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2005 Index of Winners

Best Place to Spot Celebrities BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square

Best Place to Hear National Acts for Free BOA Award Winner

Downtown Rocks
DOWNTOWN ROCKS emerged as the winner when On the Bricks hits the bricks after losing its sponsorship. With its new home in Underground Atlanta, 99X brought the tried-and-true alternative rockers Cake, Weezer, Ben Folds and Garbage. Also on the bill were acts breaking into the mainstream, including Spoon,more...
DOWNTOWN ROCKS emerged as the winner when On the Bricks hits the bricks after losing its sponsorship. With its new home in Underground Atlanta, 99X brought the tried-and-true alternative rockers Cake, Weezer, Ben Folds and Garbage. Also on the bill were acts breaking into the mainstream, including Spoon, the Bravery, Kasabian and the Caesars, and if you got there early, local acts kicked off each night. Although it rained for most concerts, crowds packed in anyway because free makes everything better. less...

Best Play BOA Award Winner

Peachtree Battle - Ansley Park Playhouse

Best Public Art BOA Award Winner

Art in Freedom Park

Best Rock Radio Station BOA Award Winner

99x WNNX-FM (99.7)

Best Shoes BOA Award Winner

DSW

Best Intown Mall/Shopping Center BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square

Best Sports Bar BOA Award Winner

Jocks and Jills

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

Sushi Hayakawa

Best Locally Produced TV Show BOA Award Winner

Blue Collar TV

Best New Vinyl BOA Award Winner

Satellite Records

Best-Looking Waitstaff (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Einstein's

Best Weekly Club Event BOA Award Winner

Fever
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 andmore...
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 Women's Wear BOA Award Winner

Target

Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

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 bars and the accompanying attitude. Others see itmore...
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." less...

Best Acoustic Music Club BOA Award Winner

Eddie's Attic
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 Bowling Alley BOA Award Winner

Chamblee Lanes
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 Comedy Club BOA Award Winner

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

Best Dating Service BOA Award Winner

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 Gay Bar BOA Award Winner

Jungle Atlanta
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 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, 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 Illegal After-Hours Spot BOA Award Winner

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 Jazz Club BOA Award Winner

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

Best OTP Neighborhood Bar BOA Award Winner

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

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 to Hear Local Music and Best Rock Club BOA Award Winner

The Earl
Listening to the earnest heartland rock of Bob Seger makes us want to drink PBR. So does THE EARL. We’re not saying Seger and the Earl have much in common — thanks to booking agent Patrick Hill, the mood is more jamming and idiosyncratic Neil Young — but we will say that Seger’smore...
Listening to the earnest heartland rock of Bob Seger makes us want to drink PBR. So does THE EARL. We’re not saying Seger and the Earl have much in common — thanks to booking agent Patrick Hill, the mood is more jamming and idiosyncratic Neil Young — but we will say that Seger’s “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” could be the Earl’s theme song. There’s nowhere else in Atlanta so dedicated to not letting people forget the rawk, showcasing the top tier of local bands alongside nationally acclaimed indie acts. With its junk-store chic, the Earl embodies the garage-band spirit and we raise our tall boys to it. less...

Best Place to Hear National Acts for Free BOA Award Winner

Downtown Rocks
After a few years of battling free concert series, DOWNTOWN ROCKS emerged as the winner when On the Bricks hits the bricks after losing its sponsorship. With its new home in Underground Atlanta, 99X brought the tried-and-true alternative rockers Cake, Weezer, Ben Folds and Garbage. Also on the bill weremore...

After a few years of battling free concert series, DOWNTOWN ROCKS emerged as the winner when On the Bricks hits the bricks after losing its sponsorship. With its new home in Underground Atlanta, 99X brought the tried-and-true alternative rockers Cake, Weezer, Ben Folds and Garbage. Also on the bill were acts breaking into the mainstream, including Spoon, the Bravery, Kasabian and the Caesars, and if you got there early, local acts kicked off each night. Although it rained for most concerts, crowds packed in anyway because free makes everything better.
www.99x.com.

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Best Pool Hall BOA Award Winner

Mr Cues II Billiards
Ya think ya got balls enough to play where the pros play? Well, roll on over to MR. CUE’S BILLIARDS & BURGERS and put some English on it. Johnny Archer is the house pro and he can often be found playing for fun, in high-stakes tournaments or patiently instructing budding hustlers and novices.more...
Ya think ya got balls enough to play where the pros play? Well, roll on over to MR. CUE’S BILLIARDS & BURGERS and put some English on it. Johnny Archer is the house pro and he can often be found playing for fun, in high-stakes tournaments or patiently instructing budding hustlers and novices. The place isn’t a palace, it’s your basic shopping center pool room with all the ambiance and panache of the players of the moment. But that sea of tables beckons the competitive side like a siren to a lost sailor. Rack ’em up. less...

Best Redneck Bar BOA Award Winner

Cowboys

Best Strip Club BOA Award Winner

Pink Pony
1837 Corporate Blvd. 404-634-6396 www.showbars.com

Best Climbing Wall BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rocks!
1019 Collier Road 404-351-3009 www.atlantarocks.com

Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery & Market
1394 N. Highland Ave. 404-872-6000 www.alons.com

Best New Club BOA Award Winner

Charlie Brown
Atlanta's nightlife institutions seem to be vanishing, unless you count the drive-thru Krispy Kreme on Ponce. After the city moved up last call, MR. CHARLIE BROWN could have disappeared. For 14 years, Charlie Brown and his team of female impersonators performed at Backstreet until the 24-hour finallymore...

Atlanta's nightlife institutions seem to be vanishing, unless you count the drive-thru Krispy Kreme on Ponce. After the city moved up last call, MR. CHARLIE BROWN could have disappeared. For 14 years, Charlie Brown and his team of female impersonators performed at Backstreet until the 24-hour finally shut down last year. Rather than shed mascara-coated tears, Charlie Brown's Cabaret opened as its own venue in Underground Atlanta, where performers dazzle audiences Thursday-Sunday nights. In addition to the regular lineup of Shawnna Brooks, Lena “HotDamn” Lust, Heather Daniels, Lauren LeMasters and Ashley Kruiz, Charlie hosts the popular “Drag Idol” contest, which brings fresh faces to the stage. And the newbies can learn a thing or two from Mr. Brown, who serves up jokes like Krispy Kreme doughnuts: delicious and hot. "Charlie Brown's Cabaret, Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St. 678-904-4811. www.charliebrownscabaret.com." See related: - Poets, Artists & Madmen: Best Drag Queen Charlie Brown (Reader pick)
- Poets, Artists & Madmen: Best Drag Queen Charlie Brown (Critic pick)
- After Dark: Best Legal After-Hours Spot UNDERGROUND ATLANTA (Critic pick)

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