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A big cheers to Electric Shuffle in Deep Ellum.
Kathy Tran

11 Game Bars and Restaurants to Eat, Drink, and Play at in Dallas

Great food and cocktails with video gaming, pickleball, shuffleboard, and more on the side

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A big cheers to Electric Shuffle in Deep Ellum.
| Kathy Tran

A free day with no plans might call for the triple threat: a place with food, drinks, and an activity. Whether bowling, golf, gaming, or shuffleboard sounds like fun, DFW has all that and more, plus food and drink menus that prove just as enticing.

Enjoy an ahi tuna taco and a craft cocktail while playing shuffleboard with friends, a latte with a game of Scrabble, or a slice of pizza between hitting the pins. Here’s where to get your game on, with a cocktail or even a full-on meal, around Dallas.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Nerdvana Frisco

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With plenty of old-school board games and free-play video games, Nerdvana in Frisco is a gamer’s paradise. Enjoy a craft cocktail or locally-roasted coffee with brunch, lunch or dinner, with menus featuring L33T loaded fries, a brunch Benedict and flatbreads while playing a Battleship or watching gaming tournaments live on the big screen.

Topgolf

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Folks looking for fresh air and athletic activity with their meal might consider Top Golf. With DFW locations in The Colony, Dallas, Allen, and Ft. Worth, this swinging sensation offers a full bar plus a full menu of eats, including hummus, burgers, flatbreads, and salads to keep the energy up while you play.

Free Play Arcade - Richardson

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Twelve bucks will buy access to nearly one hundred arcade games set to “free play” at Freeplay in Richardson. Players can enjoy handheld panini-style sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, wine, liquor, ciders, spiked sodas, and a rotating craft beers list while playing.

Bowl & Barrel

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Inside the Shops at Park Lane, Bowl and Barrel is a bowling alley on the small side, but it’s packed with plenty of colorful balls and decor, plus cocktails and food to help the fun last all evening. The giant pretzel with mustard and Texas fondue is a hit every time, and happy hour happens every day from 3 to 6 p.m. with $3, $4, and $5 pricing during each respective hour.

Bowl & Barrel.
Bowl & Barrel.
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Bowlski's Lakewood Theater

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East Dallas landmark Lakewood Theater houses Bowlski’s: a unique throwback bowling alley and live music venue. Enjoying beer and ranch waters, both frozen and on tap, plus Double Dave’s pizza, bowlers can roll at Bowlski’s while listening to live music on the stage at the end of the lanes.

Barcadia Dallas

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The list of activities offered at Barcadia is lengthy. Skee Ball, billiards, HD sports, a massive patio with giant Jenga, Guitar Hero, and arcade games join craft cocktails, two dozen beers on tap, and a full bar food menu, including sliders, Frito pie and flatbread pizzas.

Bowlounge

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Bowlounge is an old school-style bowling joint with a couple of locations in DFW. A dog-friendly patio, a full bar with a Texas bourbon wall, and a scratch kitchen serving pizzas, tacos and salads all add a bit more spice to the typical afternoon of bowling. Note: the place is 21 and over after 8, and happy hour happens from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.)

Hero in Victory Park offers up arcade games and shuffleboard, a grabber game, and more for diners to enjoy while they wait for their food and drinks. A huge menu plus seasonal pop-ups; the current “Off Season” pop-up features tiki drinks, photo opps, an additional menu and even a live DJ on the weekends. Try the Shark Bite cocktail, complete with dry ice and a gummy shark, and the island-worthy ahi tuna nachos.

Electric Shuffle Dallas

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For those who don’t like to have to decide what to do in between bites and rounds of drinks, Electric Shuffle in Deep Ellum has just one option: high-tech shuffleboard. Perfect for teams, groups of friends or a date night, Electric Shuffle has cove-like areas that are semi-private for drinking, dining and shuffling. Happy hour offers a menu of $7 cocktails, and brunch is a hit with its champagne-and-cake pop cart.

Punch Bowl Social Dallas

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Massive in size and ambition, Punch Bowl Social’s Deep Ellum location is one of 15 around the country. There’s plenty to do with several options for play (bowling, shuffleboard, karaoke, arcade games, and giant Scrabble), its sizable drink and food menus. During brunch, boards and punch bowls make serving a crowd easy. Try the Watermelon Polo bowl, made with tequila, watermelon-mint tea, watermelon shrub, strawberry syrup, and lime — and serves eight. 

another round

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Hot-and-sweaty outdoor mini golf is a thing of the past. Another Round has built a colorful, creative, and unique indoor mini golf course with a bar and snacks to enjoy while swinging. Featuring food from nearby Cooper’s Meat Market, hungry golfers can munch some jalapeno poppers, chicken fingers, or a gourmet hot dog with their spiked frozen blueberry lemonade.

