B.o.B. Listening Party + Late Night Victory Bites
Thursday was the listening party for B.o.B.'s new album Ether. For the most part, I enjoy these types of events. Not because of the celebrity factor, but because it's pretty easygoing which means I get a chance to actually hang out once everything is set up especially if the event is running smoothly (side-eyes Rae Sremmurd).
After the event, I ended up at Victory Sandwich Bar with a few folks. Victory is one of my favorite late night spots in Atlanta for many reasons. 1. They're open late. 2. Cheap, but good sandwiches. 3. Great cocktails. 4. Chill vibe.
One of my friends just moved down from DC so I've taken to schooling her to all of the intricacies of the city. As we munched and I had my first cocktail of the night ( a cachaca drink that wasn't a caipirinha...yum), I tried to explain how Atlanta was an event city, especially for black 20 and 30 somethings. It's one of those things that doesn't immediately make sense for someone new to the city.
I know events happen in every city, but in Atlanta there's probably 3 or 4 events happening on any given night. And on top of that, normal occurrences are events. When we used to keep a regular schedule, we'd get book clubs and birthday parties that wanted to bring in a DJ for their 10 person "event". It's part of the reason so many restaurants here turn into nightclubs. It's a precarious situation. I never understood it, but over time I accepted it.
Sometimes I wonder if I gave in to the system. The other day Will mentioned that he missed the old Studio No. 7. The nights we would have 6 people sitting at the bar and a couple or two conversing in one of the nooks. We created great craft cocktails. We had cool conversations. We laughed. The truth is I miss those nights too. I know I made the right decision because the space is just too large for the old model, but...maybe....one day.