They put a damn ‘Pop-Up Arcade Bar’ in The House of Blues restaurant


Unless you’re into drinking and/or baseball, there aren’t a lot of options to kill some time before concerts at The House of Blues. So the venue has partnered with Shelter Arcade Bar to install a damn Pop-Up Arcade Bar in its restaurant space.

The set-up includes seven pinball machines and 20 arcade cabs, and is now open daily through November 15. The space is open from 5 p.m. to close, and is all-ages each night until 9 p.m., when it shifts to 21-plus. The Pop-Up Arcade Bar is open to the public, and one does not need a ticket to that night’s House of Blues concert to roll up and drop some quarters in the machines.

“We are very excited to partner with House of Blues Boston to bring the ‘arcade bar’ environment to historic Lansdowne Street for this pop-up,” says Shelter Arcade Bar owner Mike Maven. “Especially to an environment that welcomes families and college students for most of the day. The opportunity to share our passion for arcade gaming and pinball with the city of Boston is a gift for us.”


Check out the full game list below, as well as a quick look inside via @HOBBoston.

Pop-Up Arcade Bar Game List:

Pinball: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Junk Yard, Creature from the Black Lagoon, South Park, Lord of the Rings, The Walking Dead, NBA Fastbreak.


Arcade Cabs: X-Men, The Simpsons, NBA Jam, NFL Blitz 99, Street Fighter 2, Joust, Q*bert, Mortal Kombat 2, Contra, CarnEvil, R-type, Area 51, Asteroids, Final Fight, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag, Revolution X, Time Crisis 2 Deluxe, Crystal Castles, Ms. Pac-Man.