Lakewood to Snag One of Ohio's Hottest Barcade Concepts




Sometime this summer, Lakewood will see the opening of 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, the second location for the popular Columbus-based bar. Voted Best New Bar in Columbus last year by readers of Columbus Underground, the adult-themed arcade is operated by Stow native Troy Allen.

To be located in the old Five Guys spot on Detroit, the 4,000-square-foot space promises to be a major entertainment attraction for the area.

"This is our take on the barcade concept," explains Allen, who also owns the Columbus-based brand strategy firm Elevate. "It's a higher end experience than you're going to get at other barcades."

The Lakewood spot is roughly twice the size of the Columbus original and will feature 40 arcade games, pinball and skee-ball. All the games are original, in phenomenal condition, and set to free play, adds Allen. Games are swapped in and out based on customer demand.

"When you walk into our location, it's like you're stepping back in time and remembering your childhood," says Allen. "From the music that we play to the movies and TV shows that we play, to our cocktail menu — it's impossible for people to walk into our location and not have an instant smile on their face."

16 Bit serves no food but welcomes guests to order in. The bar will have 24 craft beers on tap plus canned beer and cocktails.

"We looked at several locations up in Cleveland, but Lakewood, from a demographic standpoint, was the best fit," he adds. "We are definitely part of the community, and we pull in a lot of regulars, but we also pull from a wider geographic region. We even get people from Cleveland down in Columbus."

Look for a July opening.


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