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Last night at The Shelter: A New Year's Eve celebration to remember

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They say all good things must come to an end. Tonight, after four amazing years, the Atlanta underground club scene's beloved Shelter will open and close its doors for the last time with an epic New Year's Eve celebration to remember.

The Shelter's first big event was New Wave New Year's Eve in 2009, and tonight will be the fifth and final of their annual New Wave New Year's Eve celebrations. Although it will be bittersweet, tonight is the night that everyone in the underground scene can come together for one last time and let the folks at The Shelter know exactly what that beautifully eccentric dive bar has meant to all of us.

I'll reminisce more later in this article. For now, here are all of the pertinent details for tonight:

  • Dress new wave, win prizes
  • Free party favors
  • Free champagne toast at midnight
  • Free swag from 3 Olives Vodka
  • Epic surprise event at 1 a.m.
  • Music provided by DJ Caz10, DJ Aesthetic, VJ Davo, and just added, VJ Anthony
  • Cover is only $10!

*As always, doors will open at 9 p.m. The Shelter is located at 2101 Tula St. NW 30309, where parking is free, but space is limited. Your best bet is to carpool and arrive early!

The Shelter truly was the home of the Atlanta underground club scene. For the regulars like me, it was the "Goth Cheers," the place where everyone knows your name. It was also the place to take your friends from out of town, or out of the scene, to blow their minds and let them experience firsthand how beautiful the underground scene can be.

Regular events such as Ritual, Bunker.404, Kink Patrol, Blackout with VJ Anthony, and so many more brought out the crowds in droves on the weekends, while the weeknights made the bar a welcome retreat with great music and drinks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Special events such as MarksterCon's May the Fourth Be With You, Halfway to Dragon Con, and Monster Prom, and Con Voluted's ABC Party and Naughty Fairy Night blew the doors off of the place. It was always so amazing to experience how a different theme, or promoter, or genre of music could completely transform the place, yet The Shelter consistently remained a welcoming and fun place to be, and with a great crowd.

It has been four incredible years, filled with wonderful friends and everlasting memories. I speak for myself, but many others will agree, that The Shelter is more than just a bar; it is home. It has been a retreat, an escape, a support system, and a place to celebrate. A lot can happen in our lives in four years, and The Shelter was always there for me. The staff have all become dear friends. I will always cherish the friendships that I have made and built through The Shelter. I would like to give my deepest, most heartfelt thank you to everyone there, but especially to Michael, Davo, and Cam. I love you all.

So what's next for the Atlanta underground club scene? Only time will tell. As I write this, promoters are searching for new venues for their regularly scheduled events. Perhaps another bar will spring up to try to fill the enormous void that will be left when The Shelter closes. Or if we get really lucky, perhaps The Shelter will find a new venue and will open its doors once again. At the very least, I am sure there will be a Shelter Reunion party sometime in the future. To stay up to date on all of the latest developments, subscribe to this column. You can also like the Atlanta Underground Club Scene on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

For more information about tonight, check out the event page on Facebook. You can also visit their website, like them on Facebook, and read about past events at The Shelter. Also, feel free to comment on this article and share what The Shelter has meant to you. I would love to read about everyone's experiences!

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