Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade open in Ohio City

After construction delays and the COVID-19 pandemic, Columbus-based Rise Brands opened the doors to its 29,000 square foot workout complex on Thursday, March 24, featuring just about every type of entertainment from game with both his 16-Bit Bar + Arcade and Pins Mechanical Company in the old Daniel’s Furniture buildings at 1880 W. 25and Ohio city street.

“These are two separate experiences but in one combined [complex]says Troy Allen, founder of Rise Brands. “They’re side by side, in two storefronts, but they’re connected.”

Between Pins and 16-Bit Bar, the resort features 12 bowling alleys, over 50 classic pinball machines and arcade games, bocce courts, skeeball, bubble hockey, giant versions of Jenga and Connect 4, and even classic console games (like Atari 2600, Nintendo, and Sega), where teams of four can play classics like Mari Kart, Halo, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on big-screen monitors. Duckpin leagues are scheduled for 2023.

Pins and 16-Bit together offer two floors of entertainment, three full-service bars, two patios, and plenty of indoor/outdoor event space. The property is open to all ages until 8 p.m., at which time it is only open to those 21 and older.

The original 16-Bit Bat+ Arcade, which opened in Lakewood in 2015, closed last March to make way for the new, larger combo complex in Ohio City.

“We always planned to bring pins [to Northeast Ohio] eventually, and we were in pre-COVID construction, for two self-contained [entities]says Allen. “But with COVID construction delays and the closure of Lakewood, we found Daniel’s Furniture building abandoned.”

The three bars offer local beers and craft cocktails inspired by the 80s and 90s like the Carrie Fisher (coconut rum, blueberry vodka, blue curaçao, pineapple and lime juice and candy sugar) or the Cheech Marin (tequila reposado, lime juice, agave nectar and orange zest with a salty edge). The bars also offer mocktails like the Optimus Prime (lemonade, cranberry juice and sprite) and a variety of Slush Puppies (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

The venue does not serve food, but Allen says patrons are welcome to bring food, order pizza, or order from one of the many nearby eating establishments. “We generate so much traffic that it really benefits all the businesses around us,” he says. “I know a lot of our neighbors are thrilled to have us.”

Allen says opening the new venue to multiple generations has proven to be a decision everyone appreciates. “What we’ve found is that people bring their kids, realize how much fun it is, and want to come back,” he says, adding that he grew up with some of the games on offer. “Adults rediscover their childhood. But on the other hand, it’s so much fun for parents to come and introduce their children to it. A new generation discovers the old technology, while the old generation comes back and rediscovers these games.

Most games are free, but pinball machines cost $1 per game and duck bowling costs $6 per game.

Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade operate as cashless bars. Hours are Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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