1216 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-334-5779.
This Atlanta mainstay, which has been open since 1996, offers classes for all ages in the fast-paced (and hilarious) art of improve theatre. Even those who aren't interested in taking the stage can have fun at this spot several days of the week, with comedy shows taking place regularly.
5979 Buford Hwy Suite A-11, Atlanta. 770-986-8881.
If the worst part of hitting a karaoke joint with friends is the time wasted listening to strangers sing off key, remedy that at Buford Highway joint Karaoke Melody, where you'll at least only be subjected to performances by the people you brought. Private rooms for groups of three people or more ensure that everybody in the group will get a shot at the mic.
Flic-Nic at Candler Park
1500 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta. friendsofcandlerpark.org
As summer winds down, spend fair-weathered evenings on the green at Candler Park as the location hosts outdoor viewings of movies at dusk. Upcoming showings include OZ the Great and Powerful and Big Hero 6.
Trivia night around Atlanta
Various locations, outspokenentertainment.com
Brainiacs looking to test their skills don't have to rely on a single neighborhood joint or limit themselves to trivia once a week. Local trivia companies like Outspoken Entertainment send hosts to locations all across the state, and even offer a handy map to help those willing to travel in order to try their hands at a fresh round of brain games.
The Painted Pin
737 Miami Circle NE, Atlanta. 404-814-8736. thepaintedpin.com
If bowling elicits a vision of child's birthday parties and smelly shoes, it's time to shake things up with a visit to Buckhead's Painted Pin. The bowling hot spot offers several different kinds of yard games along with an extensive menu, making a trip to this spot a treat even if bowling isn't quite your thing. Its eclectic cocktail menu makes this place generally a 21+ spot, but weekends before 5 can be enjoyed by bowlers of all ages.
Various locations. topgolf.com
Enjoy all of the competitive fun of a golf game without hauling clubs around the course at Top Golf, which boasts locations in Midtown as well as OTP. Groups ranging from professional golfers to total newbies can enjoy the games, which are complemented by a rollicking social atmosphere and refreshments, too.
515 N McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976. eddiesattic.com
This well-known Decatur spot is a haven for up-and-coming voices, helping to launch the careers of artists like John Mayer and Jennifer Nettles. It's more than just another music venue, with patio perfect for fall evenings and a killer food menu, too. (Try the beignets—then try not to order another round.) Monday night open mics are a budget-friendly way to check out new songwriters, and the venue's shows are almost always all-ages.