There seems to be a new trend coming on that is the bar/arcade hybrid. With the games that where popular in the eighties coming back in to play today, but now with alcohol. I say YEAH!
Now most bars have one or two games in them but some of what I call Barcades open up that offer over 20 games lined up and ready to play.
The first one that comes to my mind is Dave and Busters. They have been around for ever and have been expanding for years. Dave and Busters offers a great fun atmosphere with good food and then throw in a full bar, you have yourself a good time.
They have been doing business forever like this but it seems there is a new type of retro arcade/bar opening. The kind like there was in the 1980’s with more video games than redemption games. The kind of arcade where they have Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man. A place like the newly opened EightyTwo.
Located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, EightyTwo is a 21+ classic arcade and full bar featuring a rotating collection of 40 restored, playable arcade and pinball machines from the 1970s thru the 1990s. Complete with a tree covered outdoor patio, nightly DJs, and a craft cocktail program, EightyTwo is LA’s modern spin on the classic arcade.
These retro bar/arcades are popping up everywhere and they are popular. I hope this is a trend that stays a long time.