7 bar and gaming arcades to visit in Dayton

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7 bar and gaming arcades to visit in Dayton

While by now you’ve surely made the trip out to Scene 75 and had a mega(bit) of great time, maybe you’re looking for a more intimate gaming experience for your next outing.

Have no fear, our socially competitive friends, as we have a round up of the Dayton area’s gaming bars and arcades ready for you.

The gamers’ paradise bar called “D20: A Bar with Characters” at 2144 E. Whipp Road in the Oak Creek Plaza will host a euchre tournament and beer event at 7 p.m. next Monday, Feb. 20. SUBMITTED Staff Writer

If you’re looking for a distraction-free zone to get your hard core board gaming on, then you need to head over to Kettering. D20 is a bar that offers an extensive beer selection and over 300 board games that prides itself on not having a single television in the entire place. The bar is even family-friendly during the daytime hours, serving coffee and tea and “mocktails” for kids. Popular titles include Twilight Imperium, Pandemic, Joking Hazard, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, League of Legends, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, and the more throwback favorites such as Monopoly, Chutes & Ladders and CandyLand.

Bar 145/Reset Bar is poised to open fully to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the Austin Landing development on Ohio 741 in Miami Twp. Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The bar will feature live music as well as vintage arcade games and electronic board games. Photos by MARK FISHER/STAFF

This Austin Landing location marks the ninth in the Toledo-based chain of arcade bars. While the “Bar 145” is your typical bar complete with musical performances and seating, the “Reset” portion a bar/arcade within a bar, and features 20 free-to-play classic arcade games from the 1980s such as Centipede, Donkey Kong, Gorf, Galaga, and Star Wars, along with ’90s favorites Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam, as well as several pinball machines at 50 cents per play. Patrons will be able to move back and forth between the two bars during their visit.

Touting itself as “Dayton Ohio's first BarCade” and located in the historical Oregon district, this bar is connected through a literal hole in the wall (okay, okay, it’s a door) to Ned Pepper’s next door. Aside from the Instagram-famous bathroom, if you’re looking for an authentic dive bar atmosphere to go with your gaming, this is the spot for you. Be warned -- it’s not a spot for the claustrophobic.

Rob Strong stands in the former Canal Street Tavern space in November 2016.Strong will open Canal Street Arcade & Deli in the space in early 2017. MARK FISHER/STAFF Staff Writer

We are anxiously awaiting the reopening of two downtown institutions in one new, re-imagined marriage -- the Canal Street Arcade and Deli is the newest incarnation of both the former 5th Street Wine & Deli in the Oregon District and the storied Canal Street Tavern on E. First. It’s slated to open Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

The new Canal Street Arcade and Deli will include as many as 20 classic arcade games and pinball machines, along with all the same familiar 5th Street sandwiches and salads, plus an extended menu of sandwiches, personal sized pizzas, and a full bar with specialty cocktails, wine, and craft and mainstream beers on 14 taps. 

5.) DK Effect

We take a look at some of the video games to be featured in DK Effect in Dayton's Huffman neighborhood. Photo by Amelia Robinson

This Huffman neighborhood arcade bar not only features several arcade-style games including Revolution X, a shoot em up game featuring Steven Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith -- but they also have boardwalk style games (skeeball, anyone?) and table-top sets like SEGA and Nintendo as well as 40 beers on tap. Their soft opening is Saturday, June 3. You’ll need tokens to play at this one, so come prepared.

This LED blinking heart is a project you can easily make on a first date at Proto Build Bar in Dayton. (TABATHA WHARTON/STAFF)

While not your typical arcade, Proto is the world’s first BuildBar, a creative experience center featuring hands-on technology experimentation with 3D printing, electronics kits, and micro-computing in a full service café environment. With a stocked bar for when you need something a little stronger than coffee, Proto houses the World’s Largest Claw game and their homemade Edison vs Tesla arcade-style game with a *shocking* twist. If you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe, Proto is definitely your place.

Know of a spot we missed? Send us a note at contact@dayton.com!

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