A Nerd's Guide to Atlanta

Atlanta is home to some amazing conventions. From DragonCon to Anime Weekend Atlanta, the comic book, science fiction, anime, and gaming cultures are well represented. Whether you are in town for a convention, or just looking to get your nerd on, these are some great destinations just off the beaten path.

Battle and Brew
Console, computer, card, and board games can all be found at this delightful full-service restaurant and bar. You can reserve a couch and a console for an old fashioned game night with friends. If you like to fly solo, hop on one of the many computer stations. Special events are frequent, ranging in theme from Harry Potter trivia to Game of Thrones feast night.

5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Srpings, Ga 30328

Joystick Gamebar
A classic arcade fused perfectly with a happening bar, this locale allows you to party or unwind in a nostalgic atmosphere. Make new friends (or enemies) by showing off your sweet Mortal Combat skills. Shoot some pinball like the wizard you are, or finally conquer that game that you never quite beat as a kid. At only a quarter a game, you won't have to break the bank to do it.

427 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga 30312

My Parents' Basement
This place is the Valhalla of comic books, beer, and food. Finally, someone created a comic book store that offers more than chips and soda. You can talk nerd and trade comics over a beer, or stop by for one of the many special events. Of all the comic book stores in the city, and they do abound, this one is a place you simply cannot pass up.

22 N Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, Ga 30002
(404) 292-4607

Giga-Bites Cafe
Tabletop games, sandwiches, and smoothies... who could ask for more? Warhammer... yep, they have Warhamer. Whether you have been playing the game for years or want to try out something new, stop on in for some fun and frivolity.

1803 Roswell Rd, STE 1851, Marietta, Ga, 30062
(770) 578-1497

Christopher Myers is an avid gamer and anime nerd living in Atlanta. He can now proudly boast beating the Simpsons arcade game, and takes great pride in his newly found mastery of X-Wing Miniatures.