7 spots for late-night Atlanta fun — no bars included


What if you love the night life, but you don't necessarily want to boogie at a bar? 

Atlanta night owls, you've got options.

Here are seven ideas for late night fun —minus the bars— in metro Atlanta.

Putter around at Topgolf

Hours: 9-midnight a.m Monday-Thursday; 9 -2 a.m.; Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday.

Midtown's Topgolf entertainment complex is the place to play an oddly appealing game until 1 or 2 a.m. They describe themselves as "like bowling or darts, but for golf." Basically, you hit a ball with a microchip into targets ranging from 20 to 240 yards away. A rooftop terrace, food and beverage menu and 200-plus HDTVs round out the scene.

Prices: Mandatory one-time membership cards start at $5; bays for up to six players from 5 p.m. until close are $45 per hour.

1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta. There’s a Topgolf in Alpharetta too.

Eat at Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight

Just because you missed prime dining hours doesn't mean you can't eat primo ethnic food, even if you're seeking vegan or vegetarian. Dine family style or on your own or try the takeout, it's up to you. This authentic Ethiopian eatery has outdoor seating, off-street parking and a full bar. And every Monday includes live entertainment from 6 p.m. to close.

3086 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta

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Catch a flick

You don't have to squint at your computer screen to enjoy a late-night movie.

Metro Atlanta theaters offer shows that end and even start after midnight, especially if they're blockbusters. AMC Dine-In Theaters in Buckhead, for example, has a 10:45 p.m. start time for at least one show on weekend nights. Then there's Regal Avalon in Alpharetta, which starts weekend shows as late as 11:45 p.m. And you can get all fancy with IMAX at Regal Atlantic Station 16 IMAX, RPX & VIP  which lists shows starting as late as 1:15 a.m. on Friday nights (or would that be Saturday mornings?)

AMC Dine In Theatres Buckhead 6, adult ticket prices start at $13.38 per evening shows sold on Fandango; 3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

Regal Avalon, adult ticket prices start at $12.29 for evening shows sold on Fandango, 3950 1st St,, Alpharetta

Regal Atlantic Station, adult ticket prices are $23.22 for IMAX 3D evening shows sold on Fandango, 261 19th St. NW, Atlanta

Sleep under the sea at the Georgia Aquarium

The action doesn't stop once the aquarium closes its doors for the night. They also schedule sleepovers at the facility for families and youth groups, including presentations and activities. You'll sleep right next to a gallery window showing the nocturnal activities of aquarium marine animals. They have group and family sleepover dates open most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the occasional Friday.

Don't just think, "Aw, lucky kids!" Every now and then the aquarium schedules adult sleepovers, too. All sleepover dates are listed here.

Prices: To discuss pricing and potential sleepovers, call the aquarium at 404-581-4000 or follow the link above

225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta 

Roll a few frames at Midtown Bowl

Hours: 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Wednesday; 9 to 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday

Dust off your bowling shoes with a few games with other late-night bowling fans at Midtown Bowl. They've been around since 1960, so it's vintage fun. Or, try their new 11th frame private event venue for very modern bowling fun and a full bar.

Prices: Hourly walk-in evening-to-close rates $20-$35; reservation rates $25-$40

1936 Piedmont Circle NE, Atlanta

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Congregate at Cafe Intermezzo for sweets

Hours vary but Midtown, Dunwoody and Avalon (Alpharetta) are open till at least midnight and 1 a.m. on Fri.-Sat. and Midtown is open till 2 a.m. on Fri.- Sat. There’s an airport location too but it closes at 10 p.m.

The typical late-night sweet craving might involve doughnuts, but this place has such lovely pastries -- and a European coffee house feel. 

1065 Peachtree St, Suite 2 Atlanta

4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody

100 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta

Opt for Snap Fitness 24/7

Hours: 24/7 access with a key card

So maybe it's not entertaining all the time, but it's nice to have a place for a late-night workout -- particularly if you are taking a time out from the bar scene.

245 North Highland Ave, Atlanta


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