There’s a New Batch of Game Bar and Restaurant Eatertainment Venues Opening in Atlanta

There’s no denying the solid trend emerging in the number of game bar and restaurant concepts planning to open around Atlanta. Dave and Buster’s may have brought the amusement park indoors for adults and added food and cocktails to the mix (with quality sorely lacking in the latter two,) but a new batch of restaurant/gaming establishments seem equally focused on the quality of the triple threat of good fun, good food, and good drinks.

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 throughout Atlanta over the last few years — some within the same neighborhood.

Often referred to in marketing circles as “eatertainment” venues — a broad categorical term attempting to define a restaurant or bar offering games — Atlanta appears to be a hot market for such spots at the moment. Currently, 11 new game bars and restaurants are slated to open in Atlanta and metro Atlanta by the end of 2023.

With this latest assortment of game bars and restaurants opening, it begs the question: is Atlanta finally reaching peak eatertainment? Here’s what to know about the new gaming restaurant establishments headed to Atlanta.

Flight Club — Star Metals

Flight Club in Boston.
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Flight Club in Chicago.
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Opening in 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 technologically driven take on darts with automated scoring and multi-player options, Flight Club also serves pub fare paired with beer, cocktails, and wine.

The 3rd Spot — Underwood Hills

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Located in a renovated industrial building at the Works complex, the 3rd Spot features over 70 games options, including bowling, billiards, shuffleboard, ping pong, and lawn games. There’s even a slide on the patio and a classic arcade, along with a beer garden and social club with DJs. Expect what’s described as “globally inspired small plates” paired with cocktails, wine and beer. Top Golf is located nearby on Ellsworth Industrial.

Culinary Dropout Marietta Street Artery at the Brickworks

Culinary Dropout in Denver.
Culinary Dropout

This Arizona-based restaurant chain also features a slew of TVs tuned into sports, live music on stage, and games like ping pong and corn hole throughout its space and on the patio. Culinary Dropout caters to groups. Its nearest eatertainment neighbors are the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue, Puttshack at the Interlock, and Flight Club opening soon at Star Metals.

Painted Pickle — Armor Yards

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Atlanta restaurateurs Justin Amick and William Stallworth, the team behind boutique bowling bar the Painted Pin and gaming restaurant venue the Painted Duck, have set their sights on pickleball next. Opening in an Armor Yards warehouse later this year, Painted Pickle includes eight indoor pickleball courts and two patios, one in front of the building and the other adjacent to the proposed Beltline trail. Painted Pickle features a full bar and a kitchen offering everything from sushi and charcuterie boards to sandwiches and salads. Amick and Stallworth are also seeking possible locations for a second Painted Pickle to open near the Perimeter.

Westside Motor Lounge — English Avenue

Part of the emerging 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. Three vacant automotive 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, and a stage and screen.

Painted Park — Inman Park

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Adding to their growing collection of gaming venues 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 food and drinks, the pair will expand the outdoor space behind the building along the Eastside Trail to add a selection of lawn games.

Press Start — Summerhill

Looking west toward Georgia State Stadium at the restaurants and bars along Georgia Avenue in Summerhill, Atlanta.

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Atlanta chef and restaurateur Richard Tang (Girl Diver, Char Korean) opens his old-school arcade and game bar Press Start on Georgia Avenue this year. Tang calls the two-story game bar a “passion project” meant to recreate a bit of childhood nostalgia. An arcade and virtual reality consoles are located on the first floor, with shuffleboard, foosball, darts, and board games on the rooftop. Expect Asian-style small plates and street foods, cocktails, beer, and wine.

Pins Mechanical Company — Downtown

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A location of the Ohio-based arcade and game bar opens in 2023 at the historic 222 Mitchell building across from Hotel Row in downtown Atlanta. The sprawling gaming venue features rooftop patios, a courtyard, and three bars serving cocktails, boozy slushies, beer, and wine. Expect 16 lanes of duckpin bowling, patio pong, bocce ball, ping pong, pinball machines, and vintage arcade games and video game consoles when Pins Mechanical opens.

Battle and Brew — Battery Atlanta

Battle and Brew

Battle and Brew

A second location of Sandy Springs gaming restaurant Battle and Brew opens in 2023 at the Battery Atlanta in Cobb County. Located next door to mini food hall Ph’east, this locations features a full bar and restaurant serving pub food, televisions playing Sci-Fi movies, and PC computers and gaming consoles, including Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Battle and Brew joins three other gaming spots at the Battery: Punch Bowl Social, Sports and Social, and golf bar and restaurant Good Games.

Puttshack — Dunwoody

Four neon-lit interior miniature golf putting greens with a beer pong sign in the background

Puttshack

Puttshack Interlock

Chicago-based indoor mini golf bar and restaurant Puttshack opens its second Atlanta-area location in 2023 at the High Street development in Dunwoody. Like the Interlock location on Howell Mill Road, Puttshack in Dunwoody features indoor mini golf courses using Trackaball scoring and interactive gaming technology, as well as a full bar and restaurant serving pub fare.

Fairway Social — Fayetteville

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After opening along Main Street in Alpharetta in 2021, a second location of the golf-themed entertainment center and restaurant opens at Town Center at Trilith later this year. Expect a full-service restaurant and bar, a putting green, golf game simulators, and patio in Fayetteville, along with other game like darts, corn hole, and ping pong.

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