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2005 Index of Winners

Best Club Event

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 Concert Venue

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

Best Gay Bar

Blake’s on the Park
227 10th St. 404-892-5786 www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com

Best Hard-Working, Drink-Slinging Bartender

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 Intown Neighborhood Bar

Euclid Avenue Yacht Club 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 Latin Music Club

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

Best Lesbian Bar

My Sister’s Room
222 E. Howard Ave., Decatur 404-370-1990 www.mysistersroom.com

Best OTP Music Club and Best All-ages Club

Swayze's Swayze's
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

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

Best Place for a Romantic Cheap Date

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at Fox Theatre
The city too busy to hate is also the city where it’s expensive to date, so finding options that are both affordable and romantic is no easy task. Dazzle your darling with the COCA-COLA SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL AT FOX THEATRE. From the twinkling lightbulbs on the marquee to the plush lounges inside,more...
The city too busy to hate is also the city where it’s expensive to date, so finding options that are both affordable and romantic is no easy task. Dazzle your darling with the COCA-COLA SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL AT FOX THEATRE. From the twinkling lightbulbs on the marquee to the plush lounges inside, the restored movie palace features a luxe setting to put classic moves on your sweetheart. After the lights dim, you can “accidentally” brush hands in the popcorn or try the stretch-turned-arm-around-your-date move. Whatever your game, don’t forget to look up at the ceiling, where you both can enjoy the only stars visible in Atlanta. less...

Best Place to Pick Up a Gay Boy

Wetbar's College Night
Maybe it’s the proximity of Georgia Tech, or it might be crossover from nearby Halo’s popular gay night, but WETBAR’S COLLEGE NIGHT comes with cuties swinging from the proverbial ceiling. Thursday arrives and a sassy 18-and-up crew of nubile newbies crowds the swanky Springmore...

Maybe it’s the proximity of Georgia Tech, or it might be crossover from nearby Halo’s popular gay night, but WETBAR’S COLLEGE NIGHT comes with cuties swinging from the proverbial ceiling. Thursday arrives and a sassy 18-and-up crew of nubile newbies crowds the swanky Spring Street watering hole, where DJ Greg Dean and a host of go-go boys keep the atmosphere light and sexy. Sure, it’s fun — just make sure he’s not taking you back to his dorm room.
960 Spring St. 404-745-9494.

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Best Urban Music Club

Vision Nightclub & Lounge
1068 Peachtree St. 404-874-4460 www.visionatlanta.com

Best Window of Opportunity to Renovate

Bazzaar Bazzaar
If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know Midnight Star’s “No Parking (On the Dancefloor)” is a guaranteed floor filler. Except it’s not meant to be taken literally, because an SUV takes up more prime real estate than most clubs can afford — especiallymore...
If you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know Midnight Star’s “No Parking (On the Dancefloor)” is a guaranteed floor filler. Except it’s not meant to be taken literally, because an SUV takes up more prime real estate than most clubs can afford — especially if it enters through the window, as BAZZAAR found out the hard way in July. Thankfully, no one was hurt by the errant driver — bad even by Atlanta standards — and this forward-thinking lounge continues to bolster its own reputation for unassuming indulgence by fostering the city’s top DJ talent under the watchful eye of Bill Kaelin. less...

Best Beach Retreat

Tybee Island
It may catch a lot of flack for its campy boardwalk and dated motels, but TYBEE ISLAND is a nostalgic alternative to the more highbrow St. Simons and Jekyll islands a little ways south. The three-mile-long barrier island sits 18 miles east of Savannah and 270 miles southeast of Atlanta and boasts Georgia’smore...

It may catch a lot of flack for its campy boardwalk and dated motels, but TYBEE ISLAND is a nostalgic alternative to the more highbrow St. Simons and Jekyll islands a little ways south. The three-mile-long barrier island sits 18 miles east of Savannah and 270 miles southeast of Atlanta and boasts Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse — as well as a fair dose of old-fashioned fun, including an annual water gun fight and beach bum parade. The tin-roofed, open-air, sandy-floored Crab Shack (motto: “Where the elite eat in their bare feet”) is not to be missed.
www.tybeeisland.com.

