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||Contact:|
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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Average User Rating
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I prefer the Headquarters in Lincoln Park over the one in River North because of the space but sometimes the Lincoln Park one gets VERY crowded. I love the drink options as well as the games being free. I make my way to one of the Headquarters at least once a month and always have a great time.
Headquarter is a bit more bro-ey than other arcade bars of the sort, though Logan Square's Emporium is starting to give it a run for its money. But unlike most other spots, the games are free. The space is large enough to get lost in, and the beer list is long and the prices are reasonable.
From the neon signs to the super long list of craft beers this is a great place to hang out with a large group. The best part about this place is that all the old-school arcade games and pinball machines are free. I'd definitely take anyone who visits from out of town to this bar.