The Greatest Video Arcades In The Bay Area

Photo of Ramman Kenoun
6 December 2016

Looking for a place to play the latest first-person shooters or popular fighting games like Time Crisis or Tekken? How about catching up on classic favorites like Pac-Man or Tetris? Here are the best places in the Bay Area to go for gaming entertainment.

© Ramman Kenoun

Dave & Buster’s

Dave & Buster’s is a renowned brand in fun and entertainment. In addition to hosting the latest and greatest video games, this venue also sports a full bar, a large restaurant with an enormous menu, and even easy access to shopping and commerce. Dave & Buster’s has it all, so bring some friends or colleagues and share the excitement of co-op gaming and great food and beverages.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Where else can someone walk along the beach, ride roller coasters, and satisfy their craving for gaming all in one fell swoop? The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a unique venue, combining elements of a carnival, an outdoor shopping mall, and a video arcade, all in one convenient package. If that’s not enough, the streets adjacent to the Boardwalk are also lined with restaurants and stores that specialize in local goods.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk | ©Baynk; Wikimedia Commons

High Scores

Take a stroll down Memory Lane with the most popular games of the last generation. High Scores specializes in the oldies but goodies, with 80s favorites such as Pac-Man, Tetris, Joust, Space Invaders, among many others. It’s the perfect place for old-school gamers and lovers of the classics.

Arcade | © Ali Sinan Köksal/Flickr


Sporting the latest video games, miniature golf, and in some locations, a water park complete with slides, Golfland is the whole package. For the lucky few near a Golfland location with water slides, it’s high time to throw on a bathing suit, take a dip, and then hit the arcade or golf course. It is virtually impossible to be bored or disappointed at Golfland, because there’s something here for anyone and everyone.

Golfland Mini Golf | © Jericl Cat/Flickr

Nickel City

A gamer’s paradise for kids and adults alike, Nickel City is the perfect blend of new generation gaming with some oldies thrown in for good measure. This arcade houses games like Time Crisis and House of the Dead, and also the likes of Tetris, Street Fighter, and Pac-Man, which are sure to please gamers of all ages and tastes.

©Nickel City/Courtesy of Yel

Cookies Policy

We and our partners use cookies to better understand your needs, improve performance and provide you with personalised content and advertisements. To allow us to provide a better and more tailored experience please click "OK"