Headquarters Beercade

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Headquarters arcade bar

Though it opened a few months after Wicker Park’s Emporium Arcade Bar, this rival barcade is not content to play second fiddle. All of HQ’s 37 vintage arcade games (Terminator II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.) are free to play, which means no waiting in line for tokens, more money to spend on the high-end beer list and surprisingly ambitious cocktails (like the Billy Mitchell, a spin on the G&T that incorporates a touch of Malört) and no end to the sheer joy that comes from detonating your date in Mortal Kombat.

Venue name: Headquarters Beercade
Address: 2833 N Sheffield Ave

Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun noon–2am
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 8, 11, 76.
Price: Average beer: $8
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