If you are out on the town and have a craving for Pacman, Space Invaders or maybe a little Golden Tee golf action, you’ll be glad to know there are a number of bars in the metro area with one or more video games that you can test your skill on, or maybe even make a friendly wager with a friend. Video games are hot again, come to think of it, they never went away. Atlanta has always been one of the most friendly cities to gamers and arcade enthusiasts, so get out and and get your arcade and video game fix.
1318 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068
The Suburban Tap has something for everyone. You expect the good food and cold drinks, but it also has weekly trivia, bingo and live music. If that doesn’t suit your wants and desires, it also has an arcade game corner that pulls in a lot of traffic. This is your place if you are looking to pick up a good game of Golden Tee or long to play those shoot ‘em up games from the 1980s. The staff at Suburban Tap is friendly and laid back and doesn’t give you any grief if you get up from table and wander around to play some video games. Fun times, good food and arcade action can be had at Suburban Tap.
275 Baker St.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Game-X has the word “game” in its title so you know arcade games are going to be a staple of this food and drink emporium. Located in the Luckie Marietta District of Atlanta, this place is a wonderland for arcade game enthusiasts. More than just 80s era favorites, you’ll see all the current high-tech games that we’ve become accustomed to, and life-sized tests of skill like free throw shooting and a real life version of the classic crane game. After you’ve worked up an appetite, sit down and feast on burgers, tacos, pub grub and an assortment of beverages.
Joystick Game Bar
427 Edgewood Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
Looking to relive your youth with some classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Space Invaders or Ms. Pacman? Look no further than the friendly confines of the Joystick Game Bar in the heart of Atlanta. This is old world charm meets modern conveniences. It’s also where hardcore gamers in Atlanta meet to hang out and test their abilities. Joystick is known for all the events it puts on that really promote gaming. It offers a nice menu when you get hungry, but remember, this place is all about gaming.
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931 Monroe Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
The good folks at The Independent invite you in to relax and rewind, and they aren’t kidding. The Independent is a booze bistro with billiards and video games. One visit and you will be hooked. The varied menu features bar food and even some healthy offerings like salads and wraps. Try your hand at some billiards or some of the vintage video games tucked back in the corner. The Independent is open until 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday, so it is open when you are ready to eat and try a little video game action.
The Midway Pub
552 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316
A neighborhood pub with a massive patio, cold drinks and a classic pub menu — what could be better? All of that, plus some arcade games thrown in for good measure is what awaits. Folks on Flat Shoals know The Midway Pub, and you should too. The congenial staff will take care of your every need and the wait staff will make sure your food comes out hot. The arcade area gives you a choice of video games or foosball, so don’t be shy and give it a try.
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