Went last night. Glad to see the place was packed & hoppin'. 1 building full of absolutely gorgeous arcade games, & the other full of absolutely gorgeous pinball machines.
Beer prices are fair--$5-7 for good drafts.
In a pretty decent neighborhood, too. Parking is a bit slim but not awful.
I was very impressed!
I went yesterday. I go to Little Tokyo once in a while to buy various anime books that become available (typically modelling books for series like Macross, Mobile Suit Gundam and now Star Blazers), now my trips will include a stop at EightyTwo.
Their site says they have a rotating collection of games so I hope next time I go the selection is better. In terms of vector games the only ones I saw there were a Star Wars cockpit, a Lunar Lander and an Asteroids Deluxe (with a very bland control panel that was obviously not stock). It was crowded, which is good for business. They have a separate pinball room and there were people in there, too, though less so than the arcade game room (probably partly due to the bar being in the main arcade game room, too). There was a good selection of recognizable games as well, such as Tron, Galaga, Gauntlet, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Pole Position, etc., basic Arcade 101 must-have games. The crowd wasn't old, either, which I think is key for this to succeed, though I got a laugh out of a girl reacting with an "oh wow!" face to her date at seeing the Pac-Man there, like being amazed that there's a Camaro at a muscle car show, haahahaa. Still, seems to be a success so far.
As for my personal view, I'm not a fan of the outside paintwork. I mean, it looks good in terms of the Arts District it's in, mostly blue and purple like those colors rained down onto the wall from the sky. But it certainly doesn't say "bar" or "arcade" when you look at it. Even the street number is painted the same color scheme, making it very difficult to figure out that that's the place unless you've looked it up first. Also, no food. Which is ok since there are places to eat close by, and they had a food truck there in their parking lot (and one on the street behind) but you can't take your beer out there. They should really figure that out somehow, maybe have a way for food trucks to park so that their service window is aimed into the main hang-out area (an outdoor patio between the two game rooms). Still, a very cool place for people too young to have lived through the actual arcade game era. Parking blows, I was lucky to find a metered spot right across the street from the front door, I might do the Metro instead next time.
I'll definitely go back though I'd like to know ahead of time when the Tempest and/or the Missile Command cockpit games are there (neither were there this trip). They also have a DJ there and he was playing some appropriate songs, I smiled when I heard a Missing Persons track ("Walking In L.A."), it seemed "right" considering the age of most of the arcade games.
I was in LA for christmas this year and i went to check this place out about a week and a half ago. On the positive side, it was a nice environment, much more chill and unpretensious than i expected. Also pretty smoker friendly which makes a difference for me. The drinks didnt seem super expensive for LA but i only drank beer. .. If my experience was representative, you could easily come here and not drink at all, no pressure.
Agreed the neighborhood is a bit sketchy, especially since they don't open until the evening. .. The entrance to the place is pretty inconspicuous and it was very dark on the whole block when i showed up.
I'm not sure how current they keep the website (game list). There were four or five games altogether that i planned on playing from the list. But two of them were not there. Both of these were still on the list that day and the next. They had zero vector games when i went.
The collection is about half pinball machines.
I played Space Invaders and Discs of Tron, neither of which had i ever played before on original hardware.
Well i will say it meakes sense that Tron is more popular than Discs of Tron, even though Discs of tron has better graphics, and music and a more interestic concept. .. It's just really hard to play. .. I think it might work better with a different control panel set up.
I drove by it and it exists (dark front face with a Space Invaders game alien on the front), I'll have to go soon and check it out. They have a long list for games, curious if they'll all be there and running. Man, seems like old arcade games might be making a resurgence?