Atlanta in early August?
posted July 4, 2011 3:11 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat August 6 at 7:30 PM, Manuel's Tavern
602 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, USA (Map & Directions)
Moving to Atlanta -- anyone want to meet up in early August?
I don't know what the etiquette is on dovetailing meetups -- I know y'all just had one fairly recently -- but I'm moving to Atlanta, where I don't know a soul, and was wondering if some people would be interested in meeting up! I was thinking the first or second week of August. I don't know much about the city -- I'm moving sight unseen for grad school -- but am open to any suggestions, as long as it is a transit/walk/bike-friendly distance from the Downtown/Midtown area. Any interest? Maybe we could go to some funky bar or have a rocking dance party or do trivia or battle the forces of evil or something.
posted by threeants to Meetup (44 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Sure, count me in. It won't work now, but when it's cooler, I think we might host a bonfire at our place. MeFites + fire = what could go wrong, right?
posted by runningwithscissors at 4:57 PM on July 4, 2011

We're going to be ramping up on Henry IV but depending, we could be in.
posted by Medieval Maven at 5:39 AM on July 5, 2011

As also new people to the area, we would be delighted to welcome you, jobs and such allowing.
posted by hydropsyche at 6:08 PM on July 5, 2011

Which grad school?

I'll be taking my comprehensive exams in August so I can't commit to anything yet.
posted by andoatnp at 9:30 PM on July 5, 2011

Which grad school?

Georgia Tech.
posted by threeants at 1:19 AM on July 10, 2011

Neat. I don't know much about good places to hang out in Midtown. Anyone have any suggestions?
posted by Maaik at 9:13 AM on July 10, 2011

When you say Midtown, can you give a more precise area? Midtown is kind of huge (and Westside is technically Midtown but not really, blah blah blah).
posted by Medieval Maven at 10:03 AM on July 10, 2011

I have absolutely no idea-- I don't know where I'll be living. :) But I'm perfectly happy to travel-- I don't want this to be about me me me. I just think it would be fun to have a meetup.
posted by threeants at 7:39 PM on July 10, 2011

Well, it's Westside, but 5 Seasons is always a good bet. Good beer, good food. Rooftop deck.
posted by Medieval Maven at 6:17 AM on July 11, 2011

In a little more central Midtown, there's Cyprus Street Pint & Plate. The food and drink options are good, and there's some big tables and indoor or outdoor seating.
posted by duien at 6:47 AM on July 11, 2011

Agree 5 Seasons is very tasty!
I think bus service there is probably pretty good and they do have free parking in their lot.
Medieval Maven is right - Midtown covers a lot of ground. On the east side of midtown, we're close to Poncey & Higlands so maybe Manuel's (free parking & on bus lines) would work.
posted by pointystick at 1:17 PM on July 13, 2011

Manny's is great! Lots of room there too, depending on the night.
posted by Maaik at 10:18 PM on July 14, 2011

Manny's is fantastic, and has the killer chicken burger on top of all that.
posted by Medieval Maven at 9:24 AM on July 15, 2011

I'm in for Manny's. Stormygrey works there, I think.
posted by runningwithscissors at 12:21 PM on July 15, 2011

For those of us who are new, we're talking about this place? We haven't spent much time in the hip part of town. Sounds like fun.
posted by hydropsyche at 10:14 AM on July 16, 2011

Since I missed the scheduled last one, I'm definitely in. I'll watch the thread for actual date / time / place data.
posted by frwagon at 12:22 PM on July 16, 2011

Sorry, hydropsyche. That's the one.
posted by runningwithscissors at 9:46 PM on July 16, 2011

I'm in, depending on the date/time. Regarding Manny's, man. I really miss that neighborhood.
posted by neewom at 12:22 PM on July 18, 2011

So, looks like Manny's . . somebody want to set a date?
posted by Medieval Maven at 12:05 PM on July 20, 2011

threeants: when will you be in town?
posted by hydropsyche at 8:31 AM on July 21, 2011

I have a car for a change! Someone set a date and I might be able to come. Or, let me suggest a date - Saturday the 6th or 13. I'm driving from Auburn (anyone want a drive?) so I'd rather it be on a Saturday. But let's be honest, I'm a grad student and I can always skip off work early (it's the getting back that's annoying).

And also I'm kind of excited to meet hydropsyche who I share a syllable with.
posted by hydrobatidae at 8:15 PM on July 22, 2011


psyche: tomorrow!

batidae: awesome -- suggested dates! :) How do people feel about Saturday the 6rd, at this Manny's place?
posted by threeants at 11:08 PM on July 22, 2011

The 6th or 13th is okay with us. I always wanted to meet the other MeFites named for aquatic insects, hydrobatidae.
posted by hydropsyche at 5:33 PM on July 23, 2011

And I just looked at your profile and realized you're named for birds not baetid mayflies. Biologist fail!
posted by hydropsyche at 5:11 PM on July 24, 2011

Ok, I'm just going to go ahead and make this official, I suppose. Sounds pretty rad. Hopefully this works for people.
posted by threeants at 5:11 PM on July 24, 2011 [1 favorite]

They are marine birds though!
posted by hydrobatidae at 8:50 PM on July 24, 2011

Manuel's, if you please. Has anyone by chance made a reservation? If not, would you like me to do so?
posted by stormygrey at 2:38 PM on July 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

