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Thursday August 5, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Fireworks and irony collide on Edgewood Ave. | more...

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Thursday July 29, 2010 04:00 am EDT
What's an adult swim with no adults? | more...

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Thursday July 15, 2010 04:00 am EDT
After a decade in the doldrums, nightlife in the Village meets its match | more...

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Thursday July 8, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Lost soul finds nu groove at DJ Kemit's monthly | more...

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Thursday July 1, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Glow sticks and hook-ups past reconnect for one night only | more...

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Thursday June 17, 2010 04:00 am EDT
It's a party, it's a pageant, it's an underworld of fabulosity | more...

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Thursday June 10, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Too many clothes, not enough nipple exposed. | more...

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Wednesday March 10, 2010 04:00 am EST

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free drink. Who needs lunch when you can drink, anyway? That isn't to say that finding free booze is the easiest thing in the world. But with a little determination, you'll be imbibing without paying the cost – at least not monetarily. Free drinks = free hangover.

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The original high-brow, low-budget drink...

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Wednesday March 10, 2010 04:00 am EST
The proprietor of Southern Comfort Restaurant & Lounge, George Jones, and his songwriting partner, Zack Landers, sit in the bar's rear office surrounded by floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with enough Wild Turkey to last at least a couple of weeks. As they harmonize atop Jones' guitar-picking, Landers bobs his "South Park" trucker hat – with "Chocolate Salty Balls" printed in bold – to the... | more...

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Wednesday March 10, 2010 04:00 am EST
Get groovy with CL's Nightlife Issue | more...

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Wednesday March 10, 2010 04:00 am EST

The enclosed plaza that usually hosts co-eds on their way to Andrew's Upstairs is unusually quiet. Looking around, I spot a red phone booth with instructions inside: Pick up the bell-looking receiver, dial the secret number, and wait for the buzz. A square blue light flickers next to a door that looks like it leads to a turn-of-the-century dry goods store.

Thankfully, Prohibition is far from...

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Wednesday March 10, 2010 04:00 am EST

Atlanta nightlife impresario Alex Gidewon – the man behind club titans Vision and Compound – slaps a sparkling plastic ruby-colored bracelet around my wrist and tells me, "You can go wherever you want." And for a fair-skinned white boy whose idea of a night out is a Diet Coke in a dive bar, I plan to take him up on that.

Pro athletes and music industry players pursue short-skirted beauties...

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Wednesday March 10, 2010 04:00 am EST
I stay away from Midtown on weekend nights for the same reasons that I don't watch "Jersey Shore." Meatheads, bleached blondes and high society aren't my scene, and when the assignment came down to spend an evening at a trendy Midtown hangout, I was filled with dread. A root canal is more appealing than visiting a club packed wall-to-wall with beautiful people bumping and grinding to Britney... | more...

Bar Review

Wednesday March 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
RING THE ALARM: Occupying prime real estate in the 100-year-old Engine 11 firehouse on North Avenue, this laid-back tavern — formerly the Spotted Dog — maintains its antique charm. Grand mahogany accents, dimly lit lamps (made out of copper-plated fire extinguishers) and two large arched windows give the dining room and patio some common ground. Three large plasma TVs broadcasting the latest... | more...

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Wednesday February 18, 2009 12:04 am EST
SPEAKEASY SWAGGER: World renowned mixologist, Sasha Petraske — of Milk and Honey fame — brings a piece of New York to the new W Atlanta downtown. Petraske has enlisted the always-stylish and incredibly talented Eric Simpkins, formerly of Trois, who fits perfectly with Petraske's philosophy and vision. While the approach to drink-making is decidedly old-fashioned, the decor is anything but. The... | more...

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Wednesday February 11, 2009 12:04 am EST

SERENITY NOW: This cozy Oakhurst spot proves wine bars don't have to be pretentious. The restored Scottish Rite Hospital has transformed into a low-key hangout decorated with a mix of antiquish furniture and dark walls covered in paintings by local artists from the adjoining gallery — the best spot is the window-filled room where you can gaze out onto the sleepy neighborhood.