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Best Bizarre Local News Story

Jennifer Wilbanks: The Runaway Bride

Best Bizarro Local News Story

"Runaway Bride"
Last spring, the world’s media focused itself like a laser beam on the saga of Jennifer Wilbanks, the ditzy, bug-eyed, Gwinnett County “RUNAWAY BRIDE” who bolted to avoid her mega-wedding. Wilbanks split on a bus, while everyone back home feared she had been kidnapped whilemore...
Last spring, the world’s media focused itself like a laser beam on the saga of Jennifer Wilbanks, the ditzy, bug-eyed, Gwinnett County “RUNAWAY BRIDE” who bolted to avoid her mega-wedding. Wilbanks split on a bus, while everyone back home feared she had been kidnapped while jogging. Turns out, she planned it. And now she’s got a deal for a book, which ought to be spellbinding, based on a false statement to New Mexico police in which she claimed one of her fictional abductors told her: “Now you can lick my pussy.” You go, girl! less...

Best Convention

Bronner Bros. International Hair Show
This year, Atlanta lost several trade shows, some of whose organizers blamed an economic slump for diminished interest in the events. Despite the losses, the BRONNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW, hosted by the Marietta-based hair product company and drawing 50,000 people to the Georgia World Congressmore...

This year, Atlanta lost several trade shows, some of whose organizers blamed an economic slump for diminished interest in the events. Despite the losses, the BRONNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL HAIR SHOW, hosted by the Marietta-based hair product company and drawing 50,000 people to the Georgia World Congress Center every August, is holding up Atlanta’s reputation as a convention town with the tenaciousness of a tub of African Royale Mink Oil Gel. From intense barber battles to outlandish hairstyles bobbing down the fashion runway, the convention is so iconic that Ludacris gives it props in his track “Pimpin’ All Over the World”: “But I drop you off and pay you no attention/If I make it to Atlanta’s Bronner Brothers convention.”
www.bronnerbros.com.

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Best Historic Downtown

Buford
As small-town main streets go, one of the most charming in these parts belongs to the city of BUFORD, nestled in the northern tip of Gwinnett County. Founded in 1872, the city was put on the map by industrialist Bona Allen, who ran the tannery and leather factory — now fully renovated as anmore...

As small-town main streets go, one of the most charming in these parts belongs to the city of BUFORD, nestled in the northern tip of Gwinnett County. Founded in 1872, the city was put on the map by industrialist Bona Allen, who ran the tannery and leather factory — now fully renovated as an antique mall — that served as the town’s economic engine. In 1912, Allen built a 17-room Italianate mansion, and the home and tannery bookend Main Street, which is now lined by boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries that double as working studios.
www.cityofbuford.com.

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Best Intown Festival

Inman Park Festival
Held the last weekend in April, the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL has all the offerings you’d expect from a such an event: a goofy parade, a street market, live music, and a tour of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes. But what sets the three-day festival apart is the people. Everyone, from everywheremore...

Held the last weekend in April, the INMAN PARK FESTIVAL has all the offerings you’d expect from a such an event: a goofy parade, a street market, live music, and a tour of the neighborhood’s Victorian homes. But what sets the three-day festival apart is the people. Everyone, from everywhere in town, goes. The festival marks one of the rare occasions when stroller-pushing Virginia-Highlanders and well-heeled Ansley Parkers brush shoulders with Little Five Points bohos and south-of-Ponce hipsters. One bit of advice: Parking can be an exercise in futility. Take MARTA.
www.inmanpark.org/festival.php.

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Best Lesson in Rock History

Stonehenge
You’re not going to hear the hits of the ’60s and ’70s on WREK’s classic rock show STONEHENGE, thank God, but you will learn about the less played-out side of rock’s psychedelic age. Like the ancient site of the same name, Stonehenge stands for timelessnessmore...

You’re not going to hear the hits of the ’60s and ’70s on WREK’s classic rock show STONEHENGE, thank God, but you will learn about the less played-out side of rock’s psychedelic age. Like the ancient site of the same name, Stonehenge stands for timelessness — of bands like Love, Humble Pie, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Roxy Music. And Stonehenge DJ Dr. Rock’s encyclopedic knowledge about such things as a band’s bitter breakup or song’s obscure genesis rivals that of the coolest dad. If you’re too busy to tune in on Fridays, you can hear the most recent episode on the website of the Georgia Tech-run station.
Fridays, 8 p.m.-midnight, WREK-FM (91.1). 404-894-2468. www.wrek.org.

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Best Local Do-Gooders

Riverwood High School
Senior proms are awkward, expensive, pretentious affairs. Isn’t there anything better to do with your time and money? That’s what RIVERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL students asked before deciding to forgo the prom and donate prom funds to nonprofit group CARE’s tsunami relief efforts. Themore...

