The 21 Best Arcades in the US You Need to Go To

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Don't let anybody fool you into thinking arcades are nothing more than a childish endeavor. That same joy you experienced while screaming "I GOT NEXT!" at your fated Street Fighter II rival can still be felt if you're on the lookout for thriving arcades in the good old US of A. Across our great nation is a host of lively indoor game hubs that focus on delivering thrills via digital blasts from the past. The following destinations we're about to make you aware of are great for casual and hardcore gamers alike. Plus some of these places provide plenty of grub and booze for you and the homies to snack on while you try to beat each other's high scores. Now let's have a chat about the best arcades in the US.

Best Arcades in the US

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1. Galloping Ghost Arcade: Brookfield, IL

2. Barcade: New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Newark, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, and New Haven, CO

3. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade and Bar: Portland, OR

4. Cobra Arcade Bar: Phoenix and Tucson, AZ

5. Button Mash: Los Angeles, CA

6. Coin-Op Game Room: Sacramento, CA

7. The 1UP Arcade Bar: Denver and Greenwood Village, CO

8. Barcadia New Orleans: New Orleans, LA

9. Up-Down Arcade Bar: Minneapolis, MN, Kansas City, MO, Des Moines, IA, Milwaukee, WI, St. Louis, MO, Nashville, TN, and Oklahoma City, OK

10. Headquarters Beercade: Chicago, IL and Nashville, TN

11. Shorty's: Seattle, WA

12. Kung Fu Saloon: Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, and Nashville, TN

13. The Detour: San Francisco, CA

14. Logan Arcade: Chicago, IL

15. 16-Bit Bar + Arcade: Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Dublin, OH, Charlotte, NC, Nashville, TN, and Indianapolis, IN

16. Wonderville: Brooklyn, NY

17. Jackbar: Brooklyn, NY

18. Emporium Arcade Bar: Chicago, IL, Las Vegas, NV, Oakland, CA, and San Francisco, CA

19. Silverball Retro Arcade: Asbury Park, NJ

20. Boxcar Bar + Arcade: Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC, and Greensboro, NC

21. GameOn Bar+Arcade: Annapolis, MD and Federal Hill, MD

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