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Music & Nightlife

Staff Pick

Best Place to Hit "Continue" 

Joysticks Arcade Lounge and Retro Bar

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Photo by Lindsey Thompson

Joysticks Arcade Lounge and Retro Bar

69 E. Pine St., second floor

407-613-5007

joysticksorlando.com

Joysticks spares no detail when it comes to re-creating the neon frenzy of the 1980s. Homages to Jaws, The Goonies and other nostalgia-heavy flicks abound, and there are more than enough arcade and console video games to go around (including couches with old Nintendos hooked up to TVs for adventurous nerds on dates). The drink menu matches the bar's over-the-top theme with specialty cocktails using dry ice and colorful liqueurs to concoct science-project-esque beverages. The Hooters-y vibe of the waitress uniforms is a teensy bit off-putting, but the free Ms. Pac Man guarantees we'll hit "Continue" here instead of ending the game.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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