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, 773-665-5660).