Hipsters, rejoice: Atlanta's strangest below-ground hotspot has just dodged another bullet, even as the residential hotel upstairs has (finally) been condemned
for bedbugs and other indecencies. Yes, Georgia, there is
a Santa Claus, and he's spared the Clermont Lounge
for the time being.
If you've never had the experience of stepping through the doors of the Clermont and into its parallel universe, there may be no time like the present.
The strange and exceptionally seedy nightspot is held together with duct tape and Pabst Blue Ribbon residue, with a group of haggard exotic dancers as a subtle background accent (seriously - I didn't even notice them until 15 minutes into my first visit).
Despite the wildly successful sideshow in the basement - which has been named a Best Dive Bar in America and one of the Top 10 Must-See Attractions in Atlanta - the residential hotel that perches atop the Lounge has been condemned, with its 38 long-term renters facing eviction by the end of the year. In addition to a foreclosure by lender Fairway Capital Partners, the property just (majorly) failed a health inspection.
Among the findings
? Bed bugs, dirty linens, old bedding, and unidentified brown water running from faucets. Happily under separate permit through its long-term lease, the Lounge remains unaffected. Leaving the Clermont and its merry band of weirdos to continue with business as (un)usual.
Aside from avoiding seedy hotel accommodation, brush up on other ways to avoid bed bugs.