Bring a bag of quarters and relinquish adult responsibilities at the door of Tampa's first classic arcade and craft beer bar, Lowry Parcade and Tavern.
"I grew up in arcades," Cliff Stevenson, co-owner, said. "Like a lot of people, my parents would drop us off to give us something to do."
As an adult, Stevenson sought to fulfill his sense of nostalgia and build a bar he'd want to go to by opening the retro inspired video arcade on March 7.
He partnered with Rob Leonard who has been an arcade and pinball machine collector for years and Lux DeVoid (also the owner of The Mermaid Tavern), who brings his bar experience to the venture.
"About three years ago, I had begun talking with a few people about arcade bars specifically as they've been popping up in the country and it struck me there wasn't anything like that in this area," Stevenson said.
The tavern is filled with 23 games, three pinball machines and 22 draft beers (which heavily feature Florida craft beers).
"We have another 20 games in reserve so it won't be to too long before we start rotating," Stevenson said.
In a few months, food will also be added to the menu.
The old-school arcade will host an official grand opening today at 1213 W Waters Ave., with festivities beginning at 8 p.m.
After 10 p.m., it's ages 21 and up only.
Visit, lowryparcade.com or call, (813) 915-9180.
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