I paid a visit to Level-Up the other day – Singapore’s first arcade bar, and one of its only few. Having been around for awhile now, it’s arguably the most well-known arcade bar in Singapore.
Locating the bar itself is pretty easy, for it’s situated at Clarke Quay – a hotspot for bars. Once you’re in the area, you’ll be able to spot the bar’s signs, hanging around where Level-Up is located. A couple of steps from those signs is a lift and staircase lobby. Go up to the second floor, by whichever method you prefer (the stairs have game-themed graffiti, though!), and you’ll be greeted by the bar’s entrance.
It’s an arcade bar, so as you’d expect an arcade to be, it’s pretty noisy and lively. Loud music blaring, mixed with the sounds of people playing games – ranging from 8-Ball Pool and beer pong, to Bishi Bashi machines and racing games by the entrance.
Further in the bar, there’s dart machines set up, a shooting game in the corner, a claw machine, one of those arcade games that you punch to measure your strength, and a couple of basketball machines. In other words, you’re spoiled for choice in terms of games.
The menu has a lot of food and drink options to choose from too! It’s meant to be a bar that’s kid-friendly, so don’t be too surprised if you see kids playing some of the arcade machines there.
I chose to get their Milo Dino. For those unacquainted with the term, a Milo Dino is a chocolate milk drink made using Milo powder, with more Milo powder piled on top. A local favourite with an alcoholic twist – this one had vodka mixed in!
Each drink order comes with 2 tokens. One game requires 4 tokens, though. Unless you’re willing to pay for tokens (they go at $2 for 2 tokens), drag your friends to the bar and split for food and drinks!
Overall, it’s a pretty good place to go for drinks, though it’ll probably be more crowded on weekends. If you need a new bar to hang at, this might just be the place for you!