Free Play arcade is the perfect place to bring the whole family! They have food, drinks and all of the awesome 90s arcade games you can think of. The best thing about this place is that it’s fun for people of all ages and every game is free to play (get it?)! Their Arlington location is my personal favorite, but you can also find Free Play arcades in Richardson and Denton. Keep an eye out for their new Fort Worth location, set to open this fall!
Varsity Tavern is always lot of fun, but I’d suggest going during the day to check out the outdoor games that they have. There’s cornhole, giant Jenga and (most importantly) giant beer pong! Yes, you heard that right. Giant beer pong! They set it up with large red trash cans and a yoga ball. I’m telling you, this is the best way to play beer pong. This West 7th hotspot also has a nice rooftop patio where you can soak in views of Fort Worth while enjoying a drink!
When I want to go full-on arcade mode, I go to Cidercade in Dallas. They have almost every arcade game you can think of! You’ll definitely want to check out the Mario Kart game. You can play with up to four people, and it’s exactly like playing the actual video game (AKA, a lot of fun!). They also have super tasty ciders (duh) that they brew in-house! You can try my favorite — the pineapple cider — or get a sample of any of the flavors before you order.
Corky’s is THE place to go if you’re going out with a group of friends. This Grapevine gem has delicious food, drinks, four escape rooms and even axe throwing ($30 per person for 75 minutes). On Sundays, it’s only $20 per person if you book online. Axe throwing was a lot of fun, and it’s definitely harder than it looks! I personally love escape rooms because I like to solve puzzles, and it was definitely fun to try with a group of friends. If you want to stick with arcade game fun, Corky’s also has a bunch of old school vintage games ($10 for an hour or $12 for four hours of unlimited play).
Kung Fu is one of my favorite bars in Uptown, mainly because it has games like life size connect four and skeeball for free. You can definitely check it out at night since all games can still be played and there’s rarely ever a line to get in. The vibe at this bar is more laid back than most bars in Uptown, but it’s certainly still very fun! They also have a location in Fort Worth with skeeball, a ping pong table, arcade games and a great patio.
The Pinstack in Las Colinas is really nice and has so many awesome games to play! They have laser tag, rock climbing, fun and unique arcade games, a bowling alley, and even bumper carts and a ropes course. Plus, it’s totally affordable. Bowling is $36 per hour for up to 8 people, bumper carts and rock climbing are just $5, and laser tag and the ropes course are only $6. There’s great food and drinks, too (be sure to check out their specials). I had the strawberry lemonade with vodka and the pepperoni pizza, and they were both so tasty!
Texas Live! has so many fun games, and most of them are located on the upper level at Sports & Social. If you haven’t been to Texas Live! yet you must absolutely check it out (here’s a few reasons why)! Sports & Social has fun games like ping-pong, shuffle board, air hockey and even a virtual golf simulator. The games aren’t free to play, so bring lots of change!
This place has it all! Giant Scrabble (which is life size on the wall), a bowling alley, vintage arcade games, karaoke, darts and much more! They even have amazing specialty drinks and tasty scratch kitchen food. You can find some games to play for free, but for the most part they charge per hour for the different activities. Fortunately, they don’t cost an arm and a leg — You can bowl for under $15 per person and karoke for under $50 per hour. Split between a few people, it’s a great price for a fun night!