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Get Your Game on at These 9 Playful Hangouts in Atlanta

Take your night out to the next level at a local watering hole that prizes playtime and friendly competition.

Whether you prefer to cozy up to a classic board game or go bold and belt out karaoke with a live band, you’ll win points for creativity. Beginners welcome.

Battle & Brew PC Gaming Stations
Atlanta’s first "geekbar," Battle & Brew has 24 PC stations with gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and chairs. (©Battle & Brew)

Battle & Brew
This Sandy Springs hangout is a gamer’s paradise: 24 PC stations with all the bells and whistles, six console stations, more than a dozen TVs and a RetroN 5 for experiencing classic games. Fun fact: Battle & Brew is also considered the first eSports bar in the country. As the name implies, you won’t go thirsty. 5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 678.560.1500

Get in touch with your inner kid at Game-X. (©Game-X)


Across the street from the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, Game-X tests the limits of fun. Inside the two-level arcade awaits 60-plus high-tech games, pub grub and a full bar. To start, purchase an X-Card from one of the in-store kiosks or one of the servers and load with any dollar amount. Then, let your inner kid loose. 275 Baker St., Atlanta, 404.525.0728

Tucked below Westside Provisions District, the exterior keeps a low profile. Inside, this cozy gathering spot exudes high times. Challenge your crew to a round of backgammon, bocce, or shuffleboard. The menu, meanwhile, doesn’t play games. 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, 404.968.2033

People playing video games
Joystick is kid friendly before dark. (©J Cassoni)

Half of this bar is filled with old-school arcade games while the other half offers board games and inviting couches. Joystick’s kitchen has previously hosted rotating pop-ups; currently the food situation involves gourmet hot dogs from Doggy Dogg. Every game costs a quarter to play. 427 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, 404.525.3002

10 High Club
If you thought mixed drinks were the key to having fun at karaoke, you haven’t had backup from a live band. Located beneath Dark Horse Tavern in Virginia-Highland, this late-night spot lets the bold choose their tune from a mix of mostly heavy metal and punk rock songs on Monday and Thursday through Saturday, or belt out soul jams on Wednesday. 816 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, 404.873.3607

Skyline Park on the rooftop of Ponce City Market
Challenge your crew to a round of mini golf. Winner buys walking tacos? (©Amy Sinclair)

Skyline Park
Come one, come all to the rooftop of Ponce City Market. As if the skyline views alone weren’t tough to beat, a miniature amusement park a la Coney Island offers fun for all ages. For best results, enjoy with your frosé after racing down the three-story slide or taking a turn on the hedge tower. Admission for adults and kids over 12 is $10, then games like Skee Ball and Ring Toss range from $1-3. Don’t miss the finger-licking “walking taco” served in a bag of Fritos. 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, 770.999.1530

Bowling alley
Custom Chesterfield couches, Persian rugs and oversized chandeliers make it clear the Painted Pin is an atypical bowling alley. (©The Painted Pin)

The Painted Pin
Forget any preconceived notion you have about bowling. Located in Buckhead’s posh Miami Circle, the valet is the first hint this is an above-average alley. Expect a wait for one of the 20 lanes, but time passes quickly at the swanky bar. The Painted Duck is planned to open this fall at the Westside’s Stockyards with duckpin bowling and distinguished drinkery. 737 Miami Circle NE, Atlanta, 404.814.8736

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
From Italian-born legend and accomplished race car driver Mario Andretti and family, these entertainment complexes offer plenty to keep you busy, but their hallmark at both Marietta and Roswell locations is state-of-the-art kart racing. Zoom zoom. 1255 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 678.496.9530; 11000 Alpharetta Hwy., Atlanta, 770.992.5688

My Parent's Basement
A comic book store meets craft beer bar. Enough said. 22 N Avondale Road, Atlanta, 404.292.4607