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Flip Flops

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FRATERNAL FUN: "The Real World" fans may recall cast member Ace Amerson from the Paris season. Amerson recently moved to Atlanta, and with the help of some buddies opened Flip Flops in Midtown. The dizzying hodgepodge of colorful island decorations — bamboo walls, palm trees and fake grass — is an homage to Jimmy Buffett, Key West and the Caribbean. The upper deck opens later in the evening with a DJ for dancing, and the guys are working on a menu of classic bar food.

IN A DAIQUIRI DAZE: Don't come here expecting high-falutin' cocktails. You're at the beach, remember? The centerpiece of the bar is a row of neon daiquiri and margarita machines spinning everything from your basic margarita to a concoction made with sweet tea vodka. A Patron margarita on the rocks only sets you back $6 and there is plenty of Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon.

SOUTHERN GENTS: The bartenders may seem like your average dudes slinging shots, but don't be deceived. They're easy on the eyes and have the uncanny knack of inserting themselves into your conversation at just the right moment. It's easy to throw the hangout into the aging frat boy category, but the place actually has heart.

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