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Boxcar Bar + Arcade, Raleigh

Categories: Entertainment Centers, Bars & Clubs, Nightlife, Fun & Games
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4.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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  • This place is freaking awesome. Dropped by while waiting for a table next door, three dollar drafts and old school video games, what else can you ask for. 
  • Came here for my 30th birthday! It was a lot of fun but it was a younger crowd. I'd love to go when it was less crowded. 
  • Boxcar is an awesome place to hangout. You'll need to get food first because all they have to eat is free popcorn. They have lots of retro video games, pinball machines, skee ball, etc... Outside they...  read more »
  • By far my favorite place to go in Raleigh. Tons of great classic arcade games. The staff is very welcoming of bringing in outside food for parties or events before the late evening hours, so I've been to several really fun parties here. I've seen several dogs in here before so it appears to be very dog friendly. And who doesn't love free popcorn to munch on while playing video games from your childhood. The only negative is parking can be tricky since there is not a deck on that side of downtown. David's Tip: Get there earlier because by the end of the night the games can be a bit sticky.
  • Boxcar Bar + Arcade is a great hangout spot, conveniently located to downtown Raleigh with plenty of food options nearby, including The Pit next door. They have a good mix of classic 80s and 90s arcade machines, as well as pinball, ski ball, air hockey, etc. There are two bars, one in the front and one in the rear, and there are even a few tables in addition. The paintings on the walls are fantastic, as well, and help really immerse you in the gaming environment they have created here. I appreciate that they still use tokens, as many arcades have switched over to flat entry fees or prepay cards, which encourage players to camp at machines longer.
  • Great place to hang out with friends. The problem is that my wife and myself have been here 5 times since we moved here. We tried to go tonight and the guy who was at the bar decided to ID us upon entering the building. My wife didn't have her ID and even though I would take legal responsibility for her the guy wouldn't let us in. Now I understand it's a bar, but multiple times before we have been and seen toddlers and children there!! So I'm pretty confused with their double standards. Best part about it was the guy who was trying to ID is goes and argues with us on how it's illegal to not have an ID on you at all times. Clearly an uneducated man who wanted to argue with us.
  • Awesome, and super old school. What 90s kid wouldn't love a great beer selection and the same coin arcade games they played as a kid. Enough said... Let's go play!
  • Old-time video games and pinball machiines. And great selection of beer. You can even get a small sample of their unusual selections to try before you buy. Great atmosphere. I found the least crowded time was Sunday at noon.
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