There’s no better way to spend the fading summer days than at the ball park. Hot dogs. Cold brewskis. The crack of the bat. The seventh inning stretch.
In addition to the expected stadium fanfare, The Battery Atlanta at Truist (formerly SunTrust) Park takes you out to the ballgame and more.
The Battery Atlanta is an entertainment complex that surrounds SunTrust Stadium. Completed in 2017, it is one of those eat-live-play concepts, where there are apartments, dining, and entertainment all within the complex.
The Battery Atlanta also features The Omni Hotel at the Battery, which overlooks the stadium.
Pre-Gaming at the Battery Atlanta
Remember: Always pre-game responsibly. There is a lot of fun to be had at The Battery, so make sure you have a designated driver, an Uber, or are staying at the Omni!
Stop One: Punch Bowl Social
This was my first time at a Punch Bowl Social. This location is massive, with an electric atmosphere where adults can be kids again.
There is bowling, arcade games, karaoke, and more at this two-story spot. They have an extensive food menu and multiple bars. This is definitely a fun spot for a group of friends to spend a few hours.
We didn’t eat here, but we enjoyed tasty beverages and friendly service.
Stop Two: Garden & Gun Club
Located only a few steps away from Punch Bowl Social is its polar opposite: the Garden & Gun Club. Garden & Gun Magazine was the Southern lifestyle influencer before there were influencers, and its iconic charm oozes throughout. Oh, and no membership required.
This intimate space features rich wood tones and an elegant vibe. We sat at the bar, where we enjoyed classic craft cocktails, a delicious tomato salad, and a pimento cheese dip. We overheard the bartender recommend the burger to another group of patrons.
Final Stop: Terrapin Tap Room Stadium Entrance
You read that right. Instead of going straight through the turnstiles, veer to the left, grab a beer, and enter the stadium with a Terrapin Beer Co. brew in hand. Terrapin is a brewery from Athens, Georgia.
Pro-tip: If you want to hit up The Battery before a game and you want to have a sit-down meal or you are with a large group, call ahead and try to make a reservation.
Entering Truist Park (Formerly Suntrust Park)
We entered the stadium via Terrapin Tap Room, and found our seats. We were located in the front row of the second level. Our view was perfect.
After a few innings, we decided to mosey around the ballpark to see what we could discover. This is always my favorite part of going to any sporting event – exploring the stadium.
The Braves Monument Garden is a cool museum-style exhibit that traces the history of the Atlanta Braves.
I learned that the Atlanta Braves were originally the Boston Braves.
The Braves Monument Garden was a great history lesson on the sport of baseball. Any fan of the sport would enjoy a walk through this part of SunTrust Park.
As the game wound down, we decided to go back out to The Battery and see what places were jumping.
The place to be seemed to be a section where two concepts adjoin – the PBR Atlanta: A Cowboy Bar, which features line dancing and a mechanical bull, and Sports and Social, which features a 30-foot diagonal HD LED TV playing the biggest (no pun intended) sports game of the day.
These concepts hosted a younger crowd, and it was poppin’ on a Saturday night and primo for people watching.
A Surprise to End the Night
We sat on the outside patio of Sports and Social as I drank my final beverage of the night, when we heard the rattle of a snare and the beat of a bass drum in the distance.
We walked to the other side of the outdoor patio to see an exciting performance by the Atlanta Heavy Hitters drum line.
It was the cherry on the top to a wonderful day spent outside enjoying the fresh air, sports, and entertainment that makes The Battery at SunTrust Park a must-visit attraction in the Atlanta area.
Have You Been to the Battery?
Let me know in the comments if you have had a great time at The Battery at SunTrust Park, or if you have another favorite stadium that you have been to.