The golden age of arcades dominated the scene in the early 1980s. Although we’ve grown accustomed to our at-home gaming environments, there’s nothing quite like the social experience of plugging quarters into those old-school cabinets.
Bar Arcades, or “Barcades,” have popped up in major cities across the country. Among some of the more famous are the original Barcade in Brookyn, Ground Kontrol in Portland, and Insert Coin(s) in Las Vegas. Finally, Los Angeles has its own nostalgic destination with the brand new EightyTwo.
With its grand opening last weekend, Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe opened the doors to their classic arcade in L.A.’s Downtown Arts District. Co-Founder Scott Davids has assembled and personally restored EightyTwo’s impressive arcade collection, which includes the old wireframe Star Wars (Cockpit), Gauntlet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Street Fighter II. Separated by a large open air patio is yet another room lined solely with vintage pinball machines, owned by Pins and Needles‘ Molly Atkinson. “Pinball Molly” will also serve as EightyTwo’s manager and resident technician.
In a very cool coincidence, it turns out that Davids produced a sci-fi short which was featured on Nerdist’s YouTube Channel in 2013 called The Final Moments of Karl Brant, starring Pee-Wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens.
Several of us at Nerdist attended EightyTwo’s opening weekend and we cannot recommend it enough:
— Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) March 24, 2014
EightyTwo is located at 707 East 4th Place, just steps from Würstkuche, Angel City Brewery and Umami Burger, in the heart of Downtown L.A.’s Arts District. It’s open Tuesday thriugh Friday 5 PM till 2 AM, Saturday and Sunday 12 PM through 2 AM, and closed Mondays. For more information, check their website at www.eightytwo.la. Be looking out for announcements on their upcoming Pinball League!