Ten Favorite Arcades in Metro Phoenix
6. Gypsy Bar
Since opening earlier this year, Gypsy Bar has earned a unique distinction among other local arcades: It's the only one with a full-on dance club attached to it. Stop by on a weekend night and witness the colorful cacophony that ensues when such flamboyant redemption games as Fruit Ninja, Sega's Big Bass Wheel, or Deal or No Deal located in one room compete for attention with DJs like Tricky T and Soulman spinning up epic tracks in the adjacent danceteria. And if you tire of shooting hoops at either of the pair of basketball machines or raking in the tickets from skeeball, the u-shaped bar in the main room offers plenty of liquid refreshment of the spirituous kind.
Plenty of changes have taken place at the Valley's entry location of the Gameworks chain, which has been around since Arizona Mills Mall first opened in 1997. The ginormous, two story arcade and nightspot no longer has a separate room devoted to racing/driving titles and its focus seems to have shifted more towards redemption-oriented experiences. It's still a spot that features unique gaming experiences unlike any other local arcade, like the chance to blast away at life-sized cyborgs via a projection screen version of Terminator: Salvation or its collection of virtual reality simulators. There's also close to a dozen different variants from the Dance Dance Revolution series dotting the place, as well as practically every single Sega game created in the last decade, ranging from Let's Go Jungle!: Lost on the Island of Spice to Mushiking: King of the Beetles.