Just because you’re of legal drinking age doesn’t mean you can’t act like a kid now and then. Here are the best bars in NYC to let your inner 8-year-old run wild. By Selena Ricks-Good.
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The Candy Cafe at Dylan’s Candy Bar
110 Third Ave.
New York, NY
Dylan’s iconic candy store recently secured a liquor license – which was always part of the company’s plan, according to a store manager. The Candy Cafe and private party space on the third level have been overhauled to accommodate the 21-plus imbibing. Candy-tinis ($8-$15) include the Pop Rocks Explosion (Citrus Vodka, Midori, lime juice, orange juice and Pop Rocks) and the Strawberry Nerds Mojito (spiced rum, coconut rum, Strawberry Nerds, lime juice and mint). Beer and wine are also served for those not looking for sweet drinks. The bar is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 3 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. A daily happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. features $6 drink specials.
388 Union Ave.
Beer nerds and video game nerds combine their hipster pastimes at Williamsburg’s Barcade, specializing in craft beer and old-school arcade games. Pump quarters into ’80s classics such as Donkey Kong, Frogger, Q-bert and Ms. Pac-man and more while you sip draft beers. Brooklyn Oktoberfest, Southampton Pumpkin Ale and Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder are among the 25 beers currently on tap.
Full Circle Bar
318 Grand St.
Skeeball gets competitive sports status at Full Circle Bar, where “brewskee ball” leagues have tournaments, beer parties and other special events. And if all of that rolling action works up an appetite, the bar serves Coney Island hot dogs and hand twisted pretzels to keep you from keeling over.
Carnival NYC at Bowlmor Lanes Midtown
222 W. 44th St.
New York, NY
After the snowstorms of 2010-2011 caused flooding damage to Carnival at Bowlmor Lanes Union Square, the big top action moved to Bowlmor’s 90,000-square-foot Times Square venue. The former Subway Lanes have been converted into The Coney Island Room featuring classic boardwalk games such as Skeeball, Milk Money, Krazy Kats and Fish Pong. An adjacent lounge area, Luna Park, features the Basket Case, Put a Ring on It, and Who Darted games.
531 E. 5th St.
New York, NY
Skeeball, pinball, darts, pool and punk rock combine at this East Village bar-meets-rec room. The inner child-vibe is further indulged with a wall display of vintage lunch boxes. From Harpoon IPA to Radeberger Pilsner, Ace’s 12 draft beers drop to just $3-$4 during Monday night football games, which are shown on two flatscreens.