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Replay Lincoln Park

Bars, Sports Bars Lake View
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Photograph: Martha Williams Headquarters arcade bar

Time Out says

Formerly the original location of Headquarters, this early arcade bar became the third outpost of Replay in late 2016 after a split between HQ’s partners. The bar program is more focused on the extensive, high-end beer list than Replay’s other bourbon-centric locations, and the games (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tron, NBA Jam) are all still free to play.



Address: 2833 N Sheffield Ave
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 8, 11, 76.
Price: Average beer: $8
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri 3pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun noon–2am
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Always enjoy going to Replay. Love that the games are always free and the popcorn is so good. The staff is always very friendly and I never wait long for a drink. Prices are very reasonable too. They also have fun events like Human Fooseball and Psycho Bingo. Such a great place to hang with friends on a Friday or Saturday night without having to go too crazy.

Make sure you go on a night when the bouncers are in a good mood. On some nights the bar will close down and kick people out at 1:00am. There are a lot of selections for arcade games though. Most likely won't be returning. I prefer bars that stay open when they say they are open until with friendlier staff.


I'm no longer in my 20s and I no longer live across the street from here (sadly, I spent a good 6 years living across from Uncle Fatty's and Cherry Red) and if I had, I probably wouldn't have moved! This was my second attempt to go here. The first one was a huge fail because the line was nearly down the block and I no longer feel the need to wait in line to get into the coolest places in town when my pjs and tv are available (wha wha, cue the sad old jokes).

That being said, once in a blue moon I get a little pep in my step and the urge to live like the fun youngster I once was. So my second attempt to get in, there was no line, but the place was packed and I was clearly older than most of the people in there. With that being said, it also gave me the advantage of actually remembering playing lots of these games in real arcades before the days of XBox and whatnot.

It was a blast. My husband and i made a real date night out of it. The beer list is quite extensive and actually pretty good. Games are free so there is of course a wait, but once you get in on a game, the fun begins. We had a great time. I highly recommend coming here for a date night whether it's your first and you need an ice breaker or it's your 100th and you need to reconnect. Such a fun way to spend a night, have a few drinks and let loose.

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.

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!

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.


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.

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