Local spots offering activities to elevate a night out
From giant Jenga to table tennis and vintage arcade tournaments, games are making their way into the restaurant and bar scene, adding a new dimension when it comes to a night out. Check out these Phoenix watering holes that offer more than your standard bar food.
BY MANDY HOLMES
Culinary Dropout at The Yard The casual atmosphere of Culinary Dropout at the Yard combines games, live music, and a laid-back vibe with a menu to match. With crowd favorites including the famous pretzel bites and cheese fondue, the restaurant doubles as the ultimate adult playground. Between bites, test your hand at lawn games including cornhole, pingpong and foosball. Stay hydrated with ice-cold craft beer or a refreshing housemade cocktail. www.culinarydropout.com. Cobra Arcade The sounds of coins clanging can be heard throughout Cobra Arcade Bar thanks to 40 vintage arcade cabinets and multiple pinball machines. Video game characters cover the walls and local artists display their work throughout the retro bar. Popular games like Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat are favored by the crowd of regulars that pack the arcade on weekends. If you get hungry, food trucks and vendors supply bites Thursday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and outside food can be brought in, or you can order a pizza to be delivered directly to your Donkey Kong game. www. cobraarcadebar.com. The Vig At the two locations in Phoenix, the fun, upscale neighborhood tavern invites diners to try their hand at bocce, cornhole and shuffleboard while enjoying live and DJ-spun music in the evenings. With a spacious patio and a trendy twist on classic American fare, this popular weekend spot may just turn into your regular Sunday funday hangout. www.thevig.us. The Duce Where groovy meets nostalgic, this Downtown Phoenix open warehouse is home to pingpong tables, cornhole, a boxing ring (to work off all the famous mac and cheese muffins!) and a dance hall where you can perfect your swing moves. Besides competitive shuffleboard games and dance lessons, Phoenicians flock to the old-school eatery for vintage beers and cocktails. www.theducephx.com. Linger Longer This retro lounge is well-known for creative bar bites and quirky cocktails in addition to crowd-pleasing games like Jenga and electronic darts. Besides serving up elevated pub grub like panko fried pickles and prosciutto grilled cheese, a game room provides the perfect setting for weekly trivia and karaoke, making guests want to linger a little longer before heading home. www.lingerlongeraz.com. The Churchill The Churchill serves as a communal gathering spot comprised of shipping containers and home to about a dozen local small local businesses. From established brands like State Forty Eight to startup restaurant concepts, all of the brands residing in this downtown spot share a 9,000-square-foot courtyard intended for dining, socializing and playing games such as cornhole, Jenga, and family-friendly board games. www.thechurchillphx.com.
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