South Florida is home to a solid selection of these gaming playgrounds, with another, Punch Bowl Social, on the way.
Some of the area's arcades are famous. One over in Kendall is infamous. So which of the many arcades are most worthy of your quarters? Press start to
1. Arcade Odyssey. Located in a Kendall strip mall between a salon and pizza joint, Arcade Odyssey is the closest thing South Florida has to the arcades of yesteryear. And not just because it's home to early '90s side-scrolling staples X-Men, The Simpsons, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. The place has a vintage setup, with covered-up windows to prevent light from sneaking in and over 130 games stacked side by side. There are no ticket redemption games like at a mega-arcade and, unlike at a
But don’t think of Arcade Odyssey as outdated.
You'll find many classic franchises here, just not the way you remember them. Pacman has been supersized and now comes with an epilepsy warning. The Rock-Em Sock-Em Robots toy has been converted into life-size robots. Remember Space Invaders, the bare bones arcade you’d find at a laundromat? It now comes with laser guns, seating for two, and a 108-inch LED screen. Some might consider that blasphemy, but those bells and whistles sure are effective. 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday at 11481 NW 12th St. #E622, Miami; 305-468-1555; daveandbusters.com.
3. Glitch Bar. When it comes strictly to arcade decor, this Fort Lauderdale
But Glitch is more than just good looks. There's a decent selection of classic arcade cabinets to choose from, such as Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong 3, Galaga, and Street Fighter II. If you're into video game consoles, just park yourself on the leather couches in front of the TV and pick up a controller. The consoles, like the arcades, are free to play. The hope is you'll buy drinks while playing free games. It's like the opposite of a casino. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday at 905 NE Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-616-5762; glitchbar.com.
5. Tenth Level Tavern. For the widest selection of video game consoles, from Atari and Nintendo to
Serious gamers will dig the frequent tournaments, which come with cash or beer prizes. Casual gamers will like the escape from the typical bar scene, in addition to the walk down memory lane. Everyone will like that games at Tenth Level Tavern — which decks out its walls with video game-inspired art — are all free. Just try not to hog the GoldenEye, OK? 5 p.m. to midnight Monday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday at 1242 NE 38th St., Oakland Park; 954-559-1414; facebook.com/tenthleveltavern.