Visitors juggle drinks and joysticks at the arcade bar’s three locations, where vintage video games and pinball tables abound
What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $14 for two well drinks and $10 in tokens, redeemable Sunday–Thursday ($24 value)
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid on federal holidays. Must provide 21+ ID to enter and receive alcoholic beverages. Not valid towards beer. Not valid during special private or paid events. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift(s). May be repurchased every 90 days. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible for all sales and delivery of alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Emporium Arcade Bar
Wandering around Emporium Arcade Bar is almost like exploring an incredible sandbox video game. The newer Logan Square venue stretches from its entrance on Milwaukee Avenue all the way north to Fullerton, housing a mix of arcade and table games. The original Wicker Park spot has two large rooms, with one devoted to arcade cabinets and the other to 13 pinball machines, plus a live-music stage. The Fulton Market location is located in the West Loop and has an excellent cocktail selection.
Once you've found your bearings inside the cavernous taverns, you're free to embark on one of several quests.
Seek Out Golden Tokens
Do not drop your quarters into any of Emporium's games. Instead, cash in your coinage for tokens, which you can use to play anything from NBA Jam to Space Invaders. These work on Logan Square's pool, air hockey, and foosball tables as well. (Pro tip: If it's a foosball match you're after, you might want to call ahead—sometimes the tables are reserved for league nights, or press conferences with the tiny players.)
Power Up with Craft Beers
Beer is as much a draw at Emporium as the games, so both locations have a large bar with plenty of seating. There are no drafts at Logan Square, only bottles—they minimize spillage on the table games—but if you hang at Wicker Park long enough, you can watch as microbrews are erased and replaced on the chalkboard draft list.
Take a Cinematic Journey
Thanks to projection screens, all Emporiums often screen '80s and '90s cult classics such as Labyrinth and Wet Hot American Summer. The sound's not usually on, but that's okay—you can recite every line, right?