Are you open?
We’re open 365 days/year, including all holidays, during normal (if not extended) business hours. Although we have yet to close for weather-related issues, we’ll post an announcement on our Facebook page if there are any changes to our normal operating hours due to inclement weather or otherwise.
Are kids allowed at your Raleigh arcade bar?
Although we’re a bar above all else, young gamers (under 21 years of age) are welcome to visit our Raleigh arcade bar along with a parent anytime before 9pm daily. Otherwise, and after 9pm, we’re strictly 21+.
When are you open?
- Mon-Wed: 4pm-1am
- Thurs-Fri: 4pm-2am
- Sat: 12pm-2am
- Sun: 12pm-1am
Do I need to bring quarters?
No need! Tokens can be purchased with cash or credit at one of our token machines.
How much do tokens cost?
Every dollar will get you 4 tokens. Just like quarters: but better.
How much do games cost?
With some exceptions, you can expect to pay these average game prices:
- Arcades: 1 token
- Pinball: 4 tokens
- Skee Ball: 2 tokens
- Air Hockey: 2 tokens/person
- Game Consoles: Free
Do you have drink specials?
From $3 pint night to $1 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 specials, deals and upcoming events.
Do you host private events?
Our Raleigh arcade bar is available for private use anytime outside of operating hours. It’s a great place to host your business meetings, team building events and other private functions. Although we never close our Raleigh arcade bar to the public during operating hours (as a courtesy to our loyal customers) we can certainly accomodate your group during business hours with table reservations, drink and token packages and more. 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.
Is there a cover charge?
No. And there never will be.
Why do I need to be a member?
Per NC state law, any establishment that serves liquor and no food is considered a private club and membership status is required by patrons. The good news is – it’s easy and it’s free to become a member! You can obtain membership status by either filling out this short online form or by filling out a similarly painless form at the door during your next visit.
Will the game be on?
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!
Do you serve food?
We serve fresh, free popcorn all day and we welcome you to bring (or order 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!
Are you dog friendly?
Yes! Our Raleigh arcade bar is dog friendly, and we welcome your pups both inside the building and on our covered patio. We love seeing your furry friends, so be sure to post pics of your pups enjoying their time with us to Instagram, tag us @BoxcarRAL and include #BoxcarBowows for your chance to score prizes and see your pup appear in Boxcar Bar + Arcade promotions!
Where do I park?
There are 2 lots near our Raleigh arcade bar: one directly across the street in The Depot and another on the corner of Dawson and W Davie Street. Both lots require payments typically ranging from $5-$15. Alternatively, there’s a good deal of free street parking around downtown during specified hours.
Can you get (insert favorite game here)?
Although we’re constantly adding to and rotating our arcade game lineup at our Raleigh arcade bar, we welcome you to send us your game recommendations if your favorite game is missing from our collection. We read and consider every recommendation!
Will you support my charity?
We host a weekly “Drink For A Cause” event at our arcade bar in Raleigh. With few exceptions, participating charities must be local and certified 501C3 (tax exempt, non-profitable) organizations. We select the charities we support largely based on your recommendations, so drop us a line to let us know which local charities you believe are in need of support.
Will you refund lost game tokens?
If one of our games is consuming more tokens than necessary, or if you notice something not working properly – let us know! Even with a team of experiencing Game Technicians on staff, many of our games are vintage and they will still occasionally break. If you lose tokens or notice any other malfunctions on our machines, please either let our staff know or report the broken game details here. Any person on our team will be happy to immediately refund your lost tokens, and our game technicians will address the issues as soon as possible.
Are you hiring?
We’re always accepting applications for bartenders, barbacks, security, game technicians and management. Submit your application online and we’ll be in touch if you’re a good fit for any open positions.
Did you find my (insert lost item here)?
This place is full of fun distractions, and we’re often finding lost items at the end of the night. If you misplaced something during your visit, just fill out this form to reach our operating staff directly and someone will get back to you within 48 hours (often sooner) to let you know if we’ve got your missing items.