Video game bar coming to Wicker Park

Former manager of Brooklyn's Barcade to open Emporium Arcade Bar in March

February 15, 2012|By Erin Sarris | For RedEye

Appealing to the nostalgic hipster in all of us, a vet of Brooklyn’s Barcade is opening a new video game haven with a full bar in Wicker Park.

Opening sometime in March, Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will feature 30 arcade games and pinball machines from the ’80s and ’90s, including Pacman, Donkey Kong, NBA Jam, Streetfighter and Smash TV. There won’t be a cover charge, and tokens good for one play will cost a quarter each.

“After a couple beers and not having played Pacman for 20 years, it’s a lot harder [to play] than you think,” said owner Danny Marks. “We don’t want to charge people too much.”

As for the set-up, Marks says games will line the walls of the space, with adjacent shelves to hold your drink while you play. In the center of the room they’ll be a full bar with focus on local craft brews and whiskey. If video games aren’t your thing, there will be plenty of tables to watch your friends play or bring in your own food. (There’s no kitchen.)

Marks says he sees Emporium attracting neighborhood locals as well as becoming a destination for a milestone birthday or bachelor party.

Emporium will be open every day from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. except Saturday and Sunday when it will open at noon.  For more info, check out

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