Vegas Chatter: Insert Coin(s)
Written by: Ryan Brunty || 2012-07-27
The idea that a video game bar would need a bouncer and a velvet rope to cope with crowds, would seem farfetched just a few years ago. For this to happen nightly in Downtown Las Vegas is all the more remarkable. Insert Coin(s) sits half a block south of the Fremont Street Experience and has cemented its reputation as a brilliant idea executed with skill and passion. An arcade meets bar meets lounge club, that pumps the crowd with music, high concept drinks and a very wide selection of video games from the eighties, through to the very latest releases for Xbox and PS3.
Enveloped by the darkened atmosphere, you’ll not notice the barren concrete shell that houses the place. Large, but quick to fill up, patrons bask in the glow of television screens and a perspex bar that alternately glows red, blue and yellow. It’s a real world version of the arcade Flynn’s, owned by actor Jeff Bridges in the 1982 film Tron. And, if you get that reference, you’ll be right at home here. Then you can even walk over and put 50 cents in the original Tron game. They have about thirty old school stand-up games and a couple of pinball machines, including a very un-P.C. Playboy edition. For your pinball fix, better to head over to the Hall of Fame.
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