"What did you say?" I ask.
"You heard me. Woof."
He's referring to a guy in red with a full, black beard and plenty of attitude who looks like he just stepped out of a Tom of Finland drawing. All he needs is a cigarette and to be stepping on some other guy stretched out in leather, pressing him beneath his manly flesh.
"Woof" is a term of appreciation uttered by men when another passes by who merits attention. It's like standing at a construction site and hearing the whistles and catcalls thrust at some hot chick in a mini. But it's all men, attempting to look casually sexy in plaid and tight jeans that grip their balls. If you were to ask, most of the burly guys would profess to being bears -- the gay subculture into bigger waistlines and back hair. They're looking for the macho male.
This is Woofs, the gay sports bar. That's right, I'll say it again, gay sports bar.
Sissies are only supposed to be interested in wallpaper and drapes, not hockey and three-point lines, right? But it's ESPN all the time, not Lifetime, that you'll find dominating the screens at the restaurant/bar along Piedmont near the mixed-use Lindbergh development.
It was wall-to-wall during the Super Bowl, proving that queens want more than half-time entertainment. This crowd likes men kneeling over pigskin, too. Maybe a little too much.
Don't look for dark corners or frisky bathroom interludes. Woofs is almost exclusively one of those places where men casually play pool or throw a few darts in relatively bright lighting. Beer is the main drink and baseball caps are a plus. Crowds get heavier before heading out to other "manly" destinations like the Heretic and the Eagle. Or, of course, for the big game.
Woofs, 2425 Piedmont Ave. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sat. noon-3 a.m.; Sun. 12:30 p.m.-midnight. Drink prices: Beer $2.75-$4.50; wine $4-$5; liquor $3-$7. 12 TVs; two pool tables. 404-869-9422. www.woofsatlanta.com.
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