Whether looking for some fun and entertainment or just wanting to put old-school gaming skills to the test, arcade games can be found in local Detroit establishments. Some bars feature game rooms that house the retro machines, while others have their arcade games positioned front and center, ready to take on the next Pinball Wizard. There’s one thing for certain — it’s difficult to beat the machine, but you can always try.
The Bronx Bar
4476 2nd Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
The Bronx has an endless amount of things going for it, from the eclectic decor to the surprisingly tantalizing food — with arcade games being just one factor in a sea of awesome perks. The old school arcade will have you trying to beat the game for the big win, while the stiff drinks will see to it that you will most likely talk to [read: yell] at the machine while it beats you at its own game for the fifth time in a row. If that isn’t enough, The Bronx has a delightful outdoor patio, a make-your-own bloody mary station on weekends and a jukebox outfitted with all your favorites.
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Painted Lady Lounge
2930 Jacob St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
The Painted Lady Lounge features an endless supply of inexpensive drinks, live musical entertainment and arcade games. The patrons are a mix of local neighborhood regulars and crowds of people who like music and sometimes dancing, depending on the band. The decor is retro and sublime, with the arcade games and a jukebox adding to the visual assemblage of bygone era wonderment.
One Eyed Betty’s
175 West Troy Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
One Eyed Betty’s has a stellar collection of pinball machines and a ton of light-hearted ambiance to match. Enjoy a huge array of beer, 177 different selections to be exact, plus a plethora of top-shelf liquors and tantalizing drinks that are mixed to perfection. The unique taste combinations One Eyed Betty’s serves up will have you craving more even before you are out the door, while the comfortable atmosphere will turn you into a regular in no time.
Ye Olde Saloon
1023 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
A dimly lit interior paired with a well-rounded mix of games equals a pretty chill spot to have some fun while throwing back a few. This lounge has pinball and arcade games so be prepared to score big when visiting this friendly neighborhood establishment. An added bonus is the rockin’ jukebox, shuffleboard, darts and even pool.
Hi-Tops Ten & One Half
25422 Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
A sports bar with arcade games, Hi-Tops Ten & One Half is a neighborhood spot which has a game room. The atmosphere is comfortable and features arcade games and pinball machines where patrons can play the night away. There is also kick-ass shuffleboard, a jukebox, video games and a pool table. The menu features burgers and the like, and is known to satisfy.
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