By Hank McCoy
Game Night Arcade of Coral Springs has brought the world of video games and craft beer together in a beautiful pairing.
Since 2017, Game Night Arcade, at 2125 North University Drive, has offered a variety of gaming systems and options for their patrons free of charge, as well as thousands of vintage games, the new PS4 console, and everything in between.
Owner Spencer Molz said they have ten cabinets, with three of them modified so that they have over a thousand games on each of the three cabinets.
“We took out the guts and replaced it with a PC and downloaded all kinds of different games and software for those three,” he said.
As a former Walmart manager, Spencer said he received an enormous amount of business experience; however, the stressful environment made him always think about his idea for an arcade bar.
In 2016, during his last year at Walmart, he realized he couldn’t get the idea out of his head.
“I had gotten a chance to finally see an arcade bar in person,” said Spencer, “When I saw it, I realized I could do this.”
He shopped his idea to different cities in the area, but none of them was the right fit. However, his hometown of Coral Springs welcomed his business with open arms.
Originally from Atlanta, Spencer moved to Coral Springs with his family as a 14-years-old. As a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he remembered there weren’t many fun hangout spots when he was a kid and felt there was room for a place that wasn’t the mall, movie theatre, or a sports bar.
Coral Springs has always been a city for families, and as a business, Game Night Arcade is open for all ages. Spencer explained how parents could come to relax with their choice of craft beer or cocktail while their kids enjoy the different gaming systems they offer.
They also host monthly Super Smash Bros. tournaments for those looking to flex their thumbs against others, delicious eats, including gourmet hot dog options along with homemade cheesecake.
For those worried about COVID-19, Spencer said after the stay-at-home orders, they reopened and have yet to be at 50 percent capacity.
“Right now, because of COVID-19, people are also policing themselves and staying socially distant from one another,” he said.
Don’t miss Margarita Mondays from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m., for $5 each, Ladies Night on Thursdays with bottomless mimosas for $15 from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m., and a daily Happy Hour from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with 25 percent off all drafts.
Located at the Coral Palm Plaza near Doris Italian Market. Game Night Arcade is open Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Check out their Facebook page for posts about all their events at Game Night Arcade.
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- Hank McCoy is a writer and journalist covering music, politics, and culture on his blog Hank’s Luncheonette, as well as currently working on publishing his first novel. Hank grew up in Parkland and graduated from FAU before moving to Chicago where he worked in the music industry as an artist and talent booker when he wasn’t throwing people out of punk bars. Hank recently moved back to South Florida after living overseas in Berlin while he traveled to Europe.
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