Get ready to press play on the ultimate blast from the past as The Retro Arcade takes over Hotel X Toronto’s Kandy Gallery from February 16th to March 17th. It’s time to dust off those old tokens and get your game face on because this retro extravaganza is bringing back all the classics from the 80s and 90s!

Calling all gamers, families, and fun-seekers of all ages—The Retro Arcade is your one-way ticket to pixelated paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned joystick pro or a newbie eager to experience the magic of vintage gaming, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From Dance Dance Revolution to Skee-ball, Mario Kart Arcade GP to Street Fighter, the arcade is bursting at the seams with over 20 of the best retro games.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! The Retro Arcade is leveling up this year with themed nights and family-friendly weekends. Flashback Fridays will transport you back in time with retro beats courtesy of DJs and a retro bar serving up all your favorite throwback drinks until 11 pm. And don’t miss out on Family Fun Weekends, where you can bond over timeless classic movies screening in the adjacent Hotel X Toronto screening room. Plus, indulge your sweet tooth with retro candy, popcorn, and expertly crafted cocktails available at the concession stand on weekends.

Feeling competitive? Gather your crew and gear up for the ultimate showdown in the multiplayer Mario Kart knock-out tournament every Sunday. Compete for the chance to win a luxurious one-night stay at Hotel X Toronto—it’s game on!

“The Retro Arcade is a mix of nostalgia and entertainment for all ages,” says Matt Black, Director of Marketing and Revenue at Hotel X Toronto. “Last year was a great success, and we are excited to introduce new features like nostalgic candy, retro movies, and elevated Friday nights with DJs and cocktails.”

So mark your calendars, grab your quarters, and get ready to embark on a pixel-perfect adventure at The Retro Arcade. It’s time to make memories, level up, and unleash your inner gaming champion!

The Retro Arcade is open daily from Mondays through Thursdays from 9 am to 10 pm and Fridays through Sundays from 9 am to 11 pm. Tickets are available on Eventbrite . For more information, visit or follow @hotelxtoronto on social media. Let the games begin!

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René Samulewitsch @ReneandI is a globetrotter with a hunger for adventure, but at heart, he will always be an urban tourist with big love for Toronto. When not busy with his day job as a PR strategist, he spends his time exploring the city’s culture and entertainment venues. Rene has a passion for sharing experiences, and truly believes in the power of word of mouth. Favourite place in Toronto: Kensington Market in the Summer as there’s always something new to discover. Queen Street for the urban vibe and King Street to let loose and party.

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