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Boxcar Bar & Arcade

4.5

621 Foster St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (984) 377-2791
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Photo of Sarah Harder Sarah Harder
Jun 15, 2019 5

Love this place. It's a larger space and much more open than its other locations. Great selection of games, drinks, and food. Plus the outdoor area is awesome too! Highly recommended for people of all ages.

Photo of Robert Bishop Robert Bishop
Jun 12, 2019 5

Better than the Raleigh location! Much more open space for games and walking around. Games don't cost too much, so coins lasted a really long time. The music is pretty loud, but overall a cool spot.

Photo of Beatrice Paneto Beatrice Paneto
May 27, 2019 5

Prefer this place over the one in Raleigh. Plenty of room for people to get around and plus they have pizza! Only downside: no guitar hero 😂

Photo of Sam Williams Sam Williams
Mar 26, 2019 4

Great location and setup. Friendly staff. The only complaints I have is that they need to have a few more games for when it gets busy and do a better job listing their food options. You can make your own pizza, but nothing in their signage told me that and I'm still not sure how much they charge per topping. Could just be opening issues though. Will revise if they change the system. Otherwise, it would be nice if the games had sound, but I understand why they don't. It's loud enough already with the concrete floors. The free Smash Brothers and Mario Kart N64 games are a nice touch. Update: There's now an official pizza menu with more information.

Photo of S. Rosa S. Rosa
Apr 20, 2019 5

We really like this place. So Durham. Warehouse vibe. Lots of arcade games. Drinks are great ! Pizza tastes better after alcohol consumption (but no expectations there). Skeeball is fun. Kids allowed before 9pm so I love bringing my kid here. The lights on the machines are enough to entertain the kids but you can feed the machines if they're a little more aware. Free popcorn ! Staff is always friendly. All ages crowd. Been here a few times and will keep coming back.

Photo of Jessica Richmond Jessica Richmond
Jul 7, 2019 5

Durham location is so much better than Raleigh. Much more space and less crowded. Also has an outdoor space to sit and drink. Love all the games and the environment.

Photo of WhitChantal WhitChantal
Jul 7, 2019 4

Overall I had a great time. Games were fun and the coins lasted for a long time. Drinks were good as well. However, the second bartender that made my friends and I drink was rude. He put our drinks on the same tab and my friend told him it’s suppose to be separate. The bartender responded with an attitude saying “well usually if you order together you pay together”. This is not true because the 1st bartender we had everything was separate. I also saw multiple people “ordering together” before we ordered and there tabs were separate.

Photo of Pressure Cooker Peep Pressure Cooker Peep
Jul 6, 2019 5

This place is so much fun, there's a variety of old games, pinball machines, and free popcorn, plus theres a bar. The only thing I found myself having trouble with was that a couple of the coin slots were having trouble taking my coins but it's okay because the employees were more than happy to refund. It is a bit loud though depending on how busy it is, and the water taps on the bathroom are a bit intense 😂

Photo of Gregory Cash Gregory Cash
Oct 9, 2019 4

Fun spot with a variety of games from arcade games, pinball, air hockey, and basketball. Decent outdoors patio (during nice weather) with Cornhole, ping pong, and connect four. This could be a fun spot for a casual date night, corporate event, adult birthday party, or just a fun night out with friends. However I can see the cost racking up as most of the games cost .50 cents to $1.00 to play. That can add up quickly if not careful. Good beer selection to on tap.

Photo of Kenneth Mendez Kenneth Mendez
Oct 2, 2019 5

Great place to hang with friends. Outstanding beer selection. The Pizza is amazing. Some of the best I have had in North Carolina. Great atmosphere for a wide range of people.

Photo of Ms. Ke2U Ms. Ke2U
Sep 22, 2019 5

I loved this place. The food variety was awesome. Kid friendly until 9p, this is great. Private room if you like to have a party. Patio with games and music. Making plans for my next boxcar night.

Photo of Jessica Lands Jessica Lands
Jul 28, 2019 5

Love this place! Durham & Raleigh locations are both great! I really enjoy it every time I go. It's a great date night place or place to hang out with friends. Drinks are reasonably priced and I love the complimentary popcorn! We will definitely be back time and time again!

