In New York City, you don’t have to choose between going to an arcade and hitting the bars: You can do both.
Whether you're a Scrabble enthusiast, a Jenga champion or a pinball wizard, there's a bar for you.
Indulge your competitive side at one of these spots.
This haven for craft beer and pinball lovers has more than just flipper games to offer. Grab a pint of a local Queens brew or a specialty cocktail at the bar in the front, then head to the back of the long, brick-walled space, where you'll find seven pinball machines.
If board games or classic electronic games are more your speed, there's a stand stocked with everything from Jenga to Scrabble to the magnetic field-influenced Snap Attack.
53-22 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, Queens, facebook.com/solidstatenyc
Fishbowl at Dream Midtown
This bar and lounge from the TAO Group is all about the games. Knock down some pins at one of the two mini-bowling lanes, test your skill at Skee-Ball, go old-school with "Pac-Man" and more. When you are in the mood for some football, you can catch the sports action on one of two floor-to-ceiling projectors or seven large-screen TVs. 210 W. 55th St., midtown, fishbowlnyc.com, 646-756-2077
This two-level bar and lounge is an oversized game-lovers' paradise, with giant Jenga, chess and Connect Four; plus find Skee-Ball, table tennis, foosball and pool. On Sundays, all games are free (normally $14 an hour for table tennis and pool). The Flatiron space is decked out with 20-plus TVs to catch sports games, too. 54 W. 21st St., Flatiron, slate-ny.com, 212-989-0096
Clinton Hall's indoor and outdoor spaces are packed with activities to do while you drink, including games like Jenga, pingpong and cornhole. More than 20 brews can be paired along with a game of beer pong.
90 Washington St., Manhattan, clintonhallny.com, 212-363-6000
Tiki bars like to play too.
Bushwick's Dromedary Bar is known for its tropical cocktails, like daquiris and coladas, but linger for the two pinball machines hidden inside. Head to the bar on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. for "Tiki, Trivia & Tacos," where the trivia is free and the tacos are $1.25 each.
226 Irving Ave., Brooklyn, facebook.com/dromedarybar, 347-715-4255
If you're looking for outdoor activities to go with your drink, this South Slope spot is a winner.
Head to Greenwood Park for more than 60 beers on tap and three outdoor bocce courts. The gas station-turned-venue also hosts a table tennis tournament on Mondays, featuring happy hour drink prices and a cash prize.
555 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, greenwoodparkbk.com
You may have heard of this Bushwick Bar from its quirky "Man Bun Special," but Boobie Trap also keeps its patrons entertained with a variety of board games and risque coloring sheets. Sip on reasonably priced drafts, cans and mixed drinks while playing Sorry or Candy Land.
308 Bleecker St., Bushwick, Brooklyn, facebook.com/boobietrapbk, 347-240-9105
True to its name, Barcade specializes in American craft beer and, on the game side, arcade classics popular in the '80s and '90s, such as Tetris. Movie buffs will love games inspired by films like "RoboCop," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "X-Men" and "Star Wars Trilogy." One of the most popular games is Pac-Man Battle Royale, a four-player competitive game.
Every Barcade location is open play and has 40 to 50 arcade games.
148 W. 24th St. and 6 St. Marks Pl., Manhattan; 388 Union Ave., Brooklyn, barcade.com
The Creek & The Cave
If you're itching for a game of pinball, head on over to The Creek & The Cave. This bar - which also happens to be a restaurant, comedy club and concert venue - has eight pinball machines for your entertainment, from The Sopranos to The Wizard of Oz. Each one has its own theme, with visual displays, flashing lights and other bells and whistles.
The bar itself has its own tequilas, plus a list of cocktails named after comedians who have previously performed at The Creek & The Cave, including Patton (after Sean Patton) and Gambino (after Donald Glover). There's no cover charge for the comedy shows.
10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens, creeklic.com, 718-706-8783
If you're a lover of board games, this bar has it all. Fancy a game of Scrabble? Check. Yahtzee, Sorry or Trivial Pursuit? Check, check, check. With more than 20 board games to choose from, you'll never get bored. Owner Kent Lanier says the bar's cozy atmosphere "feels like a library," particularly on quieter weeknights, with a "pretty nerdy group overall." Patrons are encouraged to bring their own games to play and even host tournaments. On any given day, you'll find people lounging at the picnic tables outside, a nice shady spot that's perfect for a summer afternoon game of chess.
91 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, blackrabbitbarnyc.com, 718-349-1595
Break Bar & Billiards
Break Bar calls itself an "adult playground," and for good reason: There's pingpong, vintage arcade games, darts, foosball and hoops. Break has Jenga at every table, not to mention board games that you can use for free, such as Monopoly, Clue, chess, checkers and bingo. The pool tables are also complimentary for customers every day through happy hour. Oh, and did we mention Cards Against Humanity?
With 16 high-definition television screens, the bar is also a great location for sports fans. Choose from a range of 18 different beers on tap, along with cocktails and bottled beers.
32-04 Broadway, Astoria, Queens, break-ny.com, 718-777-5400
Royal Palms is the king bar of shuffleboard.
For $40 an hour for a group of four (or more), patrons can play on the 10 courts in the warehouse-like space. Never played? Beginners are welcome, as each group receives a complimentary lesson before game time.
Shuffleboard geeks will appreciate the bar's signature cocktails, which are all named after famous players. Shuffleboard Bob "tastes like a vacation in a mason jar," says Jonathan Schnapp, co-owner of Royal Palms.
514 Union St., Gowanus, Brooklyn, royalpalmsshuffle.com, 347-223-441
Free pizza with every drink, plus all the games you can think of? Yes, please.
Williamsburg's The Alligator Lounge is game central, offering patrons plenty of entertainment to choose from, including skee-ball, pool, board games and more. The bar hosts two free weekly bingo nights, trivia, comedy nights and even karaoke on weekends. Most of these activities are free, but skee-ball and pool cost $1 to play.
The Alligator Lounge has a full menu of shot and beer specials, many of which put a NYC spin on classics, like Bushwick Mule. There's no cover charge to enjoy the bar, and with every alcoholic drink you purchase, you get a free personal pan pizza, fresh from the brick oven (pay only $1 for toppings).
600 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, alligatorloungebrooklyn.com, 718-599-4440