15 Arcade Bars Where You Can Relive Your Childhood

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Headquarters Beercade, Chicago

Arrive at this Chicago arcade and bar early as the line has been seen out the door. Order drinks such as the Cereal Killer cocktail, a combination of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and bourbon.

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Barcade: Brooklyn, New York

Spread across a few Eastern states, this arcade bar franchise has quickly become one of the most popular barcade brands. The Brooklyn location is where a few gaming records, such as the Donkey Kong high score, have been set.

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Shorty's, Seattle

This arcade is so beloved by locals that its been saved from being demolished. If you love pinballs, the large selection and variety found here is a must-play.

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Up-Down, Minneapolis

Think you have what it takes to join a Skee-ball league here? The delicious pizza, giant arcade and selection of more than 60 beers on tap are what keeps customers coming back.

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Cobra Arcade Bar, Phoenix

The cocktails served here are named after the arcade games around the building. Any game you can think of can be found here and the drink specials make this place an affordable date night.

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Button Mash, Los Angeles

Beer, video games and chicken wings—what’s not to like? This bar arcade is known for its wings. You’ll have to visit in person to see what’s on tap as new beers are constantly rotated in.

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Logan Arcade, Chicago

Bring a group of your friends and try the popular arcade strategy game Killer Queen; the first of its kind that involves 10 people. In between matches, order a drink from one of the largest selections of craft beer in the country.

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16-Bit Arcade+Bar, Cleveland

Located just outside downtown Cleveland, the drink menu here is named after celebrities. We recommend the Ice T, a blend of sweet tea vodka and lemonade. Be sure to check out one of the many special events.

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Two-Bits Retro Arcade, New York City

If you prefer wine instead of beer check out this retro arcade's large selection of wine. Play classics such as Frogger and Tetris and maybe even a beer pong version of Donkey Kong.

 

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1up, Denver

Consider a visit to 1up’s enormous arcade and beer selection if you love microbrews. The selection of local craft beer includes 10 of the most popular in Denver such as the Great Divide Brewing Company and more.

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Ground Kontrol: Portland, Oregon

How about live DJs, comedy shows and game tournaments while you play and drink? You can even rent the entirety of Ground Kontrol for a private event.

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Brewcade, San Francisco

Visit Brewcade in San Fran and order the "Grape Drank" wine slushie. Monday nights mean the Super Trashed Bros events—hosts that add drinking games to your video games.

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Funspot: Laconia, New Hampshire

Founded in 1952, this arcade was declared the world's largest by Guinness World Records with more than 600 games. There's also a bowling alley, mini-golf course and restaurant.

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EightyTwo, Los Angeles

Check out this arcade bar's special cocktail menu named after the games found inside. Every night there's a different food truck, barbeque pit or taco stand in the parking lot so it's definitely a must-visit. It's also the home of the LA Pinball League. 

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Joystick Gamebar, Atlanta

Just outside of downtown Atlanta, this bar has house cocktails named after famous video game characters. They even have "Boozie Slushies" to cool you down during those hot Atlanta summers. Be sure to visit when 95th St Tacos is catering.

By Tyler Carnahan on 10/22/2018

If you grew up in the '80s your childhood happened during the golden age of arcade games. Kids would fill their pockets with quarters and head down to the local arcade to challenge friends in games like Space Invaders and Galaga.

With modern day consoles and home entertainment systems, the popularity of the arcade decreased over the years but there are still arcade locations to enjoy. These are some of the best arcade bars to play those retro games while enjoying a cold adult beverage.

Tyler Carnahan
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Tyler Carnahan is originally from Orlando, Florida, and has lived in the Augusta,...