The best things to do after dinner in Atlanta include the city’s most happening spots that come alive after sundown. Among the American South’s cultural epicentres, Atlanta is sizzling with nightlife and entertaining activities. Whether you’re in a chill mood or up for competitive arcade games, you’ll have a great time in Atlanta. And even if the youngsters tag along, there are places to entertain your entire crew.

    Want the best night-time seat in town? How about sleeping beneath stars from a different world? Or a rousing play with a pint? If you find yourself in Atlanta, you’re in for a night of action. Read on for tips on where to go in Atlanta at night for more fun and memories.

    What are the best things to do after dinner in Atlanta?

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    SkyView Atlanta

    Spectacular views over Centennial Park

    Riding the SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel for panoramic views of the city is a great way to cap off your downtown Atlanta evening. The private, climate-controlled gondolas rise 20 storeys up and present dramatic vistas of the Atlanta skyline. The Ferris wheel illuminates the night sky as the lights twinkle inside Centennial Olympic Park below you.

    If you prefer the V.I.P. treatment, upgrade your ride with Ferrari-style seats and glass floors. You’ll also get a longer ride for extra time in the sky. And if you’re craving a snack, grab a delicious slice from Carlo’s Pizza onsite.

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    Location: 168 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from noon to 11 pm, Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday from 10 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 678-949-9023

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    Topgolf

    Golf games on a virtual driving range

    The premier entertainment venue in Midtown Atlanta, Topgolf hosts parties and events, rain or shine. With 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays, your group can play virtual golf on world-renowned courses. Once you've selected your bay, drive the ball at outfield targets and compete for the highest score. With a full-service restaurant, bars, and high-definition TVs, turn your golf competition into a full-scale party.

    For something more intimate, chill beside the fire pit on the rooftop terrace with your date. Families looking for virtual fun can use Angry Birds characters to cause mayhem on the driving range. Topgolf’s versatile event spaces create a festive atmosphere for birthday parties, corporate meetings, and other large groups looking for sporty fun.

    Location: 1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am (closing time varies between 11 pm and midnight)

    Phone: +1 404-475-4000

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    Georgia Aquarium 'Sleep Under the Sea'

    Fall asleep beneath a magical world of marine creatures

    Georgia Aquarium is among the world’s greatest spectacles of marine species, with over 100,000 animals. The facility contains more than 5 million gallons of water and lets you explore the mysteries of the deep. But the Georgia Aquarium takes things a step further and allows guests to spend the night beside worlds of aquatic creatures.

    When booking your reservation, admission includes the night of your sleepover and the entire next day. Your ticket provides access to exhibits, guided tours, presentations, and a bedtime snack. As you crawl into bed, fall asleep in front of a gallery window with spectacular views of exotic marine life. Georgia Aquarium can accommodate sleepovers for families, scouts, adults, and small groups.

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    Location: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Phone: +1 404-581-4000

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    Skyline Park

    Hang on a rooftop with rides and carnival games

    Skyline Park is a place of joy for guests of all ages in Atlanta. Located atop the Ponce City Market in the Old Fourth Ward, The Roof has sensational Atlanta views, carnival games, and exciting rides. From the rooftop, you can spot Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown for beautiful sunset photos. Stroll down the boardwalk to play mini-golf, basketball, skee ball, and other fun games.

    Hang on tight for a stomach-turning ride on the Heege Tower or race down the 3-storey slide. Refreshing cocktails are available at the bar, and local musicians often perform on weekends. The Roof also hosts private events to accommodate birthday bashes, weddings, corporate meetings, and other large groups.

    Location: Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 3 pm to 10 pm, Thursday from 3 pm to 11 pm, Friday from 3 pm to midnight, Saturday from 11 am to midnight, Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 770-999-1530

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    Midtown Bowl

    Throw a strike and play wacky arcade games

    Midtown Bowl is the ultimate party destination for large gatherings of any type. Situated in Midtown Atlanta, the bowling alley boasts 32 lanes and cheerful staff to organize your event. Bring your bowling team for a night of fun competing to throw the highest score. If you’re rounding up the kids, make it a family night of bowling and arcade games.

    For a private setting, the 11th Frame gives your corporate meeting or birthday party the V.I.P. treatment. The fully-stocked bar serves premium wines, spirits, and craft beer, and flat-screen TVs can air the big game. And to ease your appetite, the kitchen whips up signature burgers, wings, sandwiches, pizzas, and more.

