For weeks we've been biding our time, twiddling our thumbs and struggling to fill the zombie-shaped hole in our hearts while The Walking Dead was on hiatus. Thankfully, Rick Grimes & co. are about to make their return to the small screen, and it's time for us to celebrate. Indeed, we've been bitten by a post-apocalyptic fever that only a paid subscription to cable television can satisfy... but luckily we know where the safe-houses are. Below, a few locales where you can satiate your hunger for brains and your thirst for beer, all in one fell swoop.
Diesel Filling Station
It's the unofficial zombie headquarters of Atlanta, bringing in both the living and the dead with their recurring Walking Dead viewing parties since the show started. Not only do you get to bask in the bloody gore of the walkers; you can do so with a bucket of beer and some excellent burgers, in case you start getting a hankerin' for meat. Costumes encouraged, as are your canned goods to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
More known for slingin' Highlifes and sliders with zeal, come Sunday this hipster haven transforms into something else entirely: a mecca for our zombie lust. Pro-tip: Get there early to snag yourself a booth facing the projector screen. Oh, and keep your voice down until commercial breaks. This crowd means business.
If you're going to watch the Walking Dead in any neighborhood, it'd have to be Castleberry Hill — between the first season's rooftop scene, Rick's first (hoof)steps into Downtown, and the box truck escapades, it gets a good bit of face time on the show. Plus, there's just something delightfully unsettling about eating raw fish while watching the escapades of the undead onscreen.
What could be better than a enjoying cold pitcher and a basket of the Albert's smoked wings? Why, enjoying a cold pitcher and the Albert's smoked wings while watching walkers get splattered across the television screen, of course. Go 'head and get there early, have yourself a leisurely dinner, and bide your time, because seats fill up really fast here.