Imagine your childhood arcade on steroids…
Old school video games, VR escape rooms, a 100-seat trivia theater, and even a cocktail serving robot named Gearmo del Pouro – it doesn’t take rocket science to understand why Two Bit Circus is called a micro amusement park. Founders Eric Gradman and Brent Bushnell created a sprawling, futuristic gaming temple where adults can get together live out their wildest childhood dreams.
Hidden in plain sight within L.A’s thriving downtown arts district, this new carnival-themed VRcade includes a full-service bar that will deliver to anywhere on the floor and a snack stand stocked with hand pies, flatbreads, hot potato tots galore! The venue even offers the option to rent out a cabana —a cozy lounging area with tons of open seating where you and the crew can set your competitive differences aside and relax.
At the Arcade, you’ll find retro hits, modern classics and games you won’t find anywhere else. There are pinball machines, classic consoles, air hockey and more. If you’ve maxed out on Pac Man or Street Fighter, then you can throw back shots before you serve virtual ones at dragons, zombies and robots at the VR playground Arena. If you love escape rooms and a great narrative then Story Rooms will probably keep you absorbed for hours with four themed environments and riveting challenges.
Once you’ve taken a trip to the past, immersed yourself in the high-tech realms of the future, there’s The Midway—where the two merge for a heart-pumping merge of the two but with a Carnival twist. Get in on the physical fun with Pop balloons, race trains and all sorts of unique takes on the classic fair attractions.
Admission to Two Bit Circus is free, but timed reservations are required. You’ll be pleased to know that they’ve also extended their Saturday hours from 5 pm to 12 am. Plus, it’s now open on Sunday afternoons too.
Location: 634 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021. See it on Google maps.Website
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