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707 E. 4th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
If there’s anything we’ve learned from “Game Of Thrones,” Stephen Colbert’s elvish infatuations and the 387 super hero movies that have busted the block over the last few years, it’s that nerdy is the new cool. In fact, the kids who stayed in their basements alone on Saturday nights in high school are now the coolest guys in the bar.
To capitalize on this trend, some late-night spots have found the perfect balance of cool and collector and when it comes to LA, the recently opened EightyTwo might just be the standard bearer. Downtown’s Arts District is about to increase its carbon footprint with this 4,000-square-foot gallery-themed video arcade, connected by a 1,700-square-foot patio.
The minimalist interior feature is polished concrete floors, exposed beams and little else, save for over 40 playable arcade and pinball machines. Whether you’re a flower child, a card-carrying member of Generation X or an early millennial, EightyTwo’s rotating list of machines spans the second half of the 20th century, from Pac Man and Asteroids to Fun House and Indiana Jones pinball to NBA Jam and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
For those of us who need more of a push to head downtown, EightyTwo will make sure to keep its players hydrated with a full bar stocked with 10 draft beers, 8 cans and bottles, and a craft cocktail menu that includes cold brew coffee cocktails powered by LAMILL. The space will also play host to art shows, music and other events. It’s time to start hoarding quarters again.
By Jesse Husid
Jesse Husid writes and edits E.S.P. Eat. See. Play. lifestyle content for CBS Los Angeles.