Adulthood may be full of bills, stress, and taxes, but that doesn’t mean the fun from your childhood has to be an afterthought. For your next game night, instead of the usual board games, up the ante with a visit to one of NoVA’s arcade bars, packed full with vintage arcade games, bowling, laser tag, and plenty of drinks.
Continental Pool Lounge
After a long day at work, hit up Continental Modern Pool Lounge for a round of drinks and games. Not a phone will be in sight as you spend the night competing against friends and strangers in pool, shuffleboard, ping pong, arcade games, and more. 1911 Fort Myer Dr., Arlington
Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social is truly the adult Chuck E. Cheese of your dreams. With three levels of bars, entertainment, and gaming, you’ll never be bored at this fun factory. Make sure to grab a glass of wine, punch, or your favorite cocktail before you embark on a night full of karaoke, bowling, and arcade and table games. 4238 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 1180, Arlington
When you step through the doors of Reclaim Arcade, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the golden era of arcade gaming. With over dozens of vintage games, including Tron, Mortal Kombat, and Galaga, and pinball machines, you’ll spend endless hours reliving your childhood. 2324 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg
Rosie’s Gaming Emporium
If you’re looking to up the stakes at your next game night, head to this licensed casino. Home to over 40 games, including The Big Green Money Machine, Hangman’s Revenge, and Double Luck Panda, big money could be just one bet away. As you test your luck at the penny slots, keep the drinks flowing by ordering a glass of “sunset sangria,” “Rosie’s punch,” or “down south.” 18069-E Triangle Shopping Plz., Dumfries
Parents and children alike will love everything offered at the Zone. From state-of-the-art arcade games to virtual reality and laser tag, the upscale arcade allows parents to get in on the gaming or enjoy a cocktail at the sports bar. 43811 Central Station Dr., Ste. 100, Ashburn
Feature image courtesy Punch Bowl Social
This story was first published on February 7, 2022.
For more stories like this, subscribe to Northern Virginia Magazine’s Things to Do newsletter.