If a dive bar, a dance hall, and a strip club had a baby, it would be the Clermont Lounge. This local landmark opened more than 50 years ago and it’s one of the first places anyone will mention when you ask what you have to do or see while you’re in Atlanta. The music is loud, the floor is dirty, and the beer is cold, and while some of the dancers are tattooed from head to toe, others are old enough to be your grandma and will show you some creative ways to crush a beer can. It’s an experience no matter when you go, just make sure to bring some cash because, unsurprisingly, they don’t take credit cards.
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