4 Best Arcades of the Valley in 2021

Editorial StaffJuly 6, 2021
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Photo courtesy Carousel Arcade Bar at Westgate

1. West Valley
Carousel Arcade Bar at Westgate

Made for adults with an emphasis on the “bar” aspect, Carousel Arcade Bar comes full circle with bowling and Skee-Ball served with sides of greasy pub grub and alcoholic beverages. Maybe forgo the carousel. 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale, 623-877-9777, carouselarcadebar.com 

2. East Valley
StarFighters Arcade

StarFighters has enough retro arcade games (more than 100) and pinball machines (50+) to fill your weekend, including such classics as Galaga, Pac-Man, Pole Position and Tron. Buttons up! 4840 E. Jasmine St., Mesa, 602-935-6736, starfightersarcade.com

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3. Phoenix
Stardust Pinbar

Gaming doesn’t get any more glam than a David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust-themed pinball bar – even when it’s serving gooey, cheesy pizza, pitchers of PBR and nose-hair-curling-potent cocktails. Hit the disco dance floor to really get Ziggy with it. 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 602-354-2931, stardustpinbar.com

Photo courtesy Stardust Pinbar

4. Scottsdale
Mavrix 

As expected from an arcade bar across from a luxury resort, Mavrix has every plaything adults could want – video games, laser tag, bowling, billiards, top-shelf booze and a “prize vault” with nostalgic trophies like Lite Brite kits. 9139 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480-291-7500, mavrix.com

Photo courtesy Mavrix 

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