In the age of Instagram, commemorating a night at the bar takes several steps: strike the right pose, pick the strongest image, pick the best filter, add the funniest caption, and post for a wide one Consumption. Gone are the days of limited exposures and pickups at Walgreens. For those who still appreciate the analog, however – tucked away in a handful of bars in Atlanta – remains an anachronistic destination for print photography. Grab a drink and head straight to the home of the original selfie: the photo booth.

Photo booths have come a long way since the 1920s when the crowds started filing them (and when it took an incomprehensible eight to ten minutes for the booth to process eight photos). Nowadays most of the booths are digitized and offer both printed and text photos as well as impressive light and picture quality.

Here is a snapshot of what to expect at various stalls around town:

Three taverns craft brewery

These sharp and flattering three photo stripes deserve a permanent spot on your refrigerator. Located on the second floor of the brewery, this booth has a unique portrait orientation that allows your entire upper body to stay in the picture and expand your potential for poses. Try the black and white option first for that typical photo booth look. 121 New Street, Decatur, 404-600-3355, $ 5


Hell at the masquerade

Faces look slightly elongated, but maybe the distortion is an intentional Munch-inspired effect since this booth has 666 themes (stop by on your way into the underworld!). The red background with black stars is reminiscent of the aesthetic of Spencer’s gift shop around 1999. 50 Lower Alabama Street, 404-577-8178, $ 6


Smith’s Olde Bar

The four black and white shots produced by this booth go well with Smith’s logo on the bottom of the strip and the few stray stickers in the background. Think of this as a keepsake that not only captures a moment in time, but also the classic atmosphere of an Atlanta nightlife. 1578 Piedmont Avenue, 404-875-1522, $ 6



This stand creates a mood as soon as you pull the curtain. Vintage shots of toned men plaster the side wall of the stand and provide plenty of inspiration for your photo shoot. Direct metered lighting hits the gold background perfectly for a glamor shots-style halo effect. 1287 Glenwood Avenue, 404-624-4411, $ 6


Sister Louisa’s Parlor Church and Ping Pong Emporium

This stand reflects the adorable sacrilege of the church by offering a wooden confessional box backdrop and optional choir coats. The prints could be sharper, but the clever theme encourages you to forgive this transgression. In addition, a Jesus drinking breeder’s rights appears on the screen with the good news that “You looked stupid”. 466 Edgewood Avenue, 404-522-8275, $ 6

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Black Sheep Tavern + oyster room

This prominently placed booth calls for attention as soon as you step into Black Sheep. It has a pink and blue striped background that channels the youthful energy of the tavern. While the aspect ratio is slightly different on the printouts, digital copies sent via text are well matched. 330 Edgewood Avenue, 470-355-3964, $ 6

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The cemetery tavern

The cemetery booth provides a classic black stripe on which exceptionally sharp photos are printed so that the images glow with minimal distraction. The lighting is top notch, but be aware that these are close-ups – the maximum occupancy is definitely two. 1245 Glenwood Avenue, 404-622-8686, $ 5

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


With the image quality of the webcam and without site-specific backdrops, this stand was initially disappointing. However, one bizarre novelty redeems the experience: you pay out $ 5 and your face appears in New York’s Times Square between Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and Dave & Buster’s. Yes, you will receive proof of this by email. 1170 Howell Mill Road, 404-968-2033, $ 3

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Star Community Bar

Try to defy choosing any of the silly topics (crazy hair, holidays, or face replacement). Adding any of these components makes the frame much tighter and effectively erases the iconic Star Bar logo that sits behind you. Lighting and image quality are nothing special. This logo is the real star. 437 Moreland Avenue, 404-500-4942, $ 5

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Punch Bowl Social

With an end product that resembles a mediocre passport photo, the Punch Bowl Social booth leaves much to be desired. Given the battery location, some Braves-themed options might be a welcome addition. 875 Battery Avenue, 470-443-1443, $ 5


This article appears in our Edition September 2019.

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