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Arcade Bars

Los Angeles' Top Arcade Bars: Where Nostalgia Meets Nightlife

Los Angeles, a city known for its vibrant entertainment and eclectic nightlife, offers a unique twist for those looking to relive the golden age of arcade games while enjoying a modern bar atmosphere. This guide takes you through the city's best arcade bars, where nostalgia and nightlife converge.

Arts District Brewing Company

Downtown

Arts District

828 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 519-5887

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Arts District Brewing Company, a gem in Los Angeles' Arts District, offers an engaging blend of handcrafted beers and classic arcade entertainment. This spacious brewery is not just about the drinks; it's an experience. Patrons can savor a diverse range of beers brewed on-site, from refreshing lagers to bold IPAs, each with its own unique flavor profile. Between sips, dive into a world of nostalgic gaming with an array of beloved arcade games, along with classics such as Skee-Ball and Cornhole. The atmosphere strikes a perfect balance between a sophisticated brewery and a playful arcade, creating an environment where adults can relive their youth. Whether you're a beer aficionado or an arcade enthusiast, Arts District Brewing Company provides an inviting space to unwind and indulge in both passions.

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Echo Park | Silverlake

Highland Park

5684 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 274-4798

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Brooklyn's Barcade has arrived in L.A.'s Highland Park, boasting over 70 games, including 12 pinball machines. Convenient change machines are available for your quarters. The bar features about 30 daily-rotating craft beers and wines on tap. For late-night cravings until 2am, indulge in hearty fare like mozzarella sticks, nachos, short rib poutine, wings, and pizza bagels, perfect for fueling up between rounds of games like Duck Hunt.

Button Mash

Echo Park | Silverlake

1391 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 250-9903

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At Echo Park's Button Mash, you might come for classic games like Punch-Out or Galaga, but the craft beer and pan-Asian menu will make you stay. Enjoy dishes such as crispy tofu balls, tamarind chicken wings, and spicy dan dan noodles, a step up from traditional arcade fare. The arcade boasts over 30 games including NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, and Mario Bros., plus 10 pinball machines featuring both classic and modern themes. The vibrant decor, complete with retro Wrestlemania videos, creates a nostalgic yet lively ambiance. Family-friendly until 9pm, Button Mash is a haven for both casual gamers and serious players, where tokens and craft beverages enhance the experience.

Copper Bucket

SF Valley

Reseda

17715 Vanowen St, Reseda, CA 91335

(818) 344-3334

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While not a traditional "arcade bar," the Copper Bucket in Reseda is a classic dive bar, established in 1951, making it one of the oldest in the San Fernando Valley. It offers a cozy atmosphere with wood paneling, eclectic decor, and a group of long-time regulars. This bar features a fire pit, dart boards, shuffleboard, a pool table, and budget-friendly drinks. Recently added big screen TVs attract crowds on game days and weekend nights, so it's wise to arrive early for a good seat during these times.

EightyTwo

Downtown

Arts District

707 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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For a quintessential geeky bar experience, head to L.A.'s pioneering arcade bar, where 50 constantly changing arcade and pinball machines await, each fitted with a cup holder for your drinks. The unique bar area, identifiable by its wall projections of high scores and games, serves creative cocktails with names inspired by iconic game characters. Engage in the monthly pinball tournaments for a competitive thrill. For a more laid-back time, the outdoor courtyard offers a tranquil setting with food trucks and a chance for stargazing.

XLanes LA

Downtown

Skid Rownius

333 Alameda St #300, Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 229-8910

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XLanes in Little Tokyo is a lively entertainment hub combining arcade gaming and LED-lit bowling across 24 lanes. While it could use more air hockey tables, it compensates with a club-like energy, over 100 arcade cabinets, billiards, and karaoke. The venue includes a restaurant and full sports bar, ideal for grabbing snacks and drinks while dominating the Dance, Dance Revolution area. Perfect for an energetic night out with friends.


Blipsy Bar

Mid-City

369 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004

(323) 461-7067

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This Koreatown dive is known as the original arcade bar in L.A. Its exterior might be unassuming, but inside, it's a blend of nostalgic arcade games and vibrant nightlife. The bar is filled with '80s arcade classics, though some may have worn features due to the lively atmosphere and affordable drinks. Apart from gaming, Blipsy Bar offers nightly DJ sets covering genres from '70s rock to hip-hop. The bar glows under blacklight, serving beer, wine, and spirits, but remember, it's a cash-only establishment.


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