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General Info

We’re open every day of the year, with extended hours on the following upcoming holidays:

  • MLK Day (January 16th): Opening at Noon!
  • Presidents Day (February 20th): Opening at Noon!
  • St Patrick’s Day (March 17th): Opening at Noon!

Mon-Thur: 4pm-1am | Fri: 4pm-2am | Sat: 12pm-2am | Sun: 12pm-1am

We are strictly 21+ with the exception only of children accompanied by a parent before 8pm on weekdays and 7pm on weekends. A valid ID is required from guests for entry (see below for details).

In North Carolina, per ABC law, there are only 4 acceptable forms of identification you can use to buy alcoholic beverages. Since we’re a bar above all else, one of these same forms of valid ID are required at the door for entry to any of our NC-based Boxcar Bar + Arcade locations:

  • Current driver’s license from North Carolina or other US state (If you’ve recently renewed your license and were given a 20 day driving certificate, you may present this certificate along with your expired license)
  • U.S. Military Identification Card
  • State Identification Card
  • Valid passport issued by any nation (booklet or card form)
No worries. We run all remaining (unclosed) tabs at the end of the night with the addition of a 20% gratuity. If you left your credit card at the bar, please stop in during business hours with a photo ID (matching the card name) to claim your card.

If you have questions about your tab or a lost item, please email or stop in during business hours to inquire.

No. And there never will be.

Open positions for all locations can be found here. If you’re interested in a position not currently listed online, feel free to send your resume by email to and we’ll be in touch if you’re a good fit for any open or future positions.

Yes! Our Raleigh arcade bar is dog friendly. While we welcome your pups both inside the building and on our covered patio during most of the week, we require dogs to stay on the patio after 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights, as the inside crowd can become too overwhelming for your four-legged friends.

You’ll find a number of flatscreen TVs around our Raleigh arcade bar. Whether you’re a college basketball, NFL or hockey fan, the chances are good that you’ll find your game playing at Boxcar. If your game isn’t streaming when you arrive, just ask a bartender if they can find the game for you!


No need! Tokens can be purchased with cash or credit at one of our token machines.

Every dollar will get you 4 tokens. Just like quarters: but better.

With some exceptions, you can expect to pay these average game prices:

  • Classic Arcades: 1 token
  • Pinball: 4 tokens
  • Skee Ball: 2 tokens
  • Air Hockey: 2 tokens/person
  • Basketball: 2 tokens/person

Food & Drink

From $3 pint night to $2 Sunday mimosas, $3 Fireball shots and beyond – we’ve got drink specials lined up for you every day of the week. Just visit our website events calendar for daily drink deals and special events.

We do not serve food, but we welcome you to bring in food from your favorite local establishments. Just be sure to bring any plastic ware, plates, napkins, etc. that you might need to fully enjoy your grub! (Outside beverages are not permitted)


We take table reservations Monday-Thursday and Fridays until 7pm. Outside of these hours, all of our tables (inside the building and on our covered patio) are first come, first serve. If you’re looking to reserve a table for your group, just send us a message with details (date/time/#people) to inquire.

Our Raleigh arcade bar is available for private rentals anytime outside of operating hours, and we have a dedicated area that’s available for rent for group events inside the main bar. Just fill out this easy online form to inquire about hosting your next event with us and someone from our Events team will get back to you within 48 hours to help you plan your next event at our downtown Raleigh arcade bar.

Are you or your band interested in playing/spinning live on Boxcar’s heated, covered patio? Contact our team by email at to tell us a little about yourself, and send us audio or video links to check out if possible. If you seem like a good fit and we can work you into our live music lineup, someone will get back to you to coordinate.


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