Top 5 Bygone Bars of Macon

Have you ever driven past a vacant building and wondered “What did that used to be?” Or if you have not visited Macon in a while and you wonder what happened to that icon you remember?  Here are a few things missing in Macon that might answer that question. 

1.  flaming sally's saloon

Opened in the late 1970's by Carlton L. Barker, Flaming Sally's was middle Georgia's premiere nightclub destination.  Located in the East Macon shopping center at 170 Emery Highway (what is now a Family Dollar store) Flaming Sally's was the go to bar and saloon for gathering with friends and dancing in Macon.  Best known for the "Bare as you Dare" wet t-shirt contest and Drink or Drown, Carlton Barker had a knack for keeping Flaming Sally's at full capacity.  Sadly, Flaming Sally's closed their doors in 1993 after a dispute over lease payments.


2.  The sandtrap lounge

Back when the legal drinking age in Macon was 18, a little hotel bar by the name of the Sand Trap opened to much fanfare in the late 1970's.  The Sand Trap Lounge was owned and operated by Carlton L. Barker, who also owned Flaming Sally's Saloon.  Sand Trap patrons would often begin the night on Sheraton Drive only to end up at Flaming Sally's afterwards.  The Sand Trap was known to have THE best drink prices in town with 3 for 1 Wednesday's and Penny drinks on Saturday nights.



3.  Nashville South

For years, Riverside Drive became the country music entertainment center in Georgia, and other neighboring states.  People attending conventions in Macon would gather at Nashville South to listen to the latest in country music.   Some of country music greats got their start at the Macon landmark.  At the young age of 15, Macon native Jason Aldean joined the house band and country music star Razzy Bailey was a weekly fixture at the club.  Nashville South also became very vital to the Middle Georgia economy, but all that came to an end on February 12th, 1987 when Nashville South burned to the ground.


4.  Elizabeth Reed Music hall

Live music meant a lot to Alan Frank.  Mr. Frank loved live music so much that while he was managing the band GYPSY TRAIN,  he asked for a small loan from his mother in 1994 for a down payment to purchase Cherry Street's Elizabeth Reed's Music Hall so that GYPSY TRAIN would have a place to play shows.  After purchasing Elizabeth Reed's, Mr. Frank worked hard to book the best acts into Liz Reed's.  Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule, 311, Collective Soul, Drivin' and Cryin' and Hootie and the Blowfish were among the many artists to grace the stage of Liz Reed's.  Mr. Frank never made a lot of money during his time as the bar owner, but he enjoyed working with musicians and keeping Macon's music scene alive. 






5.  the scarlet garter

Opened in the 1970's on Riverside Drive in a century old building that once was Macon Sanitary Dairy Company, The Scarlet Garter served as one of Macon's lively downtown nightclubs.  Owned by Doc Avery, The Scarlet Garter was located around the back of the building in the basement and was well known for its country music acts. 




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