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.

 

1 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.

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2 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. Oh yeah, visit from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and enjoy free unlimited pinball with a drink purchase.

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3 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.

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4 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.

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5 Vector Arcade & Bar, Clearwater

Born from a pinball enthusiast who builds and restores arcade and pinball machines, Vector is all nostalgia, offering up 15 arcade machines and 10 pinball machines that ONLY take quarters. No cards. No tokens. And you won’t find any TVs, either. With 30 beers, plus coffee and tea, it’s time to bust out the piggy bank and settle in for a day of old-school entertainment.

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6 Waypoint 6 Tavern & Geekery, Largo

Waypoint 6 Tavern & Geekery

Waypoint 6 is by far the most unique on this list. It was Tampa Bay’s first “geek bar,” catering to avid gamers, cosplayers, fans and nerds. It's certainly proven itself, as it was named the fifth-best geek bar in the U.S. and Canada by Syfy Wire, Syfy network’s website. Why? It's the combination of its comfort-food menu and drinks that reflect genres from Star Trek to Harry Potter along with themed meet-ups and watch parties.

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7 The Vortex Bar and Game Room, St. Pete

The Vortex Bar and Game Room

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. 

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Park & Rec

City: St. Petersburg

Address
100 4th St. S.
FL

Phone: 727-245-9100

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Reboot Dunedin

City: Dunedin

Address
248 Scotland St
FL

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Replay Amusement Museum

City: Tarpon Springs

Address
119 E. Tarpon Ave.
FL

Phone: 727-233-8490

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Right Around the Corner

City: St. Pete

Address
2244 Central Ave.
FL

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Vector Bar & Arcade

City: Clearwater

Address
629 Cleveland Street
FL

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The Vortex Bar and Game Room

City: Saint Petersburg

Address
2329 28th St N
FL

Phone: 727-592-2658

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