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A beer-loving, artsy and laid-back college town, Athens has an extremely popular football team (the Bulldogs), a world-famous music scene (whose artists include the B-52s, R.E.M. and Widespread Panic) and a thriving restaurant culture. The university is central to the culture of Athens and ensures a perpetual supply of bar-hoppers and concert-goers, some of whom stick around long after graduation. The inviting, walkable downtown offers a mix of funky choices for eating, drinking and shopping.