Being married to a video game producer/gamer, so I know how big the video game industry is. I also know that we will very likely be checking out the this new bar, Insert Coin(s), when we’re in Vegas in late April. I’ve been to my fair share of arcade bars, such as Barcade in New York City, which are pretty basic bars with vintage coin operated arcade machines thrown in for coolness factor. But this bar seems different, and way cooler, and a lot more serious about the video game component. Here’s how it’s going to work, based on this article:
1. It will be a huge, open, 7600 square foot space with a square bar in the middle
2. Surrounding this bar will be classic video games in cabinets
3. Huge couches will grace the space, and you can rent them for $10/hour. The couches will face towards the center, where there will be a tv attached to a pole (and a tv behind the couches so bystanders can watch)
4. “Every video game console ever” will be offered
5. Headphones will be offered to more serious gamers and every gaming station will have soundproofing
Insert Coin(s), which is slated to open in April, seems to be trying to answer the question “can video games be social?” I am curious to know if this bar will offer social gaming experiences in which a large number of people in the bar can be playing the same game. Yes, there are plenty of fun things to do in Vegas that don’t involve bars, but it sounds like Fremont Street will be getting a very cool new tenant very soon, and one that will encourage many visitors to visit this coming year.
Game on — I’ll let you know my thoughts when we visit in April.
Photo: Brian Whitmarsh