Arcade bars are all the rage for those who want to play games and have a pint.
For those who are new to the scene, an arcade bar is essentially a place of amusement where one can play classic arcade games like Pacman and pinball, all while having the close-range access to a full bar. It’s a great place for grown-ups to wind down, play games and feel like a kid again, catering to those who crave the nostalgia of the good old days.
Check out the top arcade bars in Toronto below.
824 Dundas St. W
Tilt is Toronto’s biggest retro arcade bar. Tilt has over 50 vintage arcade and pinball machines, which are set on free play, as well as old school game consoles. Plus there is a huge selection of craft beer and a good variety of food, from snacks to powerup sandwiches and even a fried up mars bar. The arcade games that they offer include Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Jurassic Park, foosball and more.
185 Danforth Ave
Zed 80 comes from the creators of the Tilt, and it is a large vintage arcade bar that offers a smaller, more intimate space. This bar caters to a 19+ crowd, with the exception of family time on Saturdays and Sundays. They offer a wide range of pinball games, arcade cabinets, consoles, and miscellaneous games like Star Wars, The Simpsons, Tetris, Skee Ball, and more. They even offer up a small, but tasty selection of drinks, snacks, and food.
Power Game Bar
38 Wellington St E
The Power Game Bar has a variety of console games, as the place has screens everywhere for customers to play on. They also have a variety of local craft beers, seasonal cocktails and upscale pub food like duck confit wings and truffle popcorn. This bar has plenty of events related to casual gaming, in house tournaments, esports and more. The games offered include Super Mario, Mario Kart, Little Big Planet, and more.
Pixel and Pints
791 Broadview Ave
Pixels and Pints is an arcade game lounge with a range of craft beer and drinks to choose from, such as bubble tea and themed drinks. They accommodate any event such as birthdays, corporate events, or just hanging with friends. They have fresh food like wings, poutine, burgers and appetizers. In their lounge, they have over 20 arcade games and over 1000 console games, such as Streetfighter, Millipede, House of Dead, and more.
1181 Dundas St W
Get Well is known for their vintage decor, arcade games and selection of craft beers. This arcade bar offers a draught list on tap, as well as a large selection of bottles, lagers, blondes and more. The arcade games that they have include Tetris, Space Invaders, and the classic pinball.
The Rec Room
255 Bremner Blvd
The Rec Room is a spacious spot, made up of 60,000 square feet of eats, games, and entertainment. It is filled with tons of arcade games, and has live entertainment and a patio with a view of the CN Tower. Their menu offers pub items like pizza, sandwiches, desserts, craft beers, wines and cocktails. The arcade games that they carry include Mario Kart, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and more.
1174 Bloor St. W
The Jim is a craft and bistro bar with over 40 craft beers to chose from, with starters, salads, sandwiches, mains, and desserts to choose from. They have a great selection of arcade games and board games, as well. The Jim has a lot going on, such as the decor, which is very casual with the theme of a student dorm, decorated with framed memes, while the rooms upstairs have themes of Stranger Things and a cottage with a room where one could host live music.
347 Keele St
See-scape is Toronto’s first sci-fi bar and cafe, and they even have an art gallery and an event space. On top of all that, they offer hundreds of board games and video games to choose from, with consoles like the Xbox 360 and Atari. They also serve a selection of beers, drinks and food as well, and host weekly events like game night, karaoke night, live magic and more.
Junction City Music Hall
2907 Dundas St W
Junction City Music Hall is music oriented, as it boasts a performance space where they host live music and offer a space for creatives. This west end hot spot has a great selection of craft beers, shooters and premium cocktails, with a party atmosphere. Pinball happens to be their favorite sport, which is why they have a great list of pinball games and other arcade games.
1669 Bloor St W
Cabin Fever is a bar that caters to adults, featuring a variety of classic pinball machines and arcade games. They also serve an array of craft brews and cocktails, with an option to rent out the place for a special gathering. The games that they carry are Attack from Mars, Stargazer, Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man, and more.