4.3
18 votes

16-Bit Bar+Arcade

254 South 4th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 USA

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Open Now
Wed 4p-2:30a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“Does it get any cooler than this?”

16-Bit Bar + Arcade redefines how a night out is best played. With a name coined from the computer architecture that several of our 40+ vintage arcade games were built on, 16-Bit appeals to those looking for an alternative to the monotonous. From bar-going veterans to young open-minded, beer-centric types, to arcade game novices and enthusiasts, the nostalgic and playful vibe is for players of all types. The time has come to relive your childhood and party like it’s 1999, or 1989 for that matter.

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 515 Reviews
  • 374 Helpful
April 04, 2014
Rated 5.0

Honestly, this place is truly awesome. Beware though it gets super busy at weekends, the line stretches halfway up the street sometimes.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Nick Philpott

  • Road Warrior
  • 160 Reviews
  • 118 Helpful
May 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

Genius idea: sell beer. Let customers play nostalgic vidya games for free all night. If only this idea would come to Cincinnati, all would be well in the world.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 487 Reviews
  • 415 Helpful
September 17, 2013
Rated 5.0

This may be the coolest bar ever.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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  • 315 Reviews
  • 324 Helpful
September 18, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is one of the greatest bars I've ever been to, and it makes me with I lived closer to Columbus. The idea is basically this: let people 21 and over come inside and buy your beer, but then have rows and rows of classic arcade machines free to play. Everyone wins.

If you value your sanity, though, don't go on a weekend. You won't get to play anything.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
John Lauck

  • 60 Reviews
  • 45 Helpful
September 15, 2014
Rated 5.0

Top notch beer selection and free arcade games -- I'd call place this a little bit of heaven on earth -- with a couple hundred hipsters.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
emily.wheeler.79656

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

Really fun bar! Normal beers and drinks with some of their own which is great. Play video games for free... Who wouldn't want to go. Try to go during the weekday if you want to go with a group, it's pretty busy in weekends

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

  • Blogger
  • 1,280 Reviews
  • 422 Helpful
February 22, 2016
Rated 4.0

Most reviews here cover the rad concept of this place pretty well, but I'd also like to add that they have some awesome 1980's/pop culture inspire cocktails and a good selection of beer. The crowd is usually super good natured, too.

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Reviewed by
Toes

  • 26 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 21, 2015
Rated 4.0

This bar is so fun! Great drinks and enough (free) old school arcade games to satisfy even the most die-hard nerd. Had an absolute blast here.

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Reviewed by
Chelsea Koglmeier

  • Foodie
  • 242 Reviews
  • 202 Helpful
October 01, 2014
Rated 3.0

Amazing place with lots of arcade games for the nerdy in all of us, but it's not really my style. It also shocks me that there's a line for it really really frequently.

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Reviewed by
TonyMcCollister

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 05, 2014

Warning this place is 21 and over.

1 person found this review helpful

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16-Bit Bar+Arcade

254 South 4th Street
Columbus, Ohio
43215 USA

Hours

Open now until 2:30 am
  • Sun, Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:30 am
  • Mon - Fri: 4:00 pm - 2:30 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Street Parking
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