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2005 Index of Winners

Best Acoustic Music Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Eddie's Attic (Featured)
Following a few shaky years of gradually shifting musical focus, EDDIE’S ATTIC returns to form and retains the title as best place to hear acoustic music for the simple fact that the music is the top priority. Any noisy attendees get shushed and glared at, and the sound system is engineeredmore...
Following a few shaky years of gradually shifting musical focus, EDDIE’S ATTIC returns to form and retains the title as best place to hear acoustic music for the simple fact that the music is the top priority. Any noisy attendees get shushed and glared at, and the sound system is engineered to perfection. Featuring a popular array of local and touring acts, as well as the always interesting Open Mike Shootout on Mondays, Eddie’s is an institution in the Decatur scene. Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard, the titular Eddie is back. less...

Best Acoustic Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Eddie's Attic (Featured)

Best After-Hours/Late-Night Spot BOA Award Winner

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Waffle House

Best All-Ages Club BOA Award Winner

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The Masquerade

Best Bartender BOA Award Winner

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Michele
Chaplins, 555 S. Atlanta St., Roswell 770-552-1147 www.chaplinsroswell.com

Best Beer Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Brick Store Pub
Decatur’s Brick Store Pub has long been a favorite haunt for beer lovers, but the local spot stepped it up earlier this year with its BELGIAN BEER BAR. At first glance, the pub may look exactly the same to infrequent visitors, but a walk up the stairs reveals a magical beer enclave to the left.more...

Decatur’s Brick Store Pub has long been a favorite haunt for beer lovers, but the local spot stepped it up earlier this year with its BELGIAN BEER BAR. At first glance, the pub may look exactly the same to infrequent visitors, but a walk up the stairs reveals a magical beer enclave to the left. Decorated with dark woods and dim lights, the Belgian Beer Bar fills up as fast as the clientele scans over the multipage beer menu. Several coolers hold an intimidating number of bottled brews, but the staff knows beer like sommeliers know wine.
125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990.

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Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

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Blind Willie's (Featured)
Co-founders Eric King and Roger Gregory built BLIND WILLIE’S in 1986 with the generous help of the local blues music community. King’s background includes an immense knowledge of ’60s folk and acoustic music, and the joint was originally envisioned to host a coffeehouse-typemore...
Co-founders Eric King and Roger Gregory built BLIND WILLIE’S in 1986 with the generous help of the local blues music community. King’s background includes an immense knowledge of ’60s folk and acoustic music, and the joint was originally envisioned to host a coffeehouse-type environment. It’s blossomed into a major destination for local, national and international blues musicians and fans with a full and pleasingly varied schedule of events featuring live music Monday through Saturday. If the house is a-rockin,’ don’t bother knockin,’ just pay the affordable cover and come on in. less...

Best Blues Club BOA Award Winner

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Northside Tavern (Featured)

Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

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International Bowl (Permanently Closed)
5600 Buford Highway, Doraville 678-281-0270

Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

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Chamblee Lanes (Permanently Closed)
Located conveniently between the International Village of Doraville and the modern shopping of the Ashford-Dunwoody corridor, the venerable CHAMBLEE LANES stands as a bridge between class and culture. Any given day or night, you’ll likely find timid, newly transplanted Americans rubbing elbowsmore...

Located conveniently between the International Village of Doraville and the modern shopping of the Ashford-Dunwoody corridor, the venerable CHAMBLEE LANES stands as a bridge between class and culture. Any given day or night, you’ll likely find timid, newly transplanted Americans rubbing elbows and renting shoes next to boisterous, “We’re No. 1” Red-State Dixiecrats. And that’s the beauty of the place. It’s like a United Nations of bowling, bringing the huddled masses together to have fun and roll a few gutter balls. Isn’t that what America is all about?
2175 Savoy Drive, Chamblee. 770-451-8605. www.findthefun.com.

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Best Brew Pub BOA Award Winner

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5 Seasons Brewing Company - North (Permanently Closed)

Best Club Event BOA Award Winner

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Sol-Fusion
Promoters J. Carter and Kenny Burns may describe their popular nightclub event SOL-FUSION as an “intercontinental love fest,” but really it’s just one hell of a good time. No other event in Atlanta features music provided by some of the industry’s coolest personalities,more...

