COMING SOON: EightyTwo Classic Arcade Bar

EightyTwo founders Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe at Missile Command. © Photo by Melissa Richardson Banks www.downtownmuse.com

The Arts District will soon be the home to a classic arcade bar with a contemporary flair founded by Downtown residents and native Angelenos Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe. Expected to open later this year, EightyTwo will feature a curated selection of over 40 fully restored (and playable) arcade and pinball machines from the 1960s to the 1990s (many rare and unique – SEE FULL LIST BELOW). Paying homage to the gaming culture of decades past, EightyTwo celebrates the “Golden Age of the Arcade.”

Reflections of a neighborhood - past, present, future - from window of forthcoming EightyTwo. © Photo by Melissa Richardson Banks www.downtownmuse.com

Reflections of a neighborhood – past, present, future – from window of forthcoming EightyTwo. © Photo by Melissa Richardson Banks www.downtownmuse.com

Local SCI-Arc architect Darin Johnstone is slated to transform the 1980s storefront into a modern edifice that will showcase the arcade and pinball games as playable objects of art. A minimalist, gallery-like interior will juxtapose the colorful retro aesthetic of the games. In the arcade room, gems such as Space Invaders, Centipede, Street Fighter II, and Star Wars will be on display and available for play, while the pinball area will contain a variety of machines from the 1960s to the present. The bar’s two 2,000-sq-ft rooms will be connected by a shaded, 1,700-sq-ft outdoor patio.

Founder Scott Davids (who has lived in the Arts District since 2009) has assembled and personally restored EightyTwo’s impressive arcade collection, while the pinball games have been sourced and will be maintained by local Los Angeles pinball fixture Molly Atkinson, founder of Pins and Needles in Echo Park (she will also serve as EightyTwo’s arcade manager and resident technician). In addition to gaming competitions, EightyTwo plans to host special events, art shows, and progressive music programs in the neighborhood.

Just steps away from Würstkuche, Angel City Brewery and Umami Burger, EightyTwo is located at 718 E. 3rd St. in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles Arts District near Traction Ave.

P.S. I’m banking that EightyTwo will be at the top of the list for LA Weekly’s “10 Best Game Bars in Los Angeles” next year!

For updates on the arcade bar, like EightyTwoLA on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.


UPDATES as of FRIDAY 9/27
According to founder Scott Davids, EightyTwo will have rotating pinball games from early electromechanical era all the way up to the latest games such as Metallica. There will always be the foundation classics in EightyTwo, but games will be rotated in and out. While 100 games could squeeze into the space, Scott and Noah aim to avoid cramming them together “like a classic 80s arcade.” Rather, they want the games to “have space so that people can appreciate the game art and be able to have some room to play them.” Current plans include having 25 arcade machines and 15 pinball machines in play at any given time (and in rotation).

PLANNED PINBALL LINE-UP: Metallica, Centaur, White Water, Embryon, Jungle Queen, Big Hit, Fun House, Roller Games, Mystic, Fire Power, Adams Family, Ripley’s, Dr. Who, Congo, and Indiana Jones with Tron, Theater of Magic, and Harlem Globe Trotters on the wish list.

PLANNED ARCADE LINE-UP: Gauntlet, Dig Dug, Pac Man, Street Fighter II, 720, Asteroids Deluxe, Donkey Kong, Robotoron, Ms. Pac Man, Galaga, Vs. Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat II, Star Wars cockpit, Paper Boy, Marble Madness, Simpsons, NBA Jam, Off Road, Missile Command cockpit, Lunar Lander, Tempest, Battle Zone, Ice Cold Beer, Vs. Duck Hunt, Space Invaders, Spy Hunter, Pole Position, and TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) plus Dragon’s Lair and Tron on the wish list.


