As a kid, you ruled the machines at your local arcade.
But that was then, this is now. Today, you’re older, wiser, and most importantly, of legal drinking age.
So before paying a visit to EightyTwo, Downtown’s brand new arcade bar featuring over 40 fully restored pinball machines and a well-stocked drink list, some changes to your gaming strategy will need to be made.
Most importantly, you’ll need to figure out how to play pinball one-handed while holding on to your cocktail. Here’s how to pair your liquor with the new bar-cade’s best machines, chosen by EightyTwo owners (and gaming experts) Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe.
Play: Big Hit
Drink: The DJ
“We are pairing these two because each are classic and refined. The pinball game Big Hit was made in 1977 and was an innovator in the world of pinball. Our drink 'DJ' (named after our architect Darin Johnstone, and made with bourbon, demerara sugar, lavender bitters, angostura bitters, and an orange twist) is our version of an Old Fashioned, a tried-and-true classic.”
Drink: The Princess Peach
“This one is for the ladies. Centipede was the first game designed by a woman and continues to be very popular with women. Our drink 'Princess Peach' [made with vodka, lemon, agave, peach puree, and raspberry] is something that we think will be very popular for our female patrons.”
Drink: The Wizard Mode
“Robotron has been called the fastest game of all time, so we paired it with our ‘Wizard Mode,’ which is made with rye whiskey, vanilla black tea syrup, and cold brewed coffee to keep you on your toes.” [Editor's note: Don't drink these as fast you rack up points.]
Play: The Addams Family
Drink: The n00b
“Both are crowd favorites. The Addams Family is the most successful pinball game of all time and our vodka, honey, bee pollen, lemongrass, and apple juice-filled n00b, is our most popular drink on the menu so far.”