Where: Downtown Los Angeles
For: Ages 21+
EightyTwo is a retro arcade bar in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Ethan and I have been here twice with a group of friends. If you are interested in playing classic arcade and pinball games with a beer in hand, this is the place for you.
Entrance into EightyTwo is on a first-come first-served basis, so it’s suggested to come early on the weekends before the bar reaches capacity. EightyTwo’s setup includes two arcade areas separated by an outdoor patio area. One room is filled with pinball machines while the other contains a full bar with arcade games. The outdoor area has ample seating at tables and benches. Each night there is either a food truck, bbq pit or taco stand in the parking lot out front. A full bar is offered to guests, with the cocktail menu changing seasonally. Ten rotating draft beers, pressed juices, soft drinks and coffee are also served.
This adults-only arcade offers fifty pinball and arcade machines that rotate. All arcade games range from 1978-1994 and cost $0.25 to play. Pinball machines are drawn from the 70s to present day and cost $0.50. All games utilize quarters, and two onsite change machines accept $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills. EightyTwo is the home of the LA Pinball League, and the bar offers gaming tournaments, food trucks and DJs. You can participate in the bi-monthly Street Fighter II tournament while your game session is broadcast on a projector above the bar.
There is a vibrant mix of people at EightyTwo. It was very crowded on the weekends and some games had a line to play. It was difficult to get to drinks at the bar since there is only one on the far wall of the arcade room. People were standing in groups around the machines trying to get the bartenders’ attention. There were no waits for the pinball machines, and it was easier to talk to people outside since the music wasn’t as loud as inside.
There was no cover charge and drinks are $10 to $13 each. With the low price of game play, we were able to leave with a tab of less than $100. Considering that we stayed here for about four hours and were entertained the entire time, this was definitely worth it.
Eighty Two Information
707 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
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