EightyTwo, (707 E. 4th Place, Downtown LA’s Arts District; 213.626.8200) the unique new bar and classic arcade in Downtown LA’s Arts District and it’s officially opening on Friday. EightyTwo will feature a full bar, a large outdoor tree-covered patio with seating, as well as a selection of over forty fully restored (and playable) arcade and pinball machines from the 1960s to the 1990s. Paying homage to the gaming culture from the past, EightyTwo will celebrate The Golden Age of the Arcade.
Founded by native Angelenos and Downtown residents Scott Davidsand Noah Sutcliffe, EightyTwo will be a contemporary take on the classic arcade. Local Sci-Arc Architect, Darin Johnstone, has transformed the 1980s storefront into a modern showcase that portrays the arcade and pinball games as playable objects of art. A minimalist, gallery-like interior will contrast the colorful, retro aesthetic of the games. In the arcade room, you’ll find Space Invaders, Centipede, and Streetfighter II, while the pinball area will contain a variety of machines from the 1960s to the present. The bar’s two rooms will be connected by a shaded, outdoor patio.
Founder Scott Davids has assembled and personally restored EightyTwo’s impressive arcade collection, while the pinball games have been sourced and will be maintained by local LA Pinball guru, Molly Atkinson, founder of Pins and Needles in Echo Park. Molly will bring her passion for pinball culture as EightyTwo’s arcade manager and resident repair technician.
In addition to gaming competitions, EightyTwo plans to host special events, art shows, and will bring a varied and progressive music program to the area. The specialty cocktail menu was created by mixology veteran Billy Ray of 13-Stitches. The drinks, all named after arcade and geek pop culture references, include locally sourced ingredients and refreshing LaMill Coffee drinks, made with or without alcohol.
Open Tuesday – Friday, 5 pm-2 am, Saturday & Sunday, 12 am – 2 am.
List of games here
Drink menu here