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Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade


108 S Mangum St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 973-1717
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Photo of Mindy Asbury Mindy Asbury
Mar 5, 2019 5

I threw a surprise birthday party here on a Saturday night. The games were on free play all night, the bartenders were friendly and made good drinks, and the venue itself had a very cool vibe. We brought in an outside cake and they stored it for us in their fridge until we cut it. Pie Pushers delivered all the food right on time and it was delicious. Pretty much everyone at the party commented on how great and perfect the place was for the party. I definitely plan to go again, and would also recommend the venue for anyone looking to throw a low-key and fun party.

Photo of Christina Jaro Christina Jaro
Jun 9, 2019 5

Really cool. Underground...literally. A lot of games to choose from. Better bang for your dollar and the staff is nice. And if pinball is your thing than this is it. Better than Boxcar

Photo of Andrew Porterfield Andrew Porterfield
Jun 6, 2019 5

Love this place. Friendly staff great drinks and fun atmosphere. Awesome place to grab a drink and play some dope arcade games.

Photo of Ben Hommerding Ben Hommerding
Jun 12, 2019 4

We had an event here. The game selection is alright, and we had a good time. It's a good place to hang out with a group.

Photo of chris mitchell chris mitchell
Jun 5, 2019 5

Was looking for something to do after a concert on a Monday night. This was a gem for the dive bar connoseurs. You do have to look for it and id not for Google I probably would of never found it, especially being in a basement. Pinball machines and classic arcade line up from wall to wall. There are movies being played while you indulge in the drink specials all named from old movies. You will be immersed in the nostalgia of 80s and 90s toys behind the bar as well as some of the older pinballs. The sitting is cushy and the drinks are stout.

Photo of Lisa Vines Lisa Vines
Jun 24, 2019 5

Perfect place to end a night out. Small, but good beer and cocktail choices. Some of the games were free, which was awesome. ALSO, the arcade games don't kick you off even if you win the round, unlike some other local bar/arcades.

Photo of Madeline Roper Madeline Roper
Jul 6, 2019 5

I really like the arcade games. There's a whole wall of pinball machines and some classic games like Frogger and Tetris. Most of the games are reasonably priced too. You can also change the color of some lights over the pinball wall.

Photo of Adrian o Anellie Adrian o Anellie
Oct 5, 2019 5

Always have extra and excellent service here This place is on the way home for me and a couple women from work So we often make an excuse (not very hard to convince me!) to stop by Friday after work. Loves it. Or as they say Nailed it!

Photo of david shull david shull
Jul 30, 2019 5

Great bar lots of old school games for everyone to enjoy but can't lie our favorite is the taxi game takes me back to the dream cast. Also the beer is not over priced like most places and neither are the games. Bring friends and family you won't regret it.

Photo of Amy Armstrong Amy Armstrong
Aug 19, 2019 5

This is such a fun place! Fun old school arcade games. Great drinks. Fun vibe!

Photo of Edna Wray Edna Wray
Aug 24, 2019 3

Cute little Arcaide a tad to dark 4 my taste. I like a well lit area. But it has a cool pinball game!

Photo of Amelia Roberts Amelia Roberts
Oct 23, 2019 5

For a fun night out away from the kids and with friends why not. You’ll have a fun time!!

Photo of Christian Kammerman Christian Kammerman
Nov 27, 2019 5

I can't say enough good things about this place. Everything I want in a local dive bar. Literally underground. Chock full of Durham flavor. Consistantly good local DJs on the weekends. Always excellent beer selections and drink specials. Free Play on video games all day Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

Photo of Kevin Quinn Kevin Quinn
Aug 20, 2019 5

This bar was so cool! I stopped in when I was passing through Durham on a road trip, and originally planned to go to the bar across the street if I'm being honest. I'm glad I changed my mind, as this place was way more up my alley! It's a fully stocked bar that can make and serve whatever drink you have in mind. However the real draw is the arrangement of pinball tables and arcade cabinets! They had all sorts of classic and modern tables to play including my favorite; No Good Gofers! It's a shame I was only passing through. I'd love if my local town had a similar place!

Photo of spamset willy spamset willy
Dec 3, 2019 4

Pretty cool barcade. Well maintained pinball machines Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Check them out!

Photo of Sean Huffman Sean Huffman
Jan 29, 2020 5

Great little bar for some hidden nostalgia, love the throwback movies that are always playing. Plenty of free play opportunities too.

Photo of Oliver Shea Oliver Shea
Feb 17, 2020 5

This establishment is an 80s kid dream come true. All the Retro games you grew up spending your allowance money on Plus 80s music and alcohol! What more can you want? They have great game selection and great music crate bar staff and and overall nostalgic feel that gives you the warm and fuzzies!

Photo of Tobie King Tobie King
Feb 8, 2020 5

Nice down-to-earth place love the basement, great games. Fun place to go and have a good time!! 👍

Photo of Georgia Schumacher Georgia Schumacher
Mar 15, 2020 5

Love this bar. Has a great chill vibe and free play night is amazing. And they have a disco ball and a pizza phone. A must-visit!

Photo of Joseph Caruth Joseph Caruth
Jul 14, 2019 4

Nice venue, not huge, non token games ($0.25), good bar, live dj sometimes.

Photo of Andrew Toig Andrew Toig
May 29, 2020 4

First the bar tenders are awesome and superfriendly! Second, this is a great place to have some good conversations and also play arcade games while you drink. They have a free game night but I forget which one that it is. This is a much more low-key and expensive experience compared to box car

Photo of Banks Dixon Banks Dixon
Dec 16, 2017 5

This place is great. I went here with my kiddos recently and we all had a blast. The basement location only adds to the overall cool vibe of the space. While I've been to some barcades with much bigger selections of games, the selection of pinball and video games here is still pretty freaking good, and the prices for everything is really reasonable. Family hours last until 8pm. I recommend checking it out.

Photo of Lisa Wheeler Lisa Wheeler
Nov 27, 2018 4

On the smaller side when compared to Boxcar and the Baxter but still plenty of seating. They do not serve food but you can call for a pizza from Pie Pusher. Wide range of games with an emphasis on pinball. We came on a Saturday during the day and it was dead. I could see folks bringing their kids here during that time. Small but nice selection of beers on tap with prices that are on par with the rest of the area. We chatted up the bartender Hans and swapped travel stories while the boys played games. I could see bringing out of town guests here and interested to see what happens to this place once Boxcar opens up. Not a place I would go out of my way to come to but we enjoyed ourselves and I will return.