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There’s a Big New Booze and Arcade Game Hall Coming to Highland Park

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NYC’s Barcade nabs some big West Coast real estate

An arcade bar shown with a line of cabinet games at the ready.
Button Mash, Echo Park
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Looks like famed New York City adult arcade outlet Barcade is coming to Los Angeles soon. The company confirmed their plans to expand west with LAist, but declined to give a specified new LA address at the time. Turns out, it wasn’t that hard to find.

Barcade will likely land at the former El Arco Iris on York, which is currently being used as a weekend pop-up space by a separate restaurant called Partido. That has always been intended to be temporary, while CODA Equities — owners of the building — sought out a more permanent presence for the big space. El Arco Iris was a fixture in the Highland Park community for decades, passing the 50-year mark back in 2014 before owner Angie Montes decided to retire back in February.

To figure out the address, all one has to do is look at the recently-opened Twitter account for Barcade in Los Angeles, or their Facebook page. Both are linked to the original Barcade pages, and both give the El Arco Iris address as the future home of all things craft beer and video games. Just to be safe, Eater reached out to both CODA Equities and Barcade, but so far hasn’t heard back.

Of course, this won’t be the first bar-oriented arcade space to hit Los Angeles lately. A number of such projects have landed anywhere from the Valley to Downtown, with the most notable being Button Mash in Echo Park. Look for an opening of Barcade to happen sometime around the summer of 2018. In the meantime, the original East Coast Barcade continues to operate across New York City, as well as in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Philadelphia.

Barcade Los Angeles
5684 York Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA