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EightyTwo
EightyTwo

EightyTwo

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Bars, Clubs and Nightlife, Entertainment, Cocktail Bar, Arcade
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707 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 626-8200
http://eightytwo.la/
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This is probably the first barcade that I visited. Very chic. Drinks are reasonable. Mostly retro 80s games. Think Ready Player One.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This is probably the first barcade that I visited. Very chic. Drinks are reasonable. Mostly retro 80s games. Think Ready Player One.

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Local from West Covina

Cool bar concept, get your drink and play some old school arcade games. Very fun to go!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Its really sad that LA has no arcade-bar culture. In the Pacific North West almost every bar has some sort of arcade in it.

That being said, EightyTwo is the best of what LA needs as far as what Barcades in this city are supposed to be. They have great, GREAT DJs that play awesome Music. A full bar with a wide range of liquors and some of the best local Beers this side of SoCal. They even invite local Food Trucks to come in and serve their delicacies every now and then.

I havent even started with the games. The most popular game is obviously street-fighter, which THEY PROJECT ON TOP OF THE BAR to really bring home the spirit of the place. The people who play it are both novices and full fledged competition gamers, so games can be fun, exciting and competitive. There are number of old arcade games that brings back memories for many a nerd and they get more fun the more drunk you get.
The Pinball Area is just as fun. STAY AWAY FROM THE IRON-MAN Pinball Machine, that shit is rigged. It can be fun to challenge a friend or two to pinball scoring and again, it gets more fun and competitive the more drunk you get.

Lastly, Its great that the owner holds regular Pinball and Street-Fighter competitions for its patrons. It really makes EightTwo one of the best places to check out in Downtown LA.

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This is a super hip barcade located in the Arts District adjacent to Downtown LA. There is amazing throwback arcade games galore like NBA jam, x men, mortal kombat, teenage mutant ninja turtles, and more! They have a full bar serves cocktails and beer with street fighter playing right above it.

One of the coolest things about this spot is that they always have guest DJs (special guests too) rocking the turntables it can turn into a mini dance party.

There's a big outdoor patio if you want to just chill and logue out. There is also a frickin pinball room with like over 10 machines...they got everything here.

And if you are hungry, they for a food truck in the back for you to grub.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Real old school Arcade for the 70s 80s and 90s kids mixed with a bar? That's such a great concept and throwback for the golden era of Arcade games. I haven't seen certain games for a long time. Street Fighter hell yes.
People come here to enjoy the games and drink. It's a nice vibe and I think there is no dress code even though it's a bar, because I wore a hat. So don't worry about that.

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Local from Los Angeles

This place brought back some fond memories as it is a bar-cade that features games from the early 80's and 90's ... I grew up playing these games at the arcade before I could drink, so what better time than to play the same games but with alcohol to boot. I wish in addition to the great environment, the occasional food trucks, and the fairly decent cocktail selections ... that they would add a happy hour menu! Now that would really get me coming back again and again, but alas they already have $5 beers so maybe they feel there's not such a need to draw a crowd since the games are doing that job themselves. For true gamers, I would say I too wished they have the Street Fighter 2 (death touch edition) instead of the Champion Edition. There are a few more games I wish they added to the place but I guess you can't keep everyone happy right?

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Who doesn't like an arcade that serves cocktails? If you are one of those people, GET OUT OF HERE.

I would say this is my second time experiencing an arcade bar, first would be in San Diego, C-Coin. I was pretty happy when I found out EightyTwo was going to be as similar as C-Coin.

Tips: Come on weekdays, avoid weekends. Bring cash or quarters for the game and bills for exchange machine.

Drinks: From beers to cocktails

You'll be card before going in, suggest to remember to bring your ID! There are lots of old school games and pinball machines. Get ready to play!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I have been thrilled to come here at first... and then I was totally over it. Yeah it was nostalgic. Yeah it was drinking and playing pinball and vid games. yeah they had stuff that I have seen in years and years and years.

Then reality sets in. Getting jostled by the ultra hipsters as they go by and spill drinks on you. Just what I really wanted... what about you?

I absolutely hate that they have food trucks come by, but you cant take your drink into the eating area. Nor can you bring your food to the chairs on the inside to drink while you eat. I understand that you dont need to have food in the arcade area. But if no food then why drinks? I know drinks get spilled all over those things so why not let ppl bring in their wings, tots, and whatever other grub is on a food truck that night...

Some kewl stuff like galaga and streetfighter are projected over the bar to watch whatever is happening. So that is a pretty kewl, unless you suck at the games like i do... I used to be ok at galaga as a kid and street fighter i only played on super nintendo while in college and got into massive game nights in the dorms as a frosh... So playing to a crowd is fine.

The bar is stocked decently but its a bit pricey. Some of there drinks are a bit different than you would expect. I first came here a few weeks after it opened and before it was well known it was a lot more fun.

I highly suggest coming here on a weeknight like a tuesday or wednesday as its a lot less crowded and you are able to find a game to play. without a line. A bunch of these kids errr hipsters dont even know what it means when you post a quarter on the machine for next game. They even get offended if you do... like they dont know arcade etiquette... *SMH*

Ohhh well look for me on galaga, defender, centipede, or in the pinball room. =) but its a place to congregate after the other spots in the neighborhood close down which is at midnight for some weird reason... argh... even on the weekend so it is what it is...

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I love this bar! What better way to enjoy a drink than by playing arcades? They have retro arcade games. Awesome old school classics like street fighter and ninja turtles. They also have pinball machines. And who doesn't like that?

Great place to take someone you like. You'll be able to socialize here and be a kid at the same time.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Love the concept so much! Barcade (bar plus arcade) located in little Tokyo. One of the few night life party location where guys will pay less attention to girls and be busy being boys with pocket full of quarters.

