Phoenix Comicon 2017 will be bigger than ever in downtown Phoenix.

Movies, books, comic books, video games and tabletop games can be a joyous relief, when surrounded by strange, smart and fun fan communities.

Metro Phoenix is home to a few nerdy sanctuaries. There are places that serve alcohol, because sometimes it’s fun to drink a little while playing on a 25-year-old Sega Genesis. Others are family-friendly spots where you can sip an espresso while perusing comic books, or learn to play tabletop games for free among geeky brethren.

Go forth and find your haven.


Bonus Round arcade bar

The bar is the brainchild of James Goshow and Jacob Rendel. The cousins, who grew up in Phoenix, began noticing great arcade bars across the country more than a year ago. Unlike other arcade bars, all of the machines will be free to play. Games include X-Men, Spy Hunter, Ghost Squad, Gauntlet Dark Legacy and NBA Jam. The Jurassic Park game is the Japanese version, and the compressor still works, so users move while they play. The drink list features a variety of draft and bottled beers, many from Arizona, and wine and cocktails. Food includes pizza, sandwiches and tater-tot nachos.

Details: 24 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-374-6936,,


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