by James K. on
What?? ANOTHER review of the GA Aqarium? It can't be! Well I'm bored and you're obviously reading this so what's that say? :P I've lived in ATL for about 4.. maybe 5 years now.. never went to the Aquarium. A date came up and it was suggested, so we went. Now, I predicate all of the following on something you should know about me for it to make sense.. I don't like crowds, I have an above average personal bubble size, and when on a date it'd be nice to spend my time talking and being around the person of the day. OK, continuing along.. We drove into the labyrinth of a parking garage attached to the building, then risked our lives nearly getting ran over a few times to get out of the building. There's plenty of parking (when you find your way through..) but nowhere safe to walk because of the constant stream of cars. We went on a sunday afternoon because.. well we both have jobs and it's hard to find any day other than sunday that there's not SOMETHING going on.. I honestly expected for a sunday afternoon, that it wouldn't be too bad.. I was VERY wrong. We waited in line for quite a while before we could really see where we were going.. there were a lot of tourists around us and little order. No one seemed to know where to go or what to do. We finally found our way to the automated booths which weren't quite so automated. A worker was there ringing everyone up.. huh?? Half the machines didn't work, and the worker would wait until you walked past and tried to use it to tell you this. To her defense, she was quite busy, so I don't spite her for this. Anyway, continuing on we were coraled into a long waiting line, crammed with people and we waited.. and waited.. and waited. Little advice.. if you smoke or perhaps carry a pocket knife.. leave these things in the car, otherwise you have to get out of line and deposit them in a little room beside the ticket booths, and have to wade through yet another line to get to said little room for people waiting to pay at the non-automated stations. So we finally went inside where we were welcomed with a dimly lit yet admittedly cool entryway. Fish were swimming about on either side of us as we waited in line yet again to have our ticket scanned by another employee. Once inside the mall like area we stood for a moment taking it in, then went to the petting pool in the GA explorer area. We waited, and waited.... and waited....... and waited......... for an opening and right when one appeared a child ran up and filled the gap, preventing my date from reaching the pool. Now I was't interested in petting the things because i've been to seaworld and don't want fish smell on my hands, but my date wanted to and seemed a little peeved that the parents were letting their kids run around like this. Now.. I'll have to concede that petting stingrays is a bit of a child's activity.. but hey.. we paid too ya know.. After some trying we lost interest in this and moved on, starting in the line for the next area, the one about the rivers.. and we waited in line.. and waited.. and waited... and waited.. we were nudged, and pushed, and shoved by other people. There were a LOT of people with baby carriages taking up a tremendous amount of space for themselves. One woman even had a DOUBLE carriage, which seemed to be filled with a child old enough to walk, and a stuffed animal. We stood back far behind the crowds of children that wouldn't leave the glass and people talking on their cell phones straining to see the fish, almost yelling comments to one another over the crowds of people. It was quite annoying and for the most part uninteresting until we got to the otters. We got a momentary gap when we reached the otters and were able to watch them playing and seemingly cuddle each other, which I thought was rather cute. This theme continued.. every item we went into we were nudged and shoved, elbowed repeatedly, and pushed away from the glass by children and teens trying to force their way to the front at the cost of anyone else's view. The room was too dark and too crowded to get any meaningful pics at all.. and frankly, left both of us feeling bothered and shortchanged from the experience. My guess.. you wanna ACTUALLY see the fish at this place.. go during the week at some odd hour, like early in the morning.. This place is too crowded and too poorly planned out to accommodate a good experience.
by Ellsworth Benefiel on
I've been to Silk City quite a few times and never been disappointed. Last night I was over that way for the Roots picnic and I decided to make a night of it and head to Silk City to grab a late night snack and do some drunken people watching...them not me! I sat at the counter, got prompt, no small talk service from the bartender. In here defense there were about 55 Real Worlders throwing back PBR's like they were free (which I guess at $2 they sorta are?) so she had to have on her ice grill so as not to be taken for granted by her less than sober customers. I ordered a tomato soup, love it and the fish tacos with pineapple salsa which were very good, just enough to send me home with a full and happy belly. I also had 2 strawberry martinis...when in Rome! I didn't venture over to the dance side, the dj was playing top 40 which I really can't stand, but folks seemed to be having a great time....gotta know whatcha like. I also didn't get a chance to check out the beer garden, which from other rateclubsers descriptions sounds like a good place to spend a Sunday afternoon...maybe even this Sunday afternoon!
by Valentin Roselli on
A solid show bar. $20 to see the show, and they have a bull bar and restaurant menu. The only things we ordered food wise were the Calamari, which was good, and the Biscuits, which require a notable mention: They are spectacular. I don't know if they're made of, but they were the best biscuits I've had in a restaurant. A friend of mine and I polished off an order by ourselves. The drinks were well mixed as well.