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Best Of Atlanta 2006 After Dark Large


After Dark


Best "Best Club" Curse BOA Award Winner

Club Vision
Atlanta clubs shouldn't strive to be the "best club" just a really good club. In Atlanta, for some strange reason, IF A CLUB GETS NATIONAL ATTENTION, IT CLOSES. Think about this: When Jermaine Dupri showcased our nightlife in “Welcome to Atlanta,” most of the clubs he mentioned closedmore...
Atlanta clubs shouldn't strive to be the "best club" just a really good club. In Atlanta, for some strange reason, IF A CLUB GETS NATIONAL ATTENTION, IT CLOSES. Think about this: When Jermaine Dupri showcased our nightlife in “Welcome to Atlanta,” most of the clubs he mentioned closed shortly after. Velvet Room? Closed. Kaya? Closed. Kream? Closed. Shark Bar? Closed. Club 112? Open, but it moved from the original location to Peachtree Street and, frankly, has never been the same. This year's victim? Vision (which sat on the hallowed grounds of Kaya). Dupri didn't shout out Vision, but celebs started flying into town to hold events at the newly renovated mega-club. Alas, Vision's lot will become lofts. Take note, club owners: Be successful, just not too successful. less...

Best Bartender BOA Award Winner

Grant Henry

Best Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

Midtown Bowl
Inspired by L.A.’s Lucky Strike Lanes, the revamped MIDTOWN BOWL brings the concept of boutique alleys to Atlanta. Opened in 1960, the 32-lane emporium now boasts a retro feel inside and out, with brand-new furniture, a state-of-the art scoring system and a full-service bar that features 30more...
Inspired by L.A.’s Lucky Strike Lanes, the revamped MIDTOWN BOWL brings the concept of boutique alleys to Atlanta. Opened in 1960, the 32-lane emporium now boasts a retro feel inside and out, with brand-new furniture, a state-of-the art scoring system and a full-service bar that features 30 bottled beers, six draft beers, wine and top-shelf liquor. You may not be able to bowl a 300 yet, but with kitschy fun available 24 hours a day and enough booze to ease the nerves, maybe you could one day. less...

Best Classical Music Act BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
The ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS should be counted as one of the city’s true major-league teams, alongside the Braves. With more than 100 CDs and 23 Grammys among its members, the 95-member orchestra and its allied 200-member volunteer chorus have long shaken the foundations of that old-fashionedmore...

The ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS should be counted as one of the city’s true major-league teams, alongside the Braves. With more than 100 CDs and 23 Grammys among its members, the 95-member orchestra and its allied 200-member volunteer chorus have long shaken the foundations of that old-fashioned assumption that anything truly worthwhile in American classical music must come from New York City. The Braves have Turner Field, and the Falcons have the Georgia Dome. Now, the question is whether the community will pony up the cash to build the symphony a new hall designed by Santiago Calatrava.
www.atlantasymphony.org.

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Best Country Music Club BOA Award Winner

Swallow at the Hollow
In Roswell, there’s a nondescript but delicious barbecue restaurant that’s a bit too easy to miss. Every weekend, THE SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW treats fans to intimate performances by musicians whose names and faces may not be too familiar but have impressive songwriting credentials. Modeledmore...
In Roswell, there’s a nondescript but delicious barbecue restaurant that’s a bit too easy to miss. Every weekend, THE SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW treats fans to intimate performances by musicians whose names and faces may not be too familiar but have impressive songwriting credentials. Modeled after Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe, the Swallow has become the premiere local listening spot for country music’s most prolific and successful songcrafters. Getting up close and personal in the room makes the experience even more exciting, and while the booking focus tends to be more on artists whose songs represent mainstream, radio-friendly country music, hearing the hits without all the obtuse production is a treat. less...

Best Dance Club BOA Award Winner

MJQ Concourse
The predictably unpredictable nature of MJQ CONCOURSE keeps crowds rolling in. In theory, a “best dance club” has a huge dancefloor, but MJQ has a packed dancefloor, which is much more fun. Clubs don’t often age gracefully — in fact, most are lucky if they make itmore...
The predictably unpredictable nature of MJQ CONCOURSE keeps crowds rolling in. In theory, a “best dance club” has a huge dancefloor, but MJQ has a packed dancefloor, which is much more fun. Clubs don’t often age gracefully — in fact, most are lucky if they make it through the first year. But not MJQ. Between its regularly scheduled programming of Brit pop, hip-hop, reggae and rare grooves, the club manages to throw in weird theme nights like lingerie parties, blood wrestling, homecoming events and cowboys vs. ninjas (we can’t explain if you weren’t there). Plus, it books the hippest-of-the-hip DJs. No matter what the entertainment, though, a night at the Q, is almost always a damn good time. less...

Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

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Best Dive Bar BOA Award Winner

Phoenix Cocktail Lounge
Stepping into THE PHOENIX is like walking onto a David Lynch movie set. The oddly lit bar hosts a cast of characters who will leave you entertained, a little scared and sometimes straight-up perplexed. If a few cop cars or an ambulance happens to be out front, just consider all the flashing lights yourmore...
Stepping into THE PHOENIX is like walking onto a David Lynch movie set. The oddly lit bar hosts a cast of characters who will leave you entertained, a little scared and sometimes straight-up perplexed. If a few cop cars or an ambulance happens to be out front, just consider all the flashing lights your disco-welcome wagon to Ponce’s days gone by. You know, before the condos drove away the streetwalkers and such. The Phoenix is a little time capsule, which has remained the home for a slew of street creatures, leather daddies and curious onlookers for 19 years. In other words, the real neighbors. less...

