Since establishing a presence in the Bay Area in 2017, Emporium Arcade Bar has become known not only for its vintage arcade games and popular DJ nights, but also for its renowned cocktail program and cultivated, ever-evolving list of the area’s best local craft brews. From sophisticated, ingredient-driven draft cocktails to fun, boozy slushies available currently at the San Francisco location and soon in Oakland, Emporium offers guests an unparalleled beverage experience. In addition, Oakland offers an incredible happy hour Wednesday through Sunday including $1 off draft beers, plus $1 of complimentary game tokens with a drink purchase from 5 to 7 p.m. Emporium is open for guests 21 years or older and is located at 616 Divisadero St. in San Francisco and 1805 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland.
Featured on Emporium Arcade Bar’s innovative house-made draft cocktail menu at both locations is the Summer Mule, a fresh take on the classic Moscow Mule made with Ketel One Vodka, St. Germain, ginger beer, lime and fresh watermelon. For those searching for an eclectic whiskey-based cocktail option, Emporium offers the Sonic Boom Old Fashioned crafted with Bulleit Rye Bourbon, Solerno Blood Orange, Luxardo Maraschino and cherry bark vanilla bitters. Guests can also enjoy classic cocktails mixed by Emporium’s knowledgeable bar crew from a wide selection of both popular and hard-to-find liquor brands, with emphasis on bourbon/whiskey, tequila and mezcal.
To cool off during the warmer summer months, Emporium offers house-made craft boozy slushies providing a refreshing way to beat the heat. Slushies are currently served at the San Francisco location and will soon be available in Oakland. Options include Yoshi’s Island made with Ketel One Vodka, Clement Coconut Rum, pineapple and Tropical Red Bull; Campari Mango Spritz crafted with rosé, Campari, Cocchi Americano and mango; Watermelon Margarita prepared with Volcan Tequila, Triple Sec, lime and watermelon; and Kirby made with Ketel One Botanical Peach and Orange Vodka, Clément Coconut, Coconut Berry Red Bull, blackberry and lemon.
In addition, both locations boast an outstanding, curated selection of rotating local craft beers on tap, including the Laughing Monk Holy Ghost Pilsner by Laughing Monk Brewing featuring aromas of lemon and wheat bread. Also on the menu, the Berryessa Free Kittens Lager by Berryessa Brewing Co., New Glory Gummy Worms Pale Ale from New Glory Craft Brewery, Inhume American IPA by Ghost Town Brewing, True Kölsch from Almanac Beer Company, Passion Pool Sour by Mikkeller Brewing and more.
“We have featured local craft beer almost exclusively at our different locations since we first opened in Chicago in 2012,” said Danny Marks, co-founder, Emporium Arcade Bar. “We’ve continued the same approach in the Bay Area, dedicating almost all our taps to California’s awesome breweries. Special beer events and exclusive one-off brew collaborations have been an important part of our business that we look forward to continuing post-COVID. We want our guests not only to hang out and have a good time playing games and enjoying our amazing local art collection, but also take a deep dive into our expansive drink menu showcasing local flavors, fun cocktails, boozy slushies and many off-the-beaten-path spirits offerings.”
About Emporium Arcade Bar
Emporium Arcade Bar is the quintessential cool place to hang out and have a good time. Originally launched in Chicago in 2012, Emporium now has six locations: three in Chicago (Wicker Park, Fulton Market and Logan Square), two in the Bay Area (San Francisco and Oakland) and one in Las Vegas (AREA15). Emporium Arcade Bar offers unparalleled destinations for all types of games, including classic arcade favorites, pool tables, pinball, foosball and many more. Its passionately curated bar purveys the choicest craft beer selections, an innovative cocktail program and expansive liquor list. In addition, Emporium Arcade Bar showcases vibrant murals by local artists and an ongoing, robust calendar of live shows, DJs and game tournaments.