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The Best Bars With Games in Chicago

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago

Arcade Games:

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Emporium

2363 North Milwaukee Avenue | 1366 North Milwaukee Avenue

With locations in Logan Square and Wicker Park, this local favorite has plenty of games and craft beer to keep you entertained in a laid-back atmosphere. Make sure to check out their event calendar, as they host various pop-up concepts throughout the year, with the latest being Stranger Things-themed, The Upside Down.

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Logan Arcade

2410 West Fullerton Avenue

This neighborhood staple has the largest public collection of pinball and arcade games in Chicago. Aside from taking your shot at all the games that line the walls, the bar also hosts weekly tournaments as well as movie and record nights.

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Headquarters Beercade

213 West Institute Place

Being one of the most well-known arcade bar concepts, this bar is a definite must. This hip location in River North has tons of classic games, along with rare beers. Even though the one in Lakeview has been renamed Replay, it still has the same entertainment and vibe.

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FTW

322 East Illinois Street

There’s no shortage of fun at this bar and entertainment space that offers over 130 games. The photo booth, HD projector screen, mini golf course, full bar, craft beers, and delicious food are enough to keep you busy for an entire day.

Outdoor Games:

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Kaiser Tiger

1415 West Randolph Street

This West Loop outdoor patio bar known for its selections of sausage and beer is great for bocce in the summer, but it doesn’t stop there. Bocce games turn into ice curling in the winter.

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Park & Field

3509 West Fullerton Avenue

A large patio with fire pits and bocce is perfect for groups. There’s ample space – 6,000 square feet to be exact – for outdoor fun at this vintage sports club-themed bar and restaurant.

Indoor Games:

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Pinstripes

435 East Illinois Street

Although there are multiple locations throughout the Chicagoland suburbs, the River East location offers awesome views to pair with your bowling match and bistro eats.

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AceBounce

230 North Clark Street

Originating in London, this concept is totally made for parties. The US’ first location is all about ping pong, and also offers elevated food and cocktails, bottomless brunch, and happy hours.

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SPiN

344 North State Street

Hailing from NYC, this ping pong bar now has locations across the country, and Chicago is one of them. Sandwiches, salads, shareables, and flatbreads are great finger foods to accompany your game. If you’re really invested, try joining one of their leagues.

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Chicago Athletic Association – Game Room

12 South Michigan Avenue

Leave it to the Chicago Athletic Association to have a game room, amongst all their other top-notch amenities. Head to the second floor for chess, billiards, bocce, checkers, shuffleboard, and of course, cocktails.


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