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Best Place to Pick Up a Lesbian BOA Award Winner

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

Best Place to Pick Up a Lesbian BOA Award Winner

Lowe's Home Improvement
Some folks howled when a new shopping center landed just south of Little Five Points, but the renovating residents of nearby neighborhoods have embraced the big-box charms of LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT. And when we say “renovating,” we mean, of course, the lesbians. This expansivemore...

Some folks howled when a new shopping center landed just south of Little Five Points, but the renovating residents of nearby neighborhoods have embraced the big-box charms of LOWE’S HOME IMPROVEMENT. And when we say “renovating,” we mean, of course, the lesbians. This expansive new temple of 2-by-4s sits at a handy crossroads between queer-friendly Midtown and dyke-tastic Decatur, which may be why so many smiling sisters fill the store’s aisles. She’s got a power-sander, you’ve got a tool belt — who needs a deck?
1280 Caroline St. 404-658-8650. www.lowes.com.

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Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

Blue Flame Lounge
If you know anything about chemistry, you know the blue flame burns hottest. And in Atlanta, THE BLUE FLAME LOUNGE proves the point. Talk about hot and this black gentlemen’s club is bound to come up. The world’s starting to catch on that nights in the A-Town shake clubs are off themore...

If you know anything about chemistry, you know the blue flame burns hottest. And in Atlanta, THE BLUE FLAME LOUNGE proves the point. Talk about hot and this black gentlemen’s club is bound to come up. The world’s starting to catch on that nights in the A-Town shake clubs are off the heezy, and the tight, bouncing beats and round booties at this club only minutes from downtown confirm that. To top it off, table dances are only $5, so you don’t have to be a big baller to party at the Blue Flame without getting too burned.
1097 Harwell Road. 404-794-1446. www.blueflamelounge.com.

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Best Weekly Club Event BOA Award Winner

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 Urban Music Club BOA Award Winner

Apache Caf
When APACHE CAFE rose from the ashes of the legendary Yin Yang Cafe years ago, denizens of Atlanta's soul music scene predicted that the spot would also die. Almost one decade later, Apache is still alive and kicking. The secret of its success? Owners Asa and Karen Fain changed what didn't work [(checkmore...
When APACHE CAFE rose from the ashes of the legendary Yin Yang Cafe years ago, denizens of Atlanta's soul music scene predicted that the spot would also die. Almost one decade later, Apache is still alive and kicking. The secret of its success? Owners Asa and Karen Fain changed what didn't work [(check out the refurbished patio in the back) and kept the great spoken word, hip-hop, jazz and soul music flowing. less...

Best Place to Meet Your Web Date BOA Award Winner

Octane Coffee
A blind date can be nerve-wracking enough, but at least at OCTANE COFFEE BAR & LOUNGE you can attribute the jitters on the jolt of caffeine you just chugged. What's better, this java joint offers free wireless Internet, so you can pretend to be reading Wonkette.com when the mystery screen name sauntersmore...
A blind date can be nerve-wracking enough, but at least at OCTANE COFFEE BAR & LOUNGE you can attribute the jitters on the jolt of caffeine you just chugged. What's better, this java joint offers free wireless Internet, so you can pretend to be reading Wonkette.com when the mystery screen name saunters up. Plus, you'll score points for suggesting a rendezvous on the trendy west side of town. Soon enough, the coffee won't be the only thing that's hot. less...

Best Place to Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

Eddie's Attic

Best Place to Hear Music for Free (Tie) BOA Award Winner

The Five Spot
In America, freedom is the most valuable possession. And in Bush's America, free is an equally prized, if far more elusive, commodity. By that reasoning, Little Five Points is like heaven/Rodeo Drive for fans of free music. Just wandering around, there are beats leaking and creeping from every storefront,more...
In America, freedom is the most valuable possession. And in Bush's America, free is an equally prized, if far more elusive, commodity. By that reasoning, Little Five Points is like heaven/Rodeo Drive for fans of free music. Just wandering around, there are beats leaking and creeping from every storefront, and plenty to sample at listening stations in Satellite Records. But we specifically celebrate A CAPPELLA BOOKS, CRIMINAL RECORDS and THE FIVE SPOT for supporting free live performances. At A Cappella, locals like Anna Kramer and Daniel Clay perform insurgent, experimental indie folk every Wednesday from 8:30-10 p.m. Criminal hosts local and national touring acts like Jet By Day and Andrew WK both in store and in the parking lot for singing and signings. The Five Spot hosts a variety of acts, including funk, jazz and reggae and rarely charges a cover. less...

Best Place for an Expensive Date BOA Award Winner

Bacchanalia

Best Acoustic Music Club BOA Award Winner

Eddie's Attic

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

Carla
"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, themore...
"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 Blues Club BOA Award Winner

Blind Willie's
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 blossomedmore...
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 Rock Club BOA Award Winner

The Earl

Best Club Event BOA Award Winner

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, such as ?uestlove and D-Nice,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. less...

Best Comedy Club BOA Award Winner

The Punchline Comedy Club
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 themore...
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 Dive Bar BOA Award Winner

Lenny's
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 Place to Pick Up a Lesbian BOA Award Winner

Lowe'S Home Improvement
Some folks howled when a new shopping center landed just south of Little Five Points, but the renovating residents of nearby neighborhoods have embraced the big-box charms of LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT. And when we say "renovating," we mean, of course, the lesbians. This expansive new temple of 2-by-4smore...
Some folks howled when a new shopping center landed just south of Little Five Points, but the renovating residents of nearby neighborhoods have embraced the big-box charms of LOWE'S HOME IMPROVEMENT. And when we say "renovating," we mean, of course, the lesbians. This expansive new temple of 2-by-4s sits at a handy crossroads between queer-friendly Midtown and dyke-tastic Decatur, which may be why so many smiling sisters fill the store's aisles. She's got a power-sander, you've got a tool belt - who needs a deck? less...

