I'm several months out on this trip, but I'm in the planning phase of the trip now, so I wanted to see if I could get some ATL hound assistance to help me along with the process. August 31st, my brother and his two boys and I will be making a journey down from NC to see the NCSU/TN college football season opener at the Georgia Dome (I've actually never been to a game there before incredibly enough). We will be coming into town on MARTA either from the northeast or from the north. I imagine we'll be hanging out at some establishment for several hours before the game, getting in "game ready" form so to speak...so we need somewhere with a nice bar area, hopefully that is reasonable (or maybe even runs daily drink specials) to keep the tab somewhat in reason, AND...that serves some decent food. If Atlanta is anything like Charlotte, getting all those needs fulfilled at one establishment (especially in the downtown area) is pretty tuff to do.
Obviously with the amount of time will be in the area before the game, we could break it up into more than one restaurant/bar/grill visit. We could do our eating at a different place than our libation portion of the pregame prep, but we just need to keep everything logistically practical and simple if at all possible.
Can anyone help me with some suggestions?