10 Best NYC Bars with Games: Drink + Play = Fun

When you’re a kid, having a good time is all about playing — mini-golf, video games, you name it. As adults, drinking is generally the entertainment of choice. But why not combine the two? Bars all over New York feature throwback games from shuffleboard to Skee-Ball. Here are 10 of our favorite bars with games in New York City.

 

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The ping-pong tables at SPiN (Photo: Courtesy of SPiN)

Royal Palms Shuffleboard
Only in Brooklyn would a shuffleboard club be the coolest opening of the year. Out in Gowanus, natch, Royal Palms is more than 17,000 square feet of Florida-themed shuffleboardin’, complete with kitschy cocktails and visiting food trucks for nibbles. There’s a weekly Bingo night, too. 514 Union St., 347-223-4410, royalpalmsshuffle.com 

Barcade
With dozens of microbrews on tap and dozens of arcade games to conquer, Barcade is a paradise for beer geeks and video game geeks alike. And since each of the machines costs just 25 cents per play, you can explore to your heart’s content, whether revisiting old favorites like Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong or branching out a bit. 388 Union Ave., Brooklyn, 718-302-6464, barcadebrooklyn.com

Two Bit’s Retro Arcade
One more excellent entrant in the “booze and video games” genre, but this time in Manhattan, Two Bits has both a strong wine list and plenty of craft beer, with 22 rotating taps — and a foosball table, if tactile games are more your thing. 153 Essex St., 212-477-8161, facebook.com/twobitsarcade

Brooklyn Bowl
Part bowling alley, part bar-and-restaurant, part performance venue, Brooklyn Bowl is something near legendary in New York and a one-of-a-kind nightlife destination. With 16 bowling lanes, craft Brooklyn beers and fried chicken (and other fine edibles) from the Blue Ribbon team, and nightclub-quality shows and DJs, it’s worth a trip from anywhere in the city. 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com

Ace Bar
An East Village favorite since 1992, Ace Bar has a little bit of everything — pool tables, dart boards, pinball, Big Buck Hunter, Skee-Ball, you name it. A generous four-hour happy hour, Tuesday’s $2 “Pint Nite,” and all-day Sunday drink discounts mean there’s always a reason to stop in. 531 E. 5th St., 212-979-8476, acebar.com

Full Circle Bar
A bar so serious about Skee-Ball, it actually has a Skee-Ball league, Full Circle doesn’t take anything else too seriously — with cheap cans of beer, frequent happy hours and pretzels and hot dogs to sate your hunger after you work up an appetite. Skee-ball counts as exercise, right? 318 Grand St., Brooklyn, 347-725-4588, fullcirclebar.com

Fat Cat
It’s easy to walk right past this underground bar in the West Village without any idea of what’s down those stairs — namely, live jazz and games galore. Pool tables, ping-pong, and shuffleboard are among the chief draws, along with chess, checkers, Scrabble, and more if you’re the board game type. 75 Christopher St., 212-675-6056, fatcatmusic.org

Floyd
This Cobble Hill bar’s well-earned popularity is primarily due to one thing: bocce. Its indoor bocce court is popular year-round, totally free, and with cheap beer available by the bucket, it’s easy to hang out all night. You can also find bocce courts at Floyd’s sibling, Union Hall, in Park Slope.131 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 718-858-5810, floydny.com

SPiN New York
More active than pool, more social than video games, ping-pong is well-suited to a night out, which is why SPiN New York is such a great idea. While its many game tables are the focus, the venue’s casual food menu, occasional DJs, and a full bar mean there’s entertainment aplenty even when you don’t have a paddle in hand. 48 E. 23rd St., 212-982-8802, newyork.spingalactic.com

Greenwich Village Country Club
While the name’s a little tongue-in-cheek, this massive Village venue does boast an impressive green — it’s home to a nine-hole indoor mini-golf course. After you’ve finished a round, there’s shuffleboard, ping-pong, and pool to play, until the DJs kick in. 110 University Pl., 212-255-8188, gvccnyc.com

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