Brewcadia – a CBUS Arcade 25 Years in the Making

Story and photos by Daniel Lee Perea October 19th, Barley’s Brewing Company Ale House #1 will celebrate being a restaurant fixture of Columbus’ Short North downtown area for over a quarter century. But Barley’s Brewcadia, their arcade bar expansion upstairs, is less than two years old. Arcade Bar Scene sat down with the general manager, Jason Fabian to find out what made this downtown staple … Continue reading Brewcadia – a CBUS Arcade 25 Years in the Making

Underground Columbus: Inside the Bizarre World of Semi-Illegal Japanese Arcades, Drugs, Pinball Money Laundering, and Death Metal Spice Girls Karaoke

Story and photos by Daniel Lee Perea ā€œHey come back here. I wanna show you something. Do you smoke up, man?ā€ I was following a strange and eccentric man Iā€™d only just met into a dark alley behind a dumpster in a bad section of town. It led to an empty warehouse. Ordinary people think twice about this sort of thing, but I tend to … Continue reading Underground Columbus: Inside the Bizarre World of Semi-Illegal Japanese Arcades, Drugs, Pinball Money Laundering, and Death Metal Spice Girls Karaoke

A4cade: Grilled Cheeses, Quirky Cocktails and Mystery Freezers

Go to 292 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge and you’ll find Roxy’s, which if you live in the area, you may already know for their reputation built on grilled cheeses. But behind a mysterious walk-in cooler door hides a 21+ arcade designed to fill you with fuzzy, nostalgic memories OR quirky retro kitsch (depending on whether or not you’re old enough to remember the 80s.) This … Continue reading A4cade: Grilled Cheeses, Quirky Cocktails and Mystery Freezers