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13 Places to Play Tabletop, Arcade & Video Games

Posted at 5:08 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 17:46:41-04
Whether you're a tabletop gamer looking for new adventures, a retro gamer feeling nostalgic for the days of 80's arcades, or a family gamer seeking an exciting hangout spot for the kids, Las Vegas has plenty of options to let your geek flag fly.
Named after the adorable character pieces used in many modern style board games, Meepleville is a  board game cafe that offers over 1000 board games along with a variety of drinks and tasty snacks. The cafe hosts special events almost daily, including Star Wars X-wing matches every Monday and  board game meetups every Wednesday. Don't know how to play? No worries! The staff will help you and your friends learn the rules.

With two locations in the Las Vegas valley, Hi Scores Bar-Arcade caters to gamers of all kinds with a free arcade to paying customers and craft beers on tap. Retro gamers will enjoy classic arcade machines like Ms. Pacman and Asteroids while chowing down on gastropub favorites like the Fig Bison Burger, an angus patty topped with fig jam and blue cheese, and Hangover Fries, hand cut potatoes with fried eggs, chorizo, cheese and fresh pico de gallo.
The Pinball Hall of Fame fills up 10,000 square feet of space with the world’s largest collection of pinball machines. The museum has machines dating from the early 1950s to the late 1990s, all of which are available to play. All proceeds from the games are donated directly to the Salvation Army. Click here to get a virtual tour of the facilities. 
Game Nest is a modern arcade with pay-by-the-hour pricing so you never have to worry about running out of quarters. The arcade hosts a number of classic games, along with modern titles built to run on custom arcade cabinets for the ultimate gaming experience. Also, Game Nest has several console stations featuring XBox One, Playstation 4, and WiiU. Check their website calendar for gaming events and parties.

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Press Start Gaming sells console games and accessories, and features an impressive arcade. But the real draw is the center’s 40+ gaming stations, which have just about every game available on XBox One, PS4, WiiU and PC. Relax and play a few rounds with your friends, or challenge yourself in weekly competitions such as casual fight night every Wednesday or Smash tournaments every Tuesday.
The Millennium Fandom Bar has earned its place as a hotspot for casual geeks and cosplayers alike. Fans of anime, comic books, video games, movies, TV shows, and everything else in between will feel right at home with special events thrown nearly every weekend. Test your smarts against other geeks with their weekly trivia night. And whenever you visit, be sure to dress for the occasion - cosplayers get 20 percent off! 

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Opening in 1994, just one year after Magic: The Gathering was created, the Little Shop of Magic has become the largest board game store in Las Vegas. The play area is massive with over 100 seats available, setting the stage for some epic gaming nights. Events include Dungeons and Dragons every Wednesday, Magic: The Gathering every Friday, and a variety of other tabletop and RPG events too numerous to include in this list.
I Love Yogurt functions as an 80s time capsule for those who long for the days of playing arcade games with a hair metal soundtrack. Modeled after a vintage soda shop, the yogurt parlor offers classic arcade games alongside 80s decor and Saturday morning cartoons. Guests have plenty of yogurt options to choose from with 12 base flavors and over 50 toppings, including breakfast cereal! They even offer classic 80s soda such as Tab and Jolt Cola.
Sambalatte is the place to be for those who enjoy coffee along with their board games. Their rainbow lattes have become viral superstars in their own right, though the cafe offers more than just artisan coffee. With nightly performances and a collection of classic games like Scrabble, Battleship, Monopoly, Jenga and more, Sambalatte provides the perfect atmosphere to relax and play a game with a few friends.

Las Vegas Gran Prix

With an expanded prize center, double the room size, and some of the newest machines around, the arcade at Las Vegas Gran Prix is a great place for kids to cool off during the summer months. For those feeling more adventurous, the fun center offers outdoor rides and slides, along with their signature go kart tracks.
The former downtown casino has been reinvented as a 24/7 bar that specializes in easygoing fun and affordable booze. Their lounge area is the perfect place to set up a board game, with bean bag chairs and even a bed. Beyond standard board game favorites, the bar also has pool tables, dart boards, hopscotch, corn hole, shuffleboard, a giant Jenga, and a humongous Connect Four. Check out Geeks Who Drink every Wednesday for a geek-flavored trivia night.
With an 8,700 square foot arcade, a gastropub that features craft brews, and an eSports Gaming Center with 60 gaming PCs, Gameworks has plenty to offer for the modern geek. It's also one of the few places in the valley that dedicates a portion of its televisions to daily eSports competitions featuring League of Legends, DotA 2, and more.
Boasting one of the largest selections of board games in the valley, Shall We Play always has a game or two ready for customers to try out. The store's commitment to kids allows families find the perfect board game for a memorable game night. Hardcore gamers should feel right at home too with the store's wide selection of rare tabletop titles.