Photo of Ethan Marrow Ethan Marrow
Oct 19, 2019 4

This fun arcade bar in the heart of Durham is really a fun spot for after work pleasure! They have a few food options like pizza and hot dogs, but their beer list is fantastic! They have a wide variety of beers of all types, and even a few sours. They also have nearly every arcade game you could ever want! #skeeballchamp

Photo of Ralph Rojas Ralph Rojas
Oct 29, 2019 5

Love this place. Great drink deals. Lots of fun games. The pizza could use a lot work. 🙄 It is however convenient to have pizza on premise. Just not good. Really great place to pass the time.

Photo of Wesley Smith Wesley Smith
Nov 3, 2019 5

I would like to give a shout-out to Kat and her team for assisting with my 10 year Anniversary party last night. Everything was perfect and they did an amazing job helping with setup and making sure all our needs were met. Thanks so much!!

Photo of Jennifer Hennigan Jennifer Hennigan
Oct 30, 2019 5

There is a lot variety in the games they offer, but skee ball is my favorite! Hoping to make it out sometime for the tournament they have on Thursday nights. The pizza here is also delicious and there's always some sort of drink special going on. There's free popcorn too which is great because 1) it's free and 2) it's much more tasty than the popcorn I can make at home. The fact that they're dog friendly is an added bonus!

Photo of Kimberlee Chapman Kimberlee Chapman
Nov 8, 2019 5

Love the atmosphere of this place! I do not drink, but I come back all the time. The pizza is great, the games are fun, and the staff is so friendly! Also love that you can bring your dog!

Photo of James Barfield James Barfield
Dec 16, 2019 5

Loving the food and atmosphere here. The people and staff are friendly is a plus. The pizzas and salads are really good and toy can really taste the flavors of what you ordered, even the cheese. Even better tube price is right and reasonable which is worthy of another visit. Love the classic arcade games there too and they are in working and clean order but one that took my token. One idea, maybe have stools at the unit's in case you're racking up some serious points if you got the skills. Overall excellent establishment.

Photo of Roseana Matthews Roseana Matthews
Dec 29, 2019 5

Friendly staff! Great crowd of people. It was awesome to play some nostalgic games and some new. Drinks were delicious! With so many choices there is something for everyone.

Photo of Mike Finn Mike Finn
Dec 30, 2019 5

Amazing bar and arcade. Great drink specials, power bartenders, good food, and fantastic environment. Large outdoor patio, free popcorn, tons of games, really hard to go wrong here!

Photo of Akilah Jones Akilah Jones
Dec 25, 2019 5

Great place to have some fun on some old school arcade games. They also have a large bar with some local beers on tap and a pizzeria inside as well. I didn't order but other people's food look pretty good. There is free popcorn that's available for people to have at their disposer and also water with cups beside it for you to have and take at your leisure. Most of the games cost $0.25 or one token however there are some games that cost a dollar or more. Be sure if the machine takes your money you let them pull you know so that you can get your tokens back. And they will give back.

Photo of Marcus Aurellius Marcus Aurellius
Jan 20, 2020 4

It's the bigger box car in the pizza is actually pretty good. I wish they did a little bit more to their crust. there got a solid selection of games, but I can't help but to think that they need a little more variety. Or even perhaps more modern options. Everything is going 90s again which is awesome, but I'd love a few more uncommon/Modern game options.

Photo of Scott Goldschmidt Scott Goldschmidt
Feb 5, 2020 5

I LOVE THIS PLACE! Dog Friendly (inside and out!) Awesome Pizza and Extensive Beer Selection (great specials and pricing!) - seriously some of the cheapest beer in Downtown Durham. Plenty of space large parties. Lots of games to choose from - air hockey, shoot-em-ups, racing, retro arcade games and more.

Photo of Letitia Davison Letitia Davison
Feb 18, 2020 5

SO MUCH FUN!!! Went to celebrate a friend's birthday and enjoyed it immensely. The atmosphere was alive and plenty of ways to wet your whistle. Lots of game choices for all ages. I love that after 9pm anyone under 21 has to say bye-bye. Great staff and service.

Photo of Nicholas Schneider Nicholas Schneider
Mar 8, 2020 4

Boxcar was a really neat spot to hang out. The only caveat is that the outdoor section is the place to be. Very chill and laid back. Indoors is nice and all with the arcade games and great bar- except that it is so Ioud that conversation is impossible. The employees were very helpful and welcoming. 10/10 will be back.

