7 adult-friendly activities for your inner kid

Find arcades, mini golf, and smash rooms designed for adults

Punch Bowl Social Arcade

Welcome to Punch Bowl Social.

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Who says kids have all the fun? San Diego is full of games and group activities, and sometimes, an older crowd wants to get in on the action.

These seven spots offer the same level of fun you had during your childhood, but you won’t feel out of place if you’re with your adult friends. In fact, you might get carded at the door, so feel free to grab a beer and let the good times roll.

Coin-Op in the Gaslamp Quarter

Just like a trip to the arcade in the 1980s.

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🪙 Coin-Op

If you grew up in the 1980s, this place takes the joy of going to the arcade and adds a bar. There are two San Diego locations — North Park and the Gaslamp Quarter — where you can find a collection of new and old arcade games and epic walls filled with nostalgia.

🔨 Smash City Rage Room

Ready to break stuff? This North Park experience gets you suited up and lets you get out your frustrations by smashing everything in the room. If you have more stress to relieve, you can also try axe throwing or toss them in a neon glow with dark light axe throwing.

Bowling shoes and darts at Punch Bowl Social

Getting ready for fun at Punch Bowl Social.

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🍹 Punch Bowl Social

The cool cocktails are just the start of the fun at this East Village hangout. You’ll also find bowling, karaoke, an arcade, tabletop games, and indoor lawn games.

⛳️ Tappers Mini Golf

This activity at The Loma Club in Point Loma is totally family friendly, but if you’re looking for sunshine and drinks, it’s still great spot for adults. The are group rates for adults only, cocktails by You & Yours Distilling Co., and two 9-hole courses where you can putt your skills to the test.

🏎 K1 Speed

Start your engines and head to the races in Barrio Logan or Carlsbadgo kart races, that is. These are full-speed courses that go up to 45 mph, though there are junior races and anyone under 18 must be with an adult. After you’ve zipped through the tracks, head to the Paddock Lounge for snacks, food, and drinks.

Coin Haus taps

Tap into Coin Haus

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🍻 Coin Haus

If you loved mixing all the flavors at the soda fountain, this La Mesa game room offers the same fun — except it’s beer. Inside, you’ll find dozens of brews on tap, arcade games, and events that bring back the best memories.

🧩 Brainy Actz Escape Rooms

You can’t escape the fun at this Sorrento Valley location. You’ll need to reserve a time with your group to try to solve the puzzle at the escape room — but that’s not your only option for fun. There’s also axe throwing, slime labs, tie dye workshops, a splatter-paint room, and rage rooms for smashing good times.

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