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abrown102
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Richmond, Virginia
Best in all of RVA: Arcade & Alcohol, is there a better combo?

This is the coolest place in all of RVA. A perfect blend of arcade and alcohol. I’ve visited... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2019
Schmidty_e2
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Perry Hall, Maryland
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Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

This is the coolest place in all of RVA. A perfect blend of arcade and alcohol.

I’ve visited multiple times over, all different times and days the week. If you’re looking for just adults, kids are not permitted after certain hours in the evening. Friday and Saturday nights are packed, but I think it only creates a more vibrant atmosphere. Sure you might have to wait in line for a game or 2, but most adults go to play a few games and drink.

The game play is awesome; retro games, shooter games, new style games, pinball, skeeball, etc. There is an abundance of different choices. Also, every time you go into gaming places they are wildly expensive, but the prices here are humble. Most of the games really costs only one token (add more for extra lives). 20 dollars in tokens can easily last an entire evening and stretch into the second day.

The arcade games makes this place unique, but the best part is the beer (wine and cider included) self tap wall! They have an abundance of different styles and types. It’s the coolest way to pour beer and the best part is you control how much you want! I hate at the bar when you try a new craft beer and don’t enjoy it because you’re stuck with a 5 dollar beer. This gives the opportunity to pay per oz and drink as much or as little as you want. There is a 20 dollar minimum for drinking, but I promise you’ll want to reload. There are so many different craft and IPA’s to try.

The lesser known item they serve is the food. It’s pretty good for what I would deem arcade bar food. More upscale in quality then I would have guessed - go with the tacos!

Talk about a perfect date night or group hangout!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

Tons of games!! Most of them are older, which was fantastic. Had all the classics! But also had some great new ones as well, including a Mario Cart driving game. The beer selections are pretty good. Tons to choose from. Food was decent considering you aren't really there for food.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank rburke85
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Reviewed July 22, 2019 via mobile

This arcade bar offers tons of fun for all ages! Went on a Sunday at 1 PM. The place was pretty busy; customers ranged from little ones to Baby Boomers, but most were between 25-45. The tap system is awesome; a scanning card system allows you to pour your own! You pay anywhere from 33 to 99 cents by the ounce, with most beers around 65 cents and most wines around 90 cents. The selection of about 8 wines was basic, but there were about 16 beer taps, with an emphasis on fruit beers/ciders and IPAs, with some ales, lagers, and other treats thrown in. I spent about: $16 and took the full tour, eventually settling on a sweet, nearly clear cider from Virginia that was perfect for the 100 degree day. If you want your teens to run free while you get your buzz on, this is the place. They will love the retro games, including Tapper, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and others; more contemporary games like Crazy Taxi, Guitar Hero, and Dance, Dance Revolution; and about 12 pinball games, from Star Wars to Star Trek to a few generic Bally machines that love giving out bonus balls. Check out the In the Groove machine and cheer on Michael, who is a local phenom that dominates with the dance moves. A few machines needed service, but not too many. Interior pays homage to 80s icons. We did not try the food, but it smelled good. Kids under a certain age are not allowed at night. Happy gaming!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

We love arcades, and this is a fun one! There are a ton of classic arcade cabinets, a good lineup of pinball (10-12 tables?), Skee ball and some other fun newer games (4 person pac man, anyone?) Plays are a little expensive but not terrible (a little under $1 a person for pinball). The drinking experience is fun - get a glass and pay by the ounce. It's great to be able to try small amounts of tons of different things (beers, ciders and wines), although I was a little sad there were not more local beers and ciders on the rotation. The decor here is also pretty cool, with some fun giant nerdy murals.

The biggest downfall of this place: you need to call before you go. We stopped by after checking their website and Facebook and found them closed for a private event, although not advertised on either their website or Facebook. Luckily we ended up having another day in Richmond or we would have missed them entirely. So, if this place is your primary goal, make sure to call before you drive. Otherwise, this is in the heart of the brewery district, so there's lots of other things to replace it with if they won't let you in.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank patn03
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Reviewed March 19, 2019

Spent the afternoon playing arcade games and drinking a variety of craft beers. 50 taps set up with pay for pour tabs. Great concept and a lot of fun. This is a place for adults as children seemed to be overwhelmed with the crowds. Go early as it fills fast.

Date of experience: March 2019
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