SAN DIEGO: Coin-Op Game Room Is a Big Kid’s Dream in North Park

Rob Boudon, NY

The latest and greatest brilliant idea to hit San Diego is the new Coin-Op Game Room, a retro arcade + bar + the best snacks ever! This cool industrial-vibe space, with street-facing garage doors that open, offers everything a big kid could want: classic arcade games (think Mrs. Pacman, Mortal Kombat, Dig Dug), two old-school pinball games, a full bar, and a some very grown-up versions of kid’s snacks.

While some might call this a “barcade,” it is so much more than that; it is instant fun. For mere quarters, you can get your game on while you share a Punch Bowl with your friends, all the while munching on maple-bacon popcorn, yellowtail sliders, or a really tasty funnel cake with fancy fixins.

In addition to those punch bowls, Coin-Op’s bartenders can pull 20 kinds of draft beer or make you a fancy craft cocktail (seasonal menu made with ingredients from the local farmer’s market). And they even have wine on the menu, but really, who drinks wine while they play Mrs. PacMan?

Coin-Op Game Room
: 3926 30th St, San Diego
When: 4 pm to 1 am every day of the week