LINKS

“Into The Golden Age Of Video Game Related Drinking” by Kyle Fitzpatrick on Wednesday, October 9, 2013
“Classic Video Arcade and Full Bar Coming to Arts District” by Donna Evans of Downtown News on Thursday, October 3, 2013
“Arcade Bar EightyTwo Opening in Arts District This Year” by Kat Odell of Eater LA on Friday, September 27, 2013

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15 Comments

  1. Looks great, excited to check it out!

  2. Sounds great, can’t wait to visit! Wonder will it have joust, paperboy or turbo?

  3. I’ll ask. I hope to be able to post a list of the machines later this month.

  4. On the pinball side of things, I hope you they get some late 70s/early 80s machines. That was my favorite era. After that it seems like the game got overly complex.

    On the arcade side of things, all I have to say is TMNT.

  5. Scott Davids

    Hey everyone!

    @Chris, we will have rotating pinball games from early electromechanical era all the way up to the latest games such as “Metallica”. And yes on the TMNT – that game has a special place in my heart.

    The current pinball lineup is, Metallica, Centaur, White Water, Embryon, Jungle Queen, Big hit, Fun House, Roller Games, Mystic, Fire Power, Adams Family, Ripley’s, Dr. Who, Congo, Indiana Jones. And hopefully we’ll have a Tron, Theater of Magic, and Harlem Globe Trotters.

    @Keith – yes on the Paper Boy!

    The current arcade lineup is – Gauntlet, Dig Dug, Pac Man, Street Fighter II, 720, Asteroids deluxe, Donkey Kong, Robotoron, Ms Pac Man, Galaga, Vs. Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat II, Star Wars cockpit, Paper Boy, Marble Madness, Simpsons, NBA Jam, Off Road, Missile Command cockpit, Lunar Lander, Tempest, Battle Zone, Ice Cold Beer, Vs. Duck Hunt, Space Invaders, Spy Hunter, Pole Position, and TMNT. I’d also like to get a Dragon’s Lair and Tron in there before we open.

    There will always be the foundation classics in EightyTwo, but we will rotate out games. I’d love to have 100 games in there, but we just don’t have the space. The concept of EightyTwo is to not cram the games together like a classic 80’s arcade. We want the games to have space so that people can appreciate the game art and be able to have some room to play them.

    We are super excited!

  6. Jamie Bennett

    A fun addition to the neighborhood….not some cynical theme’d bar…but a collection of some vintage games by real aficionados. Good luck!

  7. I couldn’t have come up with a better list myself Scott. I’m officially super-stoked for your grand opening!

    If you need a website and don’t have a designer/developer in mind yet, hit me up! Would love to work on a fun project like this.

  8. AC

    Can’t wait!! Another good reason to drag my west-of-the-110 friends to Downtown! Great to see fun and unique options for the neighborhood 🙂

  9. MFK

    Addams Family is the greatest pinball game of all time. Awesome!

  10. Hector

    Needs more Track &Field. Still a nice line up though. Oh, and Star Trek TNG Pin for my wife.

  11. Michael M.

    I just have one question: Why Street Fighter II? The most commonly played machine is Super Street Fighter II Turbo, for SF2. The original had way too many issues with gameplay, and it was fixed in SSF2T. Hell, since you have some pretty recent machines (Simpsons and TMNT were 1994?), why not look at getting SF3:3rd Strike or even some Jamma Multi-Cade board. Maybe I’m just too young, but all my time spent in arcades was playing Metal Slug 2, Puzzle Fighter 2, KOF 98.

    And no Robotron 2084 or Sinistar? =(

  12. Jay G

    You cant cram the games together especially since we have all gotten a lot fatter than the 80’s/90’s. Please account for belly room!

  13. wildstar

    This will be the greatest thing ever. I’m literally staring at a pile of quarters right now on my desk…

  14. Scott Davids

    @Michael

    We will have Street Fighter 2 Turbo Hyper Fighting in a Big Blue fighter cab!
    and we have Robotron 2084.. It is on the list (misspelled) but that is one of my favorite games of all time….

  15. Diana Van de Kamp

    I LOVE this concept. I watched this awesome documentary called Special When Lit, and fell in love with pinball! I can’t wait to try this bar, drop me a line if you need any help social media marketing. What a great way to start the New Year, best of luck Noah & Scott!

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