HOUSTON – Wish you could go back to when arcades were a thing? For those longing for a simpler time when Pac Man, Space Invaders and pinball ruled the gaming world, look no further. We’ve rounded up five spots in Houston where you can enjoy the classics. Even better? Now you can drink while you game. Ready, player one?
1. Joystix/Eighteen Twenty Lounge
What gamers say: “It’s just like walking into an arcade from the 80s and 90s! It’s only open to the public for arcade play on two weekends per month, but it’s absolute old school fun for a great price!” - Ray M.
Address: 1820 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77002
2. Kung Fu Saloon
What gamers say: “This place is so amazing. Even on a regular Tuesday night I can bring a date or just a couple friends and have a good time. Even brought some clients here and it worked out well thanks to Street Fighter! Planning on doing my next corporate outing here for my team as well. Folks behind the bar continue to be amazing and nice.” - Jamie D.
Address: 5317 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
3. Neil’s Bahr
What gamers say: “This place is awesome. They have a n64 system and a super Nintendo. Along with a Nintendo switch. All free to play good times. Brought back a ton of old school memories. Drinks are fair in price. The crowd wasn’t bad." - Edward G.
Address: 2006 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003
4. Poison Girl
What gamers say: “My favorite dive bar in houston, always a trendy crowd, chill vibe with old school pin ball and arcades in the back and a fresh back patio. Sometimes it’s hard to reach over customers to get a drink from the bar but service is fast and the prices are totally affordable.” - Esad K.
Address: 1641 Westheimer Rd B, Houston, TX 77006
5. Grand Prize Bar
What gamers say: “Cheap drinks, eclectic crowd (read: hipsters), upstairs bar and patio, old fashioned juke box, old hunting arcade game, pool table, and......PACMAN! Just a great little dive bar.” - George L.
Address: 1010 Banks St Houston, TX 77006