Coastin’ thru the ATL

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Every beverage needs a place to land and fortunately I’ve got four of the best spots. These ATL coasters have been with me since I left the Dirty Dirty for the last time back in 2011. The night before I left to start a new life in New York City, my girlfriends and I had a crazy night out in East Atlanta hitting up all the spots that became staples of our early-mid 20’s. Before the night ended, they each gave me one of these custom made coasters of our favorite spots. If you’re going to Atlanta, you have to hit these places up!

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I’ll forever remember Eats as one of my favorite lunch spots on Ponce de Leon Ave in Atlanta, GA. It’s like a dive-bar pasta shop. The staff is cooler than I could ever hope to be, and there’s something for just about everyone. You HAVE to get the Egg Fettucine Alfredo. In high school, my friend Evan once asked for extra meat and they added long, girthy, slightly bent to the left sausage on top. This place has humor, charm, and damn good pasta.

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This place is where the girls and I used to go out for Taco Night every Tuesday. It’s located in the heart of the East Atlanta neighborhood. If you’re in your 20’s and live in Atlanta you know this place well. It’s got pool tables, perfect bar food, tables for eating, couches for lounging, and a dance floor that is always packed on the weekends. It’s always lit.

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The Majestic is the original OG of diners in Atlanta. Located on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta, this is the spot for getting your late-night grub on. Unlike Waffle House, there’s only one Majestic. The food is ‘eh’ but the atmosphere is why you’re here. Plus, just about anything tastes amazing at 4am. I remember sitting at a community table with some friends at 3am, eating our faces off to absorb all the alcohol we had just tainted our bodies with, when the drunkest woman I had ever seen walked in swinging a ladle around her head before sitting down next to us and ordering “like, really soft eggs”.

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Even if you’ve never been to Atlanta, you still may have heard about our most notorious strip club- The Clermont Lounge. Located in what used to be the seedy Clermont Motel, the Clermont Lounge is as divey, and seedy, and dope as anything you could image. The strippers are older, bigger, fiercer. Go sit at the bar and pray you’re there when Blondie is dancing – she crushes a beer can between her tits at the end. Truly the kind of magic you didn’t know you needed.

These are the places that remind me of growing up in Atlanta, Georgia. Check them out next time you’re in town. Deuces up, A-Town down.

What to Know

These coasters have been with me forever and they make me happy to look at every day.
Eats on Ponce for that Egg Fettucine Alfredo.
The Graveyard Tavern for wing night on Tuesdays or dance parties on the weekend.
Majestic Diner is open 24 hours.
Clermont Lounge for a Blondie show.

 

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