Make sure you have some change or small bills handy the next time you visit Meridian Pint.
The Columbia Heights craft beer destination has made changes to its basement bar, removing a pair of shuffleboard tables and replacing them with the bedrock of a neighborhood arcade: Elvis and Elvira: Scared Stiff pinball machines, Big Buck Hunter Safari, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, and an '80s video game emulator that features dozens of choices, from Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Zaxxon to the less-memorable King & Balloon, New Rally X and Mr. Do's Castle. Just remember that the basement is 21-and-older at all times, so the games are for adults, not kids.
There are other bars that have more pinball machines or a larger selection of games – Lyman's Tavern, the Black Cat – but Meridian Pint has given Columbia Heights residents a reason to hang out, drink craft beers and spend their hard-earned quarters and unwrinkled dollar bills. Bonus: Stop in between 5 and 7 p.m. on weekdays, when all beers are $1 off, and it's like getting a free game.
Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW. www.meridianpint.com.