Louisville’s well-known arcade bar, Recbar, has recently opened a satellite location in Indiana named Recbar 812.
Recbar 812 in New Albany, IN
Recbar 812 is truly massive, and the pictures in this review do not do it justice. The best way to describe it is a Dave and Busters on steroids.
Two floors of games
Recbar’s original location in Jeffersontown, which opened in 2016, is Louisville metro’s biggest arcade bar. I am told that Recbar 812 is twice the square footage of the original, with row after row of classic arcade games (list at the end of this review), colorful decor and a wide selection of food and drinks.
Recbar 812 is ‘all ages’ until it switches to 21+ at 10 pm. Recbar 812 has dining, bars and games on both levels, and about 80 pinball machines.
The pinball collection
Some of Recbar 812’s pinballs
Recbar 812 boasts one of the biggest pinball collections available to the public under one roof in North America. One of the highlights is the Hercules pinball machine in the restaurant’s front corner. The game, released by Atari in 1979, is the largest pinball machine ever made, and Recbar’s is one of ten known to be in working order for public use.
Hercules by Atari
All games are token operated, and Recbar 812 has commissioned custom tokens for you collectors out there. There are token machines on both levels.
Recbar 812’s tokens
Lots of tokens
The food at Recbar includes pub staples such as hamburgers (including the burger of the month), tacos and sandwiches. Tater Tots (or ‘tots for you Napoleon Dynamite fans) are one of the restaurant’s specialties. Recbar 812’s “totchos” are covered with toppings such as queso, pulled pork, and bacon.
The dining area
Something on the menu we found fascinating but not brave enough to order was the Cougar Bait (Country Boy Brewing beer-battered) fish tacos. We did try the Grilled Mac that is beer cheese Mac topped with Gouda cheese stuffed between Texas toast which was excellent with a side of tots.
The dining area
On the lighter side the I Was A Roman Emperor And All I Got Was This Salad is available topped