Nerdvana Frisco

With plenty of old-school board games and free-play video games, Nerdvana in Frisco is a gamer’s paradise. Enjoy a craft cocktail or locally-roasted coffee with brunch, lunch or dinner, with menus featuring L33T loaded fries, a brunch Benedict and flatbreads while playing a Battleship or watching gaming tournaments live on the big screen.

Topgolf

Folks looking for fresh air and athletic activity with their meal might consider Top Golf. With DFW locations in The Colony, Dallas, Allen, and Ft. Worth, this swinging sensation offers a full bar plus a full menu of eats, including hummus, burgers, flatbreads, and salads to keep the energy up while you play.

Free Play Arcade - Richardson

Twelve bucks will buy access to nearly one hundred arcade games set to “free play” at Freeplay in Richardson. Players can enjoy handheld panini-style sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, wine, liquor, ciders, spiked sodas, and a rotating craft beers list while playing.

Bowl & Barrel

Bowl & Barrel.
Bowl & Barrel.
Photo credit: Stephen Masker/EDFW

Inside the Shops at Park Lane, Bowl and Barrel is a bowling alley on the small side, but it’s packed with plenty of colorful balls and decor, plus cocktails and food to help the fun last all evening. The giant pretzel with mustard and Texas fondue is a hit every time, and happy hour happens every day from 3 to 6 p.m. with $3, $4, and $5 pricing during each respective hour.

Bowl & Barrel.
Bowl & Barrel.
Photo credit: Stephen Masker/EDFW

Bowlski's Lakewood Theater

East Dallas landmark Lakewood Theater houses Bowlski’s: a unique throwback bowling alley and live music venue. Enjoying beer and ranch waters, both frozen and on tap, plus Double Dave’s pizza, bowlers can roll at Bowlski’s while listening to live music on the stage at the end of the lanes.

Barcadia Dallas

The list of activities offered at Barcadia is lengthy. Skee Ball, billiards, HD sports, a massive patio with giant Jenga, Guitar Hero, and arcade games join craft cocktails, two dozen beers on tap, and a full bar food menu, including sliders, Frito pie and flatbread pizzas.

Bowlounge

Bowlounge is an old school-style bowling joint with a couple of locations in DFW. A dog-friendly patio, a full bar with a Texas bourbon wall, and a scratch kitchen serving pizzas, tacos and salads all add a bit more spice to the typical afternoon of bowling. Note: the place is 21 and over after 8, and happy hour happens from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.)

Hero

Hero in Victory Park offers up arcade games and shuffleboard, a grabber game, and more for diners to enjoy while they wait for their food and drinks. A huge menu plus seasonal pop-ups; the current “Off Season” pop-up features tiki drinks, photo opps, an additional menu and even a live DJ on the weekends. Try the Shark Bite cocktail, complete with dry ice and a gummy shark, and the island-worthy ahi tuna nachos.

Electric Shuffle Dallas

For those who don’t like to have to decide what to do in between bites and rounds of drinks, Electric Shuffle in Deep Ellum has just one option: high-tech shuffleboard. Perfect for teams, groups of friends or a date night, Electric Shuffle has cove-like areas that are semi-private for drinking, dining and shuffling. Happy hour offers a menu of $7 cocktails, and brunch is a hit with its champagne-and-cake pop cart.

Punch Bowl Social Dallas

Massive in size and ambition, Punch Bowl Social’s Deep Ellum location is one of 15 around the country. There’s plenty to do with several options for play (bowling, shuffleboard, karaoke, arcade games, and giant Scrabble), its sizable drink and food menus. During brunch, boards and punch bowls make serving a crowd easy. Try the Watermelon Polo bowl, made with tequila, watermelon-mint tea, watermelon shrub, strawberry syrup, and lime — and serves eight. 

another round

Hot-and-sweaty outdoor mini golf is a thing of the past. Another Round has built a colorful, creative, and unique indoor mini golf course with a bar and snacks to enjoy while swinging. Featuring food from nearby Cooper’s Meat Market, hungry golfers can munch some jalapeno poppers, chicken fingers, or a gourmet hot dog with their spiked frozen blueberry lemonade.

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