Who doesn’t love a great bar space where you can enjoy drinks and get your game on? Arcade games are a favorite pastime for many Austin locals and we’ve compiled our favorite spots for a little friendly competition. Whether you’re nostalgic for your favorite game as a kid or trying out the latest electronics, our guide to Barcades in Austin is exactly what you need.
See why we love the epic fusion of bars and old-school arcades. This guide to our favorite barcades across Austin neighborhoods will get you gaming in no time!
Ready to exercise your competitive side? Vigilante Gastropub & Games boasts a large setting for all board game lovers to congregate. Before you arrive head to their website where you can either reserve a table OR book a private room for some serious gaming privacy. Explore their expansive library of games in their comprehensive database. When your glass is empty simply request your server without any game interruptions. Enjoy drinks, food, and your regular game night at this popular barcade.
Enjoy a variety of your favorite videogame titles at Valhalla Esports Lounge in downtown Austin. Whether you’re an Xbox person or a Playstation diehard, this barcade spot has just about everything. Indulge in a few brews or a few of their signature cocktails while you go on an epic gaming adventure. They offer many titles for PC games, Xbox, Playstation 4, and Nintento Switch. Try their Candy Crush(ed) Pop Rocks Paloma, loaded tots, and escape reality with your favorite game title.
Get ready to play an unlimited amount of classic games. Located in the Riverside neighborhood, Bishop Cidercade features 150+ games, personal artisanal pizzas, and 48 taps offering various hard ciders, hard kombucha, and hard seltzers. To enjoy the facility it’s only $10 for the day to enjoy the entire barcade and lakeside patio space! For the serious gamer, they even offer a recurring $15 monthly membership. You really can’t beat a classic pizza, brew, and your favorite arcade game.
If you’re planning a gaming party, then Pinballz Arcade in North Austin is your best bet! This venue offers one of the largest collections of carnival-style games in Texas. Pinballz Arcade isn’t just pinball, they feature cutting-edge VR gaming, bumper cars, mini-golf, laser tag, go-karts, and so much more! Satiate yourself with pub classics and brews from Mikki’s Tavern inside North Austin’s Lake Creek Pinballz . Bring the entire family for a day of gaming or plan your next event with their online booking system.
Nothing beats all the options that this staple barcade has to offer. Dave & Buster’s is a timeless venue to enjoy all sorts of video games, watch sports, and enjoy your favorite brew. A popular event they have is trivia night put on by the renowned Geeks Who Drink group. Book your next event or party with Dave & Buster’s for the ultimate afternoon in gaming.
A mainstay of Austin’s famous 6th street neighborhood, Recess Arcade Bar is must-see. Indulge in all of your favorite arcade classics like Pacman, Frogger, Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong, and many other nostalgic titles. They showcase signature drink specials, food, and you can book the entire Recess bar space for your private event!
This larger than life venue is a gamer’s heaven. High Five Entertainment features several bowling lanes, state-of-the-art VR systems, laser tag, and an expansive arcade area. This barcade is perfect for meeting up after work with your co-workers or spend an afternoon with the entire family. There truly is something for everyone to play. They even have a 21+ lounge area for you to escape the kiddos.
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