If ever there was a bar to geek out (and flirt) in, this one is it. LA's first barcade (that's bar + arcade for you noobs) boasts more than 40 classic consoles, from Centipede to Ms. Pac-Man—all fixed with cup holders for endless booze-fueled sessions. If you can see the latest high score projected on a wall toward the back, then you've found the only bar in the joint, where you and your date can choose from cocktails with names like Princess Peach, Zangief and Power Up. Those less inclined to spend all of their hard-earned quarters can head to the tree-filled courtyard outside to nosh on food truck bites or steal some kisses under the stars.
It's tough enough being single in LA, but when you finally score a first date, the challenge becomes finding the perfect place to meet. While we can't promise fireworks between you and your new fling, these cocktail bars, breweries and other date-worthy spots will at least help kick-start a conversation. Avoid the whole "no, no, you choose the spot," take matters into your own hands and meet your next match at one of these prime first date bars.
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