A new bar is coming to Wicker Park this March that will have arcade game buffs ecstatic. Owned by brothers from Highland Park, IL, Doug and Danny Marks, Emporium Arcade Bar will be a 3,000 square foot arcade and bar with old school classic games from the 1980's and 1990's. The prices will remain old school too, as most games will be just 25 cents to play. Similar to Barcade in Brooklyn, NY, which co-owner Danny Marks used to manage, the draw will not just be on the games but the drinks as well.
Expect a focus on Midwestern and local beer with half of the beer on tap always being from the Midwest. The plan is to rotate their selection often, so there will always be new brews to try. There will also be a large whiskey list, with a selection of standard and upscale varieties. A full bar will be available as well and there may be more specialty cocktails down the line.
With only a tavern license, the bar will not serve food, but they are happy to let you bring your own or order from any of the neighborhood restaurants. Seating is available for about eighty people so you can grab a table between games.
Emporium will be open Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Future Home of Emporium [Photo: Chicago Pipeline]