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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.
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