Try Something New: Valentine's in Atlanta
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When you daydream about your ideal Valentine’s Day Date, I bet you don’t picture a low-lit back room of a biker-esq bar. But I am here to tell you that is exactly where you should be. The Vortex in Atlanta is an iconic spot in the heart of midtown Atlanta. This means it's walking distance from Camden Midtown Atlanta and less than a 10 minutes drive from Camden Fourth Ward and Camden Vantage. The can’t miss entry way of The Vortex is a wide-mouthed skull – shocking unsuspecting pedestrians and delighting adventure seekers. I know you’re saying: Laura! Where is the Valentine’s Date? Well, follow me! Your date is going to be down a long hallway into a low-lit room with red light bulbs and a thick velvet current. This room is The Laughing Skull Lounge, one of Atlanta’s most famous, most successful and most downright fun comedy clubs.
Valentine’s Day’s most traditional activities (dinner, movies, roses, candle-light, etc.) seem like they should be magical. In reality, these traditional dates are usually crowded by a pressure to force romance or be on your best behavior. But what is love without a little laughter? That’s why I can’t recommend The Laughing Skull Lounge enough.
Walking into the entrance of The Vortex, my Valentine and I were in awe looking at the dramatic biker posters, the sticker-plastered bar area and foot-tall burgers. Number one, we immediately had something to talk about - the atmosphere, the menu, the patrons! It was very outside our usual dates of a Marvel movie and Italian restaurant. We shared two massive burgers and some sweet potato fries. It was heaven. We paid our very reasonable bill (take that fancy romantic restaurants!) and then followed the signs to The Laughing Skull Lounge.
We booked our tickets beforehand online (a must) and checked in with the doorman who stamped our hands with the one of a kind skull logo. A big red clock above the stage indicated that we had fifteen minutes until the show started. The lounge is low lit, and the velvet curtain takes you back to a different time of elaborate showmanship. The environment is not your standard posh and prissy Valentine’s restaurant. It’s a back room that makes you feel like you’re in on a fantastic secret.
The burgers and the completely unfamiliar environment were already such a treat for us, I couldn’t believe it could get better. And then the comedians came out. The “Best of Atlanta” lineup was top notch. The jokes were fresh, applicable to Atlanta and the world at large, and most added a Valentine’s Day spin to their jokes that will break any ice that may be between you and a new flame. Each comedian did between five and fifteen minutes and each brought something different. I was cackling the entire time and my usually very serious fella was in tears with laughter.
It was hands down the most fun I have ever had on Valentine’s Day. We tried something new together and broke out of a stiff pre-determined Valentine’s Day shell. Get your tickets now for the Valentine’s Day 2019 Best of Atlanta show at The Laughing Skull Lounge.