It's also pretty laid back so their dress code is not strict.

The name EightyTwo is named after the year, 1982, when the games were booming. The games you see at this arcade is nostalgic. I'm sad they don't have super Mario... They do have donkey king, tron, street fighter and the newspaper boy :)

The issue here is the long ass line to get in. I appreciate the bouncer making sure the bar won't feel like you're in a sardine can.... But the wait to get in could suck on busy nights.

The biggest issue for me is that the cocktail sounds really intuitive but the bartender makes it so shitty. I had one make two of the same and they both tasted horrible and different. It's not worth it for the price. Might as well get beer or something easy to make like vodka tonic.

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Local from Azusa, California, USA

Old school arcade games + Bar = Barcade!

Props to the genius who thought of combining a bar with arcade games because this place has now become heaven for geeks and guys everywhere and why yes also the gamer girls ;).

Recently there was a video game themed event thrown at EightyTwo and yours truly dressed up as Chun Li (my favorite all time video game character). Now imagine the excitement when two cosplaying Chun Li's played Street Fighter as Chun Li Vs Chun Li. It was EPIC! We gathered a nice crowd and I'm proud to say I played Chun Li well as I was on a streak beating one player after the next WOOT! Can't beat that crazy lightning kick!

The venue itself is very nice. There's an outdoor area with heat lamps and seating and a sectioned off area where they usually have a food truck in the courtyard. There's two rooms (one for video games and one for pin ball). The bar and DJ are located in the video game room while the restrooms are located in the pin ball room.

There's a special list of mixed cocktails at the bar and I had the opportunity to try the "newb" and boy was that drink strong! It was a mix of vodka, lemon grass, and honey. It was definitely an acquired taste but i enjoyed it and got buzzed pretty quick! Drinks are a lot pricier here though.

My only concern about EightyTwo is the lack of arcade games. On a crowded night, there's ALWAYS a line for Street Fighter and some of the other popular games and there's definitely enough room to add more. Also, the security here is a b*tch, they won't allow you to bring food into any of the other areas if you buy it from the food truck. You are basically stuck in the courtyard area until you are finished eating and they will follow you around like a hound if you try to sneak it into any other areas.

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Anaheim, California

The new spot that brings man cave to a whole other level!
Tons of different old school arcade games from Donkey Kong, Space Invaders and much more for what I would be interested in.
I was more interested in the bar area and the cool food truck outside.
As fun as it was, it is a popular new spot so try to get there at 8pm or even go around the afternoon time and grab some beer and play a few game!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA
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The new hotspot in little Tokyo - cool arcade game bar with good cocktails. Not a cheap place for big groups or events as the staff was not very helpful nor giving with big parties. However, it's a cool spot and worth a visit. Loved the cheap video games and ambience. Would come back and host an event with different management. Otherwise, as a normal patron - fun spot.

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Local from Glendora, California

Finally got a chance to check out this bar after hearing the buzz. Really cool place! Extremely spacious. There's an outdoor area and two rooms - one for the old arcade games and the other for pinball machines. Games include: Tron, Joust, Street Fighter, The Simpsons, Duck Hunt...

As for drinks, they serve beer and cocktails. For those of you who like their alcohol to not taste like alcohol, they make a delicious mojito here that kind of tastes like slightly spiked lemonade.

If you get hungry, Wurstkuche and Pie Hole are just down the street! :)

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Orange County, California, USA

Old school arcade games, drinks, and awesome vibe!

I tried the Princess Peach Cocktail and it was fruity and had enough alcohol. For me anyway! (Lightweight)

Streetfighter is projected on the wall above the bar. There's also Duck Hunt, Mortal Kombat, Tron, Off Road, Centipede, the Original Simpsons, Paperboy, OffRoad, NBA Jam , Dragons Lair and more!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

How cool is this? Just like how we imagined after high school to be in an arcade and be able to drink beer. It would have been dangerous back in the day but in a bar setting, why not? Cheers!!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

82 pimms cup is a great cocktail! The games are cheap, a quarter, and of course they have street fighter II! Chill vibe and a fun place to hang out. Took off a star because one of the bartenders was douchey... :( But the female bartender with short blond hair was cool.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Really fun place to tap into your inner child. They have classic old school arcade games and pinball! Really fun atmosphere that attracts pretty much anyone which makes the experience enjoyable.

The only drawback is that parking is a drag -only street parking.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

games are very old school but lots of fun when you are around friends who also like to play. a great way to meet people who like to relive their child hood games. there is usually a catering in the back and today is pizza. they bring their own oven and cook it and it only takes about 2mins to make the pizza. there are also a load of beers and drinks by the bar. they also have a slew of pinball machinese too.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

+++++ Update on April 7,2014++++
Was supposed to come here for a special private event. But due to management issues, our event got cancelled/postponed.

Well, I guess I will have to re-evaulate my rating.
I will take my business elsewhere.
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Came here during their soft opening.

As we approached the door, the bouncer allowed a person to enter during the preview night. Sort of took away from being on the private guest list if they are allowing anyone in.

I wished the Street Fighter was hooked up to an actual game so we can watch people actually fighting/playing against each other.

Drinks: N/A. We just came from another event where I got buzzed.
Staff: N/A Since we didn't get any drinks.

One side was the arcade games/bar and dj area.
The middle was space to sit and mingle.
The other side was the pinball area.

They had great "vintage" (classic) arcade games from the 80's and 90's.
Not a great pinpall player so I didn't spend too much of my milk money playing pinpall games.

Overall, if you are tired of XLanes, and want to play games and be surrounded by adults playing arcade games, this would be a great option.

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