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Game On: EightyTwo Opens Hip Bar/Arcade in Downtown LA

Grab a fistful of quarters and pay homage to the classic arcade.

As if the scene in Downtown LA couldn’t get any more fun, EightyTwo opens a chic new temple to the Golden Age of Video Games. The Arts District barcade pairs craft cocktails with 40 restored arcade and pinball machines from the 1970s through the 1990s.

The venture is a labor of love for Downtown locals Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe. Davids personally assembled and restored EightyTwo’s impressive collection. Games will rotate but current titles include Asteroids Deluxe, Star Wars, Mortal Kombat II and Addams Family pinball. Sci-Arc architect Darin Johnstone designed the modern, minimalist space — think white walls, concrete and exposed wood beams — to highlight the games’ vivid, retro graphics.

The cocktail menu was crafted by local mixology bar veteran Billy Ray. Drink names will be familiar to anyone who’s attended Comic-Con. Their version of a Moscow Mule is dubbed Zangief after the beefy Russian wrestling character in Street Fighter. DJs will spin nightly, adding beats to your blips and bleeps.

For a full list of drinks and games, check out EightyTwo.la.

All images via EightyTwo

 

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