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Emporium Arcade Bar

Bar, Arcade, and Music Venue$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
77 Tips and reviews
  • pinball
  • beer
  • video games
  • tapper
  • tokens
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  • Antonio B.
    Great arcade selection I felt like a kid again too the bartender early so you won’t have to wait on your drinks
  • Josh S.
    Josh Scianna2 weeks ago
    Doesn’t have table games like the Logan counterpart, but it’s a fun spot nonetheless. Good beer menu and a really nice change-up for a date.
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    Emporium Arcade Bar was voted the Best Nerdy Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Chicago. #daterschoice Read more
  • James M.
    James MorganDecember 2, 2016
    Games, beer, music
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SandlerMay 27, 2016
    Tons of retro arcade games and pinball tables. Wide variety of beer on tap. Cool vibe.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyApril 4, 2016
    Super chill bartenders. Surly Furious on tap. Try and beat my high score on Tapper (I'm CDK).
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TMarch 30, 2016
    All the games are one token per credit, so even a couple of bucks goes a long way here!
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisMarch 3, 2016
    Lots of beer selection and arcade games are fun. Just, very very crowded at times it's hard to get around.
  • Fatima A.
    Fatima AbdulsalamFebruary 5, 2016
    Crazy. Childhood memories!
  • Gregory M.
    Gregory MilaniJanuary 25, 2016
    👾beers & games, boom!👾
  • Carlos T.
    Carlos ToscanoDecember 29, 2015
    Beer & Classic Video Games good crowd.
  • Ninah R.
    Ninah RandolphNovember 18, 2015
    Nice bar. Gets pretty crowded though so its hard to play games at times. Still had a fairly good time
  • Eddy G.
    Eddy GonzalezNovember 2, 2015
    Classic arcade games, they have turtles in time and the Simpsons arcade beat 'em up.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 1, 2015
    Similar to Beercade, but you have to pay to play. More game options though.
  • George
    GeorgeOctober 17, 2015
    Surprisingly cheap good time!
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SmithAugust 29, 2015
    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.
  • Jake C.
    Jake CohenJuly 13, 2015
    Games and beer. That's fun.
  • Christine P.
    Christine PyraJune 11, 2015
    From the beer selection to the pinball choices, emporium is a must visit.
  • Laura M.
    Laura McSlizzMay 27, 2015
    Come for the games, stay for the amazing beer selection
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistApril 23, 2015
    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
  • Orakarn C.
    Orakarn ChootrakulApril 12, 2015
    90's kid's place
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyMarch 3, 2015
    I think I played every game in there at one point in my life. Love that place.
  • Trish G.
    Trish GalimoreFebruary 25, 2015
    The video games here always start off a great night here!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LatourelleFebruary 6, 2015
    So fun...arcade games and good drinks, specifically beer
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BurnickasFebruary 5, 2015
    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.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Who doesn't love hipsters and arcade games?!?
  • Joe S.
    Joe SteinkampDecember 25, 2014
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweDecember 14, 2014
    Spectacular place. Games are in great condition. Great beers on tap.
  • Todday G.
    Todday GaitherNovember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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)
  • Drea A.
    Drea AlexanderNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Booze and games? What's not to like!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrennemanOctober 19, 2014
    Play "Off-Road" and have a pipeworks beer. Also, tapper is a great game
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyOctober 6, 2014
    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!
  • Katie B.
    Katie BucknerSeptember 23, 2014
    They have a great beer selection and boulevard on tap. A must visit on any trip to Chicago
  • Alice
    AliceSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always decent beers on tap. Galaga, Theater Magic, and Tapper make it even better. Bring cash for tokens.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanSeptember 1, 2014
    Great selection of pinball machines.
  • Davin L.
    Davin LohAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Love it here.
  • Ece
    EceAugust 9, 2014
    The Indie City Arcade game next to the token station is free - doesn't need coins.
  • Dave
    DaveAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Emily S.
    Emily SullivanAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Loads of 80s arcade games, cute bartenders and craft beer.
  • Lee A.
    Lee AllenAugust 7, 2014
    Great beer selection and classic games.
