Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey(773) 665-5660 hqbeercade.com41.933652 -87.653341 950 W Wolfram St (between Sheffield and Mildred Aves) Lakeview, Chicago
Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun noon–2amAverage beer: $8
Though it opened a few months after Wicker Park’s Emporium Arcade Bar, this rival barcade is not content to play second fiddle. All of HQ’s 37 vintage arcade games (Terminator II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.) are free to play, which means no waiting in line for tokens, more money to spend on the high-end beer list and surprisingly ambitious cocktails (like the Billy Mitchell, a spin on the G&T that incorporates a touch of Malört) and no end to the sheer joy that comes from detonating your date in Mortal Kombat.