20,000 Pixels Under the Sea

3214 Burgundy St New Orleans

Geek Out in NOLA/20,000 Pixels Under the Sea
Very Local NOLA
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Stumble around New Orleans' Bywater long enough and you might just find your foot splashing into a magical puddle called the Sea Cave Arcade. Having recently moved to a new location the arcade has an impressive array of both console and arcade games as well as a pair of pinball machines.

This place gives the Bywater an extra life with a nostalgic arcade that has everything except the actual quarter-eating coin-op frustrations. With arcade cabinets featuring dozens of arcade and console classics, this is a MUST for gamers. Five dollars gets you a day pass and you can FINALLY beat “The Simpsons” or “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” without the need to raid your parents’ quarter jar like you did in the ’90s.

The Sea Cave Arcade was originally opened as a way to bring new life to the dying ecosystem of arcade halls. After visiting a friend's arcade game collection the owner of The Sea Cave, Judah Lea, decided he wanted to build a new kind of social space that what was available in the neighborhood.

I grew up with arcades and always loved them not just for the games but as a space. It was somewhere where people from all walks of life could interact with one another through the medium of games. Over the years not just the Bywater but the entirety of New Orleans would lose this kind of space. We intend to try and help bring it back.​ - Judah Lea

The Sea Cave is an otherworldly break from the nightlife of New Orleans, but although they might not serve alcohol, they are a BYOB joint and the bar across the street, Bud Rips, is always an option. For a night of aquatic gaming, look no further than The Sea Cave Arcade.

Cover Photo Credit: @sea.cave.arcade. via Instagram

Geek Out in NOLA

20,000 Pixels Under the Sea

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