Atlanta >Arts & Entertainment > CosmoLava Club & Lounge
45 13th St NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030933.785533 -84.386121
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
Strong cocktails and flirty singles mingle in this well-manicured house setting. – The Scene
CosmoLava's vibe is less eclectic and more composed than that of Midtown's other houses-turned-lounges, but that doesn't mean it's any less crowded. The well-preened 30-something patrons squeeze in and spill out on weekend nights, giving their business-casual attire an extra press. With the main room half occupied by the polished curve of the bar, the space fills up as quickly as its glasses. An outdoor patio offers breathing room. Weekends feature, appropriately, house DJs.
The lounge acts as a transition zone for those looking to dip their toes into Midtown nightlife. With well-mixed drinks, including a couple dozen varieties of martinis, and a notorious pickup scene, there's a good chance you'll find the liquid courage to meet someone new, and maybe take on a neighboring dance club.
Impressive staff/service, great drinks, good prices..Part 3 – As mentioned before, one of the attractive things about CosmoLava is the number of different bars between the two clubs and the music selection. Now, granted I am not the biggest fan of house music or top-40 remixes, the three DJ's between the two clubs generally have something to offer for everyone. For those who don't want to dance or lose their hearing in the process, the deck and upstairs patio provide a nice escape if you can secure some real estate. The patio, from what I could tell, was the busiest area in both clubs. On a hot, humid summer Atlanta night you would think that the comfort of AC inside would be the most desirable place, but, truth be told, I could hardly tell if AC was even on when I went back inside to Lava to get our drinks. Cont....
The crowd was diverse, with a good mix of 20, 30, and 40-somethings both male and female. Everyone, for the most part, seemed to be enjoying themselves and the pretentious attitude that littered the midtown club scene years ago seemed non-existent.
Overall, all of our group had a great time and we will definitely come back.
The pros: The staff, especially Mike and Lauren, who really added to our enjoyment and entertainment for the evening with their service and personalities. A clean bar and great drinks. The aforementioned club layout and music selection.
The cons: The lack of air conditioning in ANY of the rooms. I realize it is hot, crowded, and a club...but some relief from the humidity outside shouldn't be too much to ask. Preparation...it was odd to say the least to have a computer guy working behind the bar at midnight on a Saturday, but the systems might have crashed that evening and it might not have been avoidable.
Impressive staff/service, great drinks, good prices..Part 2 – We made our way to the bar and I noticed that the two bartenders were quickly taking orders and making drinks as fast as they possibly could. Having worked in the service industry throughout and shortly after college, I have no problem waiting a minute or two for a drink if the place is busy...and it was. I was impressed how quickly they managed their areas and manufactured drinks. Moreover, I suspected that the cause of delay was a guy running back and forth working on the computers rebooting and trying to fix the systems. What an inopportune time for repairs or service..
Mike was the first bartender that served us, and I recognized him from years ago and from another establishment in Buckhead. He apologized for the delay, took our orders, got our drinks, started us a tab, and again thanked us for being patient. Given the fact that the computers were down and he was busy doing several things at once, he remembered all 6 of our drinks and even my name for the remainder of the evening. I usually have my reservations about starting a tab and leaving my credit card AND drivers license at a bar, but when I did not have to tell Mike my name the second time I came back it definitely relieved my worries. I am sure he was frustrated with the computer being down and the "techie" guy in his way but he handled his cool professionally and well-mannered. If he was frustrated, I never would have known. Kudos to that. His counterpart, Lauren, also made and served our group a round of shots later in the evening. She was equally as charming and they seem to compliment each other extremely well.
Impressive staff/service, great drinks, good prices...Part 1 – Last night (7/12) my wife and I met up with several other couples after dinner at CosmoLava. We parked across the street in the large, well-lit lot ($8) and noticed that a handful of party-goers already seemed to be enjoying themselves out on the deck. We arrived shortly after 1030, noticed a line at the Cosmo door, and decided to enter upon Lava and eventually make our way to the deck or inside of Cosmo. Most people do not realize that entry at either place entitles you access to both clubs. At any rate, it had been 4-5 years since we had been in there but we always had a good time and expected nothing less even though we have settled down. The cover charge for the two of us was $20 which is about the norm for the Crescent Street clubs, and the door guys greeted and welcomed us with a smile.
Once we got in I noticed several renovations that the owners have done to the Lava side of the club. Adjacent to the main bar are two huge "lava" lamps that add a significant amount of flair to the already impressive bar. To the right there appeared to be a "VIP" section that was roped off and occupied by a group of 20 or so people. Two smaller, albeit still huge lava lamps marked the corners of that room. In talking to one of the bartenders later that evening I was told that the room was available for private parties and for those wishing to receive (and pay) for bottle service. Not my scene, but it is a nice option to have for those who want to be secluded. Cont..
Great bartenders – I always have the best time at Cosmo/Lava. The bartenders are great and friendly and the people that party here are not pretentious like some of the other clubs in the area. My drinks were really good and not overpriced. I will continue to come here again and again.
Great bartenders, Great atmosphere – The atmoshere is great... great people and great bartenders.. especially Jessey... she took care of me and me entire group of people on the night of my birthday, and when she was busy, Mike stepped in and made sure that we were taken great care of. They are also not over priced like most places. They have awesome music and drinks.... it is by far the place to be on the weekends.
If you want a good time, stop here. – Whenever I want to go out and have a fun time or I have no idea where I want to go, this is the place I know to go. Great looking people and fun bartenders are the norm here and fun is a non-stop. When friends come in from out of town I always take them here, and they nor I are ever disappointed. I was here for New Year's and it was my best in years!! I also like the fact that the people who go are like me- looking for a great time! Look no further for a great time in Atlanta!
HOT HOT HOT – First time was last saturday night. I had to pay to get in and was worried at first and annoyed at the cover charge, but once inside I went straight to the bar. Was again shocked at the price when I ordered shots but watched as the bartender really hooked us up with strong drinks, so I got what I paid for in the end. They were fast too and didn't have to wait. There is also a huge outside deck which has its own two bars. By the end of the night it was a little crowded but still didn't wait long for drinks. The music is different all over the club and you can pick what kind of night you want to have, I loved the deck and the scene outside. Next weekend I will be there!!! This is a must see bar in Atlanta, cant get better then a club inside and outside deck with great music and hot people, all for one cover charge!!!
The ONLY Ladies Night Bar – GREAT BAR!! I only had to pay $5 to get in on ladies night and then had an awesome time at the club. Its a perfect blend of the club and bar. When I got too hot dancing inside I went out onto the open patio and cooled off by one of their many bars. Plus this was the place to meet people and actually be able to talk on the patio (where the music was not so loud). The patio had great bartenders and I never waited to get a drink. Definitely the new place to go on Friday nights!!!
2 Clubs in One!!! – Cosmo/lava is a great club scene in Midtown. It's 2 clubs in one...$5 cover gets you in both places. I esp. like Lava...its dark, has cool house music, plus a little alcove upstairs which is really fun. Always crowded w/ 20-somethings on the wkends...this is a great 'last' place of the night to dance and hang out until closing time.
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