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Eagle Rock’s First Arcade Bar Turns On the Machines This Friday

Cold beer and pinball for the masses

A colorful outdoor bar with picnic tables.
Walt’s Bar in Eagle Rock
Farley Elliott
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.

Signage is up and finishing touches are going in at Walt’s Bar, the new arcade drink spot in Eagle Rock. The former plumbing shop has been fully converted into a retro place for cold beer and vintage pinball, and opening night is slated for Friday.

Inside, the long room is now filled with a curving wooden bar and diner-style two-top tables near the front windows. There’s a wraparound patio too, with a ledge for holding drinks and mid-century restaurant stools to sit on. A light-up sign on one side of the building advertises cold beer — not to be confused with Highland Park’s Coldest Beer in Town sign — while hand-painted lettering at the front offers fine wines and hot dogs.

No word yet on what hours will look like for Walt’s Bar following the Friday opening from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., but ownership did share a shot of the pinball machines all lined up and ready for game play. Eater reached out for more details, but so far hasn’t heard back.

Grand opening this Friday. 11a-2a.

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The arrival of Walt’s Bar comes at an interesting time for greater Eagle Rock. A slew of new restaurant developments are happening up the street on Colorado Boulevard that could well change the dining landscape for the quiet neighborhood in a big way, while other longstanding staple spots disappear altogether. Down on York Boulevard in Highland Park, the Brooklyn-based Barcade team is starting construction on their own arcade bar in the former El Arco Iris space.

Walt’s Bar
4680 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA