Drinking and playing video games are great pairing. Someone saw the trend and came up with the brilliant idea of opening an arcade bar. The business venture was so successful many Arcade Bars were spread all over the globe. You’ll find one anywhere, from North America to Europe and Asia.
Since then, the idea has expanded to include arcade games and many other activities. These are the hottest arcade bars where you can drink beer and (virtually!) brawl.
Barcade – Brooklyn, New York
Although we don’t know the origins of the idea, it seems that the founders are the ones who came up with the phrase “barcode”. The original location was in Brooklyn. However, the brand has expanded to other New Jersey and Connecticut locations. Although the original venue was known for vintage arcade games and beer, they now offer pub food and cocktails.
Game Over Lounge – Bangkok, Thailand
The bar features three gaming consoles, the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Wii U. There are also multiple computer stations, a pool table and beer pong. A food truck owner founded the game Over Lounge. The bar’s speciality food is burgers. If you are looking for something sweet, there are cakes and milkshakes.
Loading – London, United Kingdom
The Arcade Bar has become so popular that there are two additional locations in London. Every site offers a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Mini, and more than 60 board games. You don’t have to wait for your turn to get the game you want.
Continue? Gaming Bar And Bistro – Taipei, Taiwan
Continue? Gaming Bar and Bistro offers plenty of comfortable couches for you to enjoy whatever game you are into. Are you looking for more old-school, vintage games? Try Mortal Kombat. Into first-person shooter games? Call of Duty is available at the bar. Do you want a lighter game to play with friends? Mario Party! Just Dance is the best to both watch and play. This place is a virtual gaming haven, offering a variety of drinks such as the Pikachu Thunderbolt or meals such as the Charizard Fried Chicken.
Seattle Pinball Museum, Seattle, Washington
This bar doubles as a museum in a way. The Seattle Pinball Museum features 54 machines that rotate for variety and display games from the 1930s. Storefronts Seattle is a partnership between the founders of this bar and Storefronts Seattle. They aim to connect empty storefronts with artists.
Meltdown – Paris, France
The Meltdown Bar, also known as “Le Melt”, is a Paris-based streaming game and E-Sports bar. However, it’s not just E-Sports. There are also video games such as Street Fighter and Mario Party. There are also themed nights that feature a specific activity or game, such as karaoke and quiz nights.
TILT – Toronto Canada
TILT offers a variety of games. There are classic arcade and pinball machines and games like Skee-Ball or foosball. As if having more than 50 arcade games was not enough, they also have modern consoles such as Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis and Sega Master System.
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, Portland, Oregon
This Arcade Bar was established in 1999. It was a pioneer in the hybrid bar-arcade trend. Ground Kontrol has over 100 video games and 40 pinball machines. They also have a full-service bar and events that include host DJs, comedy acts, game tournaments and Rock Band Karaoke.
Player 1 – Orlando, Florida
Player 1 Orlando does not offer cocktails, but it does mean that their selection of craft beers and sakes, meads and wines is much larger. They have the latest consoles, such as Xbox One, Wii U and PlayStation 4, and older consoles like the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.
Emporium – Chicago, Illinois
Emporium is more than just an Arcade Bar. It can also be used as a music venue with three locations around Chicago. The atmosphere is super fun, with a live band or DJ playing. There are many arcade games to choose from and air hockey and foosball. The drinks are always flowing.