Promoters J. Carter and Kenny Burns may describe their popular nightclub event SOL-FUSION as an “intercontinental love fest,” but really it’s just one hell of a good time. No other event in Atlanta features music provided by some of the industry’s coolest personalities, such as ?uestlove and D-Nice, and a serious blend of genres from alt-rock to house to reggae. No other event assembles such a multicultural collection of people serious about partying, not posing.
www.sol-fusion.com.

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Best Club Event BOA Award Winner

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Big Gay Supper Club

Best Comedy Club BOA Award Winner

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The Punchline Comedy Club (Featured)
For the past two decades, THE PUNCHLINE COMEDY CLUB has been Atlanta’s one-stop comedy shop. The unpretentious little club in Sandy Springs has hosted nearly every major comedy act known to man (and many who aren’t) including Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Dave Attell and Mitch Hedberg. Amore...
For the past two decades, THE PUNCHLINE COMEDY CLUB has been Atlanta’s one-stop comedy shop. The unpretentious little club in Sandy Springs has hosted nearly every major comedy act known to man (and many who aren’t) including Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Dave Attell and Mitch Hedberg. A quick look at the many autographed photos that line the walls of the cozy, wood-paneled venue offer a visual history of great American stand-up comedy. Go and get some funny, it’s time to laugh. less...

Best Comedy Club BOA Award Winner

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The Punchline Comedy Club (Featured)
280 Hilderbrand Drive 404-252-5233 www.punchline.com

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Variety Playhouse
It can be all things to almost all people. It’s a rock and folk showcase, a jazz venue, a country bar, an acoustic club, a jam-band freak-out headquarters and a movie theater. You name it and the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE has probably been there, done that and sold the T-shirt in the lobby. The coolmore...
It can be all things to almost all people. It’s a rock and folk showcase, a jazz venue, a country bar, an acoustic club, a jam-band freak-out headquarters and a movie theater. You name it and the VARIETY PLAYHOUSE has probably been there, done that and sold the T-shirt in the lobby. The cool art deco building on Euclid Avenue with the classic marquee sits like a benevolent Buddha at the corner of Little Five Points, welcoming all who enter. Also, the Variety’s website is informative and, like the place itself, friendly and easy to navigate. less...

Best Concert Venue BOA Award Winner

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Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
4469 Stella Drive 404-249-6400 www.classicchastain.org

Best Country Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Wild Bill Wholesale (Permanently Closed)
2075 Market St., Duluth 678-473-1000 www.wildbillsatlanta.com

Best Country Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Swallow at the Hollow (Permanently Closed)

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

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MJQ Concourse (Featured)

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

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D'jango Kitchen and Saloon (Permanently Closed)
Imagine hailing a gypsy cab on New York’s Lower East Side. Inside, the decorations are Bangladeshi-meets-Brooklyn and the cabby raps to Jay-Z in Bengali. And as the cab gets its swerve on, your body dances involuntarily. The DJANGO GYPSY KITCHEN AND SALOON’s bohemian burrow recallsmore...
Imagine hailing a gypsy cab on New York’s Lower East Side. Inside, the decorations are Bangladeshi-meets-Brooklyn and the cabby raps to Jay-Z in Bengali. And as the cab gets its swerve on, your body dances involuntarily. The DJANGO GYPSY KITCHEN AND SALOON’s bohemian burrow recalls that ride, where disparate cultures fuse sweat-drenched momentum into one undeniably funky juggernaut. Whether looking for hip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, flamenco, deep house, rare groove, soca, Afro-Cuban jazz or just a medley of people getting dirty and flirty in a post-modern Mediterranean/Latin/North African environment, Django offers a tight space under an even tighter groove. less...

Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

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Manhunt
Maybe we’re using the word “date” too generously, but MANHUNT is one Internet success story that’s left countless numbers of local guys smiling. Some swear they use it as a social outlet — a place to chat up strangers without having to deal with smoky barsmore...

Maybe we’re using the word “date” too generously, but MANHUNT is one Internet success story that’s left countless numbers of local guys smiling. Some swear they use it as a social outlet — a place to chat up strangers without having to deal with smoky bars and the accompanying attitude. Others see it as more of a delivery service (with “service” being the key word, ahem). Either way, there’s got to be a good reason so many ATL boys are always “on the ’Hunt.”
www.manhunt.net.

