by Dave H. on
Johnny Brenda's rocks. This large, multilevel venue hosts live music acts, several bars, and a restaurant. The upper floors provide a fantastic, unobstructed view of the stage. This place has a dining room, streetside seating, and pool tables - it's hard not to like their hip jeans-and-t-shirt atmosphere. Friends and I had tickets to see Battles. The show was sold out and it was a full house. While we waited to be let upstairs, we shared a plate of oysters which weren't the coldest, but the sauce was perfect. (Their menu changes often: I saw finger foods and larger entrees. Hungry? There's plenty of time to order; their kitchen closes at 1 AM.) Four bartenders helped us that evening: - the first seemed impatient, as if she had a big ol' stick up her butt. When I asked for shots of "anything creative", she wasn't receptive, insisting I pick something. I said "kamikazes", and thankfully she made the smoothest I've had in awhile. - the second bartender was okay. I requested the strongest liquor they had, and with a little uncertainty, she came back with shots of Wild Turkey. - third time's a charm! Aileen was friendly, smiled, and (after asking for creative shots) made us a delicious concoction involving Crown Royal, Myers, Malibu rum, and pineapple juice. Best of all, she gave me faith that not all the bartenders here were duds. - Anne was welcoming, getting us shots of Jagermeister without issue. The show itself was an experience. I enjoyed Thank You's - the opener, from Baltimore - trippy tunes, thanks to the venue's powerful, almost overwhelming, acoustics. I liked their music but the crowd seemed polite, at best. (C'mon Philly, show some love!) More enthusiasm was shown for Battles, everyone rocking to the beat. The band's cool sound guy, Paul, did his job! (Talking to a few patrons, a guy in the restroom said he was so excited he wasn't going to clean his hands - he didn't - while another said the band was "amazing times infinity".)
by Maxine Chamblin on
This is a beautiful place but I'm afraid certain Atlanta crowd elements are going to ruin the place. I went the first Saturday after the opening. Music OK, but the way it's looking they are going to have to start implementing a cover charge -for men, haha. †Not enough true patrons but people who just want to loiter and take up space. As someone else said, bring your own group.
by J. D. on
Cute name, ho-humm pizza. It's not bad, and it is cheap. I just don't get the canned sauce, flavorless dough thingy going on here in Atlanta when it comes to pizza. Iceberg lettuce does not a salad make.