Best Gay Bar BOA Award Winner

Jungle Atlanta
When the legendary Backstreet closed its doors, Atlanta’s nightlife scene had already experienced major blows and was losing its big-city club creditability. Fortunately, the spirit, passion and soul of those days still lives at JUNGLE every Saturday. In the space formerly inhabited by the Chamber,more...
When the legendary Backstreet closed its doors, Atlanta’s nightlife scene had already experienced major blows and was losing its big-city club creditability. Fortunately, the spirit, passion and soul of those days still lives at JUNGLE every Saturday. In the space formerly inhabited by the Chamber, owner Brad Williams and the old-school values of Ovah Productions prove Atlanta still knows how to party. Jungle brings in worldwide DJ talent like Tracy Young, which in turn packs the venue with freaky club kids and sweaty, shirtless guys as far as the dilated eye can see. less...

Best Local Jazz Act BOA Award Winner

Days Ahead

Best Local Traditional Folk Act BOA Award Winner

Elise Witt
To confine ELISE WITT to the narrow realm of “traditional folk” would be a mistake. True, those are her roots, and she’s careful not to lose sight of folk’s long-standing role in social change. Her “Open the Window” is destined to become a new signaturemore...

To confine ELISE WITT to the narrow realm of “traditional folk” would be a mistake. True, those are her roots, and she’s careful not to lose sight of folk’s long-standing role in social change. Her “Open the Window” is destined to become a new signature song for change, in fact. With Witt, the notion of song that’s communal, rather than just performed by an artist, is important. But Witt’s absorption of song traditions from across the world -— what she describes as “global, local and homemade songs” -— says more about what folk represents in the 21st century.
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Best Place For A Cheap Date BOA Award Winner

McDonald's
Ubiquitous.

Best Place for an Expensive Date BOA Award Winner

How would we know?
How would we know? Do you know how much journalists make? Why don’t you check out some of those fancy restaurants in the ORAL PLEASURES section.

Best Reason to Buy A Nintendo Classic BOA Award Winner

Contraband
If you pick up a classic console, you can infinitely replay the eight-bit jams performed live by CONTRABAND, the alter ego of Athens’ post-hardcore math-rock quartet Cinemechanica. Additionally, you can train to be a featured player in one of the group’s shows: Contraband performs themore...

If you pick up a classic console, you can infinitely replay the eight-bit jams performed live by CONTRABAND, the alter ego of Athens’ post-hardcore math-rock quartet Cinemechanica. Additionally, you can train to be a featured player in one of the group’s shows: Contraband performs the soundtrack to the classic NES game Contra while lucky participants attempt to beat the game live. There’s even an official “dance”: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. Even though you can’t use the secret 30-lives code during a performance, turn it into an interpretive dance and you’ll be invincible on the dancefloor. It’s hipper than the Lean Back or even the Cha-Cha Slide. Not since Mario laid his first pipe has Nintendo Classic been this energizing.
www.myspace.com/nintendorock2.

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Best Snap Music Act BOA Award Winner

Dem Franchize Boys
Some will rightfully argue over who pioneered the snap music sound, but DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ — Buddie, Jizzal Man, Parlae and Pimpin — are the group making a lasting impression. Their pair of hits, “I Think They Like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,”more...

Some will rightfully argue over who pioneered the snap music sound, but DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ — Buddie, Jizzal Man, Parlae and Pimpin — are the group making a lasting impression. Their pair of hits, “I Think They Like Me” and “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,” exemplifies snap’s kinetic yet quiet energy, even as its debut album, On Top of Our Game, incorporates other hardcore rap styles to create a sonically balanced listening experience. Of course, superstar producer Jermaine Dupri’s patronage certainly didn’t hurt the group in becoming more than just a Bankhead sensation.
www.demfranchizeboyz.com.

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Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Famous Pub
With two giant projector screens and dozens more televisions scattered about, FAMOUS PUB AND SPORTS PALACE has a setup that allows you to watch every game all at once. It’s a sports fan’s version of heaven, replete with loaded bar, great greasy food, six pool tables, sports-themed arcademore...
With two giant projector screens and dozens more televisions scattered about, FAMOUS PUB AND SPORTS PALACE has a setup that allows you to watch every game all at once. It’s a sports fan’s version of heaven, replete with loaded bar, great greasy food, six pool tables, sports-themed arcade games and plenty of SEC and NASCAR memorabilia filling up the walls. Don’t get too excited, though — there’s enough good stuff at the Palace to make the true sports fan pee in his full-body racesuit. less...

Best singer/songwriter BOA Award Winner

Anthony David

"Anthony David, Atlanta-based singer/songwriter, releases his new album, The Red Clay Chronicles, this month on local indie label Brash Music:"


“The people of Atlanta make the music scene what it is, particularly the women! Whenever you come out and see some new artist that is ripping up the stage, male or female, and no one has heard of them yet, you will always see two or three ladies on the side that do know them, and have encouraged them to get out there and do it. Ladies are so smart, yes they are!”


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