Best of Columbus 2014: Playing Games

From the July 2014 edition

Are you a pinball wizard or a Scrabble word nerd? Either way, Columbus is home to an entertaining place for you.

Relive your childhood (but with beer!) at 16-Bit Bar & Arcade, where you can play more than 40 arcade games for free while sipping on one of their craft beers or cocktails. The digital gamer in you will geek out over out classics like Galaga, Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros., and if you don’t see the game you’re itching to play, just ask. They have another 125 stored in a warehouse, owner Troy Allen says, and they switch out at least one game a week at the bar.

If analog games are more up your alley, head to Kingmakers Board Game Parlour in the Short North. For a $5 library fee, you get access to the more than 400 board games in the basement-level space. These aren’t your grandma’s games—most of them are unrecognizable to the common player. But the super-knowledgeable staff will teach you how to play as many as you’d like while you enjoy the beer and wine offerings.