16-Bit Bar + Arcade

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11 Ratings

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

254 S 4th St
Columbus, Ohio, 43215-5215
United States

(614) 222-1616 | map

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Added by jvh on 10-10-2014

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of dlin0sbb
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Excellent selection of games- I'm biased toward the N64 that's usually on one of the front tv screens, but the classics are always enjoyable. Decent beer selection, a lot of locals. Can get a bit too crowded at times, I don't like being nearly humped while playing pac man. Overall though I'm happy with a place with free vintage video games as long as you have a beer in hand!

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Photo of akopczyk
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I'm glad that Barcades are becoming enough of a thing that I can differentiate between good and not-so-good ones. This is a trend that needs to take off.

And no, I'm not talking about Dave and Busters. That's not a barcade. That's a Chuck E. Cheese for fratboys. Barcades features old games and don't give out tickets. They are for overgrown, cynical children like myself.

Anyhow, as neat as this sub-genre of beer place is, they kinda can't be reviewed by normal standards. Hence the following:


The vibe? Unpretentious, fairly well-lit. The crowd was younger and hipstery but not oppressively so. It's right next to the Greyhound station, and as Greyhound stations are always the most depressing places on earth that spills over a bit onto the street. They also don't allow you to bring in roller bags, which was kind of a shitty curveball.

Game selection: not as top notch as, say, Chicago's Emporium or Crabtowne USA in Glen Burnie, but better than your average vintage arcade. Cabinets are all genuine and well-maintained, good selection of vector graphics games. Selection leans heavily toward 70s and 80s machines, with only a handful of late 80's and 90's standbys. Highlights include a Star Wars Arcade machine (sadly not a cockpit version, though) and a Paperboy machine with handlebars. Very limited pinball selection. They also have an N64 you can play and a machine that emulates NES and SNES.

Extras: All the games are free so long as you're drinking! (Pinball is 50 cents, though).

Beers: About a halfdozen taps, almost entirely Ohio craft. Another two dozen bottles and cans. Selection is solid but beer is secondary to the games and so the lists aren't updated too regularly and the staff might not know everything about the beers. They also have a solid liquor selection and will make you an Icee with booze in it.

Overall I had a very nice time. Not exactly a premier beer destination, but a really fun place nonetheless.

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Photo of Shockey
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Krismck1760
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Thought it was a pretty cool place.

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Photo of DrJGR629
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

If you're a child if the eighties, you have to roll to 16-bit and play track and field

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

16-Bit Bar + Arcade in Columbus, OH
Place rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 11 ratings