Photo of Joshua Vanderwall Joshua Vanderwall
Mar 8, 2020 5

Authentic, classic arcade feel, with an impressive menu of the most unique pizza specialties. The basics are available as well, of course. Games are largely retro, but plenty of options for the younger crowd. Drink specials are generally exceptional value. Sunday's mimosa special is delightful.

Photo of April Ellis April Ellis
Feb 27, 2020 5

This place was so much fun. It has all the 80’s games, even the original Super Mario Brothers. I felt like a big kid. 🍺🎮🎲

Photo of Ajani Simmons Ajani Simmons
Mar 8, 2020 5

Great selection of games. Awesome people. Not too crowded

Photo of santiago betancur santiago betancur
May 20, 2020 5

Great place to hangout, play arcade games, have some drinks, watch your favorite sports. Staff is very friendly and attentive. They have various non arcade games outside. Just such a chill place. I hope they open soon with proper precautions due to COVID

Photo of Unc Biosuperwomen Unc Biosuperwomen
Jul 27, 2020 5

My dearest friends and I come here to celebrate birthdays or something to make an excuse to come here! I always have the nicest service and the drinks are great. I would recommend this place if you are wanting a day out or a evening out with friends.

Photo of Katherine Moss-Thomas Katherine Moss-Thomas
Nov 3, 2020 5

I love this place! Couldn't play any games due to COVID but the pizza and the updated outside ambience made up for it. I will probably be back before it's officially reopened fully.

Photo of Jean-Christophe Fillion-Robin Jean-Christophe Fillion-Robin
Nov 17, 2020 5

The staff was very welcoming and helpful. There was plenty of outdoor seating and the tables were well spaced. Later in the evening, the fireplace was very nice 🔥

Photo of Kathleen Beckman Kathleen Beckman
Nov 11, 2020 3

Food was average, fire outside was delightful. People were very nice.

Photo of Nicole Ellis Nicole Ellis
Nov 27, 2020 5

Great place as always! Loved coming before covid hit and so I came back a few weeks ago because I had heard they were being really safe and they definitely were! I felt really comfortable and everything was spaced out well! As always staff are super friendly and the beers are delicious 🤤

Photo of Garth Garth
Nov 28, 2020 4

Even in 2020, one of the best bars in the Triangle. Sunday Funday with friends outside. So no pinball during COVID? WHO CARES!?! THE PIZZA IS STILL FIRE and now the bring the HEAT to you outside with long streaming runs of fire pit seating that provide plenty of reasons to kick back with friends like you used to.

Photo of Andres Onate Andres Onate
Dec 16, 2020 5

I finally stopped by Boxcar Durham since the Covid started on this cold and wet day. I was driving by and couldn’t ignore how slow it looked inside so I had to stop and to get a selection of draft beer while I waited for some made from scratch oven baked pizza to take home to the family. You can’t play the games due to Covid sure but they still have great atmosphere and staff

Photo of Iman Abdur-Rahim Iman Abdur-Rahim
Jan 12, 2021 4

We had the place to ourselves for the most part but at most there were 10 people including staff. They seemed very diligent about sanitizing after each guest. Overall, it was a great experience considering.

Photo of Sean DEF Sean DEF
Jan 21, 2021 5

Wish more games were open and a bigger menu. Understand COVID is upon us but think outside the box. This place use to be Awesome... Not it's ok

Photo of mark krieger mark krieger
Apr 4, 2021 5

Friendly bartenders fast clean and efficient. Not a pushy person in the place. Great view of the ballpark as an added bonus 👍

Photo of Enrique Pineda Enrique Pineda
Apr 18, 2021 3

The establishment no longer offers food. On the menu, they offer popcorn. Masks. Pointless. You need them to enter but, after that, anything goes. I'm sure regulars miss the pre-covid experience but for out-of-towners such as me it's a one-and-done experience. First impressions count for a lot.

Photo of Geo Min Geo Min
May 5, 2021 5

This place is so fun, with a plethora of old and new arcade games to play from, great beer menu, tonsssss of space A great hangout spot for locals, students and anyone passing by

Photo of Rishab Venkataraman Rishab Venkataraman
May 8, 2021 4

A really fun place to spend an evening. Has a lot of fun games and the staff are great. Some of the machines could be updated though!

Photo of Nalleli Ramirez Nalleli Ramirez
May 30, 2021 4

Great service, the staff was super friendly. Great drinks and pricing was affordable. Loved the atmosphere. Pet friendly. I wish there was more variety t9 the menu.

