Seattle Bars With The Best Arcade Games

September 5, 2013 5:00 AM

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Are you an avid gamer and looking for a different way to spend your night out with friends? Not only can you and your friends get great drinks, beers and food, but now you can play old school video games like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man during your visit to your favorite bar. The majority of Seattle bars that feature arcade games offer free plays as long as you are drinking, or they may charge a mere 25 cents per play. Check out one of the latest crazes that’s taking Seattle by storm — bars with vintage arcade and pinball games!

1118 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-6492

Unicorn is a popular bar opened in 2010 in downtown Seattle near the Central Business District. Unicorn opens daily at 4 p.m. and not only serves great drinks and homemade foods, but also has a variety of arcade games and pinball machines in its gaming room at the back of the bar. Decorated with a vintage amusement park theme, the bar features antique carousel pieces, carousel mirrors, lion statues that were once on a fireplace mantel and a Thai crown that was part of a concubine’s bed. Daily happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and offers a variety of food choices like blue cheese fries, veggie corn dogs and unicorn balls (fried pork), as well as drinks like select well drinks, Rolling Rock beer, Jagermeister and Oak Grove Viognier.

Add-A-Ball Amusements Bar And Arcade
315 N. 36th St. Suite 2B
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 696-1613

The Add-A-Ball Amusements Bar and Arcade is located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood and opens daily at 4 p.m. While this is a smaller bar venue, it offers the largest number of operable arcade games and pinball machines in all of Seattle. This bar is a little harder to find as it is located in the downstairs area of the building it’s housed in. Just look for the large, red arcade sign near its entrance. Vintage games you’ll find at Add-A-Ball include Ms. Pac Man, Street Fighter, Super Off-Road and Zeke’s Peak.

Jules Maes Saloon And Eatery
5919 Airport Way S.
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 957-7766

Located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, which is just south of downtown, Jules Maes Saloon and Eatery is an actual vintage saloon that was originally established in the 1800s. Jules Maes Saloon is owned and operated by the same group that runs another popular arcade and bar called Shorty’s, so it is not surprising that this location also has a variety of popular arcade games and about a half-dozen pinball games. Jules Maes Saloon opens daily at 11:30 a.m. and has a daily happy hour where patrons can get one of the best dirty martinis in the Pacific Northwest.

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Belltown Pub
2322 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-6210

The Belltown Pub is one of Seattle’s biggest gaming bars in town, featuring a variety of vintage arcade games like Donkey Kong, plus foosball, air hockey and pool tables, and an official board game night every week. A popular game played on gaming night at the Belltown Pub is football bingo, which consists of the staff calling plays and patrons marking them on their bingo sheets to win prizes. Belltown Pub also offers happy hour times, twice a day, “every damn day” according to the bar’s website. Come in from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week to get great happy hour prices on a variety of drinks and foods.

Dante’s Seattle
5300 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-1300

Open since 1966, Dante’s Seattle is considered a bar with longtime traditions for college students and those living in Seattle’s University District. As one of Seattle’s most popular bars and hangouts, it features a variety of arcade games, pinball tables, pool tables, air hockey and foosball. Dante’s also has a dance floor if you feel like getting your boogie on during the weekend. Patrons are invited to check out Dante’s Monday night trivia games, beer pong tournaments on Tuesday nights, its Monday through Friday happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and its menu of tasty foods that include deep-dish mini pizzas, gourmet burgers and deli-style sandwiches.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on