Named the Nerdiest City in America and the Top City for Gamers by Movoto, Atlanta has become a mecca for those with geeky tendencies. Events like Dragon Con and Anime Weekend Atlanta bring out nerds from all over the country as well as locals. If you happen to be in the area and want to hang out with local nerds or just enjoy nerdy pastimes, here are some great places to checkout.
Located in Sandy Springs, Battle & Brew has become metro-Atlanta’s favorite PC and console game bar. This spot also has a huge selection of table-top games. Weekly events: Geek Trivia on Wednesdays, Half Price Tuesdays, and Women game for free on Fridays! They host many other events too, including viewing parties, tournaments, and cosplay nights. Battle & Brew has a great food and cocktail menu as well as coffee and tea options. Food favorites include Deviled Eggs Two Ways, Vegan Chili, and Mama’s Meatloaf.
Address: 5920 Roswell Rd A120, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Atlanta’s most popular comic book store for over 30 years. You’ll find new and vintage comics, graphic novels, games, figures, and more. Located in Buckhead, it’s a great place to find some new reading material.
Address: 2855 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
This barcade guarantees a good time. Joystick is a great choice if you’re looking for some nerdy nightlife. Find it on downtown’s Edgewood Avenue surrounded by a slew of other bars. Though the space is kind of small, it’s packed with arcade favorites from Donkey Kong to Mortal Kombat to Galaga to Pinball. There’s also a seperate room for board games. Joystick’s drink menu is pretty wallet friendy with $5 local drafts. They also serve slushie cocktails, like the Ginger Snap Slushie.
Address: 427 Edgewood Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312
This bar/eatery/comic book shop in Avondale Estates provides a pleasant atmosphere for flipping through comics and enjoying a draft. Sit on the lovely patio, at the bar or simply hunt the shelves. There’s some fun art on the walls and toys sprinkled around. They also sell Funko Pop figures and board games.
Address: 22 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank is Atlanta’s resident science museum with exhibits both informative and entertaining. I went to this museum just last week to attend Fernbank After Dark, an adults-only event that takes place once a month throughout the summer. It was a really fun time and I had the chance to see their current exhibits, including “Wild Weather” and the Dinosaur plaza. Look out for “Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum” coming Fall 2018. You can also see 2D and 3D documentaries with daily showtimes in the new Giant Screen Theater.
Address: 767 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, GA 30307
The Plaza is a movie theater with historical significants as Atlanta’s “longest continuously operating movie theatre”, built in 1939. Today this small theater plays both new indie films and cult classics. I saw Sailor Moon R at the Plaza just a few months ago. Come out any Friday at midnight to do the time warp and watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Address: Briarcliff Plaza, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
In the middle of Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood, this famous record shop is just a fun place to peruse. Primarily a seller of vinyl and CDs, they also sell comic books, graphic novels, figures, DVDs, and t-shirts. Buy and sell used and rare items as well.
Address: 1154 Euclid Ave NE A, Atlanta, GA 30307
Located just outside of Atlanta, in Roswell, GA, you’ll find a family friendly table-top game space with a huge selection of games and no shortage of tables. Heroic gaming also has weekly and monthly gaming events, including “Friday Night Magic” every Friday, where experienced and novice Magic: The Gathering players can meet and play or learn.
Address: Sandy Plains Village, 4651 Woodstock Road #205, Roswell, GA 30075
With two locations in metro-Atlanta, Titan has a large selection of table-top games. This is a great place to buy and try new games with a few tables for gaming. They also sell new comics and graphic novels as well as toys and figures.
Address: 2131 Pleasant Hill Rd #129 Duluth, GA 30096 and 2512 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080
This superhero themed pizza joint in Little Five Points and Avondale Estates provides both a nerdy environment and great pizza. Try the Greek or the No-Brainer pies, my personal favorite.
Address: 484 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307