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Las Vegas Bars With The Top Arcade Games

September 5, 2013 5:00 AM

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For those who would dearly love a raging night up in the club if they could just pry their hands from their video game controllers, bar-arcades have arrived in Las Vegas. The brilliant combination of gaming facilities with drinking facilities means you can simply grab a joystick or reserve a table at one of these cutting-edge gaming lounges and stay right in the middle of the party action while playing some of the hottest arcade and video game console offerings. Thanks to the bar-arcade, gaming geeks and arcade-loving nerds need no longer relegate themselves to gamer get-togethers like LAN parties, nor must they engage in the inconvenient practice of bouncing back and forth from a bar to the nearest youngster-laden arcades for some semblance of an adult night out while still gaming. Here are some of the best bars and clubs to play top video games in Las Vegas.

Drink&DragDrink And Drag
450 Fremont St., Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 489-3724

www.drinkanddrag.com

Located on the second level of Neonopolis in the Fremont Street Experience, Drink and Drag is a gay-and-straight-friendly drag queen-staffed bar from the creators of Krave. This venue features a nerd-welcoming gaming lounge, The Gaymers’ Room, which has multiple gaming stations equipped with PS3 consoles, interactive gaming chairs and 42-inch flatscreen televisions. In addition to its video gaming options, Drink and Drag also offers board games, billiards, bowling and air hockey, as well as live entertainment, contests and specials. Prices for gaming tables range from $1 to $15 per table, per hour, and are cheapest during the daytime from Sunday through Thursday.


HiScoreBarArcadeHi-Scores Bar-Arcade
65 S. Stephanie St.
Henderson, NV 89012
(702) 522-7766
www.hiscoreslv.com‎

Equipped with four XBox 360 consoles, two PS3 consoles and one Wii, Hi-Scores Bar-Arcade is a free-for-customers bar, arcade and gaming lounge located on the west end of the Las Vegas valley at Stephanie Street and Paseo Verde in Henderson, about two miles west of Green Valley Ranch. Popular arcade game selections at Hi-Scores include X-Men, Asteroids and Pac Man Battle Royale. This bar has a large assortment of craft beer including wares from breweries like local Joseph James Brewing as well as popular out-of-town breweries such as Lagunitas, Rogue, Uinta and Dog Fish Head. This venue serves the standard bar fare, such as burgers and fries, as well as several less-common bar food options. Notable offerings at this barcade include the BBQ pork, the Guinness-battered onion rings and the bacon-wrapped corn dogs. Hi-Scores Bar-Arcade was founded by Richard Ditton, a former software engineer for NASA.

insert coins night Las Vegas Bars With The Top  Arcade GamesInsert Coin(s)
512 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 477-2525www.insertcoinslv.comFounded in 2011 by owner Christopher LaPorte, Insert Coin(s) is an arcade bar and gaming lounge located right next to the Fremont Street Experience at Fremont East, the burgeoning hub neighborhood for esoteric and local entertainment tastes. This venue features a full bar with an arcade and a stylishly seated gaming lounge. Among the featured drinks at the bar rests the Need for Speed cocktail, a fruity drink made with Hennessy Black which was designed by famed local bartender and cocktail designer Justin Alferez. The posh gaming lounge carries a selection of the state-of-the-art gaming consoles connected to large, high-definition televisions, and the arcade features over 60 restored arcade video games. This venue also plays dance music, often featuring house or guest DJs spinning peppy mash-ups and groovy tunes for patrons who want to take a break from gaming to grind away the rage-quit stress on the venue’s small dance floor. Standout arcade games at this venue include well-known 80s selections like Gauntlet, Tron, Space Invaders, Dig Dug and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and 90s hits including House of the Dead and Mortal Kombat II.Related: Nerdy Nights: Top Events for Geeks in Las Vegas
428773photo1 Las Vegas Bars With The Top  Arcade GamesScooter’s Pub
6200 South Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 227-9047www.scooterspubinc.com‎Scooter’s Pub is a small sports bar and grill with a supererogatory selection of arcade games located on the west end of Las Vegas, just north of the 215 freeway at Rainbow Boulevard. Arcade game selections at this bar include NBA Jam Tournament Edition, Street Fighter II Champion Edition, Off Road and 2013 Golden Tee Live. This comfortable locals bar is also known among patrons for juicy Angus burgers and crispy fries and potato skins  In addition to the arcade entertainment available at Scooter’s Pub, this venue also hosts UFC fight-watching and Seattle Seahawks game-watching parties.Related: Top Bars With Local Brews in Las Vegas

Heather Bliss is a writer living in Las Vegas. Before she wrote about the Las Vegas area, she wrote articles about news, politics, movies and music in California. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts from CSU San Marcos and studied Journalism at Moorpark College, where she received her A.A. degree. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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