Pinball? Killer Queen? Killer pizza? Killer drinks? Start Bar STL’s got em!

Story, video and photos by D.L. Perea   If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your federal reserve notes in downtown St. Louis, look no further than Start Bar STL. This cavernous arcade bar features a very well-balanced mix of arcade classics, pinball, skeeball, consoles, and private spaces with table service and console games. In the back on any given night, you’ll find a former … Continue reading Pinball? Killer Queen? Killer pizza? Killer drinks? Start Bar STL’s got em!

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

Bits Arcade Brings Retrogaming to Water Valley, Mississippi

By Daniel Lee Perea Citizens of North Mississippi can now whittle away their disposable income on tokens thanks to Bits Arcade in Water Valley.  The brainchild of Scott Sisk and Brad Lyle, Bits is the first attempt to bring a complete arcade bar experience to Mississippi. Nestled in the green hills of the north half of the state, Water Valley is a picturesque, quaint small … Continue reading Bits Arcade Brings Retrogaming to Water Valley, Mississippi

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 “Hey come back here. I wanna show you something. Do you smoke up, man?” I was following a strange and eccentric man I’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

Arcade Bars Attracting Mainstream Media

Although the industry has typically been covered regionally (usually when a new arcade bar opens, and a local media outlet covers the story), more mainstream national outlets are starting to take notice. The Hollywood Reporter put out a feature titled, How Arcade Bars Are Reviving a Decades-Old Subculture, noting: Thirty-five years after the sun set on the “Golden Age” of arcades, taverns touting cabinet gaming rigs … Continue reading Arcade Bars Attracting Mainstream Media

Attack Barcadium Brings Retrogaming to Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Attack Barcadium opened its doors in February, providing the denizens of Murfreesboro and the surrounding area with their very own arcade bar. Attack Barcadium is the brainchild of David Stansberry – the man behind Popcorn From Mars Theater (which provides top-notch food and entertainment alongside movies) and Frozen Treats From Mars (which sells handmade ice cream, Italian ice, shakes and smoothies.) His left-of-field entreprenuership has led him to … Continue reading Attack Barcadium Brings Retrogaming to Murfreesboro, Tennessee