The Painted Pin [2020 Update]

Bowling bar in Atlanta, Georgia, scores our top honors.

The Painted Pin bowling lane
Coronavirus Era: Same house, new rules!

Painted Hospitality has announced that The Painted Pin and its sibling business The Painted Duck will officially reopen on Wednesday, July 15 with new health and safety guidelines.

“We have spent the last 4 months meticulously mapping out our health and safety measures, enhancing cleaning & sanitation protocols, and making necessary adjustments to our operating procedures. I’m confident that we have taken all precautions and exceeded any guidelines set forth by the CDC, city, state, and federal governments. We are looking forward to setting the new guest expectation in the new norm. The Painted Pin and The Painted Duck are embracing these unprecedented times as an opportunity to be a continued leader and example in our industry,” says Justin Amick, Painted Hospitality President and CEO.

Highlights of Painted Hospitality’s 40 health safety standards include:

  • Temperatures will be taken for all staff and guests upon arrival with contactless infrared thermometers. Anyone with a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will be refused entry.
  • Sick employees will not be allowed to work.
  • All staff will be required to wear a facemask for the entirety of their shift.
  • Personal hand sanitizer dispensers will be located at all lanes, tables, along the bar, and in common areas throughout the venue.
  • All bowling balls, shoes, and ball returns will be disinfected between groups. Clean, disinfected shoes will be delivered to your lanes by a staff member.
  • Maximum number of bowlers per individual lane is 6. Maximum number of lanes per group is 2. Maximum group size for a pair of lanes or for a dining table is limited to 10 guests. There will be an empty bowling lane on either side of each cohabitating group of bowlers.
  • All tables, counters, and seating will be cleaned and sanitized between users.
  • All high frequency touch points will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
  • All social distancing guidelines will be enforced for our staff and guests at all times. All lanes, tables, soft seating, booths, and games will be placed a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • All public spaces will be marked for social distancing. There will be directional signage as well as floor identifiers for safe standing, waiting, and ordering locations throughout the venue.
  • A QR code will be displayed at all lanes, tables, and along the bar for guests to scan to view our digital food and beverage menu.
    Suspension of cash as a form of payment.

The Painted Pin and The Painted Duck do not take reservations. However, you can book a private event where lanes are reserved and food and beverage packages are pre-selected. Allowable party sizes will continue to change with Coronavirus legislation.

21 Plus Salute!
Review originally posted February 5, 2015

By Hope S. Philbrick

Based on my non-scientific observations, parenthood is like a witness protection program: Once friends have a baby, they disappear from established social circles, ditching those of us who are happily kid-free as if we no longer have anything in common.

The fact that at least one of the founders of The Painted Pin in Atlanta, Ga., was a new father at the time he dreamed up this place suggests, to me anyway, that he didn’t want to completely ditch the life he’d enjoyed up to that point. He created a place where he and his friends could continue to hang out, even if some babysitters needed to be hired.

That, in and of itself, is super cool. But the real “strike” is that The Painted Pin offers high-quality food and drink that rivals trendy contemporary Southern bistros, a range of entertainment options from bowling to ping pong and more, an ambiance that evokes an exclusive yet welcoming British club—and it’s strictly 21+.

There’s a bowling renaissance going on across America: Growing numbers of bowling venues offer an upscale experience unlike the smoke-and-beer filled alleys of the past. Many upscale bowling centers offer some adults-oriented programming—we’ve reviewed two so far, here and here—but, as if designed especially with Getaways for Grownups readers in mind, The Painted Pin is exclusively for adults. 21 Plus Salute!

We genuinely dig this place, from its concept to its realized vibe, its menu to its food quality, cocktail expertise, service offerings and décor. We’re not alone: When Bowler’s Journal International Magazine handed out its architecture and design awards—honorees hailed from Germany, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas and beyond—it named The Painted Pin “The Best New Boutique Center” and pictured it on the cover.

Justin Amick + William Stallworth @ The Painted PinThe Painted Pin Interior

To create The Painted Pin, owners Justin Amick and William Stallworth partnered with architect Jay George, RA of WJG Design, Inc and design partners Bob Amick of Concentrics Restaurants + HospitalityWoodworks.

The industrial warehouse space offers 20 full-service bowling lanes, two customized indoor bocce courts, two oversized basketball pop-a-shots, table shuffleboard, ping pong, skee-ball and Southern skittles. There’s a big bar, leather couches and some quirky works of art.

If you’re here to bowl, once you’ve snagged a lane an attendant delivers shoes, menu orders, wet-wipes (for your hands and, since there’s a lot of finger food on the menu, to wipe the balls), and attend to other random issues like stuck pins.

Chef Thomas Collins’ menu offers an array of wood fired pizzas, tacos, sandwiches and small plates. Acclaimed mixologist and bar manager Trip Sandifer serves up signature and classic cocktails and craft beer while owner and Advanced Sommelier, Justin Amick, offers a top notch wine program. You could come here just to eat and drink and be perfectly satisfied. But let loose and play, paying attention to the scoreboard only if you sincerely care.

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Bowling, thirsty and impatient? You’re covered: The Painted Pin is the first bowling alley in the world to have lane-side P.Y.O.B. beer tabs (pour your own beer) courtesy of Table Tap LLC’s TableTender. Cheers!

Spend an hour or a whole evening here and it’s easy to believe The Painted Pin may preserve more than a few friendships as well as some harried new parents’ sense of self. It provides tasty food and fun times, sure, and also fodder for conversations.

The Painted Pin is where grownups can hang with friends and hide from the kids.

We score it a perfect 300.

More Information…

The Painted Pin
737 Miami Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Odds of Encountering Children: Guaranteed to be zero, daily after 5 p.m. 21 Plus Salute! Note, however, children are permitted on Saturdays and Sundays before 5 p.m.

@21plusTravel Tip: Call ahead to verify admittance. While The Painted Pin does not accept reservations, some nights it’s completely sold out for private events.

The Painted Pin– Space and owner photos courtesy The Painted Pin; food and drink photos © HSP Media LLC

Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. Thanks to The Painted Pin for hosting my visit. 

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.


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