When we all grew up, some of us had to make a choice. For some, it was family or video game collection. For others, it was career or video game collection. A sad part of growing up is having to prioritize certain things over our nerdy passions. We exist so that you don't have to choose. Best Buds Gaming Lounge is dedicated to fostering a positive adult gaming community that people from all walks of life can enjoy and feel comfortable in!
What is a full-service Gaming Lounge?
A full-service Gaming Lounge is a place to come and enjoy your favorite new and retro games without having to worry about changing games, changing systems, faulty equipment, cleaning up after yourself, dirty living rooms, or any of the hassle that comes with being a hardcore/casual gamer.
How does the Gaming Lounge work?
From the time we open until 7pm, we are an all ages*, pay-to-play lounge with cocktails, beer, and food. Whether you want to spend just an hour or the whole day with us, we will help you find the perfect option to fit your needs. If you fall in love or want to take advantage of the many services we offer, monthly and yearly memberships are available. Simply make your way to the service counter, where we will have you sign our required Visitor Agreement Form (you can sign it here now!) pick your first game, and we will take care of the rest!
We have a menu available with all 2,300+ games and are happy to break it down by system and help you find the perfect universe to escape to. Our trained gametenders are happy to help you and your group browse our extensive library and make recommendations or help you choose.
After 3 hours, you will be automatically converted to a Day Pass.
At 6:30pm, we give a half-hour warning to anyone under 18. Promptly at 8pm, we ask all minors under 18 to come back tomorrow.
At 7:00pm 'Drink to Play' hours starts and we become strictly a bar and video gaming lounge. This means you have the option to either pay $5 an hour as normal, or participate in 'Drink to Play,' which means you just need to have a tab open and be ordering drinks to play. At this time, all games on the floor are a free for all, and it is $2 for a game change!
Can I bring my own system/games?
Yes! Please do! We absolutely love to learn and see new games that aren't a part of our collection. Just make sure you call ahead to let us know or check your equipment in with our staff when you get here. We are happy to assist you in setting up your systems/games with our equipment and space. Everything will be run through commercial grade power conditioners to ensure the protection of both your systems and our infrastructure. Please note that Best Buds Gaming Lounge is NOT liable for any lost or missing equipment.
Can I bring my own food/drinks?
NO! Never. We are a restaurant, and in order to stay open we cannot allow outside food or beverages. We have a reasonably priced menu of drinks and food that is available all hours we are open.
Can I bring my PC?
Absolutely! High-speed internet access is one of the services hourly passes gets you at BBGL. We have a fiber line through Wave, that gets about 900mbps. We also have ample outlets for your use, or screens if you want to HDMI in!
Do I have to play games to be here?
Hell no! Come hang out with us at the bar or read our old Nintendo Power magazines on the coffee tables.
Do I have to make reservations?
Reservations are not required, but are recommended if there is a certain game or system you're set on playing. If you're looking for a lowkey night but want to guarantee a specific game/space is available, you need to email email@example.com or call 360-398-6183.
If you want to reserve space for a party, we recommend filling out this form.
How can I host my party at Best Buds Gaming Lounge?
We have multiple options for having parties at Best Buds! We specialize in birthday parties, staff parties, and bachelor parties; but are extremely flexible and confident that we can make BBGL work for any situation. We welcome the challenge of your obscure Best in the Office Ninja Gaiden II Party (or whatever it is)! You can either rent out a section of the room, or pay an hourly fee to rent the room out for yourself.
Fill out this form to start the process of booking your party!
*Best Buds service is not available to be used by children under 6.