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Meet The Gamers

Hello, we’re Adam and Anna!  More importantly, we are Asheville enthusiasts, beer lovers and self-proclaimed video game wizards.

Adam’s favorite is any Mega Man he happens to be playing and Anna’s favorite is the Tales from the Crypt pinball. We both have a lifelong passion for video games, new and old, and decided to take on a new business venture knowing there was no better path than starting our very own arcade bar.

We initially started on this voyage in 2009 when Adam visited Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade in Portland. Fast forward to 2013 when we both visited Barcade in Philadelphia. At that time, we knew that every downtown needed an arcade bar and in spite of all the uncertainty in the world, we moved into the old Hookah Joe’s location in downtown Asheville in June 2020.

Cartoon of Adam and Anna

Where does our name come from? What is Level 256?

Excellent questions. According to Toru Iwatani, the creator of Pac-Man, Pac-Man was designed to never have an ending. Level 256 the screen splits and a bug corrupts the right half of the screen displaying random symbols and dots. Due to the bug, Pac-Man cannot eat enough cookies to beat the level, thus causing the game to end at Level 256. It’s one of the most infamous and iconic bugs in video game history.

Playing Retro Video Games

Play With Us

So, come on in and stake out your cabinet. With over 30 arcades, 10 pinballs, and 300 original console games to choose from, you can set a new high score on your own or duke it out with new or old friends. If the screens get too bright, settle down at the bar, there is always something to do at Level 256. By unifying a unique selection of 12 craft beers on tap with the nostalgia and social activity of old-school gaming, this is an experience you will not find anywhere else in town.