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The Roof at Ponce City Market includes classic carnival games, a full service restaurant and bar, and cocktail bar in the building’s tower.
The Roof at Ponce City Market.
Sarah Dorio

Atlanta Game Bars and Bowling Alleys Serving Good Food and Drinks, Too

Eat, drink, and play at these gaming parlors, arcades, and bowling alleys

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The Roof at Ponce City Market.
| Sarah Dorio

Atlanta now offers a growing list of bowling alleys, gaming parlors, and old school-inspired arcades serving beer, cocktails and solid food. Whether looking for a place to drink pitchers of beer and eat burgers while bowling or to simply snack and sip cocktails in an alternate universe via virtual reality, try one of these bars and restaurants built for playing games.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Punch Bowl Social Atlanta

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875 Battery Ave SE Ste 720
Atlanta, GA 30339
(470) 443-1443
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Punch Bowl Social is a 25,000-square-foot, two-story “eatertainment” center, which opened at Battery Atlanta near SunTrust Park last year. The gaming megaplex offers shuffleboard, fancy foosball, eight bowling lanes, an arcade, and karaoke rooms, along with a full bar and restaurant.

2. Topgolf

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1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 475-4000
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Top Golf on Ellsworth Industrial is more than a simple driving range, it’s a full-blown bar and restaurant built for players of every skill level interested in whacking a few golf balls down the electronically monitored links. Monitors measure distance and keep score. It’s a fun way to spend a day or evening with friends. All three levels and each kiosk are covered and temperature-controlled, and offer full bar and food service. There’s also a location in Alpharetta.

3. Fowling Warehouse Atlanta

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1356 English St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(470) 491-3695
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The Atlanta location of Detroit-based gaming bar Fowling Warehouse opened on English Street in 2020 just off of Huff Road in the Blandtown neighborhood. Fowling [FOH-ling] combines football and bowling using a regulation-sized football and 20 bowling pins. Teams try to be the first to knock down as many of the opposing team’s pins as possible. Grab food and cocktails or beers between games.

4. The Painted Duck

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976 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-0048
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The Westside sibling to the Painted Pin in Buckhead, Painted Duck is billed as an old school “gaming parlour” offering 16 lanes of duckpin bowling, Belgian feather bowling, horseshoe pits, knuckleball, and shuffleboard. A large and opulent crystal chandelier hangs overhead at the entrance to the bowling lanes and there’s plenty of seating in the lounge for eating family-style dishes while sipping cocktails.

5. Ormsby’s

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1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 968-2033
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One of the original new school game bars in Atlanta, Ormsby’s is located on the ground floor of Westside Provisions District across from Brash Coffee. It offers everything from bocce ball and darts to shuffleboard and pool. This speakeasy-gaming parlor includes beer, wine, and cocktails at the bar and burgers, sandwiches, shared snacks, and even prime rib on its menu.

6. Puttshack Atlanta

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1115 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 738-7888
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Chicago-based indoor mini golf bar and restaurant Puttshack opened at the Interlock complex across from Westside Provisions in 2021. Puttshack features four mini golf courses using Trackaball scoring and interactive gaming technology and a bar and restaurant serving cocktails, beer, and wine and pub food. There’s even a covered patio here. A second location opens in Dunwoody at the forthcoming High Street development in 2023.

7. Bowlero Atlantic Station

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261 19th St NW Suite 1150 Suite 1150
Atlanta, GA 30363
(470) 520-7550
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This bowling chain opened at the newly renovated Atlantic Station complex in late 2020 and features several lanes with lounge seating, a full-blown arcade, and a bar serving beer, wine cocktails, and pub food. Bowlero is 21+ after 11 p.m.

8. Battle and Brew

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5920 Roswell Rd a120
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(678) 798-8190
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The gaming and entertainment restaurant and bar in Sandy Springs is now open to all ages and offers food and drinks, including a weekend brunch and lunch. Battle and Brew features a slew of TVs, gaming computers and consoles, and good old fashioned board games, too. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

9. Pin & Proper

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1039 Grant St SE d10
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 549-7948
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Pin & Proper at the Beacon in Grant Park mixes bowling with football in a game they call “pinfall”. It’s set up like corn hole and pits two teams against one another. Each team tries to be the first to knock down the opponent’s ten bowling pins using a football. In between rounds, grab a jumbo pretzel with beer cheese, meatloaf sandwich, wings, or a flatbread pizza. Wash it down with a Moscow mule, beer, or wine. There’s an outdoor lounge here, too. Great spot to watch football or a soccer match on one of the multiple TVs at the bar.

10. Joystick Gamebar

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427 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 525-3002
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Joystick Gamebar is a “nerdy dive bar.” This is where to head for seriously old school arcade games like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Space Invaders, and even Dolly Parton pinball paired with solid cocktails and local beer. The kitchen doubles as a restaurant incubator, hosting up-and-coming chefs and pop-ups. Joystick often hosts cosplay parties and gaming tournaments, too. The bar now includes outdoor seating on its parklet out front.

11. Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

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466 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Operated by local artist Grant Henry — aka Sister Louisa — this spot that anchors the Edgewood Avenue entertainment district may be the weirdest bar in town. There’s plenty of kitsch and religious memorabilia (that may or may not be blasphemous, depending on one’s point of view). If downing beers and shots isn’t enough to entertain, Church features ping pong tables upstairs and sometimes hosts tournaments, too. Head back to sit on the newly refurbished patio between rounds.

12. Revery: VR Bar

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728 Monroe Dr NE Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30308
(470) 639-8448
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Revery claims to be the nation’s first full bar with virtual reality technology serving draft cocktails, beer, wine, and bar snacks. Gamers rent semi-private rooms by the half hour and hour, which come with personal bar service and a variety of virtual reality games and adventure scenarios. The beverage-heavy menu is broken down by draft and stirred cocktails like a gin and tonic or the rum old fashioned riff Fever Dream, boilermakers such as Coors and a whiskey shot, local beer, and wine. Snacks like jerky of the day, popcorn, and spicy pretzels are also available.

13. Midtown Bowl

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1936 Piedmont Cir NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5703
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The unapologetically retro-cool Midtown Bowl is an Atlanta institution. Opened in 1960, this is where some of the city’s most serious leagues choose to bowl. The alley offers 32 lanes, a full bar pouring a lot of local beers, and a food menu filled with everything from piled-high nachos and mini corn dogs to burgers, wings, and fried fish sandwiches.

14. The Roof at Ponce City Market

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675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(770) 999-1530
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Atlanta’s largest outdoor patio includes serious skyline views with carnival games, a three-story slide, and a beer garden and restaurant experience at Nine Mile Station. Admission starts at $15 per person to enter the rooftop complex and includes a wristband good for the entire day. It’s highly advised people make a reservation to dine at Nine Mile Station. There’s also drinks to be had at 12 cocktail bar in the tower. Look for special events taking place at the Roof throughout the year.

15. The Painted Pin

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737 Miami Cir NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 814-8736
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The owners of the Painted Duck also own the Painted Pin, a boutique bowling alley featuring bocce ball, ping pong, pop-a-shot, darts, and ski ball on Miami Circle in Buckhead. At the bar, there’s beer, wine, and classic cocktails to pair with the shared plates, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and wood-fired pizzas.

16. The Comet Pub & Lanes

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1458 Church St suite e
Decatur, GA 30030
(470) 225-1931
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The owners of Twains Brewpub and Billiards (also in Decatur) opened Comet Pub and Lanes in the former Suburban Lanes bowling alley. Comet offers 32 lanes with iPad system scoring, TVs, and shuffleboard. The wrap-around bar includes 16 beers on draft and over 50 bottled beers as well as a food menu of typical bowling alley fare, like burgers, nachos, hot dogs, and even a pastrami Reuben.

1. Punch Bowl Social Atlanta

875 Battery Ave SE Ste 720, Atlanta, GA 30339

Punch Bowl Social is a 25,000-square-foot, two-story “eatertainment” center, which opened at Battery Atlanta near SunTrust Park last year. The gaming megaplex offers shuffleboard, fancy foosball, eight bowling lanes, an arcade, and karaoke rooms, along with a full bar and restaurant.

875 Battery Ave SE Ste 720
Atlanta, GA 30339

2. Topgolf

1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Top Golf on Ellsworth Industrial is more than a simple driving range, it’s a full-blown bar and restaurant built for players of every skill level interested in whacking a few golf balls down the electronically monitored links. Monitors measure distance and keep score. It’s a fun way to spend a day or evening with friends. All three levels and each kiosk are covered and temperature-controlled, and offer full bar and food service. There’s also a location in Alpharetta.

1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. Fowling Warehouse Atlanta

1356 English St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

The Atlanta location of Detroit-based gaming bar Fowling Warehouse opened on English Street in 2020 just off of Huff Road in the Blandtown neighborhood. Fowling [FOH-ling] combines football and bowling using a regulation-sized football and 20 bowling pins. Teams try to be the first to knock down as many of the opposing team’s pins as possible. Grab food and cocktails or beers between games.

1356 English St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. The Painted Duck

976 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

The Westside sibling to the Painted Pin in Buckhead, Painted Duck is billed as an old school “gaming parlour” offering 16 lanes of duckpin bowling, Belgian feather bowling, horseshoe pits, knuckleball, and shuffleboard. A large and opulent crystal chandelier hangs overhead at the entrance to the bowling lanes and there’s plenty of seating in the lounge for eating family-style dishes while sipping cocktails.

976 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Ormsby’s

1170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

One of the original new school game bars in Atlanta, Ormsby’s is located on the ground floor of Westside Provisions District across from Brash Coffee. It offers everything from bocce ball and darts to shuffleboard and pool. This speakeasy-gaming parlor includes beer, wine, and cocktails at the bar and burgers, sandwiches, shared snacks, and even prime rib on its menu.

