Not to be confused with casinos, nostalgic Nevada arcade bars have all the gaming, entertainment and alcohol, but the only risk is having too good of a time.
Here are our top five picks to check out:
Gamers and foodies can meet their match at Playfield 76, an amplified Nevada arcade bar with whimsical flair. Known for high fives and high scores, the arcade collection will have you racking up the points big time with classics like NFL Blitz and NBA Jam. The pinball machines cover everything from outer space to medieval times, helping you enter another universe with the touch of a button. In addition to ice skee-ball and ice hockey, the bar pours ice-cold beers. Playfield 76 keeps things playful with fitting, Mario-themed signature cocktails. If you can handle the heat, try out the Princess Daisy, a three-pepper-infused tequila amaretto. Also, addicting shareables, snacks and sweets keep the flavor party going. Guests can split a BBQ, pesto or prosciutto pizza before treating themselves to cinnamon roll bread pudding. For more information, visit playfield76.com.
Upon entering Player 1, you’ll gain access to the arcade’s ever-changing collection of vintage machines and a wide range of gaming consoles from every era. It will take you more than one visit to try out all of the classics, ranging from Dance Dance Revolution to Pac-Man. The nostalgic pinball machines feature themes like the Wizard of Oz and Star Wars. And even if you prefer to stick to Xbox and PlayStation consoles, you can’t miss out on the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play Super Smash Bros on a retro Super Nintendo console. As for the bar, Player 1 is a terrific tribute to brews, offering 50 taps and over 150 bottled beers. If you’re feeling festive, go for the Pumpkin Patch Ale, a seasonal favorite made with caramelized pumpkins. Or test out the Glazed Maple Doughnut, a sweet cider that tastes like childhood. For more information, visit player1vegas.com.
Feeling lucky? Take a risk and check out Press Start, a new addition to the Reno bar scene. What makes this bar stand out from the rest is the arcade games. The classic pinball collection will have you reminiscing about another era, while modern favorites like Rick and Morty will transport you to a futuristic dimension. You can also test your luck at the four-player Pac-Man Battle Royal, and hopefully get an encore on Guitar Hero. Definitely be sure to check out the brand new Reno Ice Raiders bubble hockey machine. All night long, the bar will be serving up four signature beers on tap: Alibi Ale Works Kolsch, Elysian Space Dust, Little Sumpin’ and Tremor Citrus Wheat, as well as cocktails. From the retro collection of arcade games to the artistic aesthetics of the lounge areas, Press Start is a must-try Nevada arcade bar. For more information, visit renopressstart.com.
Emporium Arcade Bar
A nightclub meets an arcade to create the ultimate night out at Emporium Arcade Bar. By combining dazzling light displays and DJs, this Nevada arcade bar creates the perfect party scene. You can get the party started with everything from traditional arcade games to pinball machines. Challenge your friends to a game of air hockey before taking a cruise on the Club Kart machine. The pinball collection is full of familiar faces. You can get spooky with the Addams Family or make some music with Metallica. The fun doesn’t end there; take your taste buds on vacation by ordering an island-inspired boozy slushie. Or let out your inner child, with a tap of the Giggle Juice, a juicy citrus IPA with tropical notes. Either way, this disco destination will have you buzzing all night long. For more information, visit emporiumarcadebar.com.
Kickers Gaming and Sports Bar
This Nevada arcade bar is the closest gaming experience you’ll get to the casino without having to risk it all. With 15 gaming machines and 17 televisions, it’s impossible to be bored at Kickers Gaming and Sports Bar. The retro influence behind the design can be seen throughout the timeless venue thanks to works by local artists. There is a Touchtunes jukebox and a photo booth for you and your friends to snap some selfies. The bar gives off a Downtown Las Vegas vibe with the excitement of a high-energy sports bar. Creative craft cocktails and beers from local brewers help to even further set the mood. By combining the vastly different worlds of sports, art and gaming, this Nevada arcade bar is the perfect happy medium. For more information, visit kickerslv.com.