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Get off the couch and get some game time in at these cool arcades
Console and PC gaming are fun and everything, but sometimes its more fun to game with friends and family away from home. Put down the controller and shut down your computer, go out to see these sweet local arcades.
The Kid’s Places:
A family owned and operated fun center for more than 40 years, Pojos is an old Boise favorite. Their game selecrion is extensive, complete with points to redeem for prizes. They also still offer some nostalgic games like bumper cars and their old school carousel which continue to be popular. Children’s birthday parties are always a big hit at Pojos.
Don’t be fooled. Just because they have mini golf, laser tag, go-karts, bowling, and a new, giant, indoor jungle gym, doesn’t mean the arcade isn’t worth a go at Wahooz Family Fun Zone. Earn points for killer prizes, or check out their carnival rides.
The Sports Bars:
● Dave & Buster’s
It was a genius move the men from Dallas made when they gambled everything and put a sports bar in the same space as an arcade. Dave & Buster’s have been rethinking the entertainment industry by simply combining some of its best loved elements into something new. Go out to see them on Milwaukee Ave. near the Boise Towne Square Mall.
● Big Al’s
Fully equipped with arcade games with redeemable prizes, a bowling alley, and a sports bar. Don’t miss the best games and fights on the best sports networks where everyone has a great view of the HD projection screen. This monster stretches across the entire 55 feet of the main bar. If video games or satellite sports channels don’t strike your fancy, relax in the huge pool hall where darts, pool, and a full-size shuffleboard await players.
● The Shredder
Earning its name as a favorite venue among the local music scene, The Shredder hosts events and performances of all kinds. Between sets of comedians or bands, grab a beer and take your pick of any of several classic arcade games from the 80’s and 90’s.
Eagle is home to Grinker’s, an arcade that boasts more than 200 classic coin-operated games, including gems like Ms. Pac-Man, Gauntlet, Tapper, and Dig-Dug. Their website has a list their games, but the list falls short of what you will find inside. Grinker’s offers snacks, food, and drinks, including a variety of beers on tap. Grinker’s is also available
for reservation for private events.
This underground tavern also has a number of coin slot video games, pinball machines, and some highly coveted Nintendo consoles. Spacebar serves a ton of different wines and beers, including some from local brewers like Sockeye, Woodland Empire, 208, Laughing Dog, and more.
Virtual Reality Arcades:
This arcade will get more than just your thumbs moving. It will activate your body
and your mind with more than 100 virtual reality titles. VR1 prides itself on taking the step into the next generation of arcades as it extends beyond entertainment and into education. Partnering with schools and community organizations, VR1 teaches kids
through virtual reality games based on everything from STEM subjects, to anatomy, to history and the humanities. Find VR1 off old State St. in Eagle.
● VR Tech Lounge
The VR Tech Lounge in Meridian has at least 700 rotating titles that change regularly. They offer packages for team building exercises, birthday parties, and group rates. They are also available for some unique services like virtual photography to help sell your home or rental space.