One of Birmingham’s favorite spots to grab a cocktail (or two!) was recently featured in USA Today. The owners of the bubble-blowing, costume-loving Atomic Lounge shared what it’s like owning a small business amidst a global pandemic. Let’s take a look, shall we?
“Bars are the place where that social nature gets to thrive.”
I’ll be the first to admit that the one thing I miss most about pre-COVID times is bar-hopping around Birmingham, but always ending up at The Atomic Lounge. Between the bubble machine, costume closet, jungle room and Cards Against Humanity, their eclectic atmosphere is an amazing place to be.
As COVID continues to affect local businesses and change our social habits, USA Today interviewed owners Feizal Valli and Rachel Roberts about what it’s like to own a bar now.
Bars are a place to socialize, so Atomic Lounge was asked how to be social with social distancing. Here’s what they had to say:
“My wife was checking her phone and said, ‘They just shut down Italy’. And I was like, that’s super weird.”The Atomic Lounge owner Feizal Valli for USA Today
Do you remember that day? Little did we know we would be shutting down soon too and masks would be the hottest new accessory.
“The frustrating thing is there’s no sort of standard. Bars and restaurants have to close, but big box stores can be open.”
Here at Bham Now, we can’t stress enough how important it is to celebrate and support our local businesses. That’s why we put together a local directory with 680 shops and counting at the beginning of COVID.
“If the vaccine allows us to be social again, that’s the most important thing. Because at the end of the day, a bar is about being social.”
I couldn’t agree more! Luckily, I’ve been to The Atomic Lounge since restaurants and bars were able to open back up with COVID-precautions in place. Their unique booths allow for social distancing from other parties, plus they’ve got patio seating with a furnace. They even let us borrow a blanket.