1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Puttshack Atlanta

1115 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

Chicago-based indoor mini golf bar and restaurant Puttshack opened at the Interlock complex across from Westside Provisions in 2021. Puttshack features four mini golf courses using Trackaball scoring and interactive gaming technology and a bar and restaurant serving cocktails, beer, and wine and pub food. There’s even a covered patio here. A second location opens in Dunwoody at the forthcoming High Street development in 2023.

1115 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Bowlero Atlantic Station

261 19th St NW Suite 1150 Suite 1150, Atlanta, GA 30363

This bowling chain opened at the newly renovated Atlantic Station complex in late 2020 and features several lanes with lounge seating, a full-blown arcade, and a bar serving beer, wine cocktails, and pub food. Bowlero is 21+ after 11 p.m.

261 19th St NW Suite 1150 Suite 1150
Atlanta, GA 30363

8. Battle and Brew

5920 Roswell Rd a120, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

The gaming and entertainment restaurant and bar in Sandy Springs is now open to all ages and offers food and drinks, including a weekend brunch and lunch. Battle and Brew features a slew of TVs, gaming computers and consoles, and good old fashioned board games, too. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

5920 Roswell Rd a120
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

9. Pin & Proper

1039 Grant St SE d10, Atlanta, GA 30315

Pin & Proper at the Beacon in Grant Park mixes bowling with football in a game they call “pinfall”. It’s set up like corn hole and pits two teams against one another. Each team tries to be the first to knock down the opponent’s ten bowling pins using a football. In between rounds, grab a jumbo pretzel with beer cheese, meatloaf sandwich, wings, or a flatbread pizza. Wash it down with a Moscow mule, beer, or wine. There’s an outdoor lounge here, too. Great spot to watch football or a soccer match on one of the multiple TVs at the bar.

1039 Grant St SE d10
Atlanta, GA 30315

10. Joystick Gamebar

427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Joystick Gamebar is a “nerdy dive bar.” This is where to head for seriously old school arcade games like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Space Invaders, and even Dolly Parton pinball paired with solid cocktails and local beer. The kitchen doubles as a restaurant incubator, hosting up-and-coming chefs and pop-ups. Joystick often hosts cosplay parties and gaming tournaments, too. The bar now includes outdoor seating on its parklet out front.

427 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

11. Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

466 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Operated by local artist Grant Henry — aka Sister Louisa — this spot that anchors the Edgewood Avenue entertainment district may be the weirdest bar in town. There’s plenty of kitsch and religious memorabilia (that may or may not be blasphemous, depending on one’s point of view). If downing beers and shots isn’t enough to entertain, Church features ping pong tables upstairs and sometimes hosts tournaments, too. Head back to sit on the newly refurbished patio between rounds.

466 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

12. Revery: VR Bar

728 Monroe Dr NE Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30308

Revery claims to be the nation’s first full bar with virtual reality technology serving draft cocktails, beer, wine, and bar snacks. Gamers rent semi-private rooms by the half hour and hour, which come with personal bar service and a variety of virtual reality games and adventure scenarios. The beverage-heavy menu is broken down by draft and stirred cocktails like a gin and tonic or the rum old fashioned riff Fever Dream, boilermakers such as Coors and a whiskey shot, local beer, and wine. Snacks like jerky of the day, popcorn, and spicy pretzels are also available.

728 Monroe Dr NE Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30308

13. Midtown Bowl

1936 Piedmont Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

The unapologetically retro-cool Midtown Bowl is an Atlanta institution. Opened in 1960, this is where some of the city’s most serious leagues choose to bowl. The alley offers 32 lanes, a full bar pouring a lot of local beers, and a food menu filled with everything from piled-high nachos and mini corn dogs to burgers, wings, and fried fish sandwiches.

1936 Piedmont Cir NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

14. The Roof at Ponce City Market

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Atlanta’s largest outdoor patio includes serious skyline views with carnival games, a three-story slide, and a beer garden and restaurant experience at Nine Mile Station. Admission starts at $15 per person to enter the rooftop complex and includes a wristband good for the entire day. It’s highly advised people make a reservation to dine at Nine Mile Station. There’s also drinks to be had at 12 cocktail bar in the tower. Look for special events taking place at the Roof throughout the year.

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

15. The Painted Pin

737 Miami Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

The owners of the Painted Duck also own the Painted Pin, a boutique bowling alley featuring bocce ball, ping pong, pop-a-shot, darts, and ski ball on Miami Circle in Buckhead. At the bar, there’s beer, wine, and classic cocktails to pair with the shared plates, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and wood-fired pizzas.

737 Miami Cir NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

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16. The Comet Pub & Lanes

1458 Church St suite e, Decatur, GA 30030

The owners of Twains Brewpub and Billiards (also in Decatur) opened Comet Pub and Lanes in the former Suburban Lanes bowling alley. Comet offers 32 lanes with iPad system scoring, TVs, and shuffleboard. The wrap-around bar includes 16 beers on draft and over 50 bottled beers as well as a food menu of typical bowling alley fare, like burgers, nachos, hot dogs, and even a pastrami Reuben.

1458 Church St suite e
Decatur, GA 30030

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