ARTcade Opens With Classic Video Games, Craft Beer, and a Totally Rad '80s Vibe
Welcome to the future nerd sanctuary of Miami. An arcade bar has finally landed in south Florida.
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Forget "up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A"; with a great craft beer selection, eye-catching artwork, video games, and owners who want to embrace the geek community, ARTcade has all the cheat codes for a flawless victory.
The arcade-themed bar's mission? To combine craft brews and vintage video games with a gallery-esque space featuring local artists. Much like the video games inside it, ARTcade is beginning its quest at Stage 1-1. Armed with a couple 60-in-1 arcade cabinets, the hero of our story has enough artillery to conquer the first level.
"More games are coming," promised general manager Carlos Rojas, who said the possibilities are endless. Quarter-hungry games like Metal Slug, The Simpsons, and Street Fighter II will be accompanied by classics like Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man. (This is when ARTCADE will enter its final form: Stage 8-8.)
Walking into ARTcade Friday night was like entering a secret club. The curtains were drawn, and there was no signage, only a flyer posted to the window. An ultra-friendly, bouncy-haired bartender, Sasha, greeted me. After a quick glance at the beer selection, I went with Green Flash Brewing Company's Le FREAK.