Emporium Arcade Bar - Wicker Park

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Type: Bar

1366 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-9149
United States

(773) 697-7922 | map

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by mynie:
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Wicker Park Location; surprisingly not expensive.

Emporium came up on a phone search. I was skeptical in spite of the impressive tap list; was worried it'd be some Dave and Busters bullshit but with good beer.

And what's wrong with Dave and Busters? It's not an arcade, damnit! Nor is Chuck E. Cheese's. Those places are just sick, sad casinos for kids, where youngsters learn the addictive joy of paying too much money to watch lights flash around so they can have a minuscule chance of scoring enough tickets to buy a fun-sized Charleston Chew.

Like, seriously, what prizes can you get with Dave and Busters tickets? Smokes? Razors?

And, more seriously, what the hell kind of "adult" needs to supplement his drinking with carnival games?

So, yeah, bad feeling before we came in, and my initial impression of the vibe seemed to back that up. It was midnight-ish on a Friday, so the place was packed. Innocuous 80's music play ridiculously loudly. At times the shitty bass lines would rattle screens. That shit was lame when I was 20 and I got no time for it now.

The crowd was very young and, it turns out, very friendly. Hipsters don't go no problems with us early 30somethings, so long as we don't try and act cool. Try talking to a kid about something hip and millennial--like Lorde, or jenkum--and they'll throw you right out. But know your place. Talk about buying the latest Pavement record on cassette. They'll think that's dandy.

The beer list is excellent, as good as nearly any beer bar in town. There was nothing particularly great when we visited--no one offs or anything--but the variety was wide and they were all decently priced.

But the games! Oh, the games. They are actual arcade video games. The ones you play to try and get a high score. No ticket bullshit. Just original games in original cabinets, ranging from the late 70s to the mid-90s, with a surprising array of obscure and cult games.

If you are at all into retro games, stop here. If you also happen to enjoy beer, then goodness, this place is a borderline must visit. Probably be nicer earlier in the day, but it's still completely tolerable once it gets busy.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BSiegs
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Fun place in Wicker Park with a very good tap selection. Service was good and the array of games is pretty good for entertainment, although would prefer if you did not have to pay for tokens on top of beers. Definitely will return.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
4.53/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of itsjustjared
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Highly underrated craft beer destination with two locations in Chicago. The one in Wicker Park is draft only & seems to always have a fairly well-balanced beer list with a lot of local/regional offerings. The Logan Square bar is package only (cans/large format bottles) and has recently started a "cellar" list with some pretty cool stuff you don't normally see at bars. Go during the week as it's less crowded & easier to get on the arcade games.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Emporium is a great barcade with well priced video games and pinball accompanied by a varied Tap list. They do not carry cans or bottles to save on waste, which is admirable and also leads to an eclectic choice of beers to go at. The draft selections vary - with rarely seen beers from both local and national breweries often found here, along with appropriate glassware. This bar brings in a large crowd on Friday and Saturday evenings. The upside is that this is a large bar with ample room away from the arcade games. Going on a Sunday or off peak time is usually a good idea.

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Emporium Arcade Bar - Wicker Park in Chicago, IL
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