Please post comments about your favorite bars downtown where you can engage in conversation. In Athens we pride ourselves on our discourse over intellectual matters and politics, but I have found it difficult to find a bar downtown that doesn't blast music. I have been involved with a couple of groups that assembled to talk about politics, but discussion was hampered by noise and recorded music.
One group met at the Globe. By the time we had more than four people together it became impossible to hear because of the music. With the music at moderate volume everyone in the whole place had to speak loudly, making it even harder to hear. Even though this place has been called the "best bar in America" by Esquire magazine, Athens World has determined it is one of the worst places in Athens for a group discussion.
Max Canada was much worse. Another group has tried to meet here at a time when no one else was even patronizing the place. Multiple members of the group asked the bartender to turn down the music, but he barely tweaked the volume. This happened on two different days, and each time more than one member of the party asked for the music to be turned so they could have a group conversation. This group will not be returning to Max Canada.
So please let us know of a bar where it is actually possible to have a conversation. Is there one that doesn't even play music?