6 Top Toronto Game Bars & Cafés

Embrace your competitive side and inner child at these locally-loved spots that serve gaming with your beers and lattes.

Keep the fun and games going no matter what time of year with indoor activities guaranteed to make you forget about patio season. These unique game experiences are best enjoyed surrounded by friends and sipping on your drink of choice.

Here are some of the top game-themed hot spots in the city:

Tilt Arcade Bar

For a small cover charge, Tilt offers a flashback full of arcade games from the past, pinball and a variety of other entertainment while you sip on a bevvy or eat arcade-inspired food made in-house and from scratch. If you’re looking to get up and move, play some Skee-Ball or battle friends at a good old-fashioned foosball table.

Tip: Even though you won’t get the live DJ entertainment like on a weekend, consider going on a Monday or Tuesday when the cover charge is lower and crowds are smaller – which means games are more readily available.

SPiN

Whether you call it ping pong or table tennis, you’re guaranteed to get your fix of the game at SPiN and with 12 tables, great snacks and 2 fully licensed bars, it’s a perfect place for a cold night out as a couple or with a group of friends. The best part? You don’t have to go around chasing your ping pong balls – staff collect them for you as you play!

Tip: There’s no guarantee that you’ll get a table if you don’t make a reservation but taking a chance means you’ll pay a lower hourly rate as a walk-in.

Bangarang

The team from Track & Field Bar Toronto has opened a sister bar filled with games like cornhole and crokinole and dancing on the weekends. At Bangarang you can grab a refreshing cocktail or a tall can and head over to the one of the games for a fun night out. Games are first come first serve, although a reservation for a lane can be made at $40 per hour with tax included.

Tip: Though the bar serves light snacks, if you’re hankering for a larger meal, you can order outside food to be delivered (or bring your own) and amp up the evening. Just remember, no nuts allowed!

Power Up Bar

What’s better than spending time playing video games on your favourite console? Playing on the latest generation systems with a group of friends while ordering food and drinks straight to you. Power Up Bar not only serves up tons of screens for fun, cooperative or competitive gaming but also seasonal cocktails, local craft beers and snacks that are taken to the next level (pun intended).

Tip: It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to gaming or seriously competitive, Power Up Bar has a variety of different games and events for all skill levels so just ask staff if you’re not sure where to go to play at your own level or speed.

The Ballroom

There’s something supremely unique about a bowling alley within an intimate and sleek bar setting, which is exactly what you’ll find at The Ballroom. Full bar and restaurant menus, high top tables, leather couches and lane after lane of 10-pin bowling right in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district makes it a hot spot anytime but especially when the city moves the fun indoors.

Tip: Reservations are highly recommended and available for most days. While they do accept walk-ins, lanes can be booked up to six weeks in advance… and often are.

For the Win Café & Bar

A bar setting may not be everyone’s idea of an escape from the cold and luckily, Toronto has it covered. For the Win Café is perfect for any board game lover as it has 900+ games from around the world to choose from and an extensive list of hot (or cold) coffees and teas. With snacks and an unlimited play rate option, you could easily spend an evening of fun without having to step back outside until the end of the night.

Tip: If you’re a fan of Jenga and looking for an added challenge, give Oh! Sushi Game a try where chopsticks and sushi blocks are used instead of your fingers and wood blocks.

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