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Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

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Match.com

Best Dive Bar BOA Award Winner

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Lenny's Bar (Permanently Closed)
In terms of live venues, LENNY'S can be considered Atlanta's CBGB because of the bar's support of up-and-coming bands, including experimental improv, punk, freestyle MCs and indie-pop DJs. Of course, Lenny's can also give some the heebee geebees, because it's a dive in all the classic senses with rough-lookingmore...
In terms of live venues, LENNY'S can be considered Atlanta's CBGB because of the bar's support of up-and-coming bands, including experimental improv, punk, freestyle MCs and indie-pop DJs. Of course, Lenny's can also give some the heebee geebees, because it's a dive in all the classic senses with rough-looking clientele and stiff, cheap drinks. Populated with irregular regulars, nights here are as long as the tales are tall if you pull up an ear to the bar. Show up if you prefer blue-collar, no-shittin'-ya to poppin'-collars bullshit. less...

Best Dive Bar BOA Award Winner

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Lenny's Bar (Permanently Closed)

Best Gay Bar BOA Award Winner

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Blake's On The Park
227 10th St. 404-892-5786 www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com

Best Gay Bar BOA Award Winner

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Jungle Atlanta (Permanently Closed)
Brad Williams must be a genius. Last year, the owner of Red Chair launched what looked like a risky venture, renovating the former Chamber nightclub into his tropical-themed discotheque called JUNGLE. By the end of the summer, the numbers were undeniable: Atlanta had caught Jungle fever. This year, themore...
Brad Williams must be a genius. Last year, the owner of Red Chair launched what looked like a risky venture, renovating the former Chamber nightclub into his tropical-themed discotheque called JUNGLE. By the end of the summer, the numbers were undeniable: Atlanta had caught Jungle fever. This year, the space has seen even more cosmetic improvements and has hosted a who’s-who of gay nightlife elite. Not only have live performers like Kristine W. and Deborah Cox graced the stage, but DJs Tony Moran, Kimberly S., and Craig Spy have gotten the dancefloor whipped into a frenzy. No wonder it’s a weekly destination for scores of sweaty party boys out to release the animal within. less...

Best Hard-Working, Drink-Slinging Bartender BOA Award Winner

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Carla, at the Vortex
“It’s the name of the car, not me!” Sure, CARLA, we believe you ... maybe. “Ms. Kitty” is her convertible, and in our estimation, her combination of sexy and stiff — as in drinks, you pervs — makes Carla a purrfect bartender. Although shemore...
“It’s the name of the car, not me!” Sure, CARLA, we believe you ... maybe. “Ms. Kitty” is her convertible, and in our estimation, her combination of sexy and stiff — as in drinks, you pervs — makes Carla a purrfect bartender. Although she cut out the late-night hours at the Vortex a few years ago, the dark-haired mama with the tavern-tinged voice and sassy smile still serves ’em strong for the weekday regulars at the L5P location. less...

Best Hetero Meat Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Whole Foods Market
Back in the day, before Midtown became Buckhead, you’d never hear a respectable yuppie couple bragging that they met on Ponce. These days it’s not that far-fetched, given the dramatic influx of luxury SUVs that have flooded the Old Fourth Ward. At WHOLE FOODS MARKET, the hungry, hungrymore...
Back in the day, before Midtown became Buckhead, you’d never hear a respectable yuppie couple bragging that they met on Ponce. These days it’s not that far-fetched, given the dramatic influx of luxury SUVs that have flooded the Old Fourth Ward. At WHOLE FOODS MARKET, the hungry, hungry heteros converge and cavort in a health-conscious environment — smiling furtively over the soy milk and showing admirable restraint from pawing the organic melons. Sure, a bunch of them may be vegans, but even they are looking for a fine rump. less...

Best Hetero Meat Market BOA Award Winner

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East Andrews Bar

Best Illegal After-Hours Spot BOA Award Winner

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NUNYA BIZNASS
A city ain’t a city if it sleeps. Regardless of what the government may say, this city’s party class knows the deal: After the show, there’s the after-party, and after the party, there’s the hotel lobby, and yes, Atlantans drink till 6 in the morning. But who has themore...
A city ain’t a city if it sleeps. Regardless of what the government may say, this city’s party class knows the deal: After the show, there’s the after-party, and after the party, there’s the hotel lobby, and yes, Atlantans drink till 6 in the morning. But who has the best after-party? If you don’t know, it must be NUNYA BIZNASS. Finding directions to the hot spots isn’t as difficult as when Steve and Andrea had to exchange an egg for rave directions on “Beverly Hills 90210,” but we can’t draw you a map. After all, isn’t it more fun to find a treasure when you stumble upon it? less...

