There’s no denying that the solid trend is emerging in the number of gaming bar and restaurant concepts planning to open around Atlanta. Dave and Buster may have brought the amusement park indoors for adults and added food and cocktails to the mix (quality sorely lacking in the latter two), but a new batch of dining establishments /games also seems focused on the triple threat quality of good fun, good food, and good drink.
Places like Puttshack, Punch Bowl Social, The Painted Duck, Fowling Warehouse, Pin and Proper, Roaring Social, and the Roof at Ponce City Market have all opened in Atlanta in recent years, some in the same neighborhood.
Often referred to in marketing circles as “entertainment” locations — a broad, categorical term attempting to define a restaurant or bar offering games — Atlanta seems to be a hot market for such venues right now. Currently, 11 new gaming bars and restaurants are scheduled to open in and around Atlanta by the end of 2023.
With the opening of this latest assortment of gaming bars and restaurants, the question arises: is Atlanta finally hitting its entertainment peak? Here’s what to know about new gaming catering establishments in Atlanta in 2022 and 2023.
flight club — Star metals
Opened at the emerging Star Metals complex on Howell Mill Road, Flight Club joins Puttshack, Fowling Warehouse and the Painted Duck in the neighborhood. Specializing in a technological approach to darts with automated scoring and multiplayer options, Flight Club also serves pub fare accompanied by beer, cocktails and wine.
Your 3rd location — Underwood Hills
Soon to be housed in a renovated industrial building in the Works complex, Your 3rd Spot offers over 70 gaming options, including bowling, billiards, shuffleboard and lawn games. There’s even a waterslide on the terrace and a classic arcade, plus a beer garden and social club with DJs. Expect “world-inspired small plates” accompanied by cocktails, wine and beer. Top Golf is located nearby on Ellsworth Industrial.
Culinary abandonment — Marietta Street Artery at the brickyard
This Arizona-based restaurant chain offers multiple TVs tuned to sports, live music on stage, and games like ping-pong and corn hole on the patio. Culinary Dropout is also for groups. Its closest dining neighbors are the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue, Puttshack at the Interlock and the soon-to-open Flight Club at Star Metals.
painted pickle — Armored yards
Atlanta restaurateurs Justin Amick and William Stallworth, the team behind boutique bowling bar The Painted Pin and gambling restaurant The Painted Duck, then set their sights on pickleball. Opened in an Armor Yards warehouse later this year, Painted Pickle features eight indoor pickleball courts and two patios, one in front of the building and one adjacent to the proposed Beltline Trail. The Painted Pickle has a full bar and kitchen offering everything from sushi and charcuterie boards to sandwiches and salads. Amick and Stallworth are also researching possible locations for a second painted pickle near the perimeter.
Westside Car Show — English Avenue
Part of the Echo Street West development located at Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Westside Motor Lounge brings a bar, restaurant and entertainment venue to English Avenue this fall. Three vacant auto repair shops will transform into a sprawling entertainment complex featuring food, an indoor-outdoor bar and lounge with a variety of seating, and a courtyard with shuffleboard, yard games, stage and screen.
painted park — Inman Park
In addition to their growing collection of gaming restaurants in Atlanta, Justin Amick and William Stallworth plan to open Painted Park in the former Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at Parish space on North Highland Avenue. In addition to serving food and drink, the pair will expand outdoor space flanking the Eastside Beltline Pathway for lawn games.
press Start —Summer Hill
Atlanta chef and restaurateur Richard Tang (Girl Diver, Char Korean) is opening his gaming and arcade bar at the old Press Start on Georgia Avenue this year. Tang calls the two-story play bar a “passion project” meant to recreate a bit of childhood nostalgia. An arcade and virtual reality consoles are located on the first floor, along with shuffleboard, foosball, darts, and board games on the rooftop. Expect Asian-style small plates and street food, cocktails, beer and wine.
Company Mechanics Pins – Downtown
A location of the Ohio-based arcade and gaming bar opens in 2023 at the historic 222 Mitchell building across from Hotel Row in downtown Atlanta. The sprawling gaming and dining venue features rooftop terraces, a courtyard, and three bars serving cocktails, booze slushies, beer, and wine. Expect 16 lanes for bowling, patio pong, pétanque, ping pong, pinball machines, vintage arcade games and video game consoles.
Battle and brew — Atlanta Battery
A second Sandy Springs Battle and Brew restaurant and game bar location opens in 2023 at Battery Atlanta in Cobb County. Located next to the Ph’east mini-food hall, this location features a full bar and restaurant serving pub fare, TVs showing sci-fi movies, PC computers and gaming consoles. games, including Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox. Battle and Brew joins three other drum game entertainment venues: Punch Bowl Social, Sports and Social, and Good Games golf bar and restaurant.
Chicago-based indoor mini-golf bar and restaurant Puttshack is opening its second Atlanta location in 2023 at the High Street development in Dunwoody. Like the Interlock location on Howell Mill Road, Puttshack in Dunwoody offers indoor mini-golf courses using Trackaball scoring and interactive gaming technology, as well as a full bar and restaurant serving pub fare.
social fairway —Fayetteville
After opening at the Maxwell on Main Street in Alpharetta in 2021, a second location of the entertainment center and golf-themed restaurant will open at the Town Center in Trilith later this year. Expect a full-service restaurant and bar, putting green, golf game simulators, and patio in Fayetteville, plus other games like darts, corn hole, and ping pong.