Why go out to a brewery just to sip and stare at your phone? Arcade bars are the newest business trend that’s invading Tampa Bay. It is exactly what it sounds like, they combine the love for alcohol and classic arcade games that makes you so nostalgic. These bars aren’t filled with just your classic dive bar games like pool or darts, they bring in classic arcade games like Pacman, Donkey Kong, and Mangala. Save your quarters and get ready to jump back in time and feel like a kid again, but with beer!

Spice it up by visiting any of these arcade bars on our list to maximize your night out! These spots are located all around the Tampa Bay area! So it doesn’t matter what side of the bridge you’re on, there’s classic fun to be had everywhere. Grab your quarters and get playing. Many places on our list have themed nights and discounted playing hours, so check their social media or website to see if they’re rockin’ any awesome deals. What are some of your favorite classic arcade games? We personally rock Pacman and some bubble hockey!

Here are 7 arcade bars in the Tampa Bay area that will make you feel like a kid

  • Lowry Parcade

    Located in Seminole Heights by ZooTampa is one of Tampa’s best hidden gems. Lowry Parcade seems to be the first of it’s kind in the bay area and lit the success for other similar business to appear. Monday’s is the day to go, they have unlimited credits on arcade and pinball with just a $5 cover.

  • The Potion Portal

    This hidden gem in St. Pete is a fun hub with all types of games and craft beers. Follow them on Instagram to see whenever they’re doing a Free Play Friday!


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  • Gen X

    Ok, Gen X isn’t technically labeled an “arcade bar,” but we think it counts! They have some classic arcade games like skee-ball and Pacman, they also have a Lightning edition of bubble hockey and plenty of 80’s and 90’s board games to play all night.



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  • Right Around The Corner

    You might have seen Right Around The Corner if you frequent Central Ave a lot. This arcade and brewery has been in St. Pete since 2016, they pride themselves on picking the best brews from around the world. BONUS: If you leave a review on Yelp, they give you 10% off your check

  • Parks And Rec (St. Pete)

    Parks and Rec is definitely for the Millennial crowd, but it’s still a fun spot regardless. Not only do they have the walls lined up with arcade games, but they have giant bucket beer pong outside. Not our typical beer pong, this version is played with trash cans and soccer balls instead of ping pong balls. The Tampa location recently closed its doors, so all we have left is the St. Pete location.



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  • Reboot

    Reboot in Dunedin has it all. Racing games, pinball galore and even bubble hockey! Reboot is Dunedin’s very first virtual reality arcade bar and Tampa Bay’s only bar exclusively devoted to modern console gaming. They have a U-shaped bar lined with TV’s and multiple gaming consoles to choose from.



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  • GameTime

    This spot is great for the whole family. With a full kitchen and so many games to choose from there’s endless options for fun! They have over 60’s TV’s which makes it a great spot for football Sunday’s.



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