Old school video games, VR escape rooms, and a 100-seat trivia theater – 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 carnival-themed VRcade includes a full-service bar and a snack stand stocked with hotdogs, pizza, and hot potato tots galore! The venue even has 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.
Packages to play all the arcade games of your dreams start at $35.
Hours: Closed Monday through Wednesday. Open Thursday 6–11P.M., Friday 4P.M.–1A.M., Saturday 4P.M.–1A.M., and Sunday 1–8P.M.
Location: 634 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021. See it on Google maps.Website
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