If you're looking for a fun night out with friends, I highly suggest checking out one of the top arcade bars in Illinois.

What Is An Arcade Bar?

It's a fairly new term, so if you're not familiar with it I understand. It's an entertainment business that combines a bar with an arcade. So basically, a place where adults can get drunk and play video games. They've become very popular and are popping up all over Illinois. I've been to a couple and it's a good time.

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The 5 Best Arcade Bars In Illinois

# 1 Emporium Arcade Bar (Chicago)

  • First in Chicago
  • 28 craft beers on tap
  • 47 classic video games
  • They don't serve food but you can bring in your own

According to Yelp,

Love this bar! Been to a few locations. This one is huge which is great for lots of games and room to hang out. Huge bar. Good drink deals.

# 2 Headquarters Beercade (Chicago)

  • Large collection of games
  • All are on free-play
  • 70 craft beers available
  • Serves non-typical bar food

According to Yelp,

Wonderful experience if anyone wants to try it love everything about this place vintage video games lots of fun and games for adults to enjoy nice bar also.

# 3 Enterrium (Schaumburg)

  • Located at Woodfield Mall
  • 16 bowling lanes
  • Vintage video games
  • Board games
  • Bar food
  • Huge beer, cocktail, and wine list

According to Yelp,

Obsessed with this arcade, they have such fun games and are well-maintained. They have daily specials as well. I haven't done bowling or tried the food but it's on my to-do list. It's one of my favorite things to do in my area.

# 4 Logan Arcade (Chicago)

  • Largest collection of pinball games in Chicago
  • Games still take quarters
  • Located in a former hardware store
  • Rotating vintage video games
  • Food and beverages available

According to Yelp,

Very fun bar with super unique games and a large selection of drinks! Bartender was friendly and the prices are good. Quieter and more lowkey than a lot of other arcade bars, which I appreciate. Will definitely be back.

# 5 Replay (Chicago)

  • Features 26 rotating draft beers
  • Large bourbon list
  • Many retro video games
  • Bar food menu

According to Yelp,

Friendly staff & yummy brunch (potatoes, biscuit, omelette, and French toast was all delicious). Super fun to play old school arcade games (Tetris, pac man, Area 51 Site 4 etc) while we waited. Will be back!

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