Feeling youthful? Let’s put that to the test at one of Chicago’s best game bars. Whether you’re a master at old-school arcade games, a ping-pong genius, or the queen of bocce, Chicago has some amazing bars where you can grab a drink and play your heart out. Everybody knows that games simply don’t go out of style, and if any city knows how to entertain, it’s Chicago. Play to win at Chicago’s best game bars this season!
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2361 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 | 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
This game bar in Chicago has locations in Logan Square and Wicker Park. Emporium is a local favorite that has plenty of games and craft beer to keep you entertained in a laid-back atmosphere. Make sure to check out the event calendar at this Chicago bar. Emporium hosts various pop-up concepts throughout the year, like last year’s Stranger Things-themed The Upside Down.
2410 West Fullerton Avenue
This game bar is a neighborhood staple that has the largest public collection of pinball and arcade games in Chicago. Aside from taking your shot at all the games that line the walls of this Chicago bar, this venue also hosts weekly tournaments as well as movie nights and record nights.
213 W Institute Pl, Chicago, IL 60610
Being one of the most well-known arcade bar concepts in Chicago, this bar is a definite must. This hip game bar in River North has tons of classic games, along with rare beers, and great tunes.
5358 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 | 3439 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657 | 2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
You can’t go wrong with any of Replay’s three Chicago bar locations, as each one holds its own kind of wild mystique. Replay specializes in old-school arcade games, so you can throw it all the way back to the ’80s when you play here. This Chicago game bar is also known to have several themed pop-ups throughout the year, like The Office’s Dunder Mifflin and the Star Wars Cantina.
345 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
The FREE (no money needed!) game lounge at Highline Bar & Grill caters to all game enthusiasts with an engaging arcade-style environment. The elevated bar scene is complemented by skee ball, NBA Jam, Pac Man, special editions of pinball, Donkey Kong, and WWF WrestleMania, among many others. Don’t miss this hidden arcade zone with over 20 new and vintage games.
1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
This West Loop outdoor patio bar known for its selections of sausage and beer is great for bocce in the summer, but it doesn’t stop there. Bocce games turn into ice curling in the winter. Get your flick of the wrist going!
3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Park & Field is a Chicago bar that provides a large patio with fire pits and bocce. This bar is the perfect destination for groups. There’s ample space – 6,000 square feet to be exact – for outdoor fun at this vintage sports club-themed bar and restaurant.
1664 N Ada St, Chicago, IL 60642
Enjoy chic outdoor dining on the roof at Ada Street and make sure to challenge your friends to a fierce game of ping pong. Loser pays the bill… better dust off the old paddle.
435 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611
Although there are multiple locations throughout the Chicagoland suburbs, the River East location offers awesome views to pair with your bowling match and bistro eats. Now that’s what we call a turkey!
344 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Hailing from NYC, this ping pong bar now has locations across the country, and Chicago is one of them. This 18,000 square foot Chicago bar provides sandwiches, salads, shareables, and flatbreads. If you’re really invested in upping your pong game, try joining one of their leagues.
12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Leave it to the Chicago Athletic Association to have a game room, amongst all their other top-notch amenities. Head to the second floor for chess, billiards, bocce, checkers, shuffleboard, and of course, cocktails.
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