Houston is home to an evolving nightlife market filled with award-winning clubs and bars. But if you've ever wondered where to have some adult fun that isn't so 'traditional,' we've selected a few local spots that are perfect for a night out with friends.
Scroll through seven arcade bars in Houston that are perfect for your 21+ crew.
Located in Eado, (East Downtown) Cidercade Houston has over 200 games and serves 48 taps of 24 different hard ciders, seltzers, and wines. Since the arcade bar doesn't have a kitchen, Cidercade allows gamers to bring in their own food from local restaurants in the area. Food trucks also set up shop right outside the facility.
Cidercade, 2320 Canal St. Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12 a.m. www.cidercadehouston.com
Kung Fu Saloon
Kung Fu Saloon is the Austin-based arcade bar with multiple outposts across Texas and Tennessee. Its Houston location is home to 18+ vintage arcade games like Galaga, Centipede, Ms. Pacman, NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, Golden Tee, Big Buck Hunter, and plenty more. Along with those nostalgic games, Kung Fu Saloon is filled with table games like ping pong, foosball and even shuffleboard.
Kung Fu Saloon, 5317 Washington Ave. Weekday hours, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Weekends, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. kungfusaloon.com/locations/houston/
Liberty Station is a neighborhood bar with with artwork from local Houstonians. The hotspot has a rotation of food trucks and over 50 beer selections. At the arcade and bar, you can participate in karaoke and enjoy comedy night on weeknights.
Liberty Station, 2101 Washington Ave. Open 7 days a week, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. www.bitchslap.store/
Situated in the heart of West Midtown is Fao – Houston's true gamer arcade. Situated around a 400 sq. ft center bar, the space is complete with couches for lounging, 360-degree bar stools and just the right amount of TVs. The menu includes small bites like nachos and popcorn, as well as pizza and hot dogs. The arcade has a beautiful skyline view and an elevator ride up, so business casual attire is recommended.
Fao, 2303 Smith St. Suite 300. Weekday hours, 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Weekends, 2:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. www.faohtx.com/
The Dive doubles as a concert venue and arcade in downtown Houston. Known as "a dive bar built for vibes," the Dive is a spot where customers can play free arcade games, listen to music spun by local DJs, and enjoy concerts from international artists that swing into town.
The Dive, 809 Pierce St. Cover fees and hours may vary. www.facebook.com/TheDiveHTX
Born in downtown Los Angeles, EightTwo made its debut in Houston's Eado in 2017. The beloved bar is home to classic games like Pac-Man, The Simpsons, and X-Men.
Entry is completely free and games are priced at $0.25 each. EightyTwo, 1201 Saint Emanuel St. Suite 110. eightytwo.la/houston/info
Neihl's Bahr is a late-night hangout with video games, a comic book library and karaoke nights. Also located in Eado, Neihl's Bahr is within walking distance of the Dynamo Stadium, Warehouse Live, and Minute-Maid Park. Set apart from other arcade-themed bars, Neihl's also has an extensive comic book collection.
Neihl's Bahr, 2006 Walker Street. Monday - Friday & Sun: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. | Saturday: 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. neilsbahr.com