Headquarters Beercade

Bars , Sports Bars Lakeview
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Headquarters Beercade
Photograph: Martha Williams
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
Contact:
Address: 2833 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago
60657
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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Dana B

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.

Clayton Guse
moderator

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. 

Stephen J
tastemaker

Hands down, my favorite arcade bar in Chicago! Free play arcade games of many classic titles, a skee-ball machine, and many wonderful craft beers and other assorted cocktails! They also will hold fun events such as the Back to the Future party and many different New Years Eve events.  If there is one complaint I may have is that they don't serve food, however there is many neighboring places you can go eat at if you need a video game break and they will allow you to have food delivered.  If you're a gamer or you're an 80s or 90s kid wanting to relive an arcade from childhood (while downing a couple brews), come check out Headquarters Beercade Lakeview!

sara f

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.

Madeline N
Tastemaker

So I’m absolutely terrible at video games, and adding alcohol did not help, but regardless I had a blast playing my friends in foosball. There were no lines for the games (granted I got here super late so the place was mostly empty.) They played mostly 90s music which is my favorite and their beer selection was pretty extensive from what I remember. I would definitely recommend this place if you’re looking to have a different experience from one that you would have at your run of the mill bar or a late night spot to have some fun with your friends.