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