Best (Arcade) Gaming Bar

Vitus

When Vitus opened last year, its place in Oakland's ballooning bar scene was not yet clear. What it has turned out to be is not only a place to drink and hear music, but a great place to play games. Its well-stocked arcade features AC/DC- and medieval-themed pinball machines, among others. Amateur gamers and wizened pinball elites scrap and shit-talk all night (and especially durings Vitus' bimonthly pinball tournaments) as the machines ring away, racking up points and high scores. But Vitus' most exciting arcade game is its skee-ball, which you can occasionally play for free. In addition to the festive environment brought on by the games, the bar has a full bar, including a trusty supply of Linden Street beer. There's lots of space to gather, so whether you're there for music or just drinks, it's also a great place to game.

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