The Coin-Op

The Coin-Op

The Coin-Op

908 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


The Right Touch & Put A Lime In The… (daiquiri)


Another night out in Sacramento led us to the Coin-Op. As we descended the stairs, we were met with a loud crash followed by boos and cheers. It took a moment to realize the crash came from a giant Jenga tower toppling over, and the rest from the game participants and observers on the patio. We continued into the venue and were met with flashing lights, followed by booze and cheers. It was like walking into every teenager’s dream, circa 1984. Black walls, concrete floor, no memorable decor, just 40+ old school arcade games lining the perimeter and TVs above the bar.

We made our way to one of the high top tables, grabbed a couple of bar stools, and checked out the menu while we waited for a cocktail server. The drink offerings were fairly varied with some twists on standard cocktails and a few adventurous house creations. After a few moments, we realized we were supposed to order from the bartender. That was a bit of a bummer and proved to be a challenge since the seats around the bar were full and there was no designated area for ordering. Once we got the bartenders attentions, he was pleasant and quick to make our drinks. Ten minutes later, we were ready to toast. Pierce ordered The Right Touch. Luna went with Put A Lime In The…. a cocktail that allows you to choose between a Daiquiri, Gimlet, or Margarita. She chose the rum option. Both were decent, not very strong, drinkable, but nothing to rave about.

A tour of the games found a few favorites. Galaga, Dig Dug, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Street Fighter were all fodder for nostalgia. Most were 25 cents to play and there were plenty of change machines. We played a few rounds of several games, including Pac Man Battle Royale which pits players against each other as well as the ghosts. Perfect for a non-competitive couple like us. [insert sarcastic glance]

Overall, video games + booze = good. Despite the beverages being mediocre and the inconvenience of ordering at the bar, we had a good time. The crowd wasn’t too crazy and it was pretty easy to get to the games we wanted to play. There is nothing fancy about this venue, but it definitely provides the opportunity for a fun night out.


Cocktails Consumed

Pierce ~ The Right Touch ~ Vodka, Strawberry, Crushed Basil, Lemon,
Touch of Absinthe
Luna ~ Put A Lime In The… ~Rum Daiquiri


Atmosphere ~ 6/10
Cocktail Menu ~ 6/10
Service ~ 7/10
Overall Experience ~ 6/10


Price Range ~ $5-$9.50 for singles; $35 for punch bowls
Food Service ~ Yes
Parking ~ Street
Reservations ~ None


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