Best Intown Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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10 High Club
p>Are you ready to rock? Or are you ready to shout along lyrics with a drunken slur from the audience as others belt out rock tunes? Either way, 10 High’s METAL-SOME MONDAYS helps fulfill rock-star fantasies for the musically challenged. Now 2 years old and still going strong, the karaokemore...
p>Are you ready to rock? Or are you ready to shout along lyrics with a drunken slur from the audience as others belt out rock tunes? Either way, 10 High’s METAL-SOME MONDAYS helps fulfill rock-star fantasies for the musically challenged. Now 2 years old and still going strong, the karaoke night features a live group (dubbed the, gasp, Metal-Some Monday band) that backs eager singers who belt out tracks from AC/DC to Zeppelin. Big hair is optional, but don’t shout into the mic. The band hates that. less...

Best Intown Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Metal-some Mondays
10 High Club 816 N. Highland Ave. 404-873-3607 www.tenhighclub.com

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

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Manuel's Tavern/The Local/Universal Joint

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

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Euclid Avenue Yacht Club
For spirited conversation, great bar food and an adult beverage or three, there’s no better intown gathering spot than the EUCLID AVENUE YACHT CLUB. With a radical mix of tattooed locals, thirsty tourists, boisterous bikers, and pierced punks, as well as a welcoming committee of Little Fivemore...
For spirited conversation, great bar food and an adult beverage or three, there’s no better intown gathering spot than the EUCLID AVENUE YACHT CLUB. With a radical mix of tattooed locals, thirsty tourists, boisterous bikers, and pierced punks, as well as a welcoming committee of Little Five Points’ finest freaks and geeks, the place is a true melting pot. The ironic nautical decor is a visual treat with a collection of interesting knickknacks and general oddities on view behind the bar. On most nights, the intimate institution is buzzing with enough real-life entertainment to warrant a cover charge. Don’t worry, there’s never an admission fee, so come on in and be a part of the show. less...

Best Jazz Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Churchill Grounds
660 Peachtree St. 404-876-3030 www.churchillgrounds.com

Best Jukebox BOA Award Winner

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Blind Willie's (Featured)

Best Latin Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Loca Luna
836 Juniper St. 404-875-4494 www.loca-luna.com

Best Legal After-Hours Spot BOA Award Winner

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Underground Atlanta
When the city’s bars shout last call, people who still want a drinky-drink post-2 a.m. head for UNDERGROUND ATLANTA. Not only is Underground one of the few drinking districts in the city with a conveniently located parking deck, its eight bars are the only ones that can legally pour until 4more...
When the city’s bars shout last call, people who still want a drinky-drink post-2 a.m. head for UNDERGROUND ATLANTA. Not only is Underground one of the few drinking districts in the city with a conveniently located parking deck, its eight bars are the only ones that can legally pour until 4 a.m. in Fulton County. The bars’ themes range from straight-laced sports bar Triple Play to unlaced drag shows at Charlie Brown’s Cabaret, so it’s a good bet something will tickle your fancy. On top of that, partiers can wander around between watering holes with alcoholic beverage in hand. less...

Best Lesbian Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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MSR My Sisters Room
222 E. Howard Ave., Decatur 404-370-1990 www.mysistersroom.com

Best Mixologist Bartender BOA Award Winner

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Govantez Lowndes
Opened by local restaurateur/self-proclaimed Anglophile GOVANTEZ LOWNDES, Technology Square-situated bistro the Globe celebrates the fresh-from-the-garden multidimensional cuisine of chef Joshua Perkins in a space-age, unfussy environment. And the clarity extends to the cocktails. The space overlaysmore...

Opened by local restaurateur/self-proclaimed Anglophile GOVANTEZ LOWNDES, Technology Square-situated bistro the Globe celebrates the fresh-from-the-garden multidimensional cuisine of chef Joshua Perkins in a space-age, unfussy environment. And the clarity extends to the cocktails. The space overlays sleek textures and organic flavors, and the mixology of Lowndes follows suit with concoctions inspired from travels in London and Sydney. Served from behind a 30-foot zinc bar, the Globe’s bracing cocktails contain juicy ingredients like guava, passion fruit, mango, and rhubarb puree and combine them with worldly libations, including molasses rum, Pimms and Campari. The impact is mod yet classic, discreet yet zesty.
The Globe, 75 Fifth St. 404-541-1487. www.globeatlanta.com.

