Late-night games

Get your game fix after hours at these night owl spots.

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Ace Bar
This pretty-people spot sports a rainbow wall of yesteryear lunchboxes, plus pinball, darts, pool and two spectacular Skee-Ball machines (a dollar per play). Mondays and Wednesdays are pool and Skee-Ball league nights respectively—skip 'em if you'd rather play than watch. You can also slaughter a few furry friends on Big Buck Hunter while you down some brews. 531 E 5th St between Aves A and B (212-979-8476, acebar.com)

Barcade
Shift into high gear with Pole Position, or kick some extraterrestrial ass in Moon Patrol; each play is only a quarter. 388 Union Ave between Ainslie and Powers Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-302-6464, barcadebrooklyn.com)

Black Rabbit
Choose from a plethora of quiet board games like Apples to Apples, Pictionary, Battleship, Monopoly, dominoes and seven varieties of Trivial Pursuit, all while cozying up to the fire. 91 Greenpoint Ave at Franklin St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-349-1595, blackrabbitbar.com)

Cargo
The epicenter of cool in St. George, Staten Island, hosts the incautiously named Grab Ass Tuesdays. Limber up for a midnight Twister tournament: Winner gets a $25 bar-and-food tab. Specials include $3 well drinks, and two sliders, fries and a PBR for $6 after 10pm. 120 Bay St at Slosson Terr, Staten Island (718-876-0539, cargocafe.com)

Chinatown Video Fair Arcade
Rumored to be a former hangout for Triad members, Video Fair doesn't get more dangerous these days than a few games of Samurai Showdown, Marvel vs. Capcom and Ms. Pac-Man; not to mention myriad Japanese imports like Dance Dance Revolution and Street Fighter IV. Play till midnight—or until Mom makes you come home. 8 Mott St between Chatham Sq and Mosco St (212-964-1542)

Fat Cat
The $3 cover is well worth your while if you're interested in pool, Ping-Pong or shuffleboard (all are 9 per minute per person), plus foosball and board games like Scrabble and checkers, all a buck each. Quaffing-wise, expect only beer and wine—the hardest thing Fat Cat serves is chess. 75 Christopher St at Seventh Ave South (212-675-6056, fatcatmusic.org)

Hook And Ladder Pub
This beefcake-glutted gem, frequented by New York's Bravest, boasts eight beer pong tables and sweet specials that'll keep your gullet—and pockets—full all night. Snap up pitchers of Miller Lite, Bud or Bud Light for $13, or put some hair on your chest with $5 shots of Jger. What did you expect from a frat-game bar? 611 Second Ave between 33rd and 34th Sts (212-213-5034)

The Levee
Treat yourself to pinball, Big Buck Hunter, pool or darts. You can also rent a massive Connect Four set for $20 (assuming you don't steal the head-size playing pieces, you'll get it back when you're done playing). 212 Berry St at Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-8787, leveenyc.com)

Ocean's 8
Unwind with $3 minibowling, one of 38 billiards tables (starting at $10 per hour), hoops for a buck or cocktails at the 40-foot-long bar. 11 Seventh Ave between Park and Sterling Pls, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-857-5555)

36 West
Give in to your Wii addiction on Mondays at this notoriously friendly bar (so friendly, in fact, that if you show up on a non-Monday, they'll probably turn on the system for you anyway). Have at games like Carnival, Tennis and Winter Sports for free. Nintendo nerds haven't caught on to this event yet, so you're sure to snag a spot for now. 314 W 36th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-695-3710, 36westnyc.com). Mon 4pm--2am.Katie Tandy and Michael Ventura

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