- Kelly Sundstrom For the AJC
So, you finally met someone who shares your love for all things gaming.
Only problem — the typical, mundane restaurant just doesn't wow.
Solve that pesky dilemma by taking your date to one of the many Atlanta locations where you can enjoy a little interactive game play with your meal.
Whether you love a great Dungeons and Dragons night or want to connect with other diners at Pokestops, these Atlanta gamer rendezvouses have you covered on date night.
Battle and Brew. 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 678-560-1500.
As Atlanta's very first game bar, Battle and Brew offers a wide array of game options and fun for just about any nerd genre. Exciting opportunities for you and your date include Geek Trivia night, TableTop Thursdays, Pokemon Go night and even a Disney Princess High Tea. If you both love video games, Battle and Brew offers on-site TV rentals that include all console systems, including PS3 and PS4, Wii and WiiU, XBox 360 and XBox One as well as PC games. Best of all, you can enjoy some of the most delicious fare in town while gaming to your heart's content.
Game-X. 275 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-525-0728.
If you need a little variety, Game-X offers many gaming options, including Pong 180, a 10-foot-high Connect 4 board, Quad Air Hockey and Nothin' But Net, among many others. With two fully stocked bars and an enticing selection of menu items, like double stack cheeseburgers and gourmet sandwiches, Game-X will turn date night into a blast.
Giga-Bites Café. 1851 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-578-1497.
At this gamer's paradise, you and your special someone can become lost in the world of RPG's, TableTop Games, Miniature Games and board games. From Dungeons and Dragons to Warhammer and Magic, Giga-Bites Cafe provides you with everything you need to satisfy all of your nerdy desires. As you roll for initiative, enjoy one of Giga-Bites amazing sandwiches and coffee.
Joystick Gamebar. 427 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-525-3002.
Step back in time with your date by heading over to Joystick Gamebar, a fun-filled hot spot that specializes in arcade and pinball games from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Located on the Edgewood Corridor, Joystick offers an eclectic mixture of history and geekiness while providing guests with an outstanding array of tasty treats and drinks. Consider attending one of their ongoing events, such as Robot Battles, the 8-Bit Comedy Night or Game Master Clay's Console Showdown.
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