Super Abari Game Bar
Charlotte's first bar/arcade hybrid! Home to 20 pinball machines and 30+ arcade games with rotating games monthly. Enjoy a full bar while you play your hold and new favorites!
This place is so cool! Lots of old time pin ball machines and button-mashing video games, a long with a few modern ones. All games are anywhere from 25-50 cents per play, and you can buy quarters with a card if you don't bring cash. I'm not a gamer but I had a great time with friends here! Only reason I gave 4 stars is because their liquor drinks are expensive, $16 for a double compared to the beers that were $2.50, but I would go again!
That glow up though. The new spot reveals a very club/cruiseship like essence where you're greeted with the doorman and bar and then opens up to the game floor. Their selection of old school vs. new school games is unparalleled. Parking is pretty easy with lots next door and a lot across the street. Stop in and lose yourself in the symphony of great games and good times.
David J Kanwisher
This is actually a new location after the original Abari location closed. ( Naming the place Super abari is the best thing ever). As a result a lot of old reviews incorrectly got ported over. I once said Paranoia Pinball was the only correct spot in Charlotte to play pinball (and is still my preference), but this place is now up there as well. Walking down the stairs and seeing the old tvs playing 80s scenes and hearing and seeing all the games was definitely a portal into the past. There was parking at the building and overflow parking across the street, as Saturday evening was ramping up people were playing Tetris to park. The crowd felt more "Instagram" than "Basement dweller" but that might change as the newness of the place wears off. Plenty of .50 cent pinball. They actually had a pinball tournament going on. The grand champion scores on machines attest that the machines have been played by serious players. Bar served drinks and food, not too impressed with the draft beer selection or the size of the bar, but it was tolerable. Overall it was a good experience and I'm happy to see more pinball in Charlotte. Edit: Another thing I forgot to mention is that this place is open all the time, even on most holidays it seems, up until 2 am! It's nice to finally have a retrocade that is open on the "slower" days, when everywhere else is closed. I stayed until close on Sunday and I noticed the staff were taking the time to clean the pinball glass, which was a nice attention to detail. Staff have always been very friendly.
Fun and very unique (for CLT, anyway) place for adults and kids alike, even if it seems like a secret supper club based on the strange website and complete inability to contact them by phone. Huge selection of old school video games and the biggest selection of pinball I have ever seen. Be careful because you can burn through a lot of cash very quickly. I went with my two kiddos, ages 9 and 2.5. The 9 year old loved it. The place was definitely not geared for toddlers, but we made do (he enjoyed putting the quarters into the slots more the than games themselves). Note to parents: I *think* kids are only allowed between 12-5pm on weekends, although Im not sure. Thats why I was trying to call them to verify, butsecret society (see above).
Wonderful arcade bar. I've visited numerous arcades in Las Vegas, Asheville, Chicago and Atlanta, this place is top notch. Lots of classic arcade, shooting, and music games. 37 pinball machines in good condition including Indiana Jones, Halloween, Willy Wonka, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Stranger Things. While I was there (on a Saturday night) not a single pinball machine was out of service. The place is open till 2am like a true bar, and offers liquor in addition to beer and nonalcoholic beverages. Reasonable drink prices, particularly for canned drinks. Super Abari is almost exclusively 21+ with the exception of noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. They have a nice fenced-in patio outside for smoking and taking a break outdoors. No cover fee, just coin op, 50 Cents a game. No real food but a nice vending machine inside for a mild snack. Friendly and courteous staff. Customers there seem relaxed, chill and respectful. This place is hosting the 2023 NC State Pinball Championship and it shows. If you're interested in an arcade bar or just a bar to play games at, this place is gold. Highly recommend.