What do you think of when you hear Dave & Buster’s? I remember my first time at a D&B. I was a little kid — maybe 10. I remember there were tons of games and lots of people, and someone saying it was like “Chuck E. Cheese for Adults.” Being a kid, I had no interest since it was a bar and filled with “old people.” Years later, I had a company holiday party there. Now, my perception had changed. Beer, food and games? Yes, please. So when I got an email the other week that talked about Pittsburgh’s Dave & Buster’s getting re-vamped, I thought it really didn’t need any improvement. But this past weekend some friends and I decided to put it to the test to see the updates. The results? We were in love. They are mixing things up a bit to have something for everyone. Steelers fans, gamers, bar-goers, happy hour fans — you name it. Here’s more:
Mixmaster Station: Upon entering, you now have the option of checking in at this brand new station. Your host is there to guide your experience and the mix of fun you’re looking for. Think of it like a “fun concierge.” Not into games? They can show you where to grab a good seat at the bar. Can’t wait to play games? They can hook you up with a Power Card. I think this is a really great concept for a place like D&B, especially for newbies.
Sports Bar: I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game at a Dave & Buster’s…but I may have to re-think my decision. They’ve added 25 + HDTVs lining the walls, as well as two 180-inch projection screens to see your game in focus. For those of you who’ve been at this Dave & Buster’s before (located at the Waterfront in Pittsburgh) — remember the closed-off area where the pool tables were? They’ve opened it up for more seating and screens (in the photo above). They just moved the pool tables over. It looks awesome.
Bars/Lounges: They made it a bit more intimate with multiple bars and lounges throughout. There are also private booths available — perfect for a birthday party, or bachelor/bachelorette party. My friend was in from NYC, so us girls stuck to catching up and having food and drinks at our table, while the guys hit up the games. Everyone was happy.
Game Room: They didn’t mess with a good thing — the game room! However, they did add some new games and an updated prize room.
Menu Items: New items are ALWAYS a good thing in my book. New and classic favorites returned. I was a fan of the snow cone drink (!) and the Poppin’ Potatoes (both in the above picture).
All in all, my experience at the newly revamped Pittsburgh Dave & Buster’s was a great one. I’m definitely going to add it in to my “going out” repertoire now for a spot to grab dinner and drinks, then play some games with friends. Or hitting it up for a Steelers game. Definitely a nice change from the typical bar scene.
Big thank you to Dave & Buster’s for being great hosts and showing us around!