Sunday, Jan 01, 2023 12:00p -
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2024 11:30p

Surrounding areas
Boston, MA

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Boston is entering a new era of experiential bars and we are psyched about it. Grabbing a drink with friends is great, but now you can do so while you show off your ping-pong skills or compete in creative mini-golf challenges. Friday night just got a whole lot more fun.

by Celina Colby

1) Flight Club

Where: Seaport

Cost: $12/per person for 90 minutes

Info: Your dive bar darts game just got a huge upgrade. Book a lane with friends and play competitive darts games requiring more than just a bullseye. Toast your win with cocktails and truffle fries or hit the dining area after a game for more substantial eats. 

2) VERSUS Arcade Bar

Where: Downtown

Cost: $5/per person for unlimited games

Info: It turns out you can go back to your childhood. VERSUS is a 1980s and ‘90s style arcade haven with pinball, old-school Nintendo, Pac-Man, Skee Ball, and tons of other games. And, of course, they have themed cocktails and bar food eats to keep your gaming energy high.

3) Pickleball Bar PKL

Where: South Boston

Cost: $25+/per hour

Info: Pickleball is the new phenomenon that’s swept the nation and now you can play it with a drink in your hand. At PKL in South Boston you can learn the game or hone your expert skills with a tournament. After a game you can attend lively events like Trivia Wednesdays, Live Music Saturdays, DJs, Drag Bingo, and more

4) Candlepin Bowling at American Flatbread

Where: Brighton, Davis Square

Cost: $30/per hour

Info: Try your hand at old-school candlepin bowling at this relaxed local bowling alley, bar, and restaurant. Play a game (no experience necessary) then chow down on wood-fired pizza and toast your success with beer, wine, and cocktails. 

5) Urban Axes

Where: Somerville

Cost: $40/per person for 90 minutes

Info: If you’re looking to get some aggression out, or hone your Medieval warfare skills, Urban Axes is where it’s at. Learn how to properly throw an axe at a target, then have a tournament with your friends to see who wields the most axe expertise. Wine, beer, and cider are available on site and you can bring your own food. 

6) SPIN Ping Pong Bar

Where: Seaport

Cost: $39+/per hour for a table

Info: At SPIN you can play a friendly game of ping-pong, sip cocktails and snack on chef-driven eats, experience (and Instagram) work by local artists, and witness a high-energy professional ping-pong tournament all in one place. Bring your A game. 

7) Tavern of Tales

Where: Mission Hill

Cost: $25/per hour for a game room

Info: This interactive board game bar currently offers seven interactive, sound-enhanced game adventures for groups. Play one of these story-led group games in a private room or opt for something more classic like chess or Connect Four in the main bar area. The restaurant offers an all-day menu and cocktails. 

8) Puttshack

Where: Seaport

Cost: $18/person

Info: Level up your mini-golf game at this newly opened tech-infused bar and mini-golf nightlife spot. Sip a craft cocktail while you practice your swing with a series of unique putting games each with a different objective and design. 

9) Lucky Strike

Where: Fenway, Somerville

Cost: $18-22/per person per hour

Info: Grab a drink and a pair of shoes and hit the floor for a high-tech bowling experience. When you tire of bowling (if that’s possible) check out the enormous arcade, the pool tables, the restaurant slinging delicious eats, and the 800-foot video wall installation.

10) Knight Moves Board Game Cafe

Where: Brookline

Cost: $10-15/per person per day

Info: Harken back to the glory days of board games at this cafe where there are literally thousands of games to choose from. The cafe on site serves espresso drinks, lunch, and snacks, and for a $5 fee you can bring your own alcohol and food.

11) Roxy's Arcade

Where: Central Square

Cost: Free entry, purchase tokens for gameplay 

Info: Sip on craft cocktails while you play retro arcade games in this trendy speakeasy-style arcade. Food and drinks are available for purchase as well. But arrive early! This is a first-come-first-served spot.

12) Urban Wild

Where: Charlestown

Cost: Free entry, bowling is $40/hour for up to 6 players

Info: This fun hub in Charlestown is part restaurant, part music venue, and part bowling alley. You can jam out to a concert, view custom murals and artwork, work on your bowling game, and snack on brisket sliders and cherry pepper flatbreads all in one night. 

13) Level99

Where: Natick

Cost: $29.99/per person for two hours

Info: At Level99 you have 48,000 square feet of games to explore. Check out the escape rooms that test your physical and mental stamina and team communication skills, hunt down art pieces in the Instagrammable scavenger hunt, and compete with other players in group challenges. Afterwards grab a pizza and a local brew from the on-site Night Shift Beer Hall. Also in town, keep an eye out for Natick’s first pickleball club, aiming to open fall 2024.

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