Great Bars 2013: Atlas Arcade and Church and State

Need a reminder of just how far video-game graphics have come
in the last few decades? Nostalgia for archaic amusements such as Donkey
Kong, the Simpsons, and Cruis’n Exotica attracts loners and rowdy cliques
alike to this bare-bones ground-floor arcade where most machines are
conveniently equipped with a beer holder. Upstairs, the area’s most
friendly cocktail lounge serves deadly-sin-inspired drinks in a pew-lined
“church.” Insider tip: Church and State hosts private events for
nonprofits at which 15 percent of bar proceeds is donated to the cause.
Atlas Arcade open Tuesday through Sunday. Church and State open Wednesday
through Saturday.