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8 cool places to eat and play in the A

The Highlander

This is about as grungy as Midtown gets. Drink cheap booze and enjoy above average dive bar food while kicking ass in pinball, air hockey, or the coin-operated pool tables. There's trivia at 8 p.m. on Sundays, D.R.U.N.K. Bar Bingo at approximately 9:30 p.m.on Mondays, or hit 'em up on Tuesdays (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) for bottomless buckets of crab legs for $24.95. 931 Monroe Drive N.E., Suite C-101. Midtown. 404-872-0060. www.thehighlanderatlanta.com.

The Independent

Located directly above the Highlander, the Independent has board games aplenty, dartboards, and a room full of charge-by-the-hour regulation-size pool tables. The menu includes typical bar fare: fried apps (ravioli, green beans, mozzarella sticks, etc.) and sandwiches. 931 Monroe Drive N.E., Suite 205. Midtown. 404-249-9869. www.independentatlanta.com.

Topgolf Midtown

A new addition to Atlanta's game bar scene, Topgolf is a state-of-the-art golf-tainment facility complete with a driving range, booze, food, pool tables, and more. A spot on the range costs $25 an hour before noon, $35 an hour from noon to 5 p.m., and $45 an hour after 5 p.m. Make sure you bring five friends — the maximum number of people per bay is six — to split the bill. 1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. N.W. Westside. 404-475-4000. www.topgolf.com.

Joystick Gamebar

Located on one of Atlanta's most happening streets, Joystick Gamebar has numerous vintage arcade games, board games, and a great cocktail program. (Try the ginger snap slushie.) Bust out those quarters and have a few drinks before making your way down to the dance joints. Watch out for talented chefs running pop-ups out of Joystick's kitchen, too. Chef Joey Zelinka's Babcia's Pierogies is operating there now. 427 Edgewood Ave. S.E. Old Fourth Ward. 404-525-3002. www.joystickgamebar.com.

Twain's Brewpub and Billiards

This Decatur watering hole is perfect if you want to drink house-brewed beer, eat tasty food made with ingredients sourced from local farms, shoot pool, throw darts, and even play shuffleboard. Twain's provides all the necessities a family could want for an early evening of fun. After 9 p.m., the kids have to go because it's time for of-age folks to let loose. 211 E. Trinity Place. Decatur. 404-373-0063. www.twains.net.

Bada Bings

Located within walking distance of Georgia State's campus, students of drinking age often post up here to order pitchers of beer (hopefully after class) and play beer pong, ping-pong, billiards, corn hole, and Jenga. 349 Decatur St. S.E. Old Fourth Ward. 404-600-6484. www.badabingsatl.com.


If your wardrobe consists mostly of cute dresses or collared shirts and salmon-colored shorts, you'll fit right in at Ormsby's. Order craft beer or a stiff liquor drink from Ormsby's underappreciated whiskey and Scotch selection. After a couple of those, everyone you encounter playing shuffleboard, darts, and pool will feel like a friend from your former Greek life. 1170 Howell Mill Road. Westside. 404-968-2033. www.ormsbysatlanta.com.

The Painted Pin

One of America's favorite pastimes gets a chic update at the Painted Pin. The posh Buckhead bowling alley serves fancy and fun small plates such as soy- and ginger-glazed edamame and meatball queso fundido. There's also a full menu of gussied-up sandwiches, salads, tacos, pizzas, and a dedicated section for tater tots. The bar specializes in classic cocktails, but has a stellar wine and beer list, too. 737 Miami Circle N.E. Buckhead. 404-814-8736. www.thepaintedpin.com.

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