Do you ever wish you could go back to being a kid and hang out at the arcade all night? You know, with alcohol, of course – and no curfew from your parents.

Here are three of the best arcade bars to check out in Washington, D.C.

Players Club

1400 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20005

Player’s Club is a bit of a gem among the trendy restaurants and bars that line that street. It’s still got the vibe of the neighborhood, with exposed brick walls, a large funky bar with quilted purple siding, cushy booths, and fun game-inspired bar stools. However, it’s so much more than just a place to be seen. The bar

“pays homage to the golden age of video games and '70s-'80s music and culture. It’s like drinking in your parents' basement – but leveled up, with craft beers and specialty cocktails.”

It’s also conveniently located right next to the ever-popular Shake Shack, and since Player’s Club doesn’t serve food, they’ll allow you to bring it in into the bar and enjoy your food while you play games. You can check out what kinds of games, events, and beverages the bar offers on their website, here.

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Rocket Bar

714 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Rocket Bar has a similar atmosphere as Player’s Club, but without all the trendy frills. This bar is located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Shaw, and it provides its patrons with tons of arcade and bar-related games like skeeball, shuffleboard, and pool. They also feature a happy hour that goes until 8 p.m., an hour later than most places in Washington, D.C. It’s great to accommodate private parties and large groups. Take a peek at their beer list here.

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Penn Social

801 E Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20004

Penn Social is the kind of bar that has a little bit of everything for everyone. They host trivia events, have arcade games, and are stocked with stacks and stacks of board games. The bar is almost always packed with happy hour goers, trivia aficionados, and anyone looking to have some fun with their friends. This bar is a little more modern than the other two, and if you’re just starting out and don’t know a lot about arcade games, this may be the best place to start. Come here with a big group of friends, and after you try your hand at the arcade, pull out a board game to enjoy as a group. You can get more information on the food, drink, and game menus here.

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