Minneapolis Arcades and Gaming
It's time to play while you eat! Get a group together and head out for some friendly competition. Take a leap back in time at Up Down or peer into the future at SMAAASH with their virtual reality. Put the pedal to the metal at MB2 Raceway or sip a cocktail while playing bocce ball. No need to worry about food, we’ve compiled a list of the best gaming and dining spots so you have everything you need under one roof!
It's date night and it’s your turn to make the plans. Should you opt for a nice dinner or something a little more interactive? What if you didn’t have to choose? Enter Bryant Lake Bowl! Their food is locally sourced, sustainable, fresh and they have plenty of healthy and vegan options (this isn’t just bar food!). Grab a bottle of wine, a couple beers or just a refreshing glass of water and enjoy bowling in their retro-style lanes. It’s everything you could want, all in one place. Take advantage of their Cheap Date Night every Monday. Get two entrees, a bottle of wine or a few beers and one round of bowling for only $28 per couple.
Eat, drink, play games and watch sports all under one roof. Get lost in your childhood glory days (or make up for your not-so-glory days) at Dave & Buster's Edina as you hop from one arcade game to the next - this time with a drink in hand and a delicious meal on its way. Here, being an adult doesn't mean you have to settle. At this sports bar/arcade, happy hours, weekday specials and local events will keep you coming back for more! Bring your friend group, your date, or your whole family for a day/night of fun, games and sports galore!
Whether you come for a celebration or simply to have a fun night out, Mystic Lake will dazzle any group with its flashy lights, energetic atmosphere and incredible selection of games and entertainment. With free events, music, food, a golf course, a spa and plenty of games, your attention will be drawn in each and every direction. Mystic Lake has something fun in store for everyone. Check out their calendar to see what’s happening this week!
SMAAASH combines sports, music, virtual reality, dining and an array of games to bring you the ultimate interactive experience! Located at the Mall of America, the very first U.S. location, SMAAASH is a unique and innovative gaming center that will take your night out to the next level. Try sky karting, extreme drone racing or walk the plank via virtual reality. It’s the next generation of gaming, and you can only find it at SMAAASH at the Mall of America!
Mall of America, 402 East Broadway, Bloomington
Pinstripes offers a more sophisticated take on dining and gaming. They offer seasonal, Italian-American dishes with locally sourced ingredients and offer a full bar with a number of hand crafted cocktails. Sit down for dinner or take advantage of the game-side food and beverage service while you bowl or play bocce ball. Bring your kids and take advantage of #3 kids bowling Monday through Friday. On Sundays, kids eat for half price! Eat and play with the whole family.
3849 Gallagher Dr, Edina
Revisit your childhood at this amazing retro arcade bar! With all games being just 25 cents, you don’t have to choose between your favorites. They have a full bar with over 60 beers on tap and delicious house-made pizza so you can replenish after hitting the games hard. Let Up-Down fulfill all your gaming wishes and dreams.
3012 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
If you have a need for speed, you must check out MB2 Raceway! They offer indoor go-karting with a high-speed race simulation. Zip around their indoor track and compete with your friends for the best time. No experience is necessary and they will provide you with everything you need! They also have party rooms available for birthdays, corporate outings, bachelor parties and more. Choose from any of their party packages, which can include racing, drinks and snacks. MB2 is also home to one of the worlds largest PAC-MAN machines.
45 Northern Stacks Drive, Ste 200, Fridley
Head to Pat’s Tap for some good, old-fashioned fun. They are known for skee-ball but they also have great happy hour deals and a full menu (including brunch!). They’re committed to supporting local and organic agriculture and offer a variety of quality dishes. If you’re not already convinced, meet Pat.
3510 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis
Punch Bowl Social is where all your favorite games and activities come together. They have table games, bowling, vintage arcade AND karaoke. With a full bar and a scratch kitchen plus some pretty awesome happy hour deals, you really can’t go wrong. Punch Bowl is your next excuse for date night, girl’s night or just an evening for some fun with friends! If you need a place to stay check out these great hotels nearby.
The Shops at West End, 1691 Park Pl Blvd, Minneapolis
Calling all pinball addicts! Tilt has over 20 classic and current pinball machines (check out the lineup), an artisan hot dog menu and beer/cocktails to go around. Tilt is located within walking distance of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and dozens of restaurants.
Out shopping at the Mall of America (MOA) or just looking for a blast from the past? Gameworks' new MOA location features 120 classic and cutting-edge video games, a unique black-lit bowling alley, hi-def sports viewing and a mouth-watering menu! Hop on the virtual road, choose your favorite character and race to the finish against Mario and Yoshi. Dance, dance, dance your way to a revolution and see if you've still 'got it' with your old high school basketball shot (don't forget the follow through!). Perfect for a night out or just post-shopping "let your hair down" fun!
At Bowlero, bowling is just the beginning. Once you’ve hit the lanes and perfected your strike dance (with the help of some signature cocktails), head over to their giant arcade and enjoy over 60 games, including Laser Frenzy, World’s Largest Pac-Man, Sink It!, and Guitar Hero, in addition to old-school classics like air hockey, darts, billiards, and more. Or, suit up and set out for adventure in their state-of-the-art laser tag arena. When you’re ready to take a break from all the fun and games, sink your teeth into their ridiculously inventive menu and hit up their retro-inspired bar & lounge for craft beers for delicious handmade lemonades and signature cocktails that’ll have everyone toasting in between games.