.Ready Player One: The Delightfully retro Rewind Arcade

Rewind Arcade offers a blast to the past for those who played video games or visited arcades in the ’80s and ’90s.

Located in Sebastopol’s Barlow, sandwiched between Fern Bar and Woodfour, Rewind brings a much needed entertainment option to the outdoor marketplace venue that has so far featured a majority of food and beverage focused businesses.

Owner Adam Lam chose Sonoma County and the Barlow as a home for Rewind, as he felt that the Barlow really needed a business that offered entertainment versus another food, drink or retail option.

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Rewind offers more than a couple dozen retro arcade games, including close to a dozen pinball games (from Star Wars and Godzilla Premium to Guardians of the Galaxy Pro). Video arcade games include blasts from the past like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mortal Kombat 1 and 2, PacMan, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Mario Brothers.

Open until midnight, Fridays and Saturdays, and boasting a craft beer and beverage menu, Rewind qualifies as a great after dinner or date night hang-out spot.

Food & Drink

Rewind currently offers patrons the option to order food from Barrio (Mexican/taqueria). Food can be ordered through a QR code on menus located at the arcade. The arcade hopes to be able to offer food from Woodfour, Acre pizza and other Barlow eateries in the near future.

For drinks, the establishment serves a selection of craft beer and beverages that fall under their type 40 license, such as cider, hard kombucha, spiked seltzer, etc. The beer selection includes offerings from local breweries as well as unique/rare items from Germany, Japan and other countries. There are self-serve refrigerators stocked with chilled pint glasses so customers can serve themselves. The space also features vending machines with non alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, snacks, etc.

Beverage cards must be purchased separately from arcade cards, and there is no pre-set amount. Customers can use their card to purchase pours of their chosen beverage, serve themselves and have their credit card charged for the appropriate amount afterward.

Patrons can purchase cards with a value of $20, $25, $30, $45 or $98. The higher the value of the card, the lower the price per credit paid. An example of how many credits are needed to play a specific game is two credits for a round of Mario Brothers, three credits for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and five credits for a game of pinball. Players’ game rounds last as long as they stay alive, so really skilled players can play longer while using fewer credits, before seeing the inevitable “Game Over” flash across the screen.


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