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Emporium

Emporium Arcade Bar

Bar and Arcade$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • Cole K.
    Super chill bartenders. Surly Furious on tap. Try and beat my high score on Tapper (I'm CDK).
    Cole Kennedy · April 4
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  • Kevin T.
    All the games are one token per credit, so even a couple of bucks goes a long way here!
    Kevin Tjho · March 30
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  • Erika D.
    Lots of beer selection and arcade games are fun. Just, very very crowded at times it's hard to get around.
    Erika Davis · March 3
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  • Krystie P.
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    Krystie Phannareth · February 20
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  • Fatima A.
    Crazy. Childhood memories!
    Fatima Abdulsalam · February 5
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  • Gregory M.
    👾beers & games, boom!👾
    Gregory Milani · January 25
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  • Carlos T.
    Beer & Classic Video Games good crowd.
    Carlos Toscano · December 29, 2015
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  • Ninah R.
    Nice bar. Gets pretty crowded though so its hard to play games at times. Still had a fairly good time
    Ninah Randolph · November 18, 2015
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  • Eddy G.
    Classic arcade games, they have turtles in time and the Simpsons arcade beat 'em up.
    Eddy Gonzalez · November 2, 2015
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  • Kelly W.
    Similar to Beercade, but you have to pay to play. More game options though.
    Kelly Wong · November 1, 2015
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  • George
    Surprisingly cheap good time!
    George · October 17, 2015
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  • Kristen S.
    They have a ton of games here (Atari Star Wars, anyone?), two bars, and a stage for live bands. You can even order food from places nearby.
    Kristen Smith · August 29, 2015
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  • Jake C.
    Games and beer. That's fun.
    Jake Cohen · July 13, 2015
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  • Christine P.
    From the beer selection to the pinball choices, emporium is a must visit.
    Christine Pyra · June 11, 2015
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  • Laura M.
    Come for the games, stay for the amazing beer selection
    Laura McSlizz · May 27, 2015
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  • Chicagoist
    This Wicker Park location has more standalone games and pinball machines than the Logan Square location, plus it features 20 craft beers on tap. What could be a better combination? Read more
    Chicagoist · April 23, 2015
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  • Orakarn C.
    90's kid's place
    Orakarn Chootrakul · April 12, 2015
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  • David W.
    I think I played every game in there at one point in my life. Love that place.
    David Weathersby · March 3, 2015
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  • Trish G.
    The video games here always start off a great night here!
    Trish Galimore · February 25, 2015
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  • Matt L.
    So fun...arcade games and good drinks, specifically beer
    Matt Latourelle · February 6, 2015
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  • Jillian B.
    I like that there's still plenty of room to move about the bar. Other arcade bars are packed with so many games that socializing becomes difficult.
    Jillian Burnickas · February 5, 2015
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  • Allison K.
    Who doesn't love hipsters and arcade games?!?
    Allison Kaminski · January 3, 2015
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  • Joe S.
    https://www.beermenus.com/places/6519-emporium-arcade-bar
    Joe Steinkamp · December 25, 2014
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  • Adam R.
    Spectacular place. Games are in great condition. Great beers on tap.
    Adam Rowe · December 14, 2014
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  • Todday G.
    This is the best to meet anyone. Mingle talk and explore. Try a lot of their craft beer as well. (Don't forget to play some Arcade games)
    Todday Gaither · November 19, 2014
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  • Drea A.
    Booze and games? What's not to like!
    Drea Alexander · November 16, 2014
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  • Mark B.
    Play "Off-Road" and have a pipeworks beer. Also, tapper is a great game
    Mark Brenneman · October 19, 2014
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  • Erik R.
    My geeky self loved this place, beer and video games. Look to the back corner for NBA Jam, Blitz, and Mortal Kombat. Also don't overlook Super Mario Bros in the front. Love the pinball as well!
    Erik Rowley · October 6, 2014
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  • Katie B.
    They have a great beer selection and boulevard on tap. A must visit on any trip to Chicago
    Katie Buckner · September 23, 2014
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  • Alice
    Always decent beers on tap. Galaga, Theater Magic, and Tapper make it even better. Bring cash for tokens.
    Alice · September 16, 2014
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  • Jonathan
    Great selection of pinball machines.
    Jonathan · September 1, 2014
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  • Carlos J. C.
    Tons of great classic arcade games that leaves me with a great sense of nostalgia that makes parting way difficult. Oh and did I mention they have a good selection of beers?
    Carlos J. Cruz · August 11, 2014
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  • Davin L.
    Love it here.
    Davin Loh · August 10, 2014
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  • Ece
    The Indie City Arcade game next to the token station is free - doesn't need coins.
    Ece · August 9, 2014
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  • Dave
    you might want to post somebody at the entrance so randoms like me are yelled at when they stumble into a private party by the private party goon. I just wanna see my friend's band.
    Dave · August 9, 2014
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  • Emily S.
    Loads of 80s arcade games, cute bartenders and craft beer.
    Emily Sullivan · August 7, 2014
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  • Lee A.
    Great beer selection and classic games.
    Lee Allen · August 7, 2014
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  • Liz U.
    Great live music and great 90's movies
    Liz Unkrur · June 20, 2014
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  • LaChelle C.
