Atlas Arcade

’Cade Dweller

Classic Video Games and Cheap Beer on H Street

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A brief list of your early-life accomplishments:

—Eighth-grade science fair champion.
—Your merit badge in welding.
—That insurmountable high score you set at Asteroids.

Well, prepare for a return to glory, because here comes Atlas Arcade, a new ’80s-themed bar with a classic video game fetish, opening next Tuesday on the bones of Fruit Bat.

This is the kind of place where Matthew Broderick would have hung out in WarGames, only with a lot more beer and a lot less danger of thermonuclear war.

You’ll be drawn in by the combination of lo-fi sound effects, pre-1994 music (yes, Flock of Seagulls is a distinct possibility) and the color palette inspired by Pee-wee’s Playhouse. You’ve got a Jackson in your pocket, which the bartender will be happy to turn into a stack of quarters and some PBRs (for more serious cocktails, you can still head upstairs to Church & State).

From there, you’ll announce that you got next on one of the old-school video games like Shinobi, Double Dragon, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Or keep things even more analog at the foosball table in front or the two dartboards and pool table that replaced the kitchen.

Also in the works: Jell-O shots, ’80s cover bands on the front stage and Rock Band nights.

Just watch out for tendinitis in your “fire” button finger.

Vitals

Atlas Arcade
1236 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-399-2323

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