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The entrance to the duckpin bowling alley at the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue in Atlanta.
The entrance to the duckpin bowling alley at the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue.
Ryan Fleisher

Eat, Drink, and Play at These Atlanta Game Bars and Bowling Alleys

Atlanta gaming parlors, arcades, and bowling alleys serving really good food and drinks, too

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The entrance to the duckpin bowling alley at the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue.
| Ryan Fleisher

Atlanta features a growing list of bowling alleys, gaming parlors, and old school arcades serving beer, cocktails and really good 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, check out one of these Atlanta bars and restaurants built for playing games.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Punch Bowl Social Atlanta

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Punch Bowl Social is a 25,000-square-foot, two-story “eatertainment” center located at Battery Atlanta near Truist Park, home to Braves baseball The gaming megaplex offers shuffleboard, fancy foosball, eight bowling lanes, an arcade, and karaoke rooms, along with a full bar and restaurant.

Topgolf

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Top Golf on Ellsworth Industrial is more than simply a 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, too. There’s also a location in Alpharetta.

Fowling Warehouse Atlanta

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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.

The Painted Duck

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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, 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.

Ormsby’s

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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.

Puttshack Atlanta

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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.

Bowlero Atlantic Station

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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 paired with pub food. Bowlero is 21+ after 11 p.m.

Battle and Brew

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The gaming and entertainment restaurant and bar in Sandy Springs is 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. 

Red Door Tavern

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This dive bar in Buckhead has been part of the scene in the neighborhood for more than 20 years now, and it includes a 1980s-style arcade near the main entrance called Arcadia. Grab drinks and then head over to the arcade to play classics like Ms. Pac-Man, Tekken, and Galaga surrounded by murals of characters like Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers.

Pin & Proper

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Pin and Proper at the Beacon in Grant Park mixes bowling with football in a game referred to as “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.

Joystick Gamebar

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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.

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

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Operated by local artist Grant Henry — aka Sister Louisa — this spot anchoring 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 or ordering up some bar bites for nourishment doesn’t do the trick, Church features ping pong tables upstairs and sometimes hosts tournaments, too. Head back to sit on the patio between rounds.

Revery: VR Bar

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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.

Midtown Bowl

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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.

The Roof at Ponce City Market

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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 ($7 for kids under 12) 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.

The Painted Pin

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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.

Fairway Social

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Like golf? Fairway Social at the Maxwell on Main Street features a full-service restaurant and bar, a putting green, several bays with golf game simulators, and a rooftop patio. People can even join Fairway Social’s corn hole and golf leagues.

Roaring Social

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Located on the lower level of the Hamilton hotel in downtown Alpharetta, Roaring Social is described as a modern-day speakeasy that also happens to feature an eight-lane, boutique bowling alley. Take the elevator down to this 1920s-style watering hole where people can order up Sidecars, Last Words, and Vieux Carres on the menu, along with wines by the glass and bottle and a selection of after-dinner drinks. Pair those libations with snacks, small plates, and desserts, including DIY s’mores and German chocolate cake. The bowling lanes reside in back and cost between $20 and $30 an hour, depending on the day. Dress code. 

The Comet Pub & Lanes

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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.

My Parents' Basement

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For folks who love to read and shop for comics, play arcade games, and drink craft beer paired with bar food, My Parents’ Basement is the spot to indulge in all of that under one roof. What started as a pop-up became a full-fledged neighborhood bar and comic book shop on North Avondale Road in 2015.

Punch Bowl Social Atlanta

Punch Bowl Social is a 25,000-square-foot, two-story “eatertainment” center located at Battery Atlanta near Truist Park, home to Braves baseball The gaming megaplex offers shuffleboard, fancy foosball, eight bowling lanes, an arcade, and karaoke rooms, along with a full bar and restaurant.

Topgolf

Top Golf on Ellsworth Industrial is more than simply a 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, too. There’s also a location in Alpharetta.

Fowling Warehouse Atlanta

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.

The Painted Duck

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, 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.

Ormsby’s

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.

Puttshack Atlanta

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.

Bowlero Atlantic Station

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 paired with pub food. Bowlero is 21+ after 11 p.m.

Battle and Brew

The gaming and entertainment restaurant and bar in Sandy Springs is 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. 

Red Door Tavern

This dive bar in Buckhead has been part of the scene in the neighborhood for more than 20 years now, and it includes a 1980s-style arcade near the main entrance called Arcadia. Grab drinks and then head over to the arcade to play classics like Ms. Pac-Man, Tekken, and Galaga surrounded by murals of characters like Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers.

Pin & Proper

Pin and Proper at the Beacon in Grant Park mixes bowling with football in a game referred to as “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.

Joystick Gamebar

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.

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

Operated by local artist Grant Henry — aka Sister Louisa — this spot anchoring 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 or ordering up some bar bites for nourishment doesn’t do the trick, Church features ping pong tables upstairs and sometimes hosts tournaments, too. Head back to sit on the patio between rounds.

Revery: VR Bar

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.

Midtown Bowl

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.

The Roof at Ponce City Market

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 ($7 for kids under 12) 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.

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The Painted Pin

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.

Fairway Social

Like golf? Fairway Social at the Maxwell on Main Street features a full-service restaurant and bar, a putting green, several bays with golf game simulators, and a rooftop patio. People can even join Fairway Social’s corn hole and golf leagues.

Roaring Social

Located on the lower level of the Hamilton hotel in downtown Alpharetta, Roaring Social is described as a modern-day speakeasy that also happens to feature an eight-lane, boutique bowling alley. Take the elevator down to this 1920s-style watering hole where people can order up Sidecars, Last Words, and Vieux Carres on the menu, along with wines by the glass and bottle and a selection of after-dinner drinks. Pair those libations with snacks, small plates, and desserts, including DIY s’mores and German chocolate cake. The bowling lanes reside in back and cost between $20 and $30 an hour, depending on the day. Dress code. 

The Comet Pub & Lanes

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.

My Parents' Basement

For folks who love to read and shop for comics, play arcade games, and drink craft beer paired with bar food, My Parents’ Basement is the spot to indulge in all of that under one roof. What started as a pop-up became a full-fledged neighborhood bar and comic book shop on North Avondale Road in 2015.

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