebo, statues and large shade trees. My favorite time of year to go is when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, but really, any time you want to go lie in the sun to read a book or have a lazy afternoon with friends, this place is ideal. Did I mention there is parking, public restrooms and free Wi-Fi? You may even get to witness a wedding or a Frisbee tournament if you’re lucky.” – #charleston @localeur Dalia @daliaexplainsitall

Hampton Park Charleston Trees
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Red’s Ice House – Mt. Pleasant
“Red’s is the perfect place to go grab a drink with your friends. This is one of the few bars right on Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, just a few minutes over the bridge from downtown Charleston. It’s a popular local watering hole, especially during the summer when everyone heads out to grab a drink after a day on the boat or at the beach. You really can’t beat the prices or the scenery!” – #charleston @locaelur Tiffany @skipbreakfastattiffanys

Red's Ice House Charleston River
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Atlanta

Little Trouble – West Side
“A dimly lit spot with a modern vibe, great beer and unique food, I frequent Little Trouble with friends when we want to find some Creature Comfort Tropicalia IPA and enjoy a menu of Asian-fusion food. Little Trouble gets crowded on the weekends and sometimes run out of food as it turns late in the evening, so it’s best to go early-ish or visit on a weekday.” – #atlanta @localeur Allison

Little Trouble Atlanta
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Paris on Ponce – Old Fourth Ward
“You’ll find a variety of talented Atlanta-based vendors in Paris on Ponce. This spot has been a favorite of Atlanta locals for years, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re shopping for a friend who is borderline-obsessed with succulents, vintage furniture or tarot cards, Paris on Ponce is an absolute must. Spend an hour or so in here, and I guarantee you’ll find the most perfect gem of a gift. Bonus points: Once you’ve finished shopping, snap a few photos in front of the murals out front.” – #atlanta @localeur Claire @claire.currie

Paris on Ponce Atlanta Painting Building
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Nashville

Cornelia Fort Airpark – Shelby Park
“This public park is a little off the beaten path, but it’s worth a trip. The former airpark has been transformed into a public space where you can ride bikes, picnic or just hang out and watch for wildlife. The park backs up to a pasture where you can see cows and horses, and deer frequently peek out from the edge of the woods. Venture to the back of the park (near the tree line) to walk on the large runway and grab some photos. It makes for a great Instagram shot, if that’s your thing.” – #nashville @localeur Megan @meganpacella

Cornelia Fort Airpark Nashville
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The Post East – East Nashville
“This East Nashville gem serves up yummy pastries, healthy breakfasts and colorful juices and smoothies. Order their Green Tamborine smoothie to kickstart a day of Nashville fun, and take a walk around East Nashville’s historic streets while you’re there.” – @localeur Mary @minutespermile

The Post East Nashville Tennessee Blueberry Waffles
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St. Louis

4 Hands Brewing Company – Lasalle Park
“Located in the Lasalle Park neighborhood, 4 Hands Brewing Company produces a complex yet drinkable line of beers. Be sure to ask your bartender about rotating seasonal brews currently on tap. My year-round go-to is the Single Speed, an American blonde ale brewed with jasmine, but also try the Passion Fruit Prussia (a tart, non-traditional berliner weisse) or the Absence of Light (a chocolate milk stout brewed with peanut butter) if they’re available. The second-story seating area provides pinball and plenty of space to sprawl out.” – #stlouis @localeur Kate @kateheartscake

Four Hands Brewing Company St. Louis
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