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Hit the Dance Floor at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint

By Elisha Neubauer

The South has a long standing love affair with food and live music - stemming from the old school rural Juke Joints, where barbeque and other Southern comfort foods melded with the cultural mix of Southern music.

It is no surprise that Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint fits right in among its downtown Atlanta neighbors. "Downtown is home to the city's top tourist attractions, and the Juke Joint offers an experience deeply rooted in a culture unique to the South," says Zonya Adams, Director of Marketing. Despite the modernization of the downtown area, Sweet Georgia's has managed to feel right at home, crafting one of the most varied and unique customer blends of any eatery in Atlanta. "Our customer base is a blend of conventioneers, residents, visitors to the city and professionals who lunch and unwind in the city's business district," Adams tells us. This blend of patrons reflects the diversity of the city as a whole - and the direction it's headed in, she suggests.

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When you walk into Sweet Georgia's, you're immediately submerged in the history, culture, and presence of the original Juke Joints. Once utilized as places for African Americans to unwind as a congregation, Juke Joints were filled to the brim with the best live music and culinary treats you could find in the time period. Now, Sweet Georgia's offers both in a historic atmosphere. The walls are filled with period photos and historic artifacts. The entire design of the facility pays homage to the wetlands and low-lying areas in which Juke Joints were once found, utilizing a tadpole and lily-pad architectural theme. Not forgetting that music was a large part of the Juke Joint culture, a large wooden dance floor stands front and center alongside an impressive stage for live music. Throwing in a modern spin, a large state of the art video screen is also available to add to the guests' entertainment.

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Of course, Sweet Georgia's patrons don't just come to admire the atmosphere - they come to eat! "Our menu highlights are served with a side of southern hospitality," says Adams. When we asked her to list a few of these highlights, our mouths couldn't help but water. "Juke Joint fried chicken, which was named as one of the best bets for fried chicken by ZAGAT; award winning shrimp & grits, chosen by JEZEBEL magazine as one of the city's top 111 must try tastes; hickory smoked barbeque ribs; southern starter - fried green tomatoes, crispy Vidalia onions and fried okra, topped with herb goat cheese and red pepper aioli; peach cobbler and apple cinnamon bread pudding for dessert," she rattles off quickly. Add in the spectacular drink menu, several moonshine-based cocktails, and you've got quite a throwback to the old Juke Joint way of life.

"Bands perform daily and guests are encouraged to hit the dance floor," Adams tells us. "The Juke Joint is a destination spot."

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Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint is located at 200 Peachtree Street, Suite L05 in Atlanta, GA.

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