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Wednesday February 4, 2009 12:04 am EST

PUBLIC HOUSE: Most taverns have that worn-in feel from years of drunken revelry, but Marlow's Tavern — a chain with locations all over metro Atlanta — aims for spruced-up décor with a laid-back vibe. Contemporary touches such as clusters of black-and-white photos in glossy black frames, modern light fixtures, and discretely placed plasma televisions create a posh feel.

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Wednesday January 28, 2009 12:04 am EST

CASUAL CHARACTER: Craftbar — the more casual little brother of Tom Colicchio's Craft located on the building's first floor — is a nice alternative for something low-key and less expensive. The restaurant's decor has an organic yet refined feel: Wood walls meet industrial accents such as dangling lightbulb clusters and dark metal.

CRAFTY COCKTAILS: A drink binder houses a wide selection of...

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Wednesday January 21, 2009 12:04 am EST

MEMORY LANE: Thanks to a recent renovation, the previously dingy digs of the 49-year-old Midtown Bowl are welcoming once again and still have plenty of deliciously tacky old-school charm to go around.

GUTTER BOMBS: There's something simply irresistible about the "Big Nasty," a sinfully messy and greasy heap of french fries, tater tots and homemade potato chips topped with chili, nacho cheese...

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Wednesday January 7, 2009 12:04 am EST
GAME ON: Most sports bars have a strong boys-only vibe, and aren't the kind of place that women would want to set foot in, anyway. This Buckhead hangout, however, is not your ordinary sports bar. The decor is tasteful and the vibe upscale. Cigar aficionados will love the independently owned Buckhead Cigar Lounge featuring a 300-foot walk-in humidor, large flat-screen TVs, leather sofas and a... | more...

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Wednesday December 31, 2008 12:04 am EST
FRATERNAL FUN: "The Real World" fans may recall cast member Ace Amerson from the Paris season. Amerson recently moved to Atlanta, and with the help of some buddies opened Flip Flops in Midtown. The dizzying hodgepodge of colorful island decorations — bamboo walls, palm trees and fake grass — is an homage to Jimmy Buffett, Key West and the Caribbean. The upper deck opens later in the evening... | more...

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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:04 am EST

A ROOM WITH A VIEW: Located on the ground floor of the Twelve Centennial Park Hotel and Residences, this swank steakhouse feels more New York than Atlanta with its show-stopping minimalist decor and skyline views. But you can bypass the fancy restaurant and grab a seat at the horseshoe-shaped bar if you are craving a more casual night out on the town.

CRAFTY COCKTAILS: The lengthy list of...

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Wednesday December 10, 2008 12:04 am EST
THE SETTING: The Johnson Studio truly outdid itself with this space: walls made of tightly stacked wood, exposed bricks, dim lighting and a chandelier that twinkles like the stars. The restaurant is invariably booked solid, but don't fret — the tables and booths in the bar are first come first serve. In fact, the spacious corner booth straddling the dining room and the bar area with a view of... | more...

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST
CRAIC ("FUN") HOUSE: The owners of the Grange Public House (formerly the Angel) have taken the traditional route. They've created a pub that resembles those they frequented back home in Rathfarnham, Ireland, from the tiled floors to the dark wood that covers the entire interior. The pub borrows its name from medieval Ireland: "The Grange" was a place near monasteries for the monks and local... | more...

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Wednesday November 26, 2008 12:04 am EST
SIX FEET HIGH AND RISING: When Six Feet Under moved up the block, regulars wereconcernedtheir beloved pub and fish house would lose much of its charm without the worn-in comfort of the original location. But the new digs are a massive improvement. Polished wood stretches as far as the eye can see in the expansive layout, which is less stuffy and more welcoming. But the main attraction is the... | more...