Leveled-Up Libations

Gaming culture is mainstream in Orlando, especially when it comes to nightlife.

Patrons enjoy brews, games and art at BART in the Mills 50 district.

Erika Rech

With way more to offer than the standard billiards, pinball and Pac-Man, Orlando’s nerdy nightlife has something for serious gamers and casual players alike. Level up your libations by checking out one of these happening hotspots and see if you can get the high score.

Sportstown Billiards

Established in 1958 in Orlando’s Milk District, Sportstown Billiards was responsible for launching Central Florida’s craft-beer craze in the late 2000s. Serving over 250 craft beers, a full menu of bar fare and an expansive array of arcade and board games, Sportstown is more than a pool hall. Tables can be rented by the hour, and there’s also ping pong, air hockey, basketball shootout, darts and foosball. sportstown.com

Player 1 Video Game Bar

Touted as the “ultimate video game lounge experience,” Player 1 Video Game Bar near Walt Disney World Resort serves up craft beers, sakes, meads and wines but welcomes gamers of any age with proper supervision. Designed for the modern player, the gaming lounge features the latest Xbox, Playstation and Wii consoles and games along with an ever-changing selection of classic arcade and pinball machines. If you’ve played it, they’ve got it. player1orlando.com


A family-owned and operated beer bar, arcade and art gallery, BART is in the heart of Orlando’s trendy Mills 50 district. A rotating variety of classic video arcade games are almost all free and include everything from Pac-Man to Frogger. The storefront bar also features an impressive selection of craft beers and wine. bartcade.com

Dave & Buster’s

A grownup arcade, Dave & Buster’s features more than 200 games including everything from arcade classics to advanced virtual-reality simulators. With happy hours and a full menu of burgers, steaks, seafood, pasta and salads, Dave & Buster’s even awards tickets for high scores which can be redeemed for great prizes ranging from souvenir shot glasses to iPads. daveandbusters.com

The Geek Easy

Connected to Orlando’s premier comic book store located by Full Sail University off S.R. 436, The Geek Easy is a bar, lounge and venue catering to the geek in everyone. Like a sports bar for nerds (without sports), this meeting-place and watering hole grew from a humble hangout into ground zero for nerdy nightlife. Home to weekly karaoke and trivia nights, the bar has a full calendar of events and a menu of specialty drinks, beer, sake, burgers, sandwiches and sweets. mygeekeasy.com

The Cloak & Blaster

Family game night is making a comeback and The Cloak & Blaster gaming pub for geeks puts an expansive library of tabletop board games and console video games bar-side. More than 90 varieties of carefully curated craft beer, cider and mead perfectly complement a full menu of hearty pub fare within the themed fantasy atmosphere. This is the perfect place to dress up as your favorite character and enjoy drink specials, movie screenings, gameplay tournaments, costume contests and parties. cloakandblaster.com  

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