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The top 10 bars with arcade games in Toronto

Bars with arcade games in Toronto have some major staying power in the city — blending great food and drinks with a heaping side of nostalgia, a trip to an arcade bar is a no-brainer when it comes to planning a night out that'll please anyone.

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

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.

Get Well

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

Tilt Arcade Bar

After being forced from their original Dundas West location due to a devastating fire, the city's quintessential arcade bar now lives on in Parkdale with a slew of retro arcade games you can play on for just $10 cover.

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For many, Tilt can be considered Toronto's quintessential arcade bar.

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.

Greta Bar Toronto

The youngest addition to the list, this spot features more than 50 classic and midway-style games alongside a menu of global street food-inspired eats, served out of a mock-food truck window.

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A selection of retro- and classic games call Greta Bar their home.

The Greater Good

Cousin to Get Well, this Bloorcourt Bar features a mezzanine level that houses retro 80s arcade games that are free to play, alongside skeeball and pinball, which will each only run you $1 a game.

FreePlay

For a meagre $5 to $10 cover free, depending on the day of the week, you can play as many games on this Little Italy bar's roster as your heart desires. Pro-tip: they also offer 2 for 1 admission on Mondays.

Midnight Arcade

This Kensington gem seamlessly blends retro vibes with luxe, contemporary interiors to create an arcade bar experience that doesn't feel like you're at an arcade bar — you'll still find a selection of nostalgia-inducing games nestled away in the back, though.

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For a more sophisticated experience, try Midnight Arcade.

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.

Photos by

Fareen Karim at Greta Bar. With files from Tanya Mok and Jaclyn Skrobacky.


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