The A4cade Bartender Topher Tabb slides a pair of gin and tonics across a pixelated bar table to two patrons. Shortly after serving the drink, Tabb handed a pair of Xbox controllers to patrons — they started making it a duke with “Mortal Kombat.”
“Our customers love playing the Xbox while drinking at the bar,” said the bartender.
At 292 Massachusetts Avenue, just over a mile from Harvard University, behind the steel-plated doors in Roxy’s Grilled Cheese & Burgers in Cambridge is the Generation Z and Millennial nostalgia arcade bar A4cade.
The arcade bar was born in 2017 by Michael Krupp, owner of the Cambridge-based restaurant chain Area Four, in partnership with James Divsantino, owner of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese & Burger.
“Area 4 runs the bar and Roxy runs the kitchen,” said Amanda Dempsey, A4cade’s general manager.
A4Cade customers can take advantage of both.
Full of retro souvenirs, A4cade patrons go back in time to pop culture themes, enjoying the excitement of childhood in over 30 vintage arcade classics such as “House of the Dead” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.” Adult luxury of premium liquor and beer.
A4cade offers a wide range of cocktails including “The Fall of Princess Peach”, Gold Rum, Peach, Pineapple, Mint and Lime mixed drinks. There is also “Schlute Farm”, a melody with the appropriate titles of swing tequila, creos masticha, beat, ginger and lemon.
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese & Burgers are separated by a steel wall with a photo of Hodor’s nose from the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” A4cade patrons can enjoy Roxy’s full dining options, including a large selection of grilled cheese sandwiches.
At the venue, posters of classic movies from the 1980s and 1990s such as “Bill and Ted’s Adventure” and “Star Wars” will be exhibited, and popular otaku cultural films such as Hayao Miyazaki’s acclaimed anime movie “My Neighbor Totoro” will be on display. It is on display. Played on A4cade TV.
If you’re not crushing buttons, twisting joysticks, or shooting pinball, most customers enjoy a drink at A4cade’s two pixel art-decorated bars. Wall art.
“Rainbow Road is one of our most popular drinks,” said Tabb, a three-year A4cade bartender, for customers to play “Mario Kart” games, usually named for drinks. He said he would buy a drink before he ran up.
“Mario Kart is our most popular game,” Tab said.
Friday and Saturday nights are usually the times when A4cade attracts the most nostalgic patrons. At the bar, more than 100 customers witness the translucent glare of arcade cabinets to music curated by local Boston and Cambridge DJs.
A4cade also hosts thematic karaoke nights on some nights of the month.
Arcade bars are full of early 90’s and 80’s souvenirs, but A4cade usually attracts college students on the enthusiastic and popular Massachusetts Avenue.
“The bar can only accommodate 100 people, so there’s usually a huge line outside the door,” says Tabb.
A4cade is open Tuesday to Thursday from 5 pm to 11 pm and Friday to Saturday from 5 pm to 1 am.
Check out the A4cade website for upcoming events and DJs.