Spotlight on Token’s Taproom!

39967430_10103407335125001_3273885606454755328_o.jpgBarcades are typically something you’d find in larger cities like Boston, New York, or Chicago, so having one in my hometown was a real treat. For a long time I’ve heard of these fabled locations that housed both arcade games and beer, but never got the chance to check them out. That is, until now, with the opening of Token’s Taproom. I don’t typically highlight local bars in these columns, but after stopping in two weeks in a row, I felt like I had to join the chorus of praise for this awesome place.

First off, the beer selection is pretty great. While you won’t find many of the “big breweries” on tap, what is available is a really cool selection of smaller breweries, all presented in a cool Token’s Taproom themed pint glass. While I don’t go around comparing prices of bars, the prices are reasonable from what I can tell, and if you’re not the beer-imbibing type they’ve got plenty of non-alcoholic options too. Not only that, but they’ve got a small food menu as well.

But enough about the booze, let’s get to the stuff that really matters: the GAMES. Arcade fans know that any good arcade needs to have either Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (original or Turtles in Time), The Simpsons, or X-Men in order to truly feel like an arcade. Well my friends, Token’s has all three, and what’s even sweeter is the fact that their X-Men cabinet is the massive, two-screen, six-player behemoth edition, which in my opinion is the only way to play it. You can tell that a lot of care was put into the selection of the games they chose, as there’s really no modern quarter hogs to be found in the place. Everything from Rampage to Terminator 2 is available to play, and the selection of pinball machines is pretty spectacular too. I never knew that Bram Stoker’s Dracula had a pinball machine, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I gave that bad boy a spin a few times.

Speaking of bottom dollars, probably the most impressive thing about Token’s is the affordability of the games. Both times I went I got $5 worth of tokens at the bar (you can get them via the old-school token machines too), and it lasted me the entire two hours I was there. That’s pretty outstanding in this day and age, where a trip to other arcades will eat through the same amount of tokens in twenty minutes. Only a handful of the machines take two or more tokens, and the ones that do take more than two are newer pinball machines that clearly have more intricate (and modern) components. Both times I got tokens and a single drink, and the grand total of my experience was a little over $10, not including tip. That’s a pretty fantastic deal if you ask me.

Token’s Taproom, by all accounts, has had an awesome opening few weeks, and as long as they keep doing what they’re doing I don’t see them going away anytime soon. From the impressive arcade games to the awesome old-school feel of the place, it’s quickly become one of my favorite places to go to on the seacoast, and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for the future.

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Posted on September 3, 2018, in Video Games and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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