Whether you’re visiting Tampa Bay for a convention and looking for something fun to do when the show floor closes, or you’re a local who wants to check out some fun, nerdy spots, this list will show you some of the coolest hidden gems in and around Tampa Bay! So break out your jean jackets, your Nintendo controllers, and some quarters for the arcade machines, and let’s get into this list.
Reboot Dunedin – 248 Scotland St, Dunedin, FL 34698
This spot is the promised land for any video game and beer lovers. Not only do they have plenty of modern games for you to check out, but their pinball and vintage video game selection is sure to make any fanboy or girl drool. One of the main draws, however, is their newly added VR room! There aren’t too many places in the area that have VR video games for you to play at your leisure, and that really sets this place above the rest. Oh and did we forget to mention that they have over 40 beers, wine and sake selections here too?
GenX Tavern – 103 E Jackson St, Tampa, FL 33602
Have you ever just missed the nineties so bad that you wished instead of popping in your DVD copy of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, you could just step into a time machine and relive the good ole days? If that’s you, then we have some news that’s about to change your life. Gen X Tavern is a newly opened bar in the downtown Tampa area. This bar is all about the glory days; specifically the nineties. Make sure to try out some of their food specialties like “The Hellraiser” buffalo chicken sandwich or the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” burger. And if you’re really looking for a fun time you have to try one (or three) of their adult capri suns!
GameTime – 1600 E. 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
Now this spot is great for all ages. GameTime is packed with the coolest and newest arcade games, and won’t drain your wallet nearly as fast as Dave and Busters will. If you’re not really into the arcade games, then make sure to check out their bowling lanes! Last but certainly not least, they’ve got a great bar/restaurant area. So you can sit back and relax with some wings and a drink while the kids run wild with the awesome games.
Park and Rec – 100 4th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 *** A second location is coming to Downtown Tampa very soon ***
This place takes bar games to a whole new level. Park & Rec has your usual arcade games and skee ball and such, but the hype surrounding this place is all about their super sized bar games! You read that right. They take your typical bar games like jenga, corn hole, and beer pong and they supersize them! If you think your good at bar games, make sure to check this place out. The giant beer pong is a can’t miss! Also to answer your question: no the buckets are not actually filled with beer. But if you are in a drinking mood when you go to visit this place, they have tons of fun and delicious drinks along with an equally as fun and delicious food menu.
Lowry Parcade – 1213 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
If you like craft beers and pinball, then look no further than Lowry Parcade. This one’s really off the beaten path, so if you’re from out of town, you probably won’t have heard of it, and even if you’re a local you might not have heard of it! But this is going to be one of the best spots to relax after a day at work. With tons of cool craft beers to try and an equal amount of vintage arcade and pinball machines, this bar is a spot you won’t want to miss! Plus, make sure to check the calendar before you go, because they are always hosting awesome events.
The Pinball Arcade Museum – 2313 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Finishing off our list is The Pinball Arcade Museum. This is another one that is on the kid friendly side of things, so don’t expect to find beer and cocktails at this spot. What you can expect however is one of the largest selections of vintage pinball and arcade games in Florida! With games frequently being cycled in and out, this is a spot that you can check out pretty regularly and you’ll be treated to an updated selection of games each time you come back. For a flat fee of $15 for adults and $8 for kids under 13, you can play as many games as you want all day long! So if you’ve been looking to show off your old skills to your kids by beating them in Galaga or Frogger, this is the place to go!
Game on and stay AWESOME!!!