The Weekend Guide

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Joystick Gamebar
The Olympics are over, but stay in competitive spirits with a dozen old-school arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, Vs. the Goonies, and Galaga in the one-of-a-kind watering hole.
Why: Craft cocktails including the Las Flores Locos (rum, rose water, lime, and bitters) and snacks such as steam buns with Kool Aid-braised pork belly.
When: Opens Sat. Tues.-Sat., 5 p.m.-3 a.m.; Sun., 5 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 427 Edgewood Ave. SE, Old Fourth Ward (404-525-3002).

High Liquors
Two Southern gents, Chris Lawson and Brad Wright, debut the first full line of premium cocktails (vodka, rum, whiskey, and tequila; gin and Scotch coming soon) in select venues, including STK, The Havana Club, and Opera Nightclub.
Why: Sample the goods at the open-bar launch party.
When: Tonight. Party, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.; open bar, 9-10 p.m.
Where: Available at Green’s Beverages and Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits; party, Rose Bar, 3115 Piedmont Rd., Buckhead (404-869-1090).

Bone Lick BBQ
A meat mecca from the P’cheen guys, where pit master Mike LaSage serves finger-licking ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and redneck charcuterie (bacon, jerky, deviled ham, Coca-Cola jelly, pimiento cheese) and the vibe is vintage (jukebox, Skee-Ball).
Why: Grab your beer from a bathtub.
When: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 1133 Huff Rd., Westside (404-343-6574).

Rosé Day
No. 246 creates a holiday to celebrate its Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Sample five wines from Italy and California paired with cookout fare like green egg-smoked porchetta and pickled shrimp.
Why: Live music, patio ping-pong, and the chance to win a dinner for two at the restaurant’s chef’s counter.
When: Wed., 6-8 p.m.
Where: 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Reservations to 678-399-8246. Cost is $30 per person.

Photo: Ashley Hesseltine for DailyCandy

3115 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
1133 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
427 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
129 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030