Lucky for us, arcades are now usually attached or located in bars. They're no longer the places where pimply teens congregate, but socially acceptable hangout spots for anyone with a nerdy bone in their body. The latest to open, 1983 Arcade Bar on Old World Third, has 22 classic arcade games, a smattering of pinball machines, bubble hockey, and a drink menu of craft beer and brightly colored sour cocktails.
Lower East Side
Imagine a place where you create your own mini golf holes from piles of weird obstacles, then play them, all while drinking in an underground bar -- that place is Nine Below, and it's a must for anyone who loved putt putt as a kid. This is a great one for group dates, so wrangle some friendly couples and go big with it.
Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall is a bar with two stages, Polish drinks, lots of history, and plenty of polka, rockabilly, honky-tonk, and rock shows. If your date can't appreciate that kind of music in a divey, unpretentious bar, then there's probably no hope for your relationship.