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Bathrooms of Atlanta bars 

For the Nightlife issue, staff photographer Joeff Davis hit the grimiest and gliziest of bathrooms in Atlanta's late night hot spots.

(Photos by Joeff Davis)

The men's room at Maggie's, an Emory hangout, has a charming prison cell/third world vibe with its bare-bones urinal ditch. At least they take the time to fill it with ice!
"The ice in the trough started in New Orleans, one of the general managers, Richard Caldwell, saw it down there and thought it would be a good idea," said Maggie's manager Rachel Werl, "and plus why not the ice? It gives the boys something to do." They add fresh ice every morning and every night.
The new men's room at MJQ does not contain toilets because regular toilets cannot stand up to the disgusting acts customers perpetrate on them.
The Drunken Unicorn retains its original nasty bathrooms, cited by many as the foulest in town.
Even the toilet paper gets tagged at the Drunken Unicorn.
The mirror in the bathroom at the Drunken Unicorn has been broken so many times management has decided never to replace it again.
MJQ has recently renovated its bathrooms, using prison grade sinks because according to Armando, the MJQ manager, "people were abusing them and ripping them out of the walls."
The men's room at the Earl is your typical filthy bar bathroom, complete with drunken graffiti and weirdly sticky floors (eeewww). But we found it extra noteworthy that while a toilet is provided in case it's needed, a door is not, making for some awfully public, uh, business.
"Just great. More douchebags on coke. Awesome." Graffiti on the wall next to the toilet at the Earl.
The Cheetah bathroom exists in that weird alternate reality that even upscale strip clubs inhabit, the high-rolling, drunk-at-2 p.m. universe. At the Cheetah, attendant Raymond Lawrence hands patrons paper towels and offers amenities, including cologne and a variety of antacids (naked chicks give many people gas). Raymond's been working at the Cheetah for a year and says standing in the bathroom eight hours a day is not very exciting, "believe it or not it's actually boring because I spend all my time in the rest room. A twenty-year-old would probably go crazy working at a strip club, but me I am not a spring chicken, so its boring."
Raymond wipes the lint off Cheetah bartender Paul Ross. "They come in and they might have a little lint on themselves. I bring it to their attention and wisk it off," says Raymond.
About the sometimes drunk patrons that enter his domain, Raymond says "normally everybody is pretty civil and we don't have any low life activity going on. We have ample managers to keep an eye on things. The worst thing is people get a little rowdy and a little loud, but I have not witnessed violence or fights. There are worse things you can be doing."
Run-of-the-mill potty humor graffiti appears all over town. But Eyedrum's bathroom graffiti stands out for the level of its discourse. Philosophical, political and spiritual conversations, as well as genuinely heavy diary-entry type revelations are the norm here. The venue paints over the walls periodically, but new scribbled brilliance turns up soon enough.
A CEO with a golden parachute only an artist would paint this on the gold-colored stall door.
It's entirely possible to get lost in the bathroom at Savage Pizza, not because it's particularly large, but because the walls are papered with comic books. After all, everyone knows that the most important part of a bathroom is its reading material.
Ria Pell's newest venture is part restaurant, part bar, and a whole lot of vintage awesomeness. That awesome quality extends to the bathrooms: The men's room is decorated with vintage 45s.
The women's room at Sauced is decorated with beverage labels that were painstakingly affixed to the wall by hand.
One of the most classic experiences of an evening at the Fox Theatre is visiting the restroom. The beautiful vintage waiting areas are themed for example, one has an ostentatious Egyptian motif. Even the restrooms themselves are an experience tiled, classy, and a pleasure to frequent.
The entire Fox theater was built in 18 months and opened on Christmas day 1929. The theater was planned in the 1920's when King Tut's Tomb was the rage. When you enter the "upper ladies lounge" you walk through a velvet curtain and then into a sitting room and then a powder room before you get to the actual bathroom.
This chair in the sitting area of the "upper ladies lounge" is designed after King Tut's throne and is so valuable it is insured by the Fox. According to marketing director Kristen Delaney management removes certain pieces of furniture for safe keeping during rock shows.
The men's room at Maggie's, an Emory hangout, has a charming prison cell/third world vibe with its bare-bones urinal ditch. At least they take the time to fill it with ice!
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