Best Arcade and Video Game Bars in NYC

December 18, 2018 0 1

Not everything is a competition – unless you’re at the best arcades and video game bars in New York City (NYC). Happily, regardless of skill level, if you’re the sporting sort and you’re looking to enjoy quality time with your friends, the following venues offer something for everyone. After all: What’s better than bonding with your buds over a few Buds and a game of ping pong? Or Pong? Luckily, the best arcade and game bars in NYC offer a huge variety of entertainment options to pick from. Simply read on to find out more.

Name Location Description
Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade 153 Essex St. New York, NY Laid-back vibes and loads of arcade classics abound at Two-Bits. This bar offers an authentic ‘80s feel and enough arcade games and skee ball machines to keep you entertained for a week’s worth of evenings.
Modern Pinball NYC 362 3rd Ave. New York, NY Owner Steve Zahler is dedicated to bringing pinball to the public, and he does it with aplomb at this family-friendly space that’s conveniently located in Kips Bay.
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club 514 Union St. Brooklyn, NY The popular cruise ship pastime is making a comeback at this welcoming venue in Brooklyn. Shuffleboard newbies and aficionados alike are welcome to play. And if you’ve really found your niche in the shuffleboard arena, consider joining a league.
Action Burger 292 Graham Ave. Brooklyn, NY Action Burger packs a punch, self-proclaimed as “America’s only comic book, sci-fi, video game themed restaurant.” If you’re looking for an old school Nintendo fix, it’s a definite go-to spot.
Barcade Various Locations Barcade is currently dominating the bar/arcade scene with several locations throughout NYC and Jersey. Classic video games meet craft beer in a fun and welcoming (but 21+) environment.
Pioneers 138 W 29th St. New York, NY Pioneers offers a wide mix of games, though it leans more on the board and card game side of the fence. It’s the place to be if you want to watch your friends lose at Giant Jenga or show off your skee ball skills to your next date.
Ace Bar 531 E 5th St. New York, NY Endearingly gritty and delightfully warm, Ace Bar isn’t overtly a game bar, but you will find pool, darts, and pinball on offer. The spacious venue allows you to spread out and mix and mingle between rounds of pool as well. Come here to mingle.
Union Hall 702 Union St. Brooklyn, NY Park Slope is home to Union Hall where you’ll find a library, garden, and indoor bocce ball area. You can also catch live music and comedy here when you’re on the hunt for a lively evening out in Brooklyn.
The Fat Cat 75 Christopher St. New York, NY The Fat Cat is known for pool and ping pong, but also offers shuffleboard, foosball, chess, and checkers to play. And if you’re thinking of going pro in ping pong, join the tournament it offers the second Sunday of every month.
Full Circle 318 Grand St. Brooklyn, NY Full Circle is home to Brewskee Ball and Major League Dreidel. You can skee for free Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings. The venue also offers some sweet happy hour drink deals to you’re your games and keep the good times rolling.

 

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Ciara Corcoran

Assistant Editor Ciara is a DC native and East Coast roamer with degrees in both English Professional Writing and Drama & Theatre Studies from Elon University. She's written for a variety of publications including Highway 64, Travel Writing at Elon, and Odyssey. More of her work can be found at ciaracorcoran.com.

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