www.iplaypensacola.com while looking for websites to add to www.thegulfcoastevents.com. (Shameless plug? Maybe so but it's my article;)
The description of the place as a "Barcade" works well. (insert screechy record noise here to stop the music) Yes, you read that right, bar + arcade = Barcade! Think of Dave & Busters but on a smaller, more neighborhood bar scale. They do not serve food but there is a hoppin' joint next-door called "HopJacks" that we plan to try next time out (good reviews on Google Places & the pun was intended:). http://hopjacks.com/
Any-who, our group of 7 grown ups (we all suffer from a little Peter Pan syndrome) headed to downtown Pensacola with a plastic bag full of quarters, dreams of high scores, and (let's be honest) thoughts of whose butts we were gonna whip at which games! You can sit there and pretend you're not competitive but WHAT-E-VER!
First let me say, props to the City of Pensacola because we were all VERY impressed by how clean the area was. There were also police officers around throughout the night. So, bravo Pensacola! We look forward to coming back.
Now, back to Play - there's no cover to get in. It is 21 & up and all the games run off quarters (if you don't have a plastic bag full like us, they have a change machine). The skee ball games were $0.50 and it seemed like most everything else was $1.00. (With our bag full of quarters we were having too much fun to focus on how much each game cost) We were like kids in a candy store.........uh.......or kids in an arcade! The staff was friendly, it wasn't too smokey, the music was fun, the other patrons were cool, and we really had a great time.
Our night included the boxing challenge, which the ladies rocked too. Mini skee ball tournaments (We don't know who won because my group wouldn't let me set up brackets. They were scared of me, I know it.), the guys had a fun but serious competition of foosball, dance revolution (video provided), and several rounds of pool.
Everyone had a blast at Play and, due to pictures & status updates posted on Facebook that night, we have other friends who want to join us the next time we go out there. I'd like to give a shout out to Brandy who works at Play. Very helpful and completely awesome. Thanks Brandy!
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**Please note that designated drivers were in place and we ask that you don't drink and drive. Fun is more fun when everyone stays safe. :)