When Dave & Buster's first opened in Marietta approximately a million years ago, it launched with great fanfare, at least among my then fellow Cobb Co. high school crowd. Since then, it hasn't even occurred to me to head OTP for a night of sports viewing and arcade games.
But lucky me, I got a chance to relive my high school days to check out the new sports viewing set up and menu items at Dave & Buster's. So we headed out to my old Marietta hood and were pleasantly surprised with what we found.
I am the last person who would ever care about a nice sports watching set up, but even I could tell that their new design is pretty sweet. Plenty of comfy seating and so many huge TVs that you are certain to have a good view from anywhere in the area - this is a football fans dream. There's also a nice big private space with yet more TVs for parties or corporate events. They even have a big wheel they spin in the main seating area, and individuals or entire tables can win prizes like free drinks.
We settled in to our seats right in front of two giant flatscreens just as the SEC championship game was ending. As a total non-sports fan who went to school in the ACC, can I just say that the shall we say
|Black & Blue Cheeseburger|
|Buffalo Bar Chicks|
|D&B's Bananas Foster|
But we weren't done yet, at this point, we were off to enjoy the arcade. I feel like you have to make a decision before tackling their enormous game room. Are you about fun games (e.g., skiball, air hockey, racing cars) or getting as many tickets as possible to claim surprises? I find they're generally fairly mutually exclusive. Sure you can collect some tickets from skiball, but what's a haul of 5-10 tickets when some random games will spit out 100s?
We started with the fun games, and after I lost several kinds of car and truck racing and stank it up at skiball, I finally won at the last second in air hockey. Victory is sweet! Then we turned our attention to the ticket games and made our best effort to rack up the tickets. These games tend to be kind of random and frequently seem to be very luck of the draw, but we got strategic and at least managed to get enough to score ourselves a water bottle and earbuds. Alas, the Domo stuffed doll I wanted was not to be!
So stuffed and carrying home our spoils, we left quite happy. It may have been 20 years since I'd been there (good lord, can that be right?!), but it was still a surprisingly enjoyable way to spend an evening. I doubt we'll schlep all the way to Marietta from Virginia Highlands to watch a game very often, but if you live on that side of town, D&B's strikes me like a fun option for game viewing or even just several hours of entertainment.
Dave & Buster's - Marietta
2215 D&B Drive
Marietta, GA 30067
*Full disclosure: Although my meal was comped, I always endeavor to offer my unbiased opinion of the experience!