6 places for drinking and gaming in downtown Indy
A look at which retro arcade games you can expect to see at Tappers Arcade Bar in Fletcher Place, including a tour by co-founder Jeff Moulton.
The announcement came last week that 16-Bit Bar + Arcade will open next fall in Indy, but the drinking and gaming scene is by no means played out. A growing number of bars will allow you to play board games, arcade games, and even ping-pong while you’re having a beer.
Dubbing itself as a “board game parlor,” this Columbus, Ohio-based bar includes a range of games, including “oldies but goodies” and some you may have not even heard of. Play alone, or take a table for two and vanquish your opponent. Open Tuesday through Sunday; 881 Massachusetts Ave.
The first retro arcade bar in the city, Tappers is located just outside of Fletcher Place and is home to numerous free arcade games. Regional beers on tap also add to the bar’s eclectic vibe. Open daily; 501 Virginia Ave. #102.
Fifteen dollars gets you all of the ping-pong you can play a night at Smash Social, which opens on Dec. 12 at 600 E. Ohio St. Craft wine and beer complete the bar’s line-up of adult beverage options, along with small eats and roasted coffee.
Punch Bowl Social
With locations across the country and another nine planned in the next two years, Punch Bowl Social is one of the largest game bar chains around. Bowling, giant Scrabble, corn hole and private karaoke rooms top off this expansive event space at the Circle Centre Mall.
Slippery Noodle Inn
If you want a more classic bar approach, then the Slippery Noodle Inn checks all your boxes. As Indiana’s oldest bar, the place combines your favorite parts of a bar experience along with pinball, a few arcade games and a foosball table.
Coming Soon: 16-Bit Bar + Arcade
Next fall, 16-Bit Bar + Arcade will open in downtown Indianapolis with its fourth and largest location. The first location outside of Ohio, the free gaming bar will be home to pop-culture themed cocktails and over 36 beers on tap.
Call IndyStar reporter Marisa Miller at (317) 444-6123. Follow her on Twitter: @marisanmiller.
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