Boogalou Restaurant Lounge.
You know those pictures you see on Instagram with people sipping cocktails while seemingly sitting bar side yet on a swing? If you’re like me, you have long heard of the “bar with the swings” and “Boogalous”, but had never placed the two with the other. Imagine to my surprise when I was invite to a Media Event to finally find the marriage!
Located towards the beginning of Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta (coming from North Ave, before Ponce City Market), Boogalou’s is a duel Restaurant and Lounge space. Replacing your typical bar chairs, with swings are definitely the first thing that you notice when walking through the door. For a minute, the kid in you will have the urge to bound over, sit down, and take a giant swing. Keep your composure though…you’re an adult now. Try instead sashaying over, ordering an “adult beverage”, while simultaneously taking the obligatory selfie video for IG while in mid-swing. #adulting101
Boogalou’s is manned by General Manager, Jackie Robbins and Executive Chef Robert Joiner. Jackie hails from Missouri, and is a long time veteran in the Hospitality Industry. She also co-founded National African American Restaurant and Night Club Association. Chef Joiner receiving his culinary education from Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta, and has spent numerous years cooking and consulting in Atlanta. Chef Joiner has spent the last two years manning the Boogalou Kitchen. Going through a recent menu revamp, Chef Joiner has been able to maintain Boogalou’s staple Southern inspired menu Blackened & Fried Catfish, Shrimp Pasta, and Chicken & Waffles.
Check out some items below.
Events to Check Out:
RnB Thursdays featuring a live DJ, with $5 food and drink specials until 8pm. Starts at 4pm and last until 1pm. I definitely suggest getting their around 7pm. This gives you enough time to enjoy the last hour of specials plus scope out a great table to sit at. The DJ plays plenty of RnB from both the 90’s and the 2000’s to put everybody in their feelings.
#protip: When you walk through the main door, ask can you have the table straight back to the right of the bar. The best place to sit (in my opinion). You get ample views of the main area for people watching, and with the DJ on the other side of the bar, you are still able to get the full blow of the music, while also being able to hear those sitting next to you without screaming.