The History of The Garage Arcade Bar
A few years ago, a group of South Bend locals got together to dream up a fun, nostalgic place to drink, play, and be merry.
Months later, one of our founders purchased The Lasalle Body shop, a former auto-body shop located on Colfax in South Bend’s East Bank Village. Renovations on the building began shortly after. Wanting to preserve a sliver of the building’s history, the founders decided to name the place “The Garage.” Massive, glass garage doors were soon installed, and it was time to get our games.
We are now one of the top bars in South Bend and one of the best things to do in South Bend. Nightlife is something many South Benders crave and we saw a need to add more late night entertainment options. An arcade bar seemed to be the perfect fit for us and for South Bend.
Other Entertainment Near Us
We were attracted to the East Bank Village because it’s near central South Bend and has a strong existing and expanding night life. The fact is, we’re not the only entertainment location on the block – and we like it that way! Our goal is for patrons of The Garage to take a walk along the East Bank and enjoy restaurants like The Lauber, coffee shops like The General, scenic spots like Howard Park and other bars like Corby’s.
There’s a lot of things to do in South Bend, and the East Bank neighborhood. Explore it all, and end your tour on some free-to-play arcade games.
Hours of Operation
Is there an age limit?
Yes. Because we are a bar as well as an arcade, you must be at least 21 to enter The Garage; even if you aren’t planning on drinking. No exceptions, this is the Indiana state law.
Can I host a work event or birