Three years ago, Jennifer Maguire and Jami Siden did a poll and started asking around on social media where the ideal location for My Sister’s Room should be. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of one area—Midtown.

“The customers just wanted us in Midtown, they said it every weekend, ‘Go to Midtown,’” says Siden.

Maguire (known in the nightlife scene as promoter and emcee Chase Daniels) and her co-owner and life partner Siden listened. And in an April 22 Facebook post, they made the big announcement that the lease had been signed and the move to Midtown was in full swing.

MSR’s new home will be located at 66 12th Street, a.k.a. the former home of Twisted Taco for 10 years and then Deadwood Saloon for five years until that lease runs out at the end of April. Maguire and Siden are shooting for a mid-July “re-grand opening” at the new location.

They bought the business from Susan Musselwhite in 2011, which was once located in Midtown and then Decatur before moving to East Atlanta.

“We didn’t know what to expect and were putting in different ideas and new things to combine the young crowd and older crowd. Business hitting the ceiling is what happened for us. We’ve done as much as we can in East Atlanta,” says Maguire, adding that the area and the neighbors have been great to them over the years.

The new space will be the same size but laid out much differently than the East Atlanta location.

The main floor will have a full service bar and a back room with billiards, darts and video games. One big change though—you can smoke in the billiards room in the East Atlanta location but the new MSR will be 100 percent smoke-free inside. However people can still light up on the patios if they prefer.

Upstairs will be another full service bar and a dance floor with a stage for comedy shows, drag shows or dancing. Customers will pay a cover to access this level, but the main level will be free to enter.

“It’s just got that feel of hey, there’s different things going on, so if you don’t want the hustle and bustle of loud late night dancing, you want something more chill, you can go down to the lower area and drink and play games and watch TV,” Maguire says.

Also look for different hours in Midtown, and no more being open only three-and-a-half days a week as they are now. They’re starting out at five days a week and aim to be open seven days a week at some point in the future.

A fenced-in area in the back will open up for special events like Atlanta Pride, making room for an additional 500 people, and they’re looking to build off the back patio and put a gazebo out there to give more of an outdoor feel like the previous location in Decatur. And look for an expanded menu, including a full brunch and a Sunday breakfast, plus college and pro football on the flat screens on Saturdays and Sundays respectively.

Now, the only thing Maguire and Siden have to do is make it all happen.

“We’re really excited to move there finally so we’ve got our work cut out for us in the next couple months,” Maguire says laughing.

16 Responses

  1. Melissa

    A dancefloor and gazebo? Do they realize they are moving between two residential apartment buildings (yes)? How disrespectful. If they go through with this they will be shedding a bad light on lesbians everywhere, that they are uncaring and insensitive to the needs of people who have to sleep bc they have jobs. Deadwood was a dive bar not a night club. We are more than happy to host a lesbian bar, so they can’t even try to pretend to make it about that, we have many gay bars. It’s about respect and clearly they don’t care about the hundreds of lives they are about to destroy. The community won’t let this happen if they won’t cooperate. Dive bar or relocate.

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    • H.R

      That’s just stupid. I wonder if you even live in the neighborhood because how many night clubs are already there. That’s also why those are low income apartments so if they want a quiet place to live then relocate or purchase home elsewhere. “How many lives ruined” really? That is some dumb shit to say. Get a life and stop complaining about stuff you know nothing about.

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  2. jami

    We are doing the exact same thing as Deadwood. They had Dancing upstairs after 10. There will not be music outside and we plan to honor the noise ordinance. In addition we are not a nightclub.. we are the same exact type establishment as was there for the last 15 years. By lashing out so negatively without even knowing the facts I would say you need to check your motives.

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    • Melissa

      Putting a gazebo out back and extending the patio will cause major noise problems. Don’t be that kind of person that believes that the cause of all backlash is due to your sexual orientation. It’s not a good look. I am very friendly and open with the LBGT community and I support everything about it, except opening a dance club between two apartment complexes. Deadwood was a neighborhood bar. From what I understand they also had issues with noise complaints but I ASSURE you there was not a dance floor upstairs. There are poker tables and a foozball table so check YOUR facts. There were rarely more than 20 people there at a time. Just keep in mind that I better not hear music in my apartment at night bc unlike with the friendly managers and bartenders at deadwood, I will have NO problem calling in noise complaints every single night after your rude and unwarranted response, trying to indicate an alternative motive. I have plenty of friends in your community that can back that is NOT my motive. My motive is to keep my job by being able to function on 8 hours of sleep.

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    • Melissa

      Making room for 500 more people? And you don’t think this will cause noise problems? You better check your motives, Jami…and realize that I’m your new neighbor. I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. You decide. I can tell you now that as a community we are not happy about the expansion and night club feel. We are your neighbors remember that please before you try to call us out on bigotry.

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      • Jen

        Melissa instead of creating a social network drama for everyone to see how about emailing us so we can set up a face to face meeting. I am sure once you meet us and better understand what we are doing as a respected business of almost 20 years you and the rest of the neighbors will be fine. And yes there was dancing upstairs they even had a full sound system with a DJ booth we should know as we just bought everything in the establishment.
        So please email us so we can put this to rest as you are creating negativity by threatening to be our worst enemy without even knowing what we’re about. Twisted taco use to rent the entire block out for cinco de mayo. We would only host outdoor events for holidays and prides.
        Again please email us as this is the last response.
        Thank you
        Msrgirls@gmail.com

      • Jen

        Melissa instead of creating a social network drama for everyone to see how about emailing us so we can set up a face to face meeting. I am sure once you meet us and better understand what we are doing as a respected business of almost 20 years you and the rest of the neighbors will be fine. And yes there was dancing upstairs they even had a full sound system with a DJ booth we should know as we just bought everything in the establishment.
        So please email us so we can put this to rest as you are creating negativity by threatening to be our worst enemy without even knowing what we’re about. Twisted taco use to rent the entire block out for cinco de mayo. We would only host outdoor events for holidays and prides.
        Again please email us as this is the last response.
        Thank you
        Msrgirls@gmail.com

      • Diana Hoskins

        “I can be your best friend or your worst enemy” You’re an idiot.

      • Jackie

        Horrible horrible horrible. Owners don’t care about the residents living in the area and the place is so noisey. Have even tried to reach out to them and they were so rude. They get cops called on them every weekend and neighbors are fed up.

  3. Joslynn

    I think this will be a wonderful change! Atlanta has laws and fines in place so residents are not to be bothered by seemingly noisy businesses. There are many bars in Atlanta that have music and events with residents located extremely close! I trust that the new owners will follow all the rules and regulations as they have been for years! I do understand your worries Melissa.. Imagining speakers blaring outside your window would be more then annoying.. But again, ordinances by the city make it so no business can do that.. I have met the owners and they want everyone to be happy! Both patrons of the bar as well as surrounding businesses and residents. Let’s all get along! 🙂 a blog is not the place to sort out a problem or concern.. As my Daddy always said, “You get more bees with honey than with vinegar.” So “bee” nice!

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  4. Susan

    I’ve been going to MSR for years and it’s not a night club at all. It’s simply a bar where anyone can come and have a good time! I remember the big block parties that twisted taco would have for cinco de mayo….just saying! I for one can’t wait for the new location and Melissa if you come by, I’ll buy you a drink!:-)

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  5. Vanessa

    here is the the thing… I have known ALL of the owners, past and present, of MSR… No one has ever set out to make a neighborhood UNfriendly bar. Jen & Jami have gone above and beyond to show respect for the residents that live behind the current location! That being said… The area you live in has been known for its night life since the 70s…. You made a conscious choice to live there anyway… So making threats to business owners who are trying to accomplish the same goals you claim to be trying… Just shows you attempting to make someone else pay for YOUR mistakes

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  6. Susan Szbornak

    When, oh when will GLBT bar owners realize that covers of any type kills patronage at their bar? One notable exception: Heretic. Watch the tumbleweed roll by and the crickets sing on that “premium” upstairs part….

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    • Kelly

      That’s for comedy shows and special events from what we understood.

      I have never went to an improv or comedy show where it was free?

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