Best Hetero Meat Market BOA Award Winner

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, hungry heteros convergemore...
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 Club Event BOA Award Winner

Big Gay Supper Club

Best Comedy Club BOA Award Winner

The Punchline Comedy Club
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 Country Music Club BOA Award Winner

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

Best Intown Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

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 Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

Manuel's Tavern/The Local/Universal Joint

Best OTP Karaoke Night BOA Award Winner

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

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

Best Place to Hear Local Music BOA Award Winner

Eddie's Attic
515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur 404-377-4976 www.eddiesattic.com

Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Road 404-522-3950 www.badearl.com

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Dugan's Sports Bar and Grill
The outside of DUGAN’S on Ponce is like a big screen TV, with all the neon signs boasting wings and cold beer. It gets busy on weekends, and probably not just because of the screens packed with all the sports you can handle. The strong drinks and spicy drumettes served up by the no-nonsensemore...
The outside of DUGAN’S on Ponce is like a big screen TV, with all the neon signs boasting wings and cold beer. It gets busy on weekends, and probably not just because of the screens packed with all the sports you can handle. The strong drinks and spicy drumettes served up by the no-nonsense waitstaff keep fans coming back. Have your order ready, talk loud, and cheer for your team if you want to — hell, everybody else does — and if you happen to be in Stone Mountain or off Flat Shoals Road, check those Dugan’s locations for more of the same. less...

Best Weekly Club Event BOA Award Winner

D'jango Kitchen and Saloon
Throw out your thermometers and forget about aspirin: FEVER promises a sickening good time every Saturday night at Django. The DJ rotation features a cast of overly capable locals, including Jamad, Kemit, Mars, Kumar, Motion, LV, Klever and Cozy Shawn. Thank your doctors J. Carter of Sol-Fusion and Marcomore...
Throw out your thermometers and forget about aspirin: FEVER promises a sickening good time every Saturday night at Django. The DJ rotation features a cast of overly capable locals, including Jamad, Kemit, Mars, Kumar, Motion, LV, Klever and Cozy Shawn. Thank your doctors J. Carter of Sol-Fusion and Marco “Blue” Johnson of Marco’s Pita for three levels of party, from the hip-hop hotness downstairs on the dancefloor to the chill environment upstairs in the restaurant and out on the patio. Fever helped give Django its hot spot diagnosis for 2005 — but for the ladies who get ill at the thought of a $20 cover, show up before 11 p.m. less...

Best Country Music Club BOA Award Winner

Swallow at the Hollow
Sure, there a few big-ass cowboy discos out in the 'burbs, but to hear the best of what country music has to offer (the songs, duh), one only needs to head to THE SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW, which doubles as a barbecue restaurant. Patterned after the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the Swallow usuallymore...
Sure, there a few big-ass cowboy discos out in the 'burbs, but to hear the best of what country music has to offer (the songs, duh), one only needs to head to THE SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW, which doubles as a barbecue restaurant. Patterned after the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the Swallow usually features three singer/songwriters performing in the round. The artists talk about where their songs came from, the process of writing them, and how they got picked up (or didn't). The format might be a bit too deconstructed for some folks, but it is an entertaining education, or as we prefer, edutainment. less...

Best Gay Bar BOA Award Winner

Blake's on the Park

Best Jukebox BOA Award Winner

Blind Willie's

Best Mixologist Bartender BOA Award Winner

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. less...

Best Intown Neighborhood Bar (TIE) BOA Award Winner

Universal Joint

Best Place to Imagine You're On Acid When You're Not BOA Award Winner

Vision
When VISION originally opened, it was cast almost entirely in white and served as a blank canvas to the fashion-forward who go there. Now, following a $2 million renovation, the palatial crunk compound is so color/pattern-saturated, it's as if Parliament-Funkadelic helmed the interior decoration. Ofmore...
When VISION originally opened, it was cast almost entirely in white and served as a blank canvas to the fashion-forward who go there. Now, following a $2 million renovation, the palatial crunk compound is so color/pattern-saturated, it's as if Parliament-Funkadelic helmed the interior decoration. Of course, the newly reopened nightlife arena is so popular that party people arriving on a Friday or Saturday night to shake off the workweek will find themselves in another sort of grind. But the long lines outside give you the opportunity to see and be seen for your fabulousness before you get inside and all the attention is grabbed by the club's decor. less...

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Lanierland
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 hearmore...
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. less...

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Dugan's
The outside of DUGAN'S on Ponce is like a big screen TV, with all the neon signs boasting wings and cold beer. It gets busy on weekends, and probably not just because of the screens packed with all the sports you can handle. The strong drinks and spicy drumettes served up by the no-nonsense waitstaffmore...
The outside of DUGAN'S on Ponce is like a big screen TV, with all the neon signs boasting wings and cold beer. It gets busy on weekends, and probably not just because of the screens packed with all the sports you can handle. The strong drinks and spicy drumettes served up by the no-nonsense waitstaff keep fans coming back. Have your order ready, talk loud, and cheer for your team if you want to - hell, everybody else does - and if you happen to be in Stone Mountain or off Flat Shoals Road, check those Dugan's locations for more of the same. less...

Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

Match.com

Best Place to Pick Up a Gay Boy BOA Award Winner

Wetbar - W Atlanta
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, wheremore...
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. less...


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