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’90s Nostalgia: Recess Arcade Bar

By Kelly

The new Recess Arcade Bar at the intersection of Sixth and San Jacinto is my new favorite arcade bar. Though there’re a handful of them in downtown, this one has free arcade games all the time.


Their list of games will whip any arcade fan into a nerd frenzy. They include:

  • Mortal Kombat

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • NBA Jam

  • Marvel Superheroes vs. Street Fighter

  • NFL Blitz

  • Area 51 vs. Max Force

  • Knockout Punching

  • Mrs. Pacman

  • Donkey Kong

  • Gallaga

  • Centipede

  • Ice Ball (like Skeeball)

  • Golden Tee 2012

  • NBA on NBC Showtime Gold

  • Recess Arcade BarStreet Fighter 1 & 2

  • Terminator 2 Pinball

  • Giant Jenga

  • Giant Connect 4

  • Giant Checkers

  • Giant Chess

  • Frogger

  • 1943

  • Pacman

According to my gamer husband, Golden Tee is an especially hard game to find for free. It usually costs a few dollars per game to play. This bar also has some amazing specials, which you can check-out here and some pretty fun events. If only I had known about that Prohibition Party sooner. (I’m always looking for an excuse to break out the flapper dress.) So the next time you’re feeling nostalgic for some ’90s arcade games, why not take a little recess?

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