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Coin-Op Gaslamp Location (map)
Location: 789 Sixth Avenue
Hours: Monday-Friday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 2 a.m.
Price: $$

If you aren’t familiar with Coin-Op Game Room, you’re missing out! They already have a location in North Park (map), but they’ve just opened a brand new location in the Gaslamp neighborhood. The next time you’re in the area, make plans to stop by. Considering that they’re open until 2 a.m., you’ll have plenty of time to squeeze them into your evening.

Coin-Op is a little like a play place for adults. Between the modern menu and the full bar, it’s an ideal environment to blow off steam with your friends. It’s important to note that although Coin-Op is an arcade, it is also a bar. They do not bill themselves as family-friendly, so leave the kids at home when you stop in. Their new space can accommodate larger groups, so bring everyone with you when you come by.


Vintage Games and Modern Meals

If there’s anything better than an assortment of classic arcade games at this establishment, it’d be the menu. Foods range from quinoa tots and corn dog bites to burgers and pizza. There are a number of great craft cocktails available, courtesy of their full bar, as well as an assortment of craft beers on tap that would make any San Diego beer aficionado proud. They even make hand-made doughnuts in a variety of flavors if you’re craving something sweet.

When it comes to classic games, Coin-Op has you covered: They’ve got Pac-Man, Zoltar fortune teller, pinball, Street Fighter and even Skee-Ball! There are also more modern games, including basketball hoops and Dance, Dance Revolution, which is even more fun after a cocktail or two. Unlike some more modern arcades, they don’t do cards for payment. You’ll need to bring a roll of quarters or some cash to convert into change.