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Best OTP Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

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Chaplins
555 S. Atlanta St., Roswell 770-552-1147 www.chaplinsroswell.com

Best OTP Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

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International Bowl and Arcade
Tucked beside the lanes at Buford Highway’s INTERNATIONAL BOWL AND ARCADE are a hallway of private, by-the-hour rooms from which emanate all kinds of moans, groans and guttural noises. But these aren’t sex scenes, it’s karaoke! With the right amount of reverb in the resoundingmore...

Tucked beside the lanes at Buford Highway’s INTERNATIONAL BOWL AND ARCADE are a hallway of private, by-the-hour rooms from which emanate all kinds of moans, groans and guttural noises. But these aren’t sex scenes, it’s karaoke! With the right amount of reverb in the resounding stereo and a background of Thailand rice patties on the big screen teleprompter, anyone can sound like Usher ... if he were in a car wreck ... underwater. But who cares? Cheap pitchers of beer are the great equalizer, and your entire party can take it as a challenge to one-up each other without anyone giving you shit. Karaoke here can be serious fun, and seriously funny.
5600 Buford Highway. 678-281-0270.

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Best OTP Music Club BOA Award Winner

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Wild Bill Wholesale (Permanently Closed)
2075 Market St., Duluth 678-473-1000 www.wildbillsatlanta.com

Best OTP Music Club and Best All-ages Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Swayze's (Permanently Closed)
OK, so you are a kid in the suburbs who loves loud rock and roll. Where do you go? Get your punk ass to SWAYZE’S, junior. It’s everything a club should be. Loud, obnoxious and a helluva lot of fun. Yes, it’s named for actor Patrick Swayze, and that’s part of the kitschymore...
OK, so you are a kid in the suburbs who loves loud rock and roll. Where do you go? Get your punk ass to SWAYZE’S, junior. It’s everything a club should be. Loud, obnoxious and a helluva lot of fun. Yes, it’s named for actor Patrick Swayze, and that’s part of the kitschy appeal of the place. Booker Lee Satterfield runs it with the same tongue-in-cheek humor as he employs when he fronts the chaotic band Treephort. The all-ages, all the time place hosts several bands per night, so there is something there to enjoy, just stick around and watch. less...

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

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Dunwoody Tavern
5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody 770-394-4164 www.dunwoodytavern.com

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

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Dunwoody Tavern
Located in the heart of historic Dunwoody, the gregarious folks at YE OLDE DUNWOODY TAVERN have been slingin’ the suds since opening in ’96. A popular destination of many north side Atlantans for social gatherings, weekend frivolity, or just a good place to kick back and watch a game,more...
Located in the heart of historic Dunwoody, the gregarious folks at YE OLDE DUNWOODY TAVERN have been slingin’ the suds since opening in ’96. A popular destination of many north side Atlantans for social gatherings, weekend frivolity, or just a good place to kick back and watch a game, the Tavern is a comfy and occasionally jumpin’ little hot spot. In addition to a wide selection of liquid refreshments, a number of annual events are on tap, including golf tournaments, St. Patty’s parties and the Dunwoody Beer Festival. The above-average menu is a tasty treat, and other perks include free high-speed wireless, pool tables and organized soccer parties. less...

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
4469 Stella Drive 404-249-6400 www.classicchastain.org

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Lanierland Park
With its “no alcohol” policy and well-organized venue management, LANIERLAND’s Concerts in the Country is the sort of place you can safely take your grandma to enjoy a show. Plus, the attendees are some of the best behaved (and most sober) people in the state, having paid theirmore...

With its “no alcohol” policy and well-organized venue management, LANIERLAND’s Concerts in the Country is the sort of place you can safely take your grandma to enjoy a show. Plus, the attendees are some of the best behaved (and most sober) people in the state, having paid their hard-earned money to hear some real country music. Well worth the 45-minute drive out of town, the setting is beautiful, the sound is great, and the performing acts are a cross-section of old-timers such as George Jones and Tanya Tucker, and newer artists like Joe Nichols and Blake Shelton.
6115 Jot-Em Down Road, Cumming. 770-887-7464. www.lanierland.com.

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Best Place for a Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

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Piedmont Park (Featured)

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