If you think it'd be a great idea, sure, that'd be much appreciated!
posted by threeants at 4:42 PM on July 27, 2011

Uh, I meant to write "a good idea", and somehow got carried away, and now what I said sounds borderline-nonsensical. I didn't mean to imply that the threshold for calling in a reservation is set at, like, profound ecstasy.
posted by threeants at 4:44 PM on July 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

Well, crap. Can't get my 6th shift covered. UFC night. If anyone's game for another meetup some other day, I'm (hopefully) in.
posted by neewom at 10:59 AM on July 30, 2011

I'll try to make it. And of course labor day weekend is Dragon*Con downtown so that's another meetup chance for ATL folks.
posted by pointystick at 7:05 PM on July 31, 2011

Ok, here's the logistics for the Tavern, it looks like there may be around ten people coming. You don't need a reservation, you are fine. Just show up and find a table in the main dining room. If it looks like more people are going to show up, I'll put in a note in the book.

I am completely biased and I think the back bar (my domain) is by far the coolest place to sit, however, the first Sat. of every month we host an improv show. They are usually done around 10ish. If the group wants to sit in the back bar, it would need to be after that. Otherwise, I'll stick my head up and say hi once they get going with the show.
posted by stormygrey at 12:14 PM on August 1, 2011

Wow, thanks for organizing that. Do you work there? Also I wasn't totally clear if you were suggesting a change in time-- which is fine, as I chose the original time pretty arbitrarily.
posted by threeants at 10:20 AM on August 2, 2011

Yes, I work there. I am there every Sat. night from about 5pm to 3am, so yeah, that's me. As I am working, I am not in a place to suggest any kind of time change, its up to the group.

Coincidentally, it is also our 55th anniversary! So there will lots of specials and it'll be kinda busy. (There is also a small chance the improv group will be canceled)

Here are our specials for Saturday!
$2 Terrapin Rye Pints
$2 Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA Pints
$2 Leinenkugel Creamy Dark Pints
$2 602 N. Highland (which is actually Leinenkugel Special Ale) Pints
$2 Leinenkugel Summer Shandy Pints
$3 Double cheeseburgers with crinkle cut fries
$3 Two hot dogs with crinkle cut fries
$5.95 NY Strip sandwiches with crinkle cut fries
Kayak giveaway on Saturday, around 9pm
2 Casks of Terrapin Vanilla Bean Rye on Saturday, tapping around 3:30pm
Sierra Southern Hemisphere available, while supplies last. Sierra flew in fresh hops from New Zealand to make this.
Sierra Ovila Dubbel on the keg box, which is a Saison, or Farmhouse Ale, light, crisp, with some spice.
posted by stormygrey at 12:05 PM on August 2, 2011 [2 favorites]

Sorry for the multipost here, but I also would like to point out that we host an awesome trivia every Sunday. I work that, but if a Mefi team started up, I would still totally tell you all the answers I know.
posted by stormygrey at 12:09 PM on August 2, 2011

Hey, neat! Both hydro-something biologists will be there. We're in Auburn as well, so maybe carpool?
posted by Tuesday After Lunch at 4:40 PM on August 4, 2011

(Disclaimer: I'm not the host or organizer, I just happen to work at the bar. The improv show mentioned up thread was moved.)

When you walk in the bar from the main entrance facing North Highland, take a right through the foyer with the video games and restrooms. That big room is our Back Bar, it has our second bar and a large dining room where I will be the bartender as well as serving. I will reserve a big round table next to the bar, it should easily seat 10-12 people, and we can squish more in or cannabalize another table if needed. Since its right by the bar, mingling and bar sitting should be easy as well.

On busy nights like we will be having Saturday, we run tabs two different ways. The easiest way, especially if people are sitting and ordering food (which you should, we have awesome food), is to just order drinks and food from your table. We can drop off a check and just write your last name and how much you want rung on your card and we will collect a stack of cards, if you are leaving early just come to the bar and we will split you off when you are headed out.

Alternatively, you can come to the bar and start a tab with a credit card. Then you'd would generally come to the bar to order your food and drinks. Either way!
posted by stormygrey at 8:25 AM on August 5, 2011

We're on our way - traffic and a Trader Joe's run are slowing us down
posted by hydrobatidae at 3:44 PM on August 6, 2011

We made it! Table right by the back bar. Threeants is the one with black rimmed glasses.
posted by hydrobatidae at 4:52 PM on August 6, 2011

I'm glad those who made it weren't deterred by our brief bout of rain. I'm sorry I was too busy to visit.
posted by stormygrey at 10:49 PM on August 6, 2011 [1 favorite]

It was so great to meet everybody, especially so many biologists, and to help Manuel's celebrate its birthday. Sorry I ran out of energy.
posted by hydropsyche at 4:17 AM on August 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Thanks for coming, everyone! It was great to meet you guys. And thanks to Rebecca for basically de facto organizing the event.
posted by threeants at 11:20 AM on August 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Just got real internet access so a belated "so great to hang out with y'all!". Gotta love an internet meet-up not being the weirdest thing going on at the bar.

Next time we'll just have to try harder.
posted by hydrobatidae at 2:53 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

Being the weirdest thing going on at Manuel's is pretty challenging goal, I'd like to see you try that sometime.
posted by stormygrey at 12:06 PM on August 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

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