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Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar and Arcade are now open

Plans to open the combined space have been delayed by the pandemic, but the nearly 30,000 square foot space officially opened last week.

OHIO CITY, Ohio – The season is finally changing here in Northeast Ohio, and many of us can’t wait to try new things. Well, there’s a new place in Ohio City that’s definitely worth checking out – Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar and Arcade cover nearly 30,000 feet of entertainment and drinks, too.

3News’ Jason Mikell sat down with Rise Brands Founder and CEO Troy Allen for the inside scoop. He says Ohio City has long been on the company’s radar.

“For me, Ohio City, I lived here 20 years ago. It was always a goal for me to be here,” he said. “18 years later, we are now here on the streets West 25th, opening two of our brands.”

Rise Brands previously had a 16-bit location in Lakewood, which closed in 2021, but Pins Mechanical Co. is new to northeast Ohio. Plans to open the combined space have been delayed by the pandemic, but the vast space officially opened last week. And Allen says, there’s a game for everyone here.

“Bocce ball, foosball, pinball, tons of arcade games, bubble hockey, about 50 games in total. We always say when you walk in here, if you don’t have a smile on your face, there’s something wrong with you.

The nostalgia factor is not lacking either.

“We surround people with, not just music, TV shows that stream right up to our wallpaper. There are so many visual cues and sounds that when you walk in for me, it always takes me back to my childhood,” Allen said. “I grew up going to arcades.”

Above all – there is a certain sense of fun.

“We always say when you walk in here, if you don’t have a smile on your face, there’s something wrong with you.”

And if you’re wondering if it’s more family-friendly or adults-only, the answer is simply both. Allen says he wanted to create a place for everyone to enjoy.

“We’re super family-friendly during the day, and after 8:00 p.m. we become an adult property,” Allen said. “The other thing we find is that when people come here with their families and enjoy this experience, the parents are always like, ‘hell, I want to come back myself’ and so we find this transition from day to night, it’s a seamless transition for us. The lights go down, the music comes up a little louder, but it’s really an experience for everyone.”

They don’t serve food. Instead, they encourage customers to bring in food from other neighborhood businesses. But they offer plenty of drinks.

“We have three bars in this space, 36 local and craft beers on tap. And then we have our signature cocktails.

Be sure to try the Hulk Hogan – a blueberry vodka lemonade that comes with a red, white and blue popsicle pop. Or, maybe the Carrie Fisher, a concoction of coconut rum and pineapple juice with a rock candy topping, is more your vibe.

Jason has also dabbled in their signature Duckpin Bowling and numerous arcade games. His opinion ? A ton of fun.

Pins Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar and Arcade are located at 1880 W. 25th St. – you can find more information here.

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