If “Eat. Drink. Play.” sounds like your kinda day, head to Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant and arcade located in the vibrant shopping and entertainment complex, Pier Park.
Just across the way from The Grand Movie Theatre and next door to a few small amusement park rides, Dave & Buster’s is a fun place for kids and kids at heart. (You know who you are.)
It’s perfect for families with children, so the little ones don’t get bored having to sit down for lunch or dinner. Also so Mom and Dad can have a moment of peace.
This place is also great for rainy days, when you’ve run out of indoor activities off the beach.
When we visited, we were immediately transported back in time to the video arcades of our youth. They have all the classics like skee ball, air hockey, Galaga and – yes, your favorite little yellow round-headed, dot-munching Pacman.
We’ll admit it … we totally lost track of time on the supercharged Battle Royale version, where up to four people can play at once, eating power pellets, chasing ghosts and chomping the competition’s Pacman.
Take a break from the screen and try your hand at skee ball.
Ring of Fire Skee Ball Pro Tip: Watch for the slow blinking light that will move for each one of the nine balls. Double points if you can sink the ball into the blinking location!
Down the midway, you’ll also find all the newest, hottest games like Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Candy Crush, Fruit Ninja, Speed of Light, Angry Birds and so much more.
Into sports? Throw the perfect touchdown pass, sink the winning basket, kick a goal to save the day or speed across the finish line. You can do it all.
When you get hungry, the menu features fun fan favorites like chicken fingers, nachos and burgers, plus a short-rib-and-cheesy-mac stack. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try the Bistro Steak and Shrimp with Lobster Alfredo. (Really, at a sports bar.)
Save room for the Brownie Sundae Tower, a giant chocolate brownie and chocolate chip cookie made with Ghirardelli chocolate chips, baked into one warm and gooey delicious package, topped with vanilla ice cream and both chocolate and caramel sauces.
Catch the big game on two massive HDTV screens or one of more than 20 jumbo screen TVs. All the sports you need, in every direction. You and your friends can grab an app, order a beer, play pool and not miss a moment.
Dave & Buster’s offers a full bar with daily Happy Hour specials.
They host kid’s birthday parties and offer Party and Play packages for your next gathering or special event.
Before you leave, be sure to take all your tickets to the Gift Shop, where you can find treasures from temporary tattoos to an XBox and everything in between.