Living in NYC goes hand in hand with having more and more responsibilities. Whether just out of college, or questioning whether you still qualify as “Young Professional”, we all are striving to move up in the ranks at work, pay off bills, or find a partner you can see being able to stand after date #3. It is probably why drinking is the one activity that we latch on to everything else we do. You play Zog Sports, let’s get drinks after the game. Long day at work, let’s go to happy hour. It’s the weekend, let’s day drink at brunch.
Just like everyone else, I can always be found with a drink in my hand in all situations. In many cases, drinking allows us to stay in touch with our inner child. It is only when we drink that we speak our mind without considering the consequences, dance if we normally stand along the wall, and do what we really are feeling without fear holding us back. I don’t know about you, but I miss the days of video games and board games. Yes, I do realize that many of us still play some form of games, like words with friends (my current obsession), candy crush, or Cheekybingo.com ,but these are mostly while we are in transit (ok, or on a Friday night on the couch – don’t judge!). In an effort to bring childhood fun into a social setting, here is a list of the best places to play games in NYC (go figure they would all be at bars).
Where to Play Games in NYC
To Play Board Games: East Village’s, Common Ground, is the place to go to get your Scrabble or Connect Four on. If you find yourself wandering around the west side, you can head to 675 Bar in the Meatpacking District to get your Jenga fix.
To Play Some Skee Ball: Head to the Crocodile Lounge on 14th St, for some cheap Skeeball and Duck Hunter. If this already isn’t enough of a draw, with the purchase of any drink, you get your own free personal pizza.
To Play Mini Golf: Greenwich Village Country Club serves up drinks, food, and of course, Mini Golf. GVCC is right next door to our next recommended gaming location.
To Go Bowling: Check out Bowlmor Lanes on University Place for some good ole’ fashioned bowling fun, or if you are in the Times Square area, Frames, which is attached to Port Authority, is another great choice (and they have Ladies Night, 2-4-1 drinks!).
To Play Pool/Billiards: Fat Cat is a favorite of many. It not only has pool tables, but it also has shuffleboard, ping pong, board games, chess, and live music nightly. If you are looking strictly for a billiards joint, then head on over to Amsterdam Billiards. With great tables (ASA regulation size), and a chill vibe, this place is perfect to sink a few balls.
To Play Ping Pong: Spin is your ultimate Ping Pong destination. With a lot of tables, and a chic vibe, you’re sure to have a ball-slingin’ good time.
To Play Bingo: Bingo is not your grandma’s game anymore. Stroll over to the Bowery Poetry Club, and on certain nights you can partake in a game of bingo that you have never experienced before. With lovely drag queens running the show, you know you are to have a one of a kind playing experience.
Now that you know where to head to let your inner child run wild and free, grab a drink, and yell, BINGO!
Where do you like to play games in NYC?
Barcade – 388 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Chinatown Fair – 8 Mott St, New York, NY 10038
Common Ground – 206 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
675 Bar – 675 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Crocodile Lounge – 325 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
Greenwich Village Country Club – 110 University Pl, New York, NY 10003
Bowlmor Lanes – 110 University Pl, New York, NY 10003
Frames – 550 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Fat Cat – 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Amsterdam Billiards – 110 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
Spin – 48 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
Bowery Poetry Club – 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012