If you’re a fan of sci-fi, fantasy or pop culture, Dragon Con – running from Aug. 30-Sept. 3, is your Super Bowl. But you’ll need to keep up your strength while waiting in line for all those panels and attending the late night dance parties. Here, some spots to find sustenance for your journey.
5Church. Throw on your stormtrooper armor and trek over to 5Church Atlanta in Midtown for a DragonCon promotion Aug. 30-Sept. 3. DragonCon attendees in costume who take a photo at 5Church and post on Instagram with hashtag #5ChurchAtlanta will get 10 percent off their bill. Guests must show server or bartender the Instagram post to receive discount. 5Church will be closed for lunch on Monday, opening for dinner at 5 p.m.
1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-400-3669, 5churchatlanta.com/
Bulla Gastropub. Show your DragonCon pass for 10 percent off the restaurant’s Spanish-style tapas dishes and drinks, Aug. 30-Sept. 3.
60 11th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-900-6926, bullagastrobar.com/locations/atlanta
Hard Rock Café Atlanta. Choose from American staples including burgers, wings and a variety of sandwiches. The Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shop will sell Dragon Con limited edition pin sets for $45, with part of the proceeds going to the charity Literacy Action.
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215 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-688-7625, hardrock.com/cafes/atlanta/
Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The hotel will play host to a number of events throughout the Dragon Con weekend and serve up some themed food and drink specials.
The Hyatt’s gastropub, Twenty-Two Storys, will feature the “11 Burger” – a tribute to Georgia-filmed “Stranger Things”. The burger comes with waffle fries and is topped with white cheddar pimento cheese, fried onions, fried pickles, shoulder bacon, chipotle aioli, hop mayo and lettuce and tomato on a bacon fat-grilled brioche bun ($16). The pub will also offer its Voodoo Buckets made with rums and fruit juices ($13.50).
New this year is a “Phantom” slushie ($15) – a 22-ounce drink collaboration with Absolut – and a food stall located in the lobby with additional food options available for cash purchase.
265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-577-1234, atlanta.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Peachtree Center. If you’re with a group and everyone’s in the mood for something different, the food court at Peachtree Center offers several options including Mediterranean at Aviva by Kameel, fried chicken at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, hand pies at Panbury’s, sushi and poke at Yami Yami, Cubans at Beni’s Cubano, beer and British favorites at Gibney’s Pub and Mexican at Tin Lizzy’s.
Peachtree Center, 231 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-654-1296, peachtreecenter.com/
Ray’s in the City. The restaurant will be open all weekend and Monday, when it serves its Maine lobster dinner for $29.95, offering a 1.25-pound lobster served with butter and a choice of salad and side. The restaurant is open Labor Day from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Ray's in the City, 240 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-524-9224, raysrestaurants.com/raysinthecity/home
Trader Vic’s. Located in the Hilton, this mainstay has been serving up some of the strongest Tiki drinks in the Southeast since 1976 and also offers up a menu of Polynesian bites.
255 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta. 404-221-6339, tradervicsatl.com/
The Westin Peachtree Plaza. The Dragon Con host hotel will feature five sci-fi-inspired drinks at Bar 210, located inside the hotel lobby, including Smaug, a Bloody Mary inspired by “The Hobbit” made with jalapeño-infused vodka, Mudder’s Milk, a nod to “Firefly” made with Kahlua, vanilla flavored vodka, crème a cocoa and half-and-half and I Am Your Father, a “Star Wars”-themed drink made with raspberry flavored vodka, cranberry and Sprite.
210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-659-1400, atlpl-the-westin-peachtree-plaza-atlanta/
White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails. Located across from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails is the spot for the Dragon Con gourmand with dishes including lobster mac ‘n cheese, NY strip steak and duck confit.
270 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-524-7200, whiteoakkitchen.com/