Geek Out in Atlanta

I’m pretty proud that my hometown recently earned the Nerdiest City in America title from Movoto.com. And while we can spend hours debating the semantics of geek versus nerd, there’s no question that the ATL is a great spot to indulge your inner (and outer!) dork, whether you prefer the nerd label or the dork moniker.
Battle and Brew is one fun way to geek out in Atlanta

It’s like Star Wars before The Phantom Menace

Where to Go

Browse happy in Oxford Comics & Games, which has everything you’d expect in a good comic book store and lots of happy surprises, too. Gamers will appreciate the interactive game-style city tour by Urban Adventure Quest—you can explore the city and earn points, too. Don’t miss Nerd Nite, which describes itself as “like the Discovery Channel—but with beer,” which brings awesome speakers to discuss Very Important Topics, like “What makes a good horror movie?” or topics in plasma physics.

Make sure to get tickets for Momocon in Atlanta
Photo by ©Paul Abell, courtesy of MomoCon

What to Plan Around

Atlanta hosts so many groovy cons, but DragonCon (around Labor Day weekend) is one of my favorites. Other awesome conventions include MomoCon (in May), a mecca for anime lovers; the Atlanta Comic Convention (in February); the Sci-Fi Summer Con (in June), devoted to science-fiction topics; and the Atlanta Game Fest (in October). Don’t forget to pack your cosplay best!

Enjoy games and drinks at Battle and Brew in Atlanta
Battle and Brew

Where to Eat

Catch the latest episode of shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones at Diesel Filling Station—think of it as the nerd equivalent of a sports bar. Viewers are serious about the show, so don’t talk over Tyrian’s monologues. Instead, sip your favorite beer from their nice list of options and order a second round of bar food appetizers. Gaming culture thrives at Battle and Brew, where you can chill out in front of a borrowed game console with your game of choice over a dinner of flavorful flatbread pizza. Battle and Brew also hosts a geek trivia night with categories like “Star Wars” and “Monty Python.”

Satisfy your inner geek even more with a little trivia—check out our list of tell-tale signs you grew up in the great state of Georgia.

Battle and Brew photos by Kurz Photography, courtesy of Battle and Brew

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