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Charlotte Bars With The Best Arcade Games

September 5, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

When it comes to partying for many, it’s hard to settle for just a drink at the bar. In fact, for many, it’s often the great entertainment and arcade games to go with that drink that tend to reel those arcade game lovers right in. Featured below are some Charlotte-area bars which are known for having the best arcade games. If bars with arcade games are what you look for when finding a place to unwind after work or on weekends, then these five selections are definitely worth checking out.

AMF Carolina Lanes
11210 Brigmon Lane
Mathews, NC 28105
(704) 841-7606

Although AMF Carolina continues to be widely known around the East Charlotte area for its 56 bowling lanes, it’s actually its racing simulators and other assortment of video games that gets its guests excited. In addition to AMF’s video games, this gem of an entertainment center staffs a full bar with spirits for every taste. If you’re feeling like a snack or a full meal, AMF’s Laneside Grill menu will definitely take care of your cravings. Some additional bonus features are private lanes, meetings rooms and private parking areas—a definite must-try for that next  party or event, or just for that next fun evening out.

The Blind Pig NoDa
453 E. 36th St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(980) 819-9942

Located in Charlotte’s famous and culturally driven NoDa district, The Blind Pig NoDa is a local favorite among adults wanting to cut loose and have a drink. Although it’s known around the area for its video game appeal, The Blind Pig is also known for its pool table capabilities (three seven-footers), its Skee-Ball and for its beer pong, darts and more. If games aren’t your thing, you can also stop in for its display of eight TVs (two of which are in the game room) and enjoy a cocktail. Regardless of mood or occasion, The Blind Pig NoDa continues to be an adult refuge, with a little something for everyone.

AMF University Lanes
5900 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28213
(704) 596-4736

Located on the north end of Charlotte, AMF University Lanes proves to be a bowler’s paradise, with plenty to go with. This includes a plentiful selection of pool tables and arcade games, and a variety of starter and entree options from its Laneside Grill Menu, which includes catering options for those larger business parties and special events. AMF’s Laneside Grill also yields a wide selection of beverages, beers and other spirits. The overall combination of value-added convenience and family friendliness lands AMF University Lanes on Charlotte’s map of great options for bar/family-friendly entertainment environments, with plenty of games, food and fun for everyone.Related: Best Bars To Celebrate Your Birthday In Charlotte

Ed’s Tavern
2200 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 335-0033

Ed’s Tavern, famous for its large selection of beers on tap and also bottled selections, is just minutes away form Uptown Charlotte and is known for its best wings, burgers and for having one of the friendliest bar staffs to serve you. Ed’s also offers a full menu of what it refers to as “Gourmet Bar Food,” and it offers Thursday night Trivia and live music on the weekends. If that isn’t enough to suite your fancy, the pool tables, video games and the only “SAPO” game in the Carolinas, not to mention the 13 TVs with all sport packages, is what keeps happy, Ed’s Tavern frequenters returning to one of Charlotte’s favorite bars.

Lake Norman Tavern
1468 Brawley School Road
Mooresville, NC 28117
(704) 799-1214

For those looking for a great place to share the pleasure of enjoying a cocktail with great meals and entertainment, without the hustle and bustle of the city, then Lake Norman Tavern is just the place. Located right near Lake Norman, LNT has become famous for Uncle Milf’s (Man I Love Food), which includes steaks, chicken, pasta and more. LNT also offers catering for those big parties and special occasions, and whether stopping in for lunch or dinner, you can also enjoy one of LNT’s menu items with an ice cold beer or a nice glass of wine. After your meal, LNT offers live entertainment on weekends, with a vast variety of games, “Mega Touch Trivia” and much, much more.

Related: Best Bars With Drinking Games In Charlotte

Douglas Ebert is a freelance writer who covers music and night life in Charlotte. Doug has a passion for discovering local bands with exceptional talent, and enjoys displaying their ability to entertain Charlotte’s night life. His work can be found on .

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