    90s hip hop, every arcade game you can think of and of course, beer/".
    LaChelle Chrysanne · May 1, 2014
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  • Chris M.
    MK2 and Marge on Simpsons don't work
    Chris McNamara · April 28, 2014
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  • Nicole
    Fugging hipsters damn
    Nicole · April 27, 2014
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  • Chase T.
    The most amazing thing about this place (other than the killer beer selection and video games) is the fact that you can order Antique Taco from next door and they'll deliver it.
    Chase Turner · April 10, 2014
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  • David S.
    Pinball and arcade games just 25c a play. (Token required.) Or try Super Hexagon on the Indy City Arcade machine for free.
    David Smith · February 9, 2014
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  • Ashley
    The night I went the DJ was awesome. A lot of Hipsters and arcade games from back in the day. Pretty cool spot.
    Ashley · December 15, 2013
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  • Kay Kay R.
    Grew up in arcades... Fairly disappointed. Where's police trainer?! Or Revolution X?!
    Kay Kay R. · September 20, 2013
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  • Ken P.
    awesome gaming fun! tonight bigg picture is playing. cool stage area.
    Ken Payne · September 13, 2013
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  • Shannon H.
    $10 purchase $30 or more
    Shannon Heath · August 15, 2013
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  • Maaya Y.
    Cool bar! They close at 2 so that kind of sucks but the games are old school and its cool to chill here. But don't be playing games at 1:59 cuz they will seriously turn off the games at 2!!!
    Maaya Yamauchi · August 8, 2013
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  • Maria O.
    PAC man rulezz
    Maria O'bry · July 31, 2013
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  • Aaron C.
    Grab a drink and bring back memories playing one old school arcade game after another in the Wicker Park neighborhood.
    Aaron Cruz · July 24, 2013
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  • Emily R.
    NBA Jam bro! Seriously this place is super solid and has a decent beer list. Sometimes people hog certain games but eh what are you going to do?
    Emily R · July 5, 2013
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  • Bobbie
    So many hipsters.
    Bobbie · June 8, 2013
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  • Tony G.
    Don't leave your coat on the rack. It won't be there when you come back.
    Tony Garcia · April 19, 2013
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  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Play BurgerTime! 3=D)
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De Rose · March 1, 2013
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  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    If you intend to use a credit card here; it will also ask you to give it your I.D. ☞ No wi-fi; which is probably intentional.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De Rose · March 1, 2013
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  • Auryon B.
    Avoid Saturday nights. Too packed to even get to most games, let alone get a drink. Best in the afternoon.
    Auryon Blue · January 20, 2013
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  • Scott H.
    You can try and break my Tapper record...but not gonna happen
    Scott Hoyer · December 24, 2012
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  • Olivier D.
    The bar is cool, with vintage arcade games, and it's also located in a cool street, with vintage clothes shops
    Olivier Desmoulin · October 12, 2012
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  • Jake S.
    You can't climb up the ladder if you have the hammer in your hand.
    Jake Smith · September 23, 2012
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  • Archie P.
    Save everyone a little grief and read the chalkboard. Those are the only beers available. And no Miller Lite.
    Archie Powell · September 20, 2012
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  • Ryan M.
    VS Mario Bros is eating coins at the moment. But Q*Bert...gold.
    Ryan McDonald · August 16, 2012
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  • Sara T.
    Duck Hunt please. Took a round to get used to the controls again but soon you'll be knocking down ducks & clay discs from the pixel sky. Where's my PowerPad!??
    Sara Tea · August 9, 2012
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  • Jason R.
    Just like childhood... But you can have beer while playing arcade games!!!
    Jason Ruffin · August 9, 2012
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  • Faith
    Mmm beer and nerds, my two favorite things!
    Faith · August 4, 2012
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  • Kelli S.
    Double Dragon...pick up the whips and watch out for the Linda prostitute-looking bitches
    Kelli Shives · August 1, 2012
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  • Maggie S.
    Donkey Kong and Space Jam Pinball! Great beers too.
    Maggie Schultz · July 26, 2012
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  • Matt Spudart M.
    Play pinball: Firepower, Space Jam, The Machine: Bride of Pin-bot
    Matt Spudart Maldre · July 13, 2012
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  • Jeremy D.
    Controls for Lizzie on Rampage are a little suspect.
    Jeremy D. · July 2, 2012
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  • Chris F.
    Coolest place in the world. Selling my childhood back to me, but with great beer! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    Chris Foster · July 2, 2012
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  • Zachary M.
    Perfect stools for Owling
    Zachary Mannion · June 30, 2012
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  • Sam O.
    Run through the bar yelling "We've got a kill screen coming up!"
    Sam O'Rama · June 28, 2012
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  • Gio F.
    For your favorite machine you prob have to wait a bit. Hit up the other machines. Don't neglect Tron. The bartenders are super informative.
    Gio Fretz · June 25, 2012
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  • Mike E.
    Tokens aren't tips, but just try and beat my high score on Ms. Pac Man.
    Mike Ewing · June 16, 2012
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  • Jack S.
    Tapper is the way to go! Awesome bar, check it out.
    Jack Spilberg · June 16, 2012
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