- Rose Kennedy For the AJC
What if you love the night life, but you don't necessarily want to boogie at a bar?
Atlantan night owls, you've got options.
Here are seven ideas for late night fun —minus the bars— in metro Atlanta.
Hours: 9-1 a.m Monday-Thursday; 9 -2 a.m.; Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-12 midnight Sunday.
Midtown's Top Golf entertainment complex is the place to play an oddly appealing game until 1 or 2 a.m. They describe themselves as "like bowling or darts, but for golf." Basically, you hit a ball with a microchip into targets ranging from 20 to 240 yards away. A rooftop terrace, food and beverage menu and 200-plus HDTVs round out the scene.
Prices: Mandatory one-time membership cards start at $5; bays for up to six players from 5 p.m. until close are $45 per hour.
1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-12 midnight
Just because you missed prime dining hours doesn't mean you can't eat primo ethnic food, even if you're seeking vegan or vegetarian. Dine family style or on your own or try the takeout, it's up to you. This authentic Ethiopian eatery has outdoor seating, off-street parking and a full bar. And every Monday includes live entertainment from 6 p.m. to close.
3086 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta
You don't have to squint at your computer screen to enjoy a late-night movie.
Metro Atlanta theaters offer shows that end and even start after midnight, especially if they're blockbusters. AMC Dine-In Theaters in Buckhead, for example, has a 10:45 p.m. start time for at least one show on weekend nights. Then there's Regal Avalon in Alpharetta, which starts weekend shows as late as midnight. And you can get all fancy with IMAX at Regal Atlantic Station 18 which lists shows starting as late as 1:15 a.m. on Friday nights (or would that be Saturday mornings?)
AMC Dine In Theatres Buckhead 6, adult ticket prices start at $13.38 per evening shows sold on Fandango; 3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
Regal Avalon, adult ticket prices start at $15.07 for evening shows sold on Fandango, 3950 1st St,, Alpharetta
Regal Atlantic Station, adult ticket prices are $21.92 for IMAX 3D evening shows sold on Fandango, 261 19th St. NW, Atlanta
The action doesn't stop once the aquarium closes its doors for the night. They also schedule sleepovers at the facility for families and youth groups, including presentations and activities. You'll sleep right next to a gallery window showing the nocturnal activities of aquarium marine animals. They have group and family sleepover dates open most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the occasional Friday.
Don't just think, "Aw, lucky kids!" Every now and then the aquarium schedules adult sleepovers, too. All sleepover dates are listed here.
Prices: To discuss pricing and potential sleepovers, call the aquarium at 404-581-4000 or follow the link above
225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta
Hours: 9 a.m. to 12 midnight Sunday-Wednesday; 9 to 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday
Dust off your bowling shoes with a few games with other late-night bowling fans at Midtown Bowl. They've been around since 1960, so it's vintage fun. Or, try their new 11th frame private event venue for very modern bowling fun and a full bar.
Prices: Hourly walk-in evening-to-close rates $20-$35; reservation rates $25-$40
1936 Piedmont Circle NE, Atlanta
Hours vary but Midtown, Dunwoody and Avalon (Alpharetta) are open till at least midnight and Midtown is open till 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
The typical late-night sweet craving might involve doughnuts, but this place has such lovely pastries -- and a European coffee house feel. And the Midtown location (there are also Dunwoody, Alpharetta and Airport locations) is open nice and late for after-parties or impromptu celebrations.
1065 Peachtree St, Suite 2 Atlanta
Hours: 24/7 access with a key card
So maybe it's not entertaining all the time, but it's nice to have a place for a late-night workout -- particularly if you are taking a time out from the bar scene.
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