5 local spots to play games in San Jose, CA

Find table top games, retro arcade consoles, and interactive experiences all around the city.

Young group of friends playing arcade games

Game on, San Jose.

Photo via Jessica Te

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Whether you’re a casual gamer or head of the online leader boards — there’s something for everyone here in San Jose. Let’s take a look at all the ways you can get your game on.

🎮 MINIBOSS, 52 E. Santa Clara St.

Explore the best of pop culture at Downtown’s popular bar arcade. MINIBOSS boasts 12 pinball machines + 32 arcade games. Decked out in 80s film posters, Tetris blocks, and clever cocktail names like “The Breakfast Club” and “Sailor Venus,” this is a must-see local spot. Psst, it’s also hosting a holiday pop-up until Saturday, Dec. 31.

🎮 Bowlero, 5420 Thornwood Dr.

Bowlero brings dark mode to the bowling alley with black lights + neon decor. Its modern arcade collection includes “Mario Kart,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Space Invaders.” Don’t miss out on weekly specials — including half-price arcade games every Wednesday.

🎮 Round1 USA, 2200 Eastridge Lp.

Two words: claw machines. And if that doesn’t keep you occupied all day, try the extensive arcade, photobooths, bowling lanes, and karaoke rooms.

A row of arcade games.

Play some classic games, as well as new additions.

Photo via @lvluproarsj

🎮 LvL Uproar, 439 S. First St.

Greet Brewtus the elephant as you enter this bar arcade. On top of being a major player in the local beer scene, you can also level up your gamer skills with a classic arcade collection + racing games. Check out cornhole and other outdoor lawn games for some outdoor competition.

🎮 Guildhouse, 420 S. First St.

Get involved in community games at this e-sports hub and bar. Grab a drink with a round of tabletop games or watch player tournaments. Keep an eye out for weekly events — including sessions for Magic the Gathering + Super Smash Bros.

Can’t get enough games? Check out our crash course to local gamer history and learn how Pong, Chuck E. Cheese, and Mario have roots in San Jose.

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