Drink of the Week: High Life at the Clermont

As you no doubt read earlier in Seth’s post, Esquire magazine called The Clermont Lounge one of the best bars in the country. It’s one of only three Georgia bars to earn the title. In response to Seth’s call-out, I tried to get back to the Clermont in the last couple of weeks, but didn’t manage it. I was too busy visiting El Bar and the MJQ for the first time(s), as part of a birthday night out.

I have been to the Clermont a few times, though, so I can tell you that it is at least partly about “squalor,” as Esquire says. When Dave Attell visited the joint for his show, Insomniac, one guy called it the bar “where strippers go to die.” (See Dave’s visit to the Clermont right hereat Comedy Central). Watching that clip, I just learned that it’s the oldest strip joint in Atlanta, still in operation. Look around, and it’s easy to believe. The place opened in ’65. You could call the current decor “aunthentic.”

When I go, I drink High Life or PBR. Expect it in a can.

The Clermont’s schtick is that the strippers are all older and, uh, bigger than you’d find at a lot of other places. I’ve seen some young dancers do their thing there, though. Old or young, what you get is something a little more… honest. Being at the Clermont is like watching somebody’s aunt get up on a table and strip in a basement rec-room. Except the vibe is a lot less embarrassing. Also, Blondie crushes beer cans with her bosom, so that’s a plus.

What Is It? It’s Miller High Life, served in a can.

Where Is It? The Clermont Lounge, under and behind the Clermont Motor Hotel on Ponce.

How Is It? It’s Miller High Life, served in a can.

How Much Was It? I dunno, like $2, maybe? Who remembers?

3 Comments so far

  1. till (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

    The crushing sounds appealing! :)

  2. gretagretchen (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    Actually it’s less appealing than you would think.

    I’ve been there a couple time by myself (after going with people who bagged early) and I’ve always had a good time chatting with who ever shows up.

    Maybe the Clairmont is the great equalizer?

  3. Annie (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    Great post about a great Atlanta landmark. Basement rec-room description is spot on.

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