The Deep End: A New Type of Bar


From Pacman chasing Pac dots around a maze-- to Super Mario Brothers saving the princess, old games can sure bring back some fond childhood memories.

I spent so many quarters playing games in the arcade growing up, tonight Katya Guillaume takes us to a place that will allow you to take a step back in time and do it again.

The deep end on Old Jacksboro Highway features more than fifty of the classics and for just a few dollars at the door you can play all the games that you want.

"It's the only place in town you're going to get anything like this "Joseph Neely Frequent Visitor


And that's why Joseph Neely likes to spend time at The Deep End a place he says you can come play and stay a while.

"My favorite game is the Simpsons because it was what I played when I was younger and it just brings back a lot of memories for me."

This concept all started with a group of local musicians who wanted to come together and support each other and it soon grew into something much bigger.

"A friend of ours Marcus McGee, who we're partnered with now always had the dream of opening up a barcade and he had a few arcade machines at the time so were like yeah bring them over here, we'll play all of them, that kind of thing. So we started with like three games over there in the corner." Michael Hitt Owner of The Deep End

"We just tried a couple and then a couple turned into like ten and then ten turned into fifty and here we are." Carissa Bauman Co-Owner of The Deep End

And here they are 3 years later, offering all of those games inside a venue where you can also grab a cold adult beverage and enjoy some live music.

"Wichita Falls just doesn't have anything else like this. I mean you can open up another bar but you know, that’s just another bar. It's not a barcade. So you got a little something different for everybody." Michael Hitt Co-Owner of The Deep End

"We do everything from the game nights to music events to comedy. We have open mic nights, we have karaoke sometimes. We cater to kids, we cater to adults, we have something for everyone." Carissa Bauman Co-Owner of The Deep End

Something certainly for people like Neely, who enjoys the same games he did decades ago.

"They have all the old school screens hooked up with all the old school video game consoles so you can come out and play those. It's just a blast." Joseph Neely Frequent Visitor


The deep end is open for kids to come in and play games on certain nights.
They also often host special events.

For a list of events, visit The Deep Ends Facebook Page


 


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