When I was younger, I always wanted to run into the nearest arcade and spend whatever quarters I had in my pocket. My parents however, didn't really like the idea. I guess it's because arcades in general had a very shady and negative connotation to them. My parents were probably also trying to teach me how to save my money in the long run as well.
But fast forward 15 years or so and what do you know... arcades are all but extinct! But there is still a glimmer of hope! Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe are opening a classic arcade games bar, EightyTwo, together in the downtown L.A. Arts District. Not only can you play classic games, but you can have a ice cold beer while you play! It's also right around the corner from me so no driving involved for me. If you're still having trouble pin pointing where it might be, it's around the corner from institutions like Wurstküche and The Pie Hole.
The two have been renovating the space with Sci-Arc architect Darin Johnstone and plan on opening it in a few weeks. The space will be minimalistic, with polished concrete floors and open exposed beams. It'll combine two rooms that add up to 4,000 square feet, plus a 1,700 square-foot outdoor patio.