Big Fun in the Big Easy

8 places to get your game on in New Orleans.

Labor Day may have passed, but there are still two full weeks before autumn’s arrival to get out and play. You’ll find plenty of fun games around town, both outdoors and in, year-round. 

Dave & Busters
With summer came the long-awaited opening of the local link in the popular Texas-based video arcade/sports bar chain. Strategically located near the Superdome, the sprawling good-times emporium features more than 165 video games, along with bowling, billiards and numerous HD TVs for sports watching. 

City Putt
A side of history with your golf game? This two-course miniature golf park, located within City Park, tests your swing skills and your knowledge of local lore at each hole. The Louisiana Course spotlights points of interest around the state, while the New Orleans course is more city-centric.

City Putt golf course at New Orleans City Park

Barcadia
“Eat. Drink. Play.” That’s the motto at this adult fun house. Life-size Jenga, giant Connect Four boards, skee ball, air hockey, retro arcade games, fried PB&J sandwiches, 20-plus draft beers—what’s not to like? 

Fulton Alley
This isn’t your grandpa’s bowling alley. Sleek and contemporary, this industrial-chic space offers 12 boutique lanes, along with craft cocktails and incredible edibles. Bowling not your game? Roll over to the adjacent game room for bocce ball, chess, darts, shuffleboard, Scrabble and more.

Fulton Alley New Orleans

Rock ’n’ Bowl
Slip off your bowling shoes and hit the dance floor. Since the 1990s, this locally loved Mid-City must-do has coupled bowling with live music by some of the area’s top acts. Zydeco, blues, brass, Cajun, swamp pop, swing—you name it, you’ll hear it.

Escape Rooms
What do you get when you have three mystery-room venues in one city? Triple the fun. Mardi Gras and jazz are the overarching themes at Escape My Room, while Clue Carré offers its own Carnival-themed take, in addition to “Vampire Hunter,” “Voodoo” and “Haunted Swamp” rooms. To really ramp up the fear factor, check into the Mystere Mansion, housed in a former funeral home. 

Escape My Room mystery room in New Orleans