By Isadora Pennington

Don’t play with your food. No games at the dinner table. Mind your manners. Eat your veggies. Those were the messages we got as kids, but guess what? Now we’re adults and we can do as we please!

For me, often that means spending a bit too much money on eating out and having drinks with friends. When I do opt to venture out, I enjoy combining food and drinks with games and activities. Whether it be board games or video games, there’s something extra special about competing with your friends while enjoying a night on the town.

This month, I stopped by some of my favorite local hangouts where you can play a game while enjoying a bite and a drink. Is your favorite on the list? Send food & drink suggestions to!


Joystick Gamebar

Joystick Gamebar
Bitter Bloom- Reposado tequila, hibiscus honey syrup, grapefruit juice, Genepae Desalpes liquer and celery bitters, $8
Potato Pierogies- Yukon gold potatoes, vidalia onion, farmer’s cheese, pop up from Babcias, $2.25
427 Edgewood Ave. SE   (404) 525-3002

Twain’s Brewpub

Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards
Markarita- Espolon silver, Cointreau, fresh lime, agave, $9
Pimento Bacon Deviled Eggs- sprouts, pickled mustard seeds, $7
211 East Trinity Place, Decatur   (404) 373-0063



Paloma- Altos blanco tequila, lime juice, grapefruit & soda topper, $9
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus- grilled pita, fresh veggies, $6
1170 Howell Mill Road   (404) 249-9869


The Independent

The Cathy- Malibu mango rum, fresh squeezed lime, sprite, $6.50
Italian Grilled Cheese- Mozzarella cheese, tomato, pesto-basil sauce, onion, served with Italian dressing, $7
931 Monroe Drive NE   (404) 249-9869



Brigantine at Argosy
The Sergio- Espolon blanco, Fernet menta, lime, agave nectar, served on the rocks, $10
Sesame Chicken Lollipops- Chili, soy, scallion, cucumber salad, $11
470 Flat Shoals Ave. SE   (404) 577-0407

Isadora Pennington

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.