Baby Driver: you don’t have to be furious to be fast in Atlanta.
When you think of action movies and cars the first thing that definitely comes to mind has to be the Fast and Furious saga. However, there is one excellent example that shows you don’t have to be furious to be fast. We are talking about Baby Driver, the movie were the music and rhythm drive the plot.
Edgar Wright managed to deliver a movie full of car chases, crime, action, emotion and more while still being a fun and entertaining film. Here you can clearly see an experience director at work. The whole plot and the way it's driven (pun totally intended) is one of the most fluid and musical we can find in an action film.
The movie takes place in Atlanta, so it is one of those films that's an excellent choice for a tour of locations so you can try and check out some of the places we see on the film for yourself. However, please do not attempt to make all the driving tricks and actions seen in the film. Not in Atlanta nor anywhere else, let's just leave that to the movies. So, let's start our engines and drive to the most iconic locations of this amazing film.
“First Bank of Atlanta”
It only takes one scene to let you know how the whole movie will work out, and Baby Driver does this perfectly. The first scene of the film shows us a bank robbery taking place while Baby’s waiting in the car ready to be the demon on wheels he is as a getaway driver. This building however, is not the First Bank of Atlanta it pretends to be, of course, but instead it is the Candler Building.
This old building actually did hold a bank in it, only that is the Central Bank and Trust, as well as many other. It currently is the Hotel Atlanta, a part of the Curio Collection of the Hilton Hotels. This building is located in 127 Peachtree Street Northeast.
“The Safe House”
This one is just the perfect place to get together at the end of your tour, just like they do in the movie. The exterior of this building is the location they used for the Safe House, this is where the crews get together before and after each heist in the film. It is also the destination of the music walk of Baby near the beginning of the movie from the coffee shop previously mentioned.
The real-life location is actually Healey Building in the 57 Forsyth Street Northwest. It is home to a condominium and a in the lower floors it holds a variety of galleries and shops.
“Octane Coffee Shop”
It only appeared a couple times in the movie, but it is still a nice location to go out and check out. Baby gets here the coffee for the crew, and while you can still enjoy some food here in real life it certainly is no coffee shop. Located in 85 Poplar Street Northwest, Atlanta 30303, the real-life location is actually a Pizzeria called Slice, that was adequately rebranded as Octane coffee shop in the movie
“U.S. Post Service”
Just as the prior one is the first heist of the movie, this is where the last one takes place. It’s interesting that the last big hit is not a bank or something like that but rather a post office, but the reason behind this is explained in the film itself.
Once again, it is not a real Post Office the one used for the exterior of the building but rather the Dahlberg Hall, a Georgia State building located in the 30 Courtland Street Southeast. Great place to add to your tour
One of the key scenes in the movie is actually one that’s rather short. Introducing one of the most important characters in the film, we are talking of course about the scene where Baby meets Debora. It takes place in the fictional Bo’s Diner, where Debora Works as a waiter, and it is actually differ in real life. However, it certainly is not Bo’s Dinner, as it is an Uncle Chucky’s Diner, and it even served as an internal and external location for these scenes. It’s located in the 5116 GA-85, Forest Park, and it is the perfect place to take a break during your visit and have a nice meal at the same table as Baby.
This is the place where Doc came to Baby. Its located in Bell Street Northeast 13, Atlanta.
Filming locations of Baby Driver on YouTube: