YOU MUST BE 18 OR OVER TO ENTER

GEORGIA STATE LAW
In July of 2005, State bureaucrats, and anti-smoking zealots, enacted the “Georgia Smoke-Free Air Act.” As a result, every restaurant owner in Georgia was forced to choose between admitting minors or allowing their customers the freedom to smoke. Guess which option we chose? Bye-bye kiddies! Since that law passed, our patrons have enjoyed eating, drinking and socializing in an “adults-only” environment. At this time you must be 18 or over to enter The Vortex. Please understand, we cannot grant any kind of a “waiver,” as this is not just a company policy, but State law.

JUST SHOW YOUR ID
Do not give anyone a hard time when they ask to see your ID. Sideshow geeks get paid to guess your age, but we are required by law to verify it. So if you are refused a drink, or denied access to the bar because you don’t have your ID, it’s your own damned fault for being a dumb-ass.

NOW LET'S REVIEW
You may be carded at the door because you must be 18 to enter The Vortex. This will require a valid government issued form of identification. Your college ID or a wrinkled photocopy of a speeding ticket won’t cut it. If you order alcohol you may be carded a second time because you must be 21 to drink. Take it as a compliment. Hell, we might even card you a third time if you move from a table to the bar. We are not trying to be difficult. We are just protecting our government-issued liquor license, and the livelihood of our entire staff. We are required to obey the law, and so are you, no matter how annoying it is.

PENDING POLICY CHANGE
In an attempt to create a more hassle-free experience for our loyal patrons, and increase the operational efficiency of our bar, effective January 1, 2015 both locations of The Vortex Bar & Grill will restrict access to persons 21 and over at all times.

LEGAL DRINKING AGE
The "Land of the Free" has the highest minimum drinking age of all the developed countries on earth. The majority of countries have set their minimum drinking age at 18, while many are lower, and some have no minimum age law at all. The average minimum legal drinking age around the world is 15.9 years. We believe that the nationwide drinking age of 21 in the U.S. is not only ineffective but actually counter-productive. Unfortunately, it is the law. And as such, we are required to obey it. 

THE VORTEX POSITION
We believe that if a citizen is considered responsible enough to vote, serve in the military, enter into legally binding contracts, serve on a jury, and be held legally liable as an adult by the court system, then they should also be able to legally drink a beer. There are several organizations actively seeking to change the minimum drinking age in the United States on legal, philosophical and pragmatic grounds. They include the National Youth Rights Association, Choose Responsibility, the Amethyst Initiative, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. If you'd like to find out more information on this subject, just use the Google machine.