10 things I never expected to see at Dave and Busters

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


There are very few life rules to which I adhere, but one is, “should a beautiful woman offer you media access to a Dave and Buster grand opening in Hollywood, you’re obliged to go.” Well that happened, and it was certainly eye opening.

Here’s the thing. I’ve been to Dave and Busters fewer times than I have Fallopian tubes. I love the idea of adult Chuck E. Cheese as much as the next guy who refuses to grow up, but I suck at winning tickets and there are bars in which arcade games are free. I figured that pretty much eliminated my need for the joint. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Here are 10 things I didn’t expect to see at Dave and Busters.

1. Go-go dancers

Sure they looked out of place, but who doesn’t love go-go dancers?

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


2. Brody Jenner DJ’ing

Doubly unexpected; the man’s not bad behind the decks.

3. An ice sculpture

It turns out it’s hot in LA, which makes a giant block of ice even more unlikely.

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


4. A huge bowl of shrimp cocktail

“We eat so many shrimp, I got iodine poisoning.” – Pimp C

5. The biggest Pac-Man ever

Finally multi-player Pac-Man without waiting for turns to end. You eat each other!

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


6. Pappy Van Winkle

Sure it’s just the 10-year Pappy, but it’s still one of the most sought after bourbons. Macallan 18 was stocked as well.

7. PlayStation 4

These aren’t your childhood prizes. Don’t worry, you can still get a Chinese Finger Trap.

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


8. Smoking hot women…everywhere

Apparently the Dave and Busters dress code is tight, fake-boob exposing dresses.

9. Ticket hoarders

It was a grand opening, so I was definitely not expecting to see people trying to win this year’s Christmas.

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


10. A step and repeat

I know it’s a grand opening, but I still didn’t expect a red orange carpet. Clearly I do not belong on one either.

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


10.5. ProActive vending machine

OK, so this wasn’t in Dave and Busters, but it was 3 doors down in the Hollywood Mall.

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


It turns out that Dave and Busters isn’t exactly what I expected it to be. They had a stellar chef serving gourmet food and decent cocktails for a high frequency bar. It has a sports bar within, which immediately gave me ideas for ways to kill halftime. And it all just seemed like one giant party. I went in the little expectations, but admittedly left impressed. Now if only I could figure out how the hell their game “credits” work. I swear it’s meant to confuse people into spending all of their money.

One thing I did expect to see:

Beer Pong

I played, and I dominated. They don’t call me DeadShot for nothing… or at all.

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


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