Flanked by rustic stone columns and carved lions, 5 Seasons Brewing's entrance looks like the secluded front to a Napa Valley villa, belying its cozy atmosphere and community-focused mission to provide tasty, affordable food and drink. Founded by chef David Larkworthy—son of a pioneering advocate of using organic food in restaurants—Five Seasons Brewing carries its commitment to community to its ingredients, cooking with a cornucopia of regularly shifting local produce from a gaggle of affiliated farms. The menu features such fusion dishes as crispy alligator served with a blackened chili glaze and Remoulade. At tables, guests dig in to home-baked bread, whose warm crust exudes tangy scents from the brewery's spent beer grain.
In the towering tanks that skirt the pub, brewmaster Kevin McNerney creates a kaleidoscopic selection of unique small-batch beers. The cofounder of flagship Georgia brewer SweetWater, McNerney brings two decades of experience to his craft, making refreshing brews such as the Chug Monkey and turning to ancient Belgian traditions to make his crisp, orange-infused witbier.
The sound of fans cheering the Atlanta Braves or the neon lights beaming from the nearby laser-tag course signals to guests entering Stars and Strikes' 55,000-square-foot facility that they are far from their neighborhood's bowling alley. At state-of-the-art bowling lanes, guests enjoy food and bar service while watching sporting events on large TVs. An adjacent room crisscrossed with a thicket of neon-green lasers joins a bumper-car arena where players raucously prepare for their workday commute. Complimenting the myriad activities and arcade with more than 100 games is a restaurant and bar boasting gourmet pub fare such as blackened-tilapia salads, popcorn-shrimp wraps, and green-bean fritters.
By day, Liquid Ultra Lounge is a cheery venue replete with hardwood floors, high-backed booths, and an artfully wood-paneled bar space. At night, however, the overhead lights dim and colorful neon panels behind the bar turn on, transforming the bartender into an ethereal silhouette as matching bursts of neon accent the entire club. For privacy, guests can stare into each other's eyes inside VIP sections and private rooms.
Even though Café Intermezzo functions as a coffeehouse first and foremost, its 50-page beverage book contains more than 800 drinks. Some of those, you might imagine, are bound to include booze. Choose your favorite and relax in the cozy, warmly lit space.
Zucca was founded by a trio of forlorn New York natives who longed for a taste of a thin, crispy-crusted, Staten Island–style pie. The results are presented on a menu dense with Italian delights. Starters such as crispy fried risotto and mozzarella balls ($7) and fresh bruschetta ($6.25) make satisfying meal bases for the award-winning pizzas. Pies are offered in two sizes—personal portions ($8+) or 18" discs ($13+)—and come customizable with more than 25 toppings, including bacon ($2), eggplant ($2), and roasted red peppers ($3). Specialty pies such as the expo-winning victory pie ($19 for 18" pie), a Margherita pizza with parsley sausage, mushrooms, and shaved parmesan, will tame topping negotiations, while hand-held calzones ($7–$9) and the extensive selection of popular pasta dishes ($10–$15) and entrees ($13–$21) are sure to delight.
The Square Pub's burger builders hand-pack 100% Angus beef patties to buttress a menu of gourmet hamburgers and other upscale pub fare. Build-your-own burgers ($7.75+) allow amateur aliment architects to inform flavors by utilizing any combination of toppings, including caramelized onions, guacamole, and fried eggs, good for blurring the lines between dinner and breakfast for dinner. Chef-designed offerings, such as a spicy green-chile cheeseburger ($8.75) or a veggie burger bedecked in cool guacamole and sour cream ($7.75), enable decision-adverse diners to squelch hunger pains in peace. Each meatwich also teams up with tasty sides such as sweet-potato tater tots, savory black-eyed peas, and time-tested french fries to double-team taste buds.