One of the best and affordable entertainment options in Wichita just got a considerable upgrade! The Arcade who offers unlimited gaming in downtown Wichita has moved to 906 E. 3rd St..The new space has allowed them to add food and alcohol along with two party rooms, additional games, a full bar, a patio and keep the same family-friendly environment.
The previous building was rather compact, so this will be a very welcome addition to the entertainment scene in Wichita when they open to the public on Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m.
906 E 3rd St. N, Wichita, KS 67202
Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 11am – 1pm
First off, if you’ve never heard of The Arcade, they offer over 100+ arcade games and pinball machines from the 80s and 90s along with some new ones mixed in. All the arcade games are set to free play, meaning you don’t have to keep pumping in quarters. The only exception is games such as pinball, skee-ball and a few others. The cost is $12 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and under. The price gives patrons unlimited play all day.
Let’s go over what you can expect at The Arcade.
The Games at the Arcade
There’s no shortage of games you can play at The Arcade. I, personally, counted every machine in the building. There were 20 pinball machines and 101 arcade games. Seriously, I can’t recall the last time I’ve counted to 100 out loud. There were some machines like skee-ball, pinball, a Pac-Man versus game that cost 50-cents to play; otherwise nearly everything else was free. That also didn’t include the yard games outside like Jenga and Connect 4.
If you’re a big pinball fan, The Arcade has pinball tournaments and leagues that anybody can join. There will also be women’s leagues as well.
A cool feature with their pinball machines is you can watch the progress of someone’s play on a television screen that’s above each pinball machine.
As for the games, they had all the classics: Mortal Kombat 1-4, Street Fighter, various Donkey Kong and Pac-Man machines, NFL Blitz, The Simpsons, TMNT, NBA Jam, Galaga, and more. They had shooting games, driving, 1-player, 2-player, and 4-player games, literally everything. With over 100 to choose from, you’ll find something.
The Food and Drinks
Probably the biggest criticism of the Arcade previously was the absence of a food and drink menu. It’s now there.
The Arcade’s new space has a full bar and plenty of seating around the bar, along with ten tables in the dining area. The dining space is immediately next to garage doors that will open on nice days and connects to their patio space. Their bar features many cocktails with zany names based around nostalgic video games. They will also have Modelo, Free State Yakimaniac, Blue Moon and Yuengling on tap.
Those looking for a bite to eat can order such snacks as pretzel bites, mozzarella sticks, tater tots, southwest egg rolls and more. If you need something heavier, the Arcade will have pizzas courtesy of Hunt Brothers Pizza.
I’ve made it no secret that I love Hunt Brothers. The pizzas are $11.99 in any variation aside from extra cheese, which is $1.49. Otherwise, you can really load on the toppings.
The Party Room
Any entertainment option in Wichita needs a party room and fortunately, The Arcade has two of them that can be joined, if needed, via a garage door.
Their party rooms include wristbands for up to 30 guests for unlimited game play. Reservations for the party room are $250 for a two-hour block. Each room has plenty of tables, chairs, and a TV for your guests.
And as mentioned earlier, there is a patio that faces the east side of the building. They have Jenga, Connect 4 and even more seating along with a brick wall to keep the Washington Street traffic out of view.
The Additional Touches
Lastly, what I might love most about The Arcade is the small, additional touches that sell the ambiance for me. For example, their liquor shelf at the bar is a makeshift Donkey Kong game. Instead of bland shelving, they made it look just like the old-school game, with liquor bottles instead of obstacles for Mario to jump over.
Some tables in the party room even resemble NES controllers.
The decals on the bathroom doors for women have a Ms. Pacman decal on the door.
And a big mural with classic game characters sits between the bathroom doors. It’s these nice subliminal touches that add character.
All the additions along with the classic gaming will make this an excellent stop for date nights, families, friends, anybody to enjoy themselves for an afternoon or evening.