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The Ultimate Guide to the Vancouver Arcade Crawl

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The Ultimate Guide to the Vancouver Arcade Crawl

Are you looking to discover Vancouver’s hidden gems and get a good bit of nostalgia while you’re at it? Then the Arcade Crawl is just the thing for you! As its name implies, a Vancouver Arcade Crawl is exactly like a pub crawl, but instead of going from bar to bar, you will be spending time at some of the best arcades in town.

This guide will tell you all you need to know about participating in an arcade crawl. Find out the best places to hit up, the types of games you can expect, and all the fun activities you’ll find along the way. Get ready for a night of excitement, recreation and nostalgia!

What is an Arcade Crawl?

At its core, an arcade crawl is a fun way to explore your city by visiting different arcades and engaging in competitive gaming. It occurs when people join together in small groups or even pairs and make their way from one arcade to the next. While at each location, they can play any number of games offered by the arcade.

There are a variety of arcades that host these crawls around the world, so it’s likely that wherever you are there will be an arcade crawl happening near you. In the case of Vancouver, there are plenty of arcades that hold events specifically tailored towards an arcade crawl.

What Games Can You Play?

The types of games available vary across each arcade, but some of the more popular and beloved games are pinball machines, driving/racing simulators, classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Street Fighter, and even virtual reality experiences. Other arcades may specialize in certain game types, but you will usually be able to find a game for every kind of player no matter which arcade you go to.

Some arcades have competitions where winning players get cool prizes like special edition video games or free trips. Some may even run tournaments with payouts in cash or gift cards. If you are keen on competitive gaming, you can have lots of fun participating in such events.

What Are Some Popular Arcades?

Whether this is your first time participating in an arcade crawl or you are a veteran player, we have some great recommendations for popular arcades in Vancouver that are definitely worth calling out. Here’s a list of some of the fan favorites:

  • High Score Arcade: This downtown hotspot boasts over 80 classic games, two pinball machines, and two air hockey tables!
  • Westcoast Gaming: With 12 regular arcade machines and over 30 retro consoles in its retro corner, Westcoast Gaming has plenty of classic titles on offer.
  • The Storm Crow Tavern: Located in East Village, this retro-style tavern has several classic arcade machines on their menu as well as their “GameZilla” machine which offers over 30 classic Atari titles such as Space Invaders and Donkey Kong.
  • MegaTech Video Games: The ultimate destination for gamers, MegaTech has over 40 different games from 25 different systems.
  • The Electric Umbrella: If you’re looking for something more low-key and laidback then this is the place for you. With several different video game consoles and classic boards games, this cozy little cafe offers a great selection of entertainment.

Other Activities to Enjoy

An arcade crawl doesn’t just consist of gaming; there is plenty of other activities that can make your night out even more fun. For instance, most arcades offer food and/or drinks, so if you’re feeling hungry after a few rounds at the machines then you’re in luck. And with so many arcades having unique décor and interior design, why not take some photographs or take part in one of the photo or Instagram competitions?

Additionally, most arcades will also have cool merchandise for sale such as t-shirts, hats and stickers. There might even be video game tournaments if you are feeling competent enough to take on other worthy opponents!

Additional Tips

It is worth noting that some arcades may have certain spending limits, so make sure to check with them before hand to avoid any unnecessary quarrels – after all nobody wants any problems on their night out! It is also recommended to make sure to bring along some form of identification – many arcades take photos and ID’s before allowing entry due to their 18+ ages only policy.

Lastly, if you’re looking for an arcade crawl with a wider variety of game choices, make sure to check ahead for times and days when multiple arcades have crawls at the same time – this way you can get more out of your tour!


An arcade crawl is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore your city while trying out different games with your friends. With so many various activities to do along the way, arcade crawls provide something for everyone! From vintage consoles to classic boards game tournaments to tasty treats along the way, there is something for everyone – even people who don’t necessarily consider themselves gamers!

If this sounds like something that you would be interested in experiencing or if you’d like to get outside your comfort zone and try something new with your friends or family then why not book an arcade crawl now? You can find all the best options here

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The Ultimate Guide to the Vancouver Arcade Crawl

Experience Adventure Like Never Before: Book Your Tour Today!