When someone mentions gaming in Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind is the poker table or slot machines. When I heard that a couple from New Jersey opened up a video game themed night club, I was geared up to check it out. This isn’t just some bar with video poker and sports playing on a wall of TVs. No, my friends, this is a full-on arcade with top name games on every system you could ever want. This is Insert Coins, owned and operated by Christopher LaPorte – a great guy with a great vision.
The lounge looks like a rich kid’s basement, only with a Vegas atmosphere that makes it that much cooler. You walk in and instantly feel the energy of the room. They have giant padded booths for groups of people to come and enjoy the newest games and the greatest classics, while getting hammered at the same time. When I witnessed Mortal Kombat 9 being played next to Dig Dug, I almost cried. The walls of the lounge are painted by local artists with awesome video game themed art. Your group can walk in and grab a lounge or reserve one ahead of time with some drinks so you can get right down to playing when you arrive. If you aren’t in a big group and just want to play some console games, the bar is lined with TVs sporting just about every popular game right now for PS3 or Xbox 360. On the drink menu you can find custom video game themed drinks such as “Pac-Man and the 4 Ghosts”. If you are more into the arcade style, thalf of the lounge is a mini arcade with anything from Pac-Man to Street Fighter. There is also a dance space featuring a house VDJ playing sweet gamer music all night.
If you plan on visiting Vegas or are attending CES or the EVO World Championships, Insert Coins is definitely a must. You and your friends will have a great time gaming and drinking in this chill atmosphere. The lounge is located right next to the Fremont Experience downtown and is for adults age 21 and over.
For information on reservations and hours, check out the Insert Coins site.