Options for fun and entertainment continue to expand in Tucson

Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 at 8:32 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Weekends just keep getting better.

Cobra Arcade is the newest attraction in Tucson, on the corner of Congress and Scott. It is yet another step towards more things to do in the Old Pueblo.

The arcade bar's grand opening Friday night brought out locals like Jacob Wills.

Wills was born and raised in Tucson. He has seen parts of town level up over the years, specifically the downtown area.

"This area of town has grown exponentially," he said.

Cobra Arcade gave Wills and his friend Matthew Clarke some options to choose from on Friday night.

Clarke said, "I came inside and it was like nostalgia all over again."

Cobra follows in the footsteps of places like Marana's TopGolf -- which opened in December of last year; and Dave & Busters on the south side, added back in April 2017.

Soon to come, a new bowling and entertainment venue called Round1 will move into the former Sears storefront at the Park Place mall.

"I've just seen the growth everywhere," said Santos Rey, the Assistant General Manager of Cobra Arcade Tucson.

That trend is what brought the arcade to Tucson in the first place, thus bringing in more jobs and money.

Their bar doubles the size of their Phoenix location. Rey said these places have proved to be something our town is ready for.

"There's so much going on with the U of A, the continued progression of Congress and 4th Avenue. So many things are changing and happening here. We wanted to be a part of it." Rey explained.

Hundreds of games line the walls of the arcade, upstairs and down. Drinks in hand, smiles and laughs could be heard all around, despite the blare of music echoing through the room.

"You can't beat that. It's a bonding experience,"said Wills.

That bonding experience and new Tucson culture is what drove Wills to try out new places around town with friends, like Clarke.

"Not just static, sitting around at the bar, listening to music. You actually get to interact with people," Wills said.

Cobra Arcade is only for the 21 and up crowd for now, but managers say they want to start having 'family nights' in the future.

They are open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

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