Sometimes a drink among friends is not enough. And for those times, we’ve amassed a trio of bars offering arcade games to keep you entertained long after the conversation has died.
1. All Play
Where: 615 Third St.
OK, so All Play is more an arcade than it is a bar. But this downtown arcade offers up bottles of beer with its 100-plus game offerings, including classics like pinball, physical exertions like the rock wall and the strategic game play of laser tag. In addition, Buzzard Billy’s is connected to the building, which offers a full bar and food menu for a gaming break. Drop the stress at the door; All Play is a place where grown-ups get to resurrect the carefree inner child.
Where: 7211 University Ave., Windsor Heights
Stix may have a reputation as a pool hall, and its 14 pool tables certainly support that, but this Windsor Heights bar isn’t content with just one entertainment offering. Patrons also have the opportunity to throw darts on the three dartboards, play foosball, hit a hole-in-one on Golden Tee or bowl virtually via a Silverstrike machine. Lest we forget, Stix has nearly 30 televisions in addition to the aforementioned entertainment options, raising it above its pool hall status quo.
Where: 3124 Ingersoll Ave.
Zimms is a place to play as much as it is a place to eat or drink. This Ingersoll establishment has a front of the house reserved for the bar and restaurant, and a back room where most of the fun happens. Zimms offers foosball, one of the city’s few shuffleboard tables, a dartboard, two pool tables, two MegaTouch games offering a variety of arcade games and two video lottery machines dispensing tickets. But perhaps one of the best things about Zimms is that it’s open 365 days a year, meaning its games are always on.