Find out some of the best places in Pittsburgh to play pinball and arcade games...and more!
Are you looking for a night out that's different than your typical dinner and a movie or local neighborhood pub? Maybe it's one of those rainy Pittsburgh summer days and you need to find a way to get the kids out of the house. How about re-living some of your favorite childhood memories and firing up some pinball, Pac-Man or Mario Kart. Check out some of the coolest spots around Pittsburgh to hang out and play some retro arcade games.
A couple blocks off of the buzzing East Carson Street in Southside, you'll find Pittsburgh's largest arcade and game emporium, Games N'At. If you think that sounds like a stretch, well, it's not. They feature retro arcade games, pinball, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, pool, mini bowling, video games and a lot more!
For college-aged gamers, Friday nights are "College Night" at Games N'At. Show a valid student ID at the door and receive unlimited play for $10 until 1 am. If you're looking for a cool spot to host a birthday party or private event, you can rent out the 1,000 sq. foot party room with a dance floor! Opened Thursday-Sunday, Games N'At is also a BYOB establishment for those of age who chose to enjoy a few adult beverages while playing.
Housed right along Butler Street in the chic neighborhood of Lawrenceville, Kickback Pinball Cafe is the place to go for enthusiasts of this popular, retro game. Open seven days a week, it was the first Pittsburgh location designated as a "Stern Army" location, meaning it will be the first location to receive new games from the world’s largest pinball manufacturers when released.
Offering exclusively pinball, Kickback hosts 15-20 machines onsite at any given time and rotates the machines periodically. If you find yourself wanting to play regularly, the cafe runs a weekly Sunday evening Pittsburgh Pinball League that generally amasses anywhere between 30-50 people at a time. Just in case you work up an appetite while playing, the cafe has made-to-order paninis, sandwiches, salads and coffee from La Prima Espresso.
Situated about 15 minutes north of downtown in Westview, you'll find Pittsburgh’s Museum of Pinball since 1991, Pinball Perfection.
With over 267 machines and counting, it carries some games that date all the way back to the 1930s. If you decide that you want to take a break from pinball and play some other kinds of games, there are also various arcade-style games, air hockey, pool, ski ball and ping pong. Pinball Perfection is BYOB and open Monday-Saturday.
Thousands of pinball and arcade game experts will be showing off their skills when the Replay FX Arcade & Video Game Festival returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on July 26-29, 2018. Returning to Pittsburgh for its fourth consecutive year, the festival will feature more than 750 arcade and pinball machines and over 2,000 retro console games.
In addition to the largest public collection of working pinball, arcade, tabletop and console games in the country, the festival will also have live bands, bounce houses and cosplay. Show off your competitive side and compete in one of the largest pinball tournaments in history, where more than $100,000 in prizes will be awarded. Full event passes cost $100 and daily passes range from $25-35 depending on the day of the week.
Dubbed as Pittsburgh's only home for classic and modern console and arcade games, pinball, tabletop and virtual reality, Victory Pointe Arcade offers two floors of gaming fun and entertainment. The first floor provides more of an arcade type feel with the stimulating games and electronics. Make your way to the second level to find over 100 kinds of card and tabletop board games.
Found in Pittsburgh's Southside, Victory Pointe Arcade is opened Tuesday-Sunday and is BYOB. Test your arcade skills at a little money competition - which is a monthly cash prize tournament in classic games such as "NBA Jam," "Mario Kart" and "Dance Dance Revolution." While you're at Victory Pointe, be sure to try some Betsy's Ice Cream, locally homemade ice cream from Mount Lebanon, PA that's delivered weekly. Mmm!
With breweries popping up all over Western Pennsylvania, it's hard for some to distinguish themselves from one another. Some are pet-friendly, others offer rocking happy hour specials; but Voodoo Brewing features a one-of-a-kind Pinball speakeasy. Located in Homestead, this pub was opened in a former fire and police station that was constructed in 1904.
Today, the former holding cells are now home to pinball machines and an Area 51 arcade cabinet, fittingly with murals of Donkey Kong and Mario on the walls. Open seven days a week, Voodoo Homestead offers a full kitchen menu as well as wine and barrel aged cocktails for the non-craft beer fans.
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