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The Ultimate Guide to Barcades in LA


Two girls playing skeeball in a barcade in LA.

Do you like arcade games? Check. Do you like drinks? Check. Do you like playing Pac-Man with a bit of a buzz? Check! It's time to visit one of the many exciting barcades Los Angeles has to offer. If you are looking for things to do in LA with friends, family, or even a date, then a barcade is a great place to spend the night. Los Angeles has barcades with retro games, cutting-edge gaming, and even karaoke. Here's your guide to the best barcades in LA, which includes their special features and unique experiences so you can find the best arcade bar for your visit.

 

6081 Center Dr, Los Angeles

Guys playing an arcade game at Dave and Buster's.

Let's start with one of the most popular arcade chains in the country. Dave & Buster's is one of the most famous arcade chains because it is known to offer high quality arcade games, as well as serving great food, having a full bar, and a sports watching crowd. This place is also great for company events and birthday parties. You won't have to wait long because the venues are so big. There's always something for everyone and they have a lot of branches so you can always find one near you.


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5684 York Blvd, Los Angeles

Girls playing a racing game in an arcade bar named Barcade.

The original. They opened the first ever barcade in New York in 2004. Now, having expanded to Los Angeles, this is the classic arcade you wished for as a kid, but even better with alcohol. It's for adults only, so you must be 21 to enter. This place has a vast selection of craft beers from all over the country. Every month, they have family days on the first Sunday. They also rotate their games regularly, which means that you will always have something new to play every time you visit.


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369 N Western Ave, Koreatown

Guy sitting in Blipsy Bar holding a vinyl release party poster.

Koreatown has a lot of interesting arcades that you won't find anywhere else in LA. Blipsy Bar has a great vibe with old school pinball, video games, and drinks to boost you through a great night. They host live music events every weekend featuring DJs who play different genres, from Funk and Hip-Hop to Soul, Motown, House, and Disco. Their live music nights honor legendary artists, and they are also known to host album release parties. You must be 21 or older to enter.


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1391 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

After being closed for a while due to the pandemic, this local business is now open again, and the locals are thrilled. This is one of the few places that has classic pinball machines, as well as Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat. A taco joint is now adjacent to the restaurant, which means you can enjoy tacos and beer together. Children can experience the sensation of classic arcades here since it's a family-friendly place.


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Barcades in LA

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707 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles

Girl standing in front of pinball machines at the barcade EightyTwo.

There are three parts to this barcade, one for pinball machines, one for video games and bar, and one for an ambient outdoor lounge. This is a great place for groups where not everyone wants to play video games. Live DJs play different genres depending on the day. Also, be sure to check out all the fun local murals that can make for great pictures.


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5126 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood

Players One falls under most people's top 10 arcade bars. It's one of the few places where you can play DDR (Dance Dance Revolution). It is also one of the only arcades that has Karaoke. With its purple and pink aesthetic, you'll feel like you're in the 80s or the 90s. They have a good beer selection and cocktails. There are quarter-operated machines here so you can fully enjoy the classic experience of this amazing retrowave barcade.


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13625 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks

Girl drinking a cocktail at The One Up barcade in LA

This is a 21+ "gastrolounge" and arcade that serves great food and drinks. Customers can play arcade games for free, which is one of the best things about this place. Play some 80s games, order a drink from the bar, and immerse yourself in nostalgia. The crowd vibe is trendy/casual so make some new friends too.


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4680 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles

The Silver Lake Track Club in front of Walt's Arcade Bar with a big Pinball sign above them.

This is one of the places that is open until midnight every day and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. They offer a wide selection of local wines and craft beers. The venue is famous for hosting pinball tournaments so it's a great place for avid pinball players. Many groups host special events at this Eagle Rock establishment.


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12125 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

Girl sitting on basketball arcade game at Bowlero.

Bowlero is not just known for its bowling alleys but also its arcade games as well. This is an excellent place for families and their lounge seating is perfect for enjoying a meal. There are also some locations that offer billiards too, so check out the one that's nearest to you.


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828 Traction Ave, Los Angeles

This is a local spot with a wide selection of craft beers paired with an arcade so the adults can get competitive while drinking. A variety of games are available, such as skeeball, darts, pin pong, and Mario Kart tournaments are held here occasionally. Don't miss out on free skeeball Mondays.


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634 Mateo St, Los Angeles

This is one of the modern arcades in LA that offers VR gaming. Classics like Pinball, Ms. Pac Man, and Street Fighter 2 are still available, but what really makes this place special is the "Arena," where you can play futuristic games individually or as a group. They also have several escape rooms to choose from.


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3110 Santa Monica Blvd

Girl riding arcade motorcycle at the bar Busby's West.

Busby's West looks like your local sports bar from the outside, but it will surprise you that once you step inside there are lots of fun games to play while you eat and drink. It is mostly packed with happy hour crowds since they have specials almost every day, including $2 draft beers, $1 tacos on Tuesdays, whiskey and wings Wednesdays. There's also pool tables and darts.


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130 Pine Ave, Long Beach

Girls partying at The Harbor bar, raising drinks in the air.

If you're looking for great food and drinks, stop by The Harbor. The venue is only 21 and over but there are arcade games here that will make your evening here more fun. Throughout the week, they host fun events like Karaoke and taco specials. Since this place is open until 2 am most nights, it is a great spot to spend an evening with a fun crowd, while dancing to live DJs on weekends.


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121 W 4th St, Long Beach

Dark bar with a large pizza box on the table.

With its dark, dystopian theme, this pizza spot will certainly transport you to another place. It has a small but fun selection of arcade games that you can play here. They are known to serve unique pizzas that must be tried. A number of celebrities have also made appearances in this venue, including Ozzy Osbourne. It's a great place to hang out with friends over some games, beer and pizza within the apocalyptic vibes.


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1020 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia

The futuristic experience you'll have at this barcade will blow you away. There is a full VR gaming experience available on site along with other modern day video games you wont see anywhere else. And don't miss the living room pods, designed to make you feel like you're just hanging out with your friends playing PS5 or Nintendo Switch. Board games are also available to play while watching TV.


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921 W Riverside Dr, Burbank

Two guys playing air hockey at Pickwick Bowl.

This bowling alley offers arcade games, a pool table, and TVs to watch a game, making it a great place for friends and families to get together. They also host bowling leagues and have a full service bar. Find out more about bowling leagues on their site.


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135 S Glendale Ave, Glendale

Girl sitting in arcade shooter game at Jewel City Bowl.

This casual bowling and arcade spot in Glendale is family-friendly. They host Karaoke on Sundays and have a really great food menu. Here you can play pool and arcade games while drinking with your friends, and family, or a hot date.


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21516 Golden Triangle Rd, Santa Clarita

Girl standing in front of mini-golf backdrop while holding a minigolf putter.

MB2 is a huge gaming space with a variety of activities to choose from. They have both indoor and outdoor attractions. Besides indoor bowling and a large variety of arcade games, this facility has tons of outdoor activities like laser tag, golf simulators, axe throwing, bumper boats, and go-karts. You can easily spend an entire day here and it's great for birthday parties.


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21915 S Western Ave, Torrance

Blonde girl sitting in racing arcade game.

It's hard to go wrong with this bowling alley chain. There are both old school and new games at the arcade. It boasts the world's largest Pac-Man that you must check out. The restaurant also offers a wide range of food and drinks as well as billiards, beer pong, and corn hole for adults.


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396 S Thomas St, Pomona

Girl standing in front of Space Invaders arcade game while drinking a cocktail in the barcade.

Owned and operated by two women, Paradox, features a classic arcade and is known for having a variety of specialty beer glasses that are video game themed. This is a really fun place to hang out in Pomona, with an ambiance that is very relaxing while you sip your cocktails and draft beers. Occasionally, they host art exhibitions and you can also play board games here. Jenga anyone?


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3477 E Gage Ave, Huntington Park

Blue lighting up empty bowling alleys at Gabe Bowl.

Gabe Bowl is a family-friendly bowling alley and arcade that you can visit in Huntington Beach. In addition to a food menu and a bar, you can also reserve billiards tables in advance so you don't have to wait when you arrive. There is a $3 fireball shot offer on Fridays, so be prepared to start off your weekend with a lot of fun.


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