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Best Place to Channel Bukowski

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The best dives are smoky, dark and covered in vinyl; and there is always a drunk old man at the end of the bar. THE CLERMONT LOUNGE offers all that and a carnival show. This place could have easily been the setting for the movie Barfly; they wouldn't have had to hire actors as extras. Tom Waits playing piano in the corner is missing, but Burnadette's naked stand-up comedy and Blondie's tittie tricks are just as entertaining. You Buckhead types coming in to slum it best respect this place and hope it doesn't go condo. A Hall of Fame dive.

789 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-874-4783. www.clermontlounge.net

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