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Top Bars For Gamers In Philadelphia

Games are fun. They're even more fun when you can enjoy them with the company of others out at a bar. With arcade games, casinos, billiards, board games and shuffleboard, Philadelphia has it all for an entertaining night out on the town. Below are the top places in the city to enjoy a drink and a game.
1114 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 634-4400

Barcade is a bar AND an arcade and has a room full of classic video arcade games -- the cost of every game here is only 25 cents, just like it was 30 years ago! Game choices include Donkey Kong, Ms. Pacman and Tron (a complete list can be found on its website). Barcade also has a decent menu and a good craft beer list, with most beers costing just $6. But remember, even though it's cheap to play a game, it can get expensive since you'll want to continue playing. For the convenience of its customers, Barcade has a change machine that will convert small and large bills into quarters.

North Bowl
909 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 238-2695

This Northern Liberties bowling alley also doubles as an arcade and an all-around entertainment venue. Along with many video games, North Bowl has pinball, air hockey and billiards. With bowling lanes occupying the first floor, the arcade is placed on the second along with four more bowling lanes. There is a bar on each floor and the menu offers a good selection of food. Since North Bowl often gets crowded and there can be a wait for a bowling lane to open, the arcade provides for excellent entertainment.

Sugarhouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(877) 477-3715

Sugarhouse Casino is the first and only casino located in Philly. It's situated along the Delaware waterfront in the Fishtown neighborhood and conveniently located along I-95 and I-76. This 24-hour casino offers an extensive selection of slot and table games to choose from. The table games Sugarhouse has include blackjack, roulette and craps, while slot games include Wheel of Fortune, Fireball and 77777 Jackpot. When you want to take a break from gambling, enjoy a meal at The Refinery and sip a cocktail on its patio while enjoying the view of the Delaware River. Bonus: There is also a trolley, The Sugar Express, that offers free rides throughout the city to the casino.

Related: Top Casinos Around Philadelphia


Buffalo Billiards
118 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-7665

Buffalo Billiards is located in Old City and has pool tables, shuffleboard tables, dartboards, skeeball and foosball. It also has the arcade video games Big Buck Hunter and Golden Tee. Buffalo Billiards is spacious, as it has two floors along with two bars. There is also free poker on Tuesdays, which you need to sign up for. Buffalo Billiards has plenty of couches and chairs for those enjoying a drink or waiting to play a game. There is a great beer list and drafts and appetizers are half off during happy hour.

Raven Lounge
1718 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 840-3577

Raven Lounge is located in Rittenhouse Square and has board games scattered across tables with even more behind the bar. Games here include Connect Four, Jenga, Operation, Chess and Twister. Every Wednesday night, the lounge even features a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament, and Monday night is its weekly Quizzo. The Raven Lounge has two floors. Its downstairs bar is full of premium scotch and whiskey while a small dance floor exists upstairs complete with a dancing pole and DJ.

Related: Top Bars With Local Brews In Philadelphia

Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on
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