Are you a bar, a restaurant, or an arcade?
YES! We are a full service bar, innovative restaurant, and classic arcade with amazing titles from the golden age of gaming.
What does your bar menu look like?
Our drink lineup features beer and spirits from some of greater Boston’s best breweries and distilleries. With such an amazing craft selection available locally, why wouldn’t we? View our unique specialty cocktail menu◂
What kind of food do you have?
‘New-Comfort’. You will be delighted with the creations Chef Hammer is whipping up from scratch. Casual and creative, with unique proteins and clever takes on old favorites. Great vegetarian and vegan options are available. See the menu page for our current offerings! Check out our tasty menu◂
Are you 21+?
Accompanied minors are allowed before 8pm. We are 21+ after 8pm.
What games do you have?
We are bursting at the seams with a rotating selection of 30+ arcade games and pinball tables focusing on the 80s and 90s. All our games run on real hardware, no emulator trickery here. Just don’t expect to find any ticket games, Golden Tee or Buck Hunter :-). Preview our games list◂
How much do games cost to play?
Arcade games cost 25 cents, just as they did in 1982. Inflation be damned! Pinball tables range from 25 cents to $1.
Do the games take quarters or tokens?
Both! You can get quarters from our change machines or purchase tokens from your server.
Where are you located?
Where do I park?
The city of Salem has just built a new parking lot with 17 spaces right out front on Bridge Street. If that lot is full, we are just a 2 blocks/2-minute walk (seriously, we timed it!) from hundreds of long term parking spaces in the Church St lot and museum place garage. Find parking◂
Do you take reservations?
We do not take reservations but have quite a bit of seating inside and on our patio so we can usually accommodate most groups.
Are dogs allow on your patio?
Our landlord currently doesn't allow it.
Are you hiring?
We are always interested in intelligent, charismatic, and dexterous front and back of house staff. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you buying arcade games or pinball machines?
We keep fixing up games! Our mad scientist is always on the lookout for interesting and unusual arcade games and solid-state pinball machines. If you have an old working or busted cab or pin table in your garage collecting dust that you would like to send to a better place, reach out and let us know!
Where did you come from?
Dedicated classic game enthusiasts, we met talking about old games online. We are the folks who built Bit Fest — a brewery-based, pop-up video game festival that was arguably the best thing to happen to Boston since Evacuation Day. A totally impractical concept where we would wrangle 30+ arcade machines, literally “tons of fun,” to pop-up in local breweries, a cafe bookstore, and even a hair salon for a day or two. The reaction was amazing. So far, we have done this on a shoestring budget. Using the small proceeds from our events, we found and fixed up more games and eventually rented some warehouse lab space. We started to dream about opening our own permanent arcade restaurant and bar—a place where friends can gather to play the classics, grab a craft local beer and delicious food. Bit Bar Salem is our next move! Read more about our adventures◂
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