How I Spent Super Bowl Sunday… Not watching the Super Bowl! Yayyy!
If you’re like me when it comes to having any sort of interest in watching American football, you’re in the minority because Sunday’s 2015 Super Bowl XLIX (<–that’s “forty nine” in Roman numerals) scored record high ratings, with 114.4 million viewers tuning in to see the sportsball competition, making it the most-watched TV program in history. I’ve often heard the rationale that for those who don’t like watching the game, they enjoy watching the expensive commercials. I sincerely cannot relate because I willfully stopped watching cable television to evade advertisements that practically disregard FCC imposed decibels limits so they can blast their product spots through your tympanic membrane down your eustachian tubes. Because of this, I am now a zealous supporter of Netflix and HBO Go.
Also, not to pontificate, but I’m opposed to youth culture being dominated by capitalism a la Katy Perry and other such “artists” deemed marketable to easy-to-take masses. Am I saying, “Don’t listen to Katy Perry?” Heavens no. Listen to whatever you want. Just know that she (to whom I shall now refer as Katy Perry®) is a product as much as Starbucks® coffee, and I can’t help but stop in for a $4 iced Americano at least once a week. Shame on me.
So, instead of watching the “Big Game,” I gamed big. Super
Bowl Awesome Sunday was spent Barcade-ing! And, I played ALLL the Galaga!
The One Up
I’ve often heard people say that there’s “nothing to do” in Los Angeles. Well, all I have to say to you nay-sayers is, “Have a little optimism.” Sometimes all it takes is a little Bing search, and you’re on your way to alleviating the listlessness that afflicts you. Take for instance The One Up in Sherman Oaks where you can eat, play, and drink!
The One Up is full of MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) cabinets, many of which are set on free-to-play. MAMEs are great space savers, though they lack an element of authenticity. I’m definitely not complaining, however, because I could play Galaga all afternoon without having to put a quarter down. I lovvveee Galaga. The design elements of the game room in The One Up are seriously impressive. Light shines through perforations in the black painted ceiling, paralleling the light from distant stars in the vacuum of space. And, well, look… it’s just very arcade-ey!
Named after 1982, a year popularized as having been during the golden age of arcade gaming, Eighty Two is a 21+ modern take on the classic arcade. Located in Downtown Los Angeles in the Art’s District, Eighty Two is full of rotating arcade cabinets and pinball machines, holds a full bar, features live music and DJs and even plays host to competitions and leagues.
Day turned into night quite quickly…
We really must have been there quite a while because, be still my heart, the guys working the bar noticed enough to give us both FREE drink tokens.
Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi
From Eighty Two, walk one block west and one block north to find Hakata Ramen, a Shin-Sen-Gumi Group restaurant. This was my first time having Hakata style ramen, characterized by thinner noodles and white tonkotsu (pork bone) derived broth. It’s a little different, but very good. They have some pretty tasty add-ins like garlic cloves you handpress into the soup yourself and chili oil. Restaurant workers are required to speak basic Japanese, shouting out greetings and farewells each time the door swings open. It’s definitely a fun place to stop in for a quick meal.
Left off the itinerary this time around was Blipsy Bar in Larchmont (Korea Town, a.k.a., K-Town), which looks to be a bit more of a dive.
Any other barcades in LA that I missed? Let me know in the comments!by