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Clermont Lounge a hit with celebs who visit Atlanta

Morgan Freeman and one of the Clermont's bartenders pose for a photo next to the "no cameras" sign.

Morgan Freeman and one of the Clermont's bartenders pose for a photo next to the "no cameras" sign.

Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline all showed up at Atlanta’s Clermont Lounge while they were in town filming scenes for the movie “Last Vegas,” which wrapped last month.

The movie, due out this December, is about lifelong buddies who reunite for a fun weekend in Vegas. Maybe they were trying to get into character.

The Clermont Lounge, located in the shuttered Clermont Hotel, which has just been sold to developers, is popular with many visiting celebrities.

Woody Harrelson, who was here last fall for the “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire,” worked in a trip to the Clermont Lounge during his time here, too.

A tipster reported seeing Lady Gaga there in October 2011. She was spotted at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium on that trip. She tried unsuccessfully to buy owner Grant Henry’s statue of the Virgin Mary so perhaps a trip to the Clermont was needed to cheer her up afterward.

Kevin Kline, left and Robert De Niro were also spotted at the Clermont last fall.

Kevin Kline, left and Robert De Niro were also spotted at the Clermont last fall.

It’s not clear what will happen to the beloved dive bar.

“The hotel is finally sold, but we aren’t going anywhere!” the Clermont announced on its own Twitter feed. “We are excited about working with Clermont Hotel.”

But country rocker Jason Isbell lamented via Twitter, “Looks like the end is near for the Clermont Lounge.” He added, “I learned a lot in that place, for better or worse.”

And Margaret Cho, the comedian and actress who spends a fair amount of time in Atlanta, told us during an interview that the Clermont is among her regular haunts. Cho, who appears in the Lifetime drama/comedy “Drop Dead Diva,” which films in Peachtree City, also does periodic standup comedy performances.

“What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you in Atlanta?” we once asked her.

“It involves the Clermont Lounge at 1 in the morning,” she said.

12 comments Add your comment

honey ooboo

January 9th, 2013
7:21 pm

Charles

January 9th, 2013
8:21 pm

It will be a feature on next Monday’s edition of “The Layover” with Anthony Bourdain. http://atlanta.eater.com/tags/the-layover

Chuck Snow

January 10th, 2013
1:37 am

I haven’t been there since the 70s but I’m going to make it a point to visit soon.

J_Koz

January 10th, 2013
9:32 am

Another one of ATLs legendary characters bites the dust.

joe

January 10th, 2013
9:39 am

Having been there a few times, better get a tetanus shot before going in…

Daedalus

January 10th, 2013
1:06 pm

Coldest beer in-town and reasonable prices. Don’t be afraid of the customers and dancers with tats and piercings (I have neither) as they are just folks.

If you think corporate bars (TGIF’s etc.) are wonderful; then the Clermont is not for you. Plenty of strip malls OTP can handle your business.

TheLazyComic

January 10th, 2013
1:42 pm

All the city of Atlanta knows is… follow the money. Nothing is sacred in the ATL. (Well, maybe the Fox Theater… but that’s about it). And as Atlanta continues to grow in the name of greed… it becomes a larger and larger cesspool.

Somer

January 10th, 2013
2:36 pm

I went once last summer and saw the 50yrs old strippers. They were fun and I had a good time. It was just so HOT inside. I will make it a point to go very soon

Romeo Cologne

January 10th, 2013
9:09 pm

Some of y’all need to read the article. The Clermont Lounge owner Kathy Martin said they aren’t going anywhere. They’ve been open for 30+ years and have had several different owners over the last few years, who all were very supportive and understood the lounge is an Atlanta institution. It would be a mistake to count them out so easily. The new owners haven’t finalized their renovation of the Hotel yet, but they have made comments that they don’t have plans to evict the Lounge. (And a renovated basement is definitely needed, especially the rest rooms) LONG LIVE THE CLERMONT LOUNGE!

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