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Minnesota Bars With The Best Arcade Games

September 5, 2013 7:00 AM

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Challenge yourself or a friend to a classic arcade game – from coin-operated classics to old school gaming systems like Nintendo – while enjoying an adult beverage at some of the best bars in Minnesota with arcade games.

(credit: Grumpy's)

(credit: Grumpy’s)

Grumpy’s Bar & Grill
2801 Snelling Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 379-1180
www.grumpys-bar.com

If you don’t feel like watching whatever sporting event is currently playing and karaoke isn’t your thing, insert a few coins into a classic arcade game and enjoy a rousing time as you sip your beverage of choice. Challenge a friend or go for the high score solo with classic arcade games like Buck Hunter and many more. Attend during happy hour and feed the arcade games with the money you’re saving on drinks. Check out Grumpy’s other locations for even more arcade game action.

Related: Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Minnesota

Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar
2911 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 823-6271
www.facebook.com

Pool tables, check. Dart boards, check. Arcade games, check. Head into the Williams game room located upstairs to enjoy playing your favorite bar and arcade games. Toss a few brews back and challenge a friend or make a new one as you compete for the high score and the honor of having your initials grace the list.

(credit: chatterboxpub.net)

(credit: chatterboxpub.net)

Chatterbox Pub
2229 E. 35th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 728-9871
www.chatterboxpub.net

As you walk through the door, you’ll instantly feel like you’re walking into the past with the Chatterbox Pub’s retro decor. Complementary to the atmosphere, you can enjoy challenging friends to a host of old-school games. Grab a board game and settle in at your table or pony up and rent Nintendo controllers to play your favorite childhood games like Mario Kart.

Insert Coins
315 N. First Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 564-4016
www.insertcoinsmpls.com

This unlikely hybrid bar is part dance club, part arcade game destination. If the dance floor just isn’t your scene, pop into the arcade and enjoy all your arcade game favorites including Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Space Invaders, Frogger and many more while everything from hot dance hits to popular classics play in the background.

Related: Best Bars For Groups In Minnesota

(credit: Rusty Quarters)

(credit: Rusty Quarters)

Rusty Quarters
818 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 823-0551
www.rqarcade.com

While not technically a bar, Rusty Quarters is an excellent Uptown arcade packed with tons of classic games and near several liquor-purveying establishments where you can acquire a drink. Tetris, Dig-Dug, Centipede, Mario Bros. and many more can all be found under Rusty Quarters’ retro-inspired roof. Get the high score and your initials will grace the Rusty Quarters website.

Flaherty’s Arden Bowl
1273 W. County Road E
Arden Hills, MN 55112
(651) 633 -1777
www.flahertysbowl.com

Not just for kids, Flaherty’s is an adult playground, featuring tons of fun and entertaining games. Grab a pitcher and bowl the evening away or hit up the comprehensive arcade and enjoy playing a variety of classic and contemporary arcade games. Challenge a friend to a rousing game of skeeball or air hockey or try your hand at contemporary arcade games based on popular movies and TV shows. Embrace your inner kid and give this family-run establishment a go.

Don’t see your favorite listed here? Where do you go to get your game on while enjoying a brew? Please share below.

A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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