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Coin-Op Game Room Is Downtown’s New Supreme Hangout

The beloved arcade bar is now open in the Gaslamp

Bringing its unique brand of fun, food and drink to the Gaslamp is the latest location of Coin-Op Game Room. The arcade bar and eatery, which first launched in North Park back in 2013, has since expanded to San Francisco and Sacramento. Its new 7,180-square-foot Sixth Avenue spot is significantly larger than its original 30th Street space, and filled with more than 50 games - retro classics including Pacman, Donkey Kong, and Mortal Kombat, plus pinball machines, Skee Ball lanes and more; gaming even extends to the communal tables, which are inset with multi-game screens.

Further upping the nostalgia factor is a glassed-in room behind the bar, decked out quite majestically like the ultimate bedroom of a 1980s teen; you may even see a familiar face seated on a bean bag, taking a turn on the game controller.

There are 16 craft beer taps, but the focus here will likely be a bustling cocktail business thanks to a highly-drinkable menu, which will be refreshed every two months, from esteemed local bartender Michele Willard (Urbn, Bracero, Craft & Commerce) which combines of-the-moment alcohols including rhum agricole, mezcal and sherry with accessible flavors like watermelon, coconut and kiwi. Corporate chef Mark Bolton says the food menu is a “greatest hits” from all Coin-Op locations, from the pizza featured at its Northern California outposts to the signature burger that’s a favorite in North Park. There are also shareable bar bites, sandwiches and handmade doughnuts.

Operating Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 a.m., with the kitchen open until 1 a.m. every day, the Gaslamp Coin-Op also offers a can’t-miss happy hour on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. which features $2 off all draft beers, $6 select cocktails, $25 punch bowls and lots of food specials.

Coin-Op Game Room Gaslamp

789 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101