It used be that you could just slow down around Peachtree Street between Sixth and Ninth streets to get a pulse-quickening quickie. Now you can spend an entire night wandering that area safely and leisurely. Let's map the changes.
At the corner of the Metropolis condo/retail complex, opposite the Margaret Mitchell house, there's Stool Pigeons. Lord knows that bar/grill (grill for the time being, as the bar's license is pending for another two weeks) wouldn't have lasted in the neighborhood 10 years ago, because the gay crowd would steer the hell away from a place with that name. On a recent visit, both sports and Mariah Carey were playing on two of the many TV monitors. It seems friendly and eager to please all residents with a neighborhood sports bar feel but in a contemporary structure of skewed angles. Odd contrasts abound.
A more intimate nestle can be found at Noodle, where, above the click-click of chopsticks and the smell of chow mein, you can indulge in specialty "martinis" that range from semi- to sickly sweet. I'd go with the sour-citrus Crouching Tiger, chocolate-banana Fortune Cookie or tropical rum Karate Punch. During the school year DJs play, attracting trust fund princesses and queens alike in a bridging neighborhood.
Next up, the Vortex may have a cheesy marketing scheme, but the stalwart has tots and beer. 'Nuff said. Book-ending things is the Gordon Biersch chain brewery. If in the mood for lemon, yeast, honey and hops, the golden blond summer brews will suffice.
Of course, if you aren't in the mood for the nouveau nooks, there's the mixed-crowd cruise bar Bulldogs for the boys, and tropical tapas bar Loca Luna for the girls (and their guys), where gaggles get giddy and couples get cuddly. And there's dear old Backstreet, which recently applied for a restaurant liquor, beer and wine license, though things are looking bleak in Neighborhood Planning Unit meetings.
Slutting around On Thurs., July 15, longtime scene fixture Johnny Ether threw his inaugural electroSLUT event at MJQ. The throttling, yelping tones of Oliver Dodd, I Almost Saw God in the Metro and Tommie Sunshine were highlights, and will hopefully be featured at future events. Saturday, Ether celebrated his birthday at Eastside Lounge, along with the Rareform DJs' two-year anniversary. Congrats all round.
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