Video-game junkie Troy Allen knew he had to have "Galaga" and "Rampage" when he decided to open 16 Bit Bar + Arcade...
Video-game junkie Troy Allen knew he had to have "Galaga" and "Rampage" when he decided to open 16 Bit Bar + Arcade-but his must-have list kept growing. At his bar-meets-arcade, due to open Downtown this month, players will be able to mash joysticks on 40 vintage arcade cabinets from "NBA Jam" to "Street Fighter II."
But why set a time machine for 1989 if people can just drink and play "Angry Birds" on their phone at any old bar? It's a chance for people to relive childhood, says Allen, the owner of a local branding and design firm.
"When people step into the bar, we want them to rediscover things they've completely forgotten about," he says, adding the concept's already proven popular in cities like Brooklyn and Austin. "We want to take them back to a time they didn't have a care in the world."
In addition to free game play, patrons can snack on pepperoni Combos, snag Pop Rocks from a pull-style cigarette machine and enjoy craft beer or cocktails. To round out the nostalgia trip, they'll get packs of "American Gladiator" or "ALF" trading cards with their bills. 254 S. Fourth St., Downtown, 16-bitbar.com.