10 Best Arcades in L.A.
Family Arcade on Vermont is an L.A. fixture with decades of history inside its walls. This large arcade has all of the tried and true entertainment center staples, including claw machines, racing games, pool tables and more. They have a nice selection of pinball machines, perhaps better than of the other arcades on this list. The South Park pinball game quickly became my favorite here. Family Arcade is near Los Angeles City College, so it's good for a quick fighting game match in between classes. It's also easily accessible by public transportation, as it's only a short walk from the Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line stop. 876 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz.
7. Redondo Fun Factory
If you're looking for a quirkier game experience, head down to the Fun Factory in Redondo Beach. This large arcade features a mish-mash of mostly vintage games and attractions. The Pong machine is only the beginning of the odd, and incredibly fun, time warp here. Fun Factory has vintage attractions like an automated puppet show that operates on quarters and tons of classic games like Space Invaders and Ms. Pac-Man. They have obscure games like Panic Park, a fun series of short, goofy battles that are great for two players. They also have Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, an arcade game where you fight and dance to the sounds of "Smooth Criminal."
There are a lot of redemption games here, where you can win prizes like a lighter in the shape of a buck or a Dennis Miller doll. If you want to get a little dizzy before you hop into game mode, there's a Tilt-a-Whirl in the middle of the arcade that's kind of intense. Go on a rainy day and you can ride it for only 50 cents. 531 N. Francisca Ave., Redondo Beach.
369 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA