by Lisa M. on
Question: What the hell is this place? Is it a club? Is it a sports bar? Is it a dive bar?? Answer: ....I'll let you know when I figure it out. This one is completely different from Busbys West, but it's still cheap. Busbys advertises itself as a sports bar, but in reality, it's really just a cheap club. No cover, long line but it moves quickly, guestlist. Once inside, you have to climb some tall stairs, which I'm sure tons of drunkards fall down at the end of the night. Inside there are two areas- on the left is a huge dance floor that makes you feel like you're in a basement, then on the other side are pool tables and a bar with some places to sit and flat screens showing music videos. Why there are pool tables there to begin with is beyond me. None of the guys could adequately play because their sticks kept hitting people standing around. But they're idiots for trying to play pool in such a small, crowded area. On the plus side, drinks are super cheap here- $8 for a cranberry vodka! I got excited because that's cheaper than hollywood, and I had 3. Needless to say, it was bottom well cheap vodka, and I ended up sick later. I only came here for a friend's birthday, and it's probably the last time. The crowd is about 95% asian on Saturdays apparently, and it ain't the good kind, if you know what I mean.
by Richard Bater on
A night at Opera is worth it if: - you get a VIP balcony and bottle service - you go by cab We used to occasionally come here in college when it was still Eleven50. On a recent trip back to Atlanta, a friend treated us to a table/bottle service to show us the renovation, and we had a fantastic time. No cover, no waiting in line, and a private balcony overlooking the entire main dance floor and DJ booth. The tunes were amazing that night and the decor was massively upgraded. Add that to the nostalgia factor and it made for a great night out. Alas... let's get realistic. VIP tables and college reunions don't happen every weekend, so I'm not sure if that situationally awesome experience would apply to any routine visit to Opera. Some clubs feel swank with a table or without, but I don't get the feeling that this is one of those places. The line was incredibly long at midnight, the crowd seemed a bit heady (a higher than average ratio of frat-tastic guys running around), and from what I overheard, run-of-the-mill drinks on the main floor are absurdly expensive. Definitely the place to be if you're looking for an opulent night out, removed from the main floor. Otherwise, a fun but standard Atlanta club.
by Philip Beaven on
I went to Flip because of all the hype it was getting. Sure enough it was crowded. And the food was good. Try the tempura rutabagas and sweet-potatoed tots. Service was great. Was seated at the back bar where you can watch them prepare and cook the food. NO ONE WAS WEARING GLOVES! I REPEAT: NO ONE WAS WEARING GLOVES! I wanted to leave, but vowed to give them a chance. However this was very disturbing. In a day and age like today, AIDS and foodbourne illnesses don't have a face. WEARING GLOVES IS A MUST WHEN DEALING WITH FOOD. I hope they will get on this ASAP. For the health-conscious person, this is a surefire way to lose their business. We stopped on the way out and told the manager that the food was great, but that he especially should have the employees to wear gloves. He gave us a small smile and thanked us for coming. Let's hope he realized the importance of this. I plan to revisit Flip, and I hope that they have enforced the glove policy at that point. I would have given them 5 stars if it had not been for this.