Thank you to the folks at Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar and Arcade for sponsoring this post.
We are always looking for new date night ideas so when the folks from Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar & Arcade invited us to come experience their spaces, we were #ALLIN!
Located in Over the Rhine, both spots are within walking distance of one another. We started at Pins Mechanical Co., went out for a quick dinner, and then finished the night off at 16-Bit Bar and Arcade.
Pins Mechanical Co. – Great for Date Night
This place really does have something for everyone to enjoy. My husband loved their huge draft beer selection and I loved beating him at Duckpin Bowling (winning at the sports – something that NEVER happens to me!)
We had been to Pins Mechanical Co. before but we hadn’t experienced the whole “duckpin” thing so we decided to give that a try.
Duckpin bowling is like regular bowling with benefits. You wear your own shoes (no stinky rental shoes needed). You bowl with smaller balls and they’re all the same size (no hunting for a ball you like). And it’s EASY! We were able to play, talk, and joke around while bowling as it doesn’t take much skill (hence my win!).
Pins is family-friendly until 8pm every day.
It’s a great place for school-aged kids and I think this would be an especially fun place for teens. Between the ping pong and the bowling and the pinball, your teens might actually admit they had fun! 😉 Adult supervision is required.
Bocce, Pinball, Ping Pong and More!
If bowling isn’t your thing, they have LOADS of pinball machines. They also have a ping pong table, Foosball, and they even have a Bocce ball court on the rooftop (it’s kind of hidden so look around the corners!).
Each floor has its own bar (except for the basement). They have a huge variety of craft and local beers on tap plus a full bar. The rooftop bar even has its own frosty cocktail!
After hanging out on the rooftop deck, enjoying some beer and cocktails, winning at bowling (AND at AC/DC pinball, I might add), we decided it was time for a bite to eat.
I should note here that Pins does not sell food BUT they do allow you to bring it in with you. You can also order for delivery. My favorite pizza is The Don at Goodfellas (right across the street) but we wanted guac so we made a quick trip to Bakersfield. YUM!
16 Bit Bar and Arcade
We went old school for our next stop = 16-Bit Bar & Arcade on Walnut Street. This place! 40+ retro arcade games plus Nintendo, Sega, Playstation consoles and more. And the best part is….
It’s free to play as long as you have a drink!
Play all the arcade games you want at no charge as long as you have a drink (pinball is the only game you have to pay for). And they make it easy with a REALLY nice selection of craft beer on tap (and a great happy hour).
And they do have a full bar too with fun retro-themed cocktails like this one – The Hulk Hogan (vodka, lemonade, and a bomb pop).
Game Consoles and Tournaments
We didn’t partake but you can sit at the “gaming console counter” and play all kinds of old school games. Ask for games at the bar if you don’t see the one you want.
They even have tournaments on Monday and Wednesday nights (free and winner takes home a prize) so be sure to check that out if you’re a gamer.
Where can you park?
You have lots of options for parking in OTR. We parked at Mercer Garage (on Vine Street) as we know that spot well. Other options include street parking (be prepared to pay for meters), Zieglar Garage (towards Pendleton), or at a nearby surface lot. You could even park somewhere else in town and take the streetcar to the 12th and Vine stop.
We loved our game-filled date night and will definitely return to both spots again! I can highly recommend this date night experience!