Whatever you want to call it—restaurant, bar, arcade—Button Mash has created a category all its own in LA. The food, which comes from once-underground-restaurant Starry Kitchen, is fantastic. Diners will recognize Starry Kitchen's famous crispy tofu balls, but there is far more on the menu to explore: incredible Vietnamese spring rolls, a decadent double cheeseburger, and a selection of rice dishes, noodles, sandwiches and larger plates, to be enjoyed at the bar or in the dining room. The drink menu includes a unique list of beer and wine, including Malbec Invaders, a 2014 Fabien Jouves varietal featuring Space Invaders aliens on the label.
Button Mash has over 100 machines from the '70s to '90s, but they keep around 50 on the floor at one time, rotating the games in so there's always something new. Frogger, Tron, Donkey Kong, Food Fight, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker are just a sampling that populate the floor (some even have second, hidden games!), and a row of pinball machines have their own section by the bar. Artist Joseph Harmon came up with the shiny tokens that display an arcade machine on one side and Button Mash's goofy-looking dog mascot on the other. Each game takes one token, the pinball machines take two, and you can buy $5 and $10 rolls from the bar. And don't worry—just because there's a bar doesn't mean the kids can't partake in the fun. Button Mash welcomes children of all ages to play games until 9pm; after 9pm, it's 21+.