Photo of Ebony Green Ebony Green
May 25, 2021 5

It is a cool & laid back place to hang with ya family, friends & or spouse! Play games, eat, & drink. Plus if your dogs are trained well, you can bring them too. Heated area outside is a MAJOR PLUS.

Photo of J.T. Musson J.T. Musson
May 22, 2021 5

Great place, good beer, awesome atmosphere. Me and a buddy i hadnt seen in a while came here 2 weeks ago. So much fun, will definitely be back. A little expensive on the arcade side. But otherwise a great place.

Photo of Stuntman Mike (Stuntman_Mike) Stuntman Mike (Stuntman_Mike)
May 30, 2021 5

This was a nice hangout! The pizza was great and the old school arcade games brought back childhood memories.

Photo of Mike Belanger Mike Belanger
Jun 8, 2021 5

I hope to make this place a regular hangout. Average priced drinks, but great games! Some are way too pricey for the experience younger, but the old 64bit Nintendo games are amazing and very worth going for!

Photo of Chrome Ninja Chrome Ninja
Jun 27, 2021 5

This continues to be one of my favorite places to go downtown raleigh. I do prefer the one in Durham as it is not as small and serves food. The staff are always super friendly and have great drinks. There is also a game for everybody here lots of fun

Photo of Rhian Carreker-Ford Rhian Carreker-Ford
Jul 13, 2021 5

Great place to meet up with friends and hang out in groups. They have lots of arcade games that have a nostalgic feel. There is an outdoor area with picnic table where they "deliver" your food.

Photo of Cyndi Dallura Cyndi Dallura
Jul 20, 2021 5

Anyone who grew up playing games at some point of time in your life rather it was your kids, family, siblings, etc. You can eat pizza drink and yes I said Drink (alcoholic beverages) and have family quality time. There's an outside area with corn hole ping pong tables set up surrounded by picnic tables looking out into the city. Oh pet friendly!!♥️ I enjoyed Galaga and the ole pin ball machine myself. Loved it from an ole lady. 🤣😂

Photo of Kendra Grant Kendra Grant
Jul 25, 2021 5

It’s a nice chill environment if you want to have a drink and relax outside. It’s also filled with fun games to play with great drink specials, $1 mimosas but if you want a bottle it’s $10 with the orange juice included. If you like playing arcade games and good drink this is the place for you. I will definitely be coming back.

Photo of Ethan Feldman Ethan Feldman
Aug 14, 2021 5

I really enjoyed going there for an evening of beer, arcades and pinball. Some of the older arcades aren't in that great shape, especially the monitors but they're 35 years old so I can understand. The pinball are cool and most of them very new or recent. Beer selection is good and reasonably priced. They also have specials every day, see attached picture.... You definitely have to come here if you enjoy beer, pinball and arcades!

Photo of Shannon Parker Shannon Parker
Aug 20, 2021 5

I absolutely love this place. I can go and chill with some very cool people and be a total kid at the same time. And their PIZZAS are like no other. My mouth is watering just thinking about it

Photo of Hatim Belgharbi Hatim Belgharbi
Aug 28, 2021 5

Loved it. Could be a kid once again. More pinball machines than you can dream of. Basketball arcade, hockey, FPS, dance dance revolution and more. The only thing that would have been nicer is having volume higher than 0 on the dance arcade.

Photo of janet judd janet judd
Aug 28, 2021 4

I love Boxcar but I wanted to take my kids to play the arcade games and they were not allowed after 5 on a weekend. I could understand after 10 or even 8 but 5 just seemed way too early not to allow children in a place that has arcade games. Children are allowed until 8 on a week day but with school in the weekend would be the best time to take them. I understand that it is geared mostly to adults but honestly not many adults are at Boxcar before 8 or 9 on the weekends anyway.

Photo of TheMocutMiester TheMocutMiester
Oct 5, 2021 3

It was decent for an arcade bar. Some of the games were sticky and I prefer the model of paying a cover with all the games unlocked. They did have a good selection and variety including Air Hockey, Pinball machines, old Arcade games and new ones like Halo.

Photo of John Vinueza John Vinueza
Oct 1, 2021 4

Cool spot! Great drink prices. Super fun for a night out. But it can get old fast if you just play arcade games