Senior proms are awkward, expensive, pretentious affairs. Isn’t there anything better to do with your time and money? That’s what RIVERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL students asked before deciding to forgo the prom and donate prom funds to nonprofit group CARE’s tsunami relief efforts. The local community responded to the school’s gesture with a flood of donations. Nearly $10,000 ultimately was donated to CARE. The school received some donations as well — enough to go ahead with the prom after all.
5900 Heards Drive. 404-847-1980. www.riverwoodhs.org.

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Best Local TV Anchor

Monica Kaufman
WSB/Channel 2 Weeknights, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. www.wsbtv.com

Best OTP Park

Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain Park

Best Person You Love to Hate

Ralph Reed
Baby-faced super-Christian RALPH REED is running for lieutenant governor, and while the campaign is Reed’s first bid for public office, he’s said to have his eyes on the White House. Scary. Reed is a cutthroat behind-the-scenes political street fighter who’s claimed he putmore...

Baby-faced super-Christian RALPH REED is running for lieutenant governor, and while the campaign is Reed’s first bid for public office, he’s said to have his eyes on the White House. Scary. Reed is a cutthroat behind-the-scenes political street fighter who’s claimed he put enemies in “body bags” and led the Christian Coalition to national prominence. The former plagiarist — he was banned from UGA’s student newspaper for copying lines from an attack on Gandhi — returned to the state as a political consultant following claims that a company with close ties to him over-billed the coalition. Now Reed is up to his neck in allegations that he fought the development of Indian casinos with money provided by their competitors. How presidential.
www.ralphreed.com.

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Best PR Fiasco

Choicepoint
We have to hand it to CHOICEPOINT. The company spent years buying information on virtually every American while assuring privacy advocates that the information was safe. Yet all it took was a Nigerian crook posing as a legit business to compromise information on 145,000 Americans. Did ChoicePoint offermore...

We have to hand it to CHOICEPOINT. The company spent years buying information on virtually every American while assuring privacy advocates that the information was safe. Yet all it took was a Nigerian crook posing as a legit business to compromise information on 145,000 Americans. Did ChoicePoint offer a full accounting of the scandal? Yeah, right! The company waited months before ’fessing up to a security breach. Then, when CEO Derek Smith finally talked, he said, “We didn’t expect organized criminals would attack us with this sophistication.” Derek, they used a fax machine! ChoicePoint shares tumbled, but before the scandal went public, Smith managed to sell thousands of shares, netting $13 million.
www.choicepoint.com.

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Best Pseudonym

Ron Mexico
His friends call him Mike; his driver calls him Mr. Vick; and his doctor calls him RON MEXICO. At least that’s the name that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick allegedly used while getting treatment for a case of genital herpes, according to court documents filed in a Gwinnett County lawsuit.more...

His friends call him Mike; his driver calls him Mr. Vick; and his doctor calls him RON MEXICO. At least that’s the name that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick allegedly used while getting treatment for a case of genital herpes, according to court documents filed in a Gwinnett County lawsuit. In April, a 26-year-old alleged former girlfriend sued Vick for negligence and battery, claiming he gave her the STD after he once refused to wear a condom during sex. Vick denies the allegations, and the suit has yet to go to court. But here at CL, we’ve already reached our verdict: “Ron Mexico” is one kick-ass nickname!
www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0405051vick1.html.

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Best Radio Station that Keeps on Getting Better

Album 88
It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners)more...

It might be well into its 30s, but ALBUM 88 hasn’t lost a shred of edge. In what can be a somewhat despairing sea of radio bile, the student-run station broadcast out of Georgia State University is one of the most powerful (100,000 watts) and widely heard (with an estimated 150,000 listeners) college radio stations in the country. That’s not by accident. Album 88 has more than 40 specialty shows, running the gamut from math rock to space rock, post-punk to Japanese, instrumental hip-hop to drum and bass, as well as live, in-studio performances by bands whose tours pass through Atlanta.
404-651-4488. www2.gsu.edu/~www885.

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Best Untrue Rumor

A Local Restaurant Was Serving Rats, Mice, Kittens, Puppies, and a Large Frozen Hawk
In January, an e-mail began popping up in inboxes claiming A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS SERVING RATS, MICE, KITTENS, PUPPIES AND A LARGE FROZEN HAWK. While the restaurant wasn’t named, an early version of the e-mail included a map showing it to be a certain Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Mall.more...

