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Baltimore Bars With The Best Arcade Games

September 5, 2013 6:00 AM

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Whether you prefer old-school games like Skee-Ball and Donkey Kong or a soon-to-be classic arcade game, plenty of Baltimore bars are getting in on the fun. Some even host leagues to tackle games like Skee-Ball and shuffle bowl. Check out these five Baltimore bars where arcade games are a part of the evening.

Baltimore Bar Arcade
2324 Boston St.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 800-2464
www.horsewithnonamecanton.com

While Baltimore Bar Arcade has “bar” in its name, it isn’t actually its own bar. It’s housed within Horse with No Name in Canton. While many bars have arcade games in them, Baltimore Bar Arcade is the first in Baltimore to be a true hybrid bar and arcade. It offers more than 40 different arcade games within nine consoles, including Skee-Ball and Ms. Pac Man. The bar hosts events almost every night, including cult classics night and table-top night. Follow Baltimore Bar Arcade on Facebook for updates.

Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 244-8686
www.mothersgrille.com

Mother’s has long been known as one of the biggest sports bars in South Baltimore and it’s typically packed with fresh-out-of-college faces. In the corner, you’ll often spot a polo-shirt-wearing post-collegiate guy with a Natty Boh in one hand and the gun for Buck Hunter in the other. He likely has an order of Mother’s famed hot wings on the way and is watching sports on the TV until a group of girls enters and Buck Hunter is suddenly less interesting. Keep an eye out for that moment when you can swoop in and have the vintage arcade game to yourself.

Related: Best Sports Bars In Baltimore

Johnny Rad’s
2108 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(443) 759-6464
www.johnnyrads.com

Check out reviews for Johnny Rad’s in Fells Point and almost all exclaim the same thing—SKEE-BALL! Johnny Rad’s patrons get excited for the great pizza and great classic arcade games alike. An entire page of the menu is dedicated to beers and cocktails, so drinks are always flowing. Wednesdays are Skee-Ball nights; each season, Skee-Ball league play runs for seven to eight weeks. Teams enjoy drink specials and free Skee-Ball throughout the season. Visit www.baltimorebarskee.com to learn more about the seasons and to join a league.

Related:  Best Retro Bars With Games In Baltimore

Rowan Tree
1633 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 468-0550
www.facebook.com/The-Rowan-Tree

The Rowan Tree, a hole-in-the-wall bar in South Baltimore, brings together two favorites, shuffleboard and bowling, to create an arcade-style game, shuffle bowl. Shuffle bowl became a hit in the 70s when electronic shuffle boards were bused with bowling pins. Shuffle bowl leagues have teams with up to three people and play on Sundays. Games are free and the seasons are 16 weeks long. Rowan Tree typically has bar specials during games.

Full Moon Pub and Grill
1100 Westminster Road
Reisterstown, Md. 21136
(410) 526-5565
www.fullmoonpubngrill.com

Directly off of Route 140 and just north of Owings Mills is Cal Bitner’s Full Moon Pub and Grill. Most of Full Moon’s clientele are regulars and the space is broken up into the bar, deck and dining room. The deck (or tiki lounge) is bright with lights and plastic flamingos. Jukeboxes and arcade games are lined up inside for customers’ enjoyment. With basic bar food, plenty of libations, throwback arcade games and outdoor space, Full Moon is a great place to spend an evening.

Renee Libby Beck spends her days as a public relations and social media manager for Medifast, Inc. and any spare time that she can find as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in local and national publications. Renee also serves as the Baltimore Food Examiner for Examiner.com.

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