    Location: 1936 Piedmont Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, USA

    Open: Wednesday and Sunday from noon to midnight, Thursday from noon to 1 am, Friday–Saturday from noon to 2 am (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 404-874-5703

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    Centennial Olympic Park

    Watch the city skyline and park fountains illuminate the night sky

    Centennial Olympic Park is the lasting legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympics and a beautiful place for an evening stroll in Atlanta. The 22-acre park features walking paths, green spaces, water fountains, and monuments commemorating the Centennial Olympics. Now a sprawling entertainment district, Centennial Olympic Park often hosts concerts and fireworks shows.

    With several playgrounds around the park, it’s a delightful spot to let the youngsters burn off energy. Kids also love to play at the Fountain of Rings and its synchronized jets that shoot water into the air. Once nightfall approaches, the park’s water fountains light up to form a colorful display. From inside the park, you’ll also have a front-row seat of the sparkling Atlanta skyline.

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    Location: 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 404-223-4412

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    Tabernacle

    Watch a concert inside a former church

    From its exterior design, you’d never think the Tabernacle was Atlanta’s hottest concert venue. That’s because the historic building operated as a church when it first opened in 1910. When the church’s congregation moved, the vacant building found new life as an entertainment hall for the 1996 Olympic Games.

    After a stint as a House of Blues Club, the venue rebranded under its current name. In recent years, The Tabernacle has hosted legendary acts such as Guns N’ Roses, Bob Dylan, Adele, and Eminem. It’s also a popular spot for comedians, DJs, large-scale events, corporate meetings, and weddings. Since the Tabernacle sits in downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park District, you can walk to nearby Atlanta attractions around the performance.

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    Location: 152 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

    Phone: +1 404-659-9022

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    The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

    Catch a Shakespeare performance inside a British-style tavern

    The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse awakens your spirit with an evening of live music, medieval costumes, and British pub food. The passionate directors and actors deliver a different performance each month in a cozy, tavern-style setting. With a low-key, intimate vibe, you’ll feel right in the middle of sword fights and passionate poetry readings. The actors pride themselves on 'Original Practice' to present plays like the playwrights intended for audiences.

    If you’re still hungry, the kitchen nourishes your appetite with pub fare prepared from fresh ingredients. Food service ends 10 minutes before showtime, but you can order a sweet dessert during intermission. And the bar’s selection of draught beers, Irish ales, and house wines ensure you never go thirsty.

    Location: 499 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA

    Phone: +1 404-874-5299

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    SkyLounge

    Host an elegant event with an Atlanta skyline backdrop

    SkyLounge in Atlanta is one of the world’s best rooftop lounges where you can spoil your group to a fancy night hanging out. Situated above the Glenn Hotel, the rooftop venue combines luxury and Southern hospitality. The lounge sits above the Centennial Park District and boasts glorious views of the Atlanta skyline. And SkyLounge's outdoor terrace and covered rooftop provide a trendy setting for year-round private events.

    Your guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails and small platters while soaking up the cityscapes. Shopping cart lights set the mood as you lounge on cozy couches, high-tops, and rocking chairs. If your party needs additional space, Glenn Hotel has stylish meeting venues available on the 2nd floor.

    Location: The Glenn, 110 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

    Open: Friday–Saturday from 6 pm to 11 pm (closed Sunday–Thursday)

    Phone: +1 404-521-2250

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    Joystick Gamebar

    Unleash your inner geek at this arcade-filled dive bar

    Joystick Gamebar is a self-proclaimed nerdy dive bar calling your name if you miss classic arcade games. Just a 5-minute walk from Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Park, the space evokes a sense of nostalgia for gamers. Some of the old-school arcade games in its repertoire include Ms. Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, and Gauntlet.

    Play cabinets, pinball, and foosball with your spare change and ask the staff about their free board games. When it’s not your turn, the bar has plenty of booze to quench your thirst. For large parties, Joystick Gamebar offers private rentals and food catering for your gaming friends.

    Location: 427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 4 pm to 2.30 am, Saturday from noon to 2.30 am, Sunday from noon to midnight

    Phone: +1 404-525-3002

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    Daniel Grenier | Contributing Writer

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