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The top 10 bars with arcade games in Toronto

Bars with arcade games in Toronto let you flourish as a full grown person while offering an escape from adulting with all your favourite childhood games, from pinball tables to Pac-Man, and the essential Big Buck Hunter.

Here are my picks for the top bars with arcade games in Toronto.

Tilt

Toronto's quintessential vintage arcade bar on Dundas West stocks more than 50 retro arcade games that are free to play for a mere $5 cover, every night of the week.

The Rec Room

With over 80 games, this sprawling arcade next to the Rogers Centre lets you roam its massive space with a drink in hand while testing out your skills at Angry Birds, Kung Fu Panda and Pac-Man, along with a bunch of other cool VR games.

Pixels and Pints

If you're a lover of retro video games, beer and boba tea, look no further than this Broadview and Danforth spot. They've got first person shooter games like Big Buck Hunter and The House of the Dead.

The Jim

It's a dorm room throwback at this bar in Bloordale Village, where you can sip on over 40 beers on tap and eat kangaroo tacos while playing faves like Big Buck Hunter and Royal Rumble pinball at the back of the spot.

Get Well

This Dundas West watering hole has it all. You'll find drinks, pizza from North of Brooklyn tucked in the back, and a whole wall lined with arcade games like Donkey Kong Junior, Galaga, Frogger, Star Wars and Ms. Pac-Man.

Nightowl

This neon-lit Little Italy favourite has four vintage arcade games located at the front of the bar. Despite the itty bitty selection, they're worthwhile. Play Guitar Hero or Big Buck and go for that high score.

Dundas Video

You can find the entire Street Fighter collection at this Dundas West bar, replete with all the game consoles you could want. From Sega to NES and SNES, this 80s-themed bar has all your faves that you can play while jamming to live DJ sets.

Dublin Calling

This Irish-themed pub in the Entertainment District has a Golden Tee golf simulator arcade game along with the ever-popular Big Buck Hunter game, apropos since they're both popular pastimes on the Emerald Isle.

Zed 80

This Danforth bar is the more intimate, slightly more mature counterpart to Tilt. They also have a $5 cover for free play on all retro console and arcade games.

Jasper Dandy

This Riverside sports bar has a number of arcade games. At the back there's Buck Hunter and eight-person bowling arcade games, with Golden Tee at the front.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim at Zed 80. With files from Tanya Mok and Jaclyn Skrobacky.


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