Frequently asked questions

Can I bring my kids?

Absolutely! The Riverside Game Lab is open to all ages before 10pm every night. After 10 PM, only guests over the age of 21 will be permitted entry.

Where do I park?

The most convenient parking structure is located behind the Riverside Game Lab on Fairmount Blvd.

Is there a cover charge? Hourly fee to play games?

There is no cover charge at the Riverside Game Lab. All of our arcade and pinball games take Riverside Game Lab tokens, and our Virtual Reality pods are priced by time you want to play. Please see our Games page for more info!

How much are tokens? How do I get them?

Tokens cost one quarter each. 4/$1, 20/$5, etc. Tokens are available both from the machines on the floor, or can be added to your tab at the bar in $5 increments.

Will the games accept quarters too?

No, the games only accept Riverside Game Lab tokens.

Can I drink in the game areas?

Feel free to take your drink with you while you enjoy your experience at The Riverside Game Lab. We only ask that you DO NOT attempt to drink while wearing a VR headset and DO NOT place your drinks on the games themselves. We provide drink holders around the arcade area for your convenience. Otherwise, please enjoy your drink responsibly!

How often will you get new games?

We value making available as wide a range of games as possible. New releases, old classics, and obscure novelties will make their way onto the floor regularly.

Can I reserve a private room or area away from the rest of the public?

Yes! We have 3 private rooms available for reservation. We have two large party rooms that can each accommodate about 20-25 guests per room, and a VR Suite that can hold about 7-10 guests. Please direct any reservation requests to

What kind of games can I play?

We feature over 60 arcade games, as well as pinball, basketball, and virtual reality experiences. Some classic console games also may be available. Check our events page for more details.

What are my food options here?

The Riverside Game Lab is located only feet away from the Riverside Food Lab, which offers a dozen different choices for full meals. Otherwise, we offer a variety of snacks and refreshments at either of our two bars.

Can I bring food from the Riverside Food Lab into the Game Lab?

Yes! Any food purchased from the Riverside Food Lab is permitted into the Game Lab premises. However, alcohol purchased in either the Food Lab or the Game Lob can NOT be taken outside of the building. Food is fine, but don’t cross the streams on alcohol. Food not purchased from the Riverside Food Lab or Game Lab is not permitted.

A game ate my token! What’s up with that?

Unfortunately, some of these arcade games are almost 40 years old! That makes them a bit cranky sometimes, but we love them anyway. If you have a machine eat your token(s), please alert the nearest Riverside Game Lab staff and they will be able to assist you. Promptly alerting Game Lab staff will allow you to recover any lost tokens and for you to prevent this from happening to anyone else!

Are we hiring?

Yes we are! Game Lab is always looking for great people! Please go to our 'Now Hiring' page to check all available positions.