  • Liz U.
    Liz UnkrurJune 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great live music and great 90's movies
  • LaChelle C.
    90s hip hop, every arcade game you can think of and of course, beer/".
  • Chris M.
    Chris McNamaraApril 28, 2014
    MK2 and Marge on Simpsons don't work
  • Nicole
    NicoleApril 27, 2014
    Fugging hipsters damn
  • Chase T.
    Chase TurnerApril 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • David S.
    David SmithFebruary 9, 2014
    Pinball and arcade games just 25c a play. (Token required.) Or try Super Hexagon on the Indy City Arcade machine for free.
  • Ashley
    AshleyDecember 15, 2013
    The night I went the DJ was awesome. A lot of Hipsters and arcade games from back in the day. Pretty cool spot.
  • Kay Kay R.
    Kay Kay R.September 20, 2013
    Grew up in arcades... Fairly disappointed. Where's police trainer?! Or Revolution X?!
  • Ken P.
    Ken PayneSeptember 13, 2013
    awesome gaming fun! tonight bigg picture is playing. cool stage area.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathAugust 15, 2013
    $10 purchase $30 or more
  • Maaya Y.
    Maaya YamauchiAugust 8, 2013
    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!!!
  • Maria O.
    Maria O'bryJuly 31, 2013
    PAC man rulezz
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CruzJuly 24, 2013
    Grab a drink and bring back memories playing one old school arcade game after another in the Wicker Park neighborhood.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RJuly 5, 2013
    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?
  • Bobbie
    BobbieJune 8, 2013
    So many hipsters.
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Play BurgerTime! 3=D)
  • 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.
  • Auryon B.
    Auryon BlueJanuary 20, 2013
    Avoid Saturday nights. Too packed to even get to most games, let alone get a drink. Best in the afternoon.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HoyerDecember 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You can try and break my Tapper record...but not gonna happen
  • Olivier D.
    Olivier DesmoulinOctober 12, 2012
    The bar is cool, with vintage arcade games, and it's also located in a cool street, with vintage clothes shops
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 23, 2012
    You can't climb up the ladder if you have the hammer in your hand.
  • Archie P.
    Archie PowellSeptember 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Save everyone a little grief and read the chalkboard. Those are the only beers available. And no Miller Lite.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McDonaldAugust 16, 2012
    VS Mario Bros is eating coins at the moment. But Q*
  • Sara T.
    Sara TeaAugust 9, 2012
    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!??
  • Jason R.
    Jason RuffinAugust 9, 2012
    Just like childhood... But you can have beer while playing arcade games!!!
  • Faith
    FaithAugust 4, 2012
    Mmm beer and nerds, my two favorite things!
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli ShivesAugust 1, 2012
    Double Dragon...pick up the whips and watch out for the Linda prostitute-looking bitches
  • Maggie S.
    Maggie SchultzJuly 26, 2012
    Donkey Kong and Space Jam Pinball! Great beers too.
  • Matt Spudart M.
    Matt Spudart MaldreJuly 13, 2012
    Play pinball: Firepower, Space Jam, The Machine: Bride of Pin-bot
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy D.July 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Controls for Lizzie on Rampage are a little suspect.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FosterJuly 2, 2012
    Coolest place in the world. Selling my childhood back to me, but with great beer! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Zachary M.
    Zachary MannionJune 30, 2012
    Perfect stools for Owling
  • Sam O.
    Sam O'RamaJune 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Run through the bar yelling "We've got a kill screen coming up!"
  • Gio F.
    Gio FretzJune 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Mike E.
    Mike EwingJune 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tokens aren't tips, but just try and beat my high score on Ms. Pac Man.
  • Jack S.
    Jack SpilbergJune 16, 2012
    Tapper is the way to go! Awesome bar, check it out.
  • Adam S.
    Adam Sigel2 days ago
    Great selection of pinball tables (Star Wars, Star Trek, Addams Family, Game of Thrones, Demolition Man) and classic arcade games (NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, Mortal Kombat II, Capcom v Marvel, Qbert, Galaga)
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