In January, an e-mail began popping up in inboxes claiming A LOCAL RESTAURANT WAS SERVING RATS, MICE, KITTENS, PUPPIES AND A LARGE FROZEN HAWK. While the restaurant wasn’t named, an early version of the e-mail included a map showing it to be a certain Chinese restaurant near Perimeter Mall. Accompanying the e-mail were four pictures of skinned and shrink-wrapped rats and mice. Soon, though, the Fulton County Health and Wellness Department found that the e-mail was a hoax. (Incidentally, the restaurant in question had excellent health records.) The photos turned out to be pictures of prepackaged food for snakes.
www.snopes.com/food/tainted/rats.asp.

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Best Antique Store

Victory Vintage
The recent explosion of interest in midcentury modern relics has antiques dealer Lee Cuthbert knocking on wood (Heywood-Wakefield, of course). Her young Decatur store, Victory Vintage, specializes in post–World War II furniture, accessories, artwork and educational aids. Reproductions and retro-flavoredmore...

The recent explosion of interest in midcentury modern relics has antiques dealer Lee Cuthbert knocking on wood (Heywood-Wakefield, of course). Her young Decatur store, Victory Vintage, specializes in post–World War II furniture, accessories, artwork and educational aids. Reproductions and retro-flavored paper goods are available, too. While her inventory is similar to that of shops such as City Issue and Twentieth Century Antiques, Cuthbert’s low prices and unusually personal customer service have us snagged. Look for swell discounts on items that haven’t moved for more than 60 days.
303 E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-373-5511. www.victoryvintage.com.

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Best Body Treatment

Acupuncture Works
It might not sound soothing to get needles shoved into your body, but at ACUPUNCTURE WORKS it is, and you’ll come out feeling balanced. The licensed acupuncturists pinpoint your aches and pains by delicately and professionally inserting needles that help treat conditions like chronic back painmore...

It might not sound soothing to get needles shoved into your body, but at ACUPUNCTURE WORKS it is, and you’ll come out feeling balanced. The licensed acupuncturists pinpoint your aches and pains by delicately and professionally inserting needles that help treat conditions like chronic back pain or menstrual cramps. Even if you don’t have a specific pain, the treatment can increase oxygen and blood flow, leaving you energized. And if acupuncture isn’t your idea of a relaxing body treatment, Acupuncture Works also offers plenty of massages to help you mellow out.
3115 Piedmont Road, Suite E-102. 404-949-0550. www.acuworks.net.

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Best Book Store

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
2900 Peachtree Road 404-261-7747; and other locations www.barnesandnoble.com

Best Camera Shop

Wolf Camera
150 14th St. 404-885-0071; and other locations www.wolfcamera.com

Best CDs

Criminal Records
466 Moreland Ave. 404-215-9511

Best Signature Cocktail

Eclipse di Sol Cafe 640
Poised beneath the Highland Inn, ECLIPSE DI SOL is as equally suited for party couples to launch their evenings as it is for same duos to radiate bed-head and post-coital bliss. And the drink that will impress that special someone the night before and/or help revive them the morning after is the mint-garnishedmore...
Poised beneath the Highland Inn, ECLIPSE DI SOL is as equally suited for party couples to launch their evenings as it is for same duos to radiate bed-head and post-coital bliss. And the drink that will impress that special someone the night before and/or help revive them the morning after is the mint-garnished GRAPEFRUIT AND ROSEWATER MARTINI. Sugary yet tart, this adult martini features a discernible floral bouquet that can cut through the smell of last night’s clothes like sex musk. In other words, it brings a dewy grin to your face. less...

Best Signature Cocktail

One Midtown Kitchen

Best Thai

Tamarind
The carefully crafted cuisine at sweetly plain TAMARIND has a memorable complexity, even though it’s not giddily garnished with an orchid spray, a la Tamarind’s nearby swanky sister, Nan. Much of the food appears on the surface to be the same as you find in the countless Thai restaurantsmore...
The carefully crafted cuisine at sweetly plain TAMARIND has a memorable complexity, even though it’s not giddily garnished with an orchid spray, a la Tamarind’s nearby swanky sister, Nan. Much of the food appears on the surface to be the same as you find in the countless Thai restaurants in Atlanta — nua nam tok, basil rolls, pad Thai — but, believe us, one taste will quickly dispel your long-held belief that all Thai food tastes the same. less...

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