Best Arcade Bars in St. Pete/Clearwater
Nerd out at these "barcades" in St. Pete/Clearwater!
There are plenty of places to grab a cold drink and enjoy great conversation in St. Pete/Clearwater. But what about a bar where you can tap into the fun of your childhood with an old-school gaming system? What about a local joint where you can get the competitive juices flowing with a lawn game? How about a great bar where you can pass the time playing games with friends, old and new?
Enter these “barcades”—the best places in St. Pete/Clearwater to get your game on and enjoy an adult beverage, too.
Park & Rec, St. Pete
Located in the heart of downtown, Park & Rec combines a hopping bar scene with a competitor’s spirit. The indoor-outdoor space offers life-sized beer pong played with garbage cans and some classics, such as Skee-Ball, arcade basketball and Frogger. A weekly live DJ and a full food menu make this the liveliest stop on the list.
Right Around the Corner, St. Pete
Locally-brewed beer and every era of Nintendo system? Yes, please. In St. Pete’s Grand Central District, Right Around the Corner (or RATC) offers its own brews dispensed with console game controller taps alongside a wide array of gaming options, including N64, Super Nintendo, pinball machines, Golden Tee, darts, Skee-Ball and more. Oh, and pay attention because RATC has themed nights and gaming tournaments (such as trivia) as well as BOGO beer day.
The Vortex Bar and Game Room, St. Pete
Located in St. Pete just a couple blocks from legendary Italian market Mazzaro’s, The Vortex is a colorful bar (see gaming character graffiti on the walls) that celebrates gaming of all kinds. Among the highlights are the 1967 version of Yahtzee, multicades, air hockey and 15 taps offering a wide variety of beers.
Reboot Arcade & Bar, Dunedin
While most barcades take the old-school approach, Reboot is Tampa Bay’s only barcade devoted to modern console gaming, offering customers the chance to game on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and even experience virtual reality. Pair that with more than a dozen rotating taps featuring Florida craft beer as well as local food truck fare and you’re set.
Replay Museum, Tarpon Springs
OK, this isn’t really a “barcade” as there is no food or drink, but its collection of vintage and new pinball machines is too impressive not to include. And the best part? It’s a flat fee to play them all. You can still quench your thirst just a half-block away at Two Frogs Brewing Company and then grab pizza at Back Draughts, two great local joints.