Chicago is stepping back
in time with a ‘new' retro bar trend - bustling beercades are the hot spot for
a cool hang out this fall!
A Beer Arcade, known as a "Beercade," is a bar that
specializes in vintage video and pinball games, while simultaneously serving
its patrons beer, bringing them back to the glory of their youth. Righteous
dude! These venues showcase old school arcade games along with craft beer and a
BYO policy for food. Think Atari's Caterpillar, Pac Man, Mario Brothers, and
Space Invaders - with a beer in your hand.
Emporium Arcade Bar is located in the artistic and
trendy neighborhood of Wicker Park and uses its patrons' artwork and musical
talents to create the unique atmosphere of the bar. Considered the first
beercade in Chicago to kickstart this welcome trend, this original beercade
takes its beer and cocktail menu very seriously; offering an assortment of 50
different types of whiskey, and also invites its guests to feel free to bring
in their own snacks. (1366 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-697-7922).
In the heart of Boystown, Chicago's LGBT village
in the East Lakeview neighborhood, Replay Beer & Bourbon boasts the largest
collection of vintage arcade games in the neighborhood. Sip on an extensive
collection of fine bourbons on an Elixir-inspired cocktail menu, and a vast
selection of craft beers (with over 20 craft beers on tap alone) while trying
your hand at Pac Man once again. (3439 N Halsted St, 773-975-9244).
Headquarters Beercade in the
Lakeview neighborhood creates an atmosphere that "mixes nostalgic arcade games
with craft cocktailing" - the best of both worlds. With 37 vintage arcade games
and 10 signature cocktails on the menu, Headquarters offers an alternative to
your average night out, local or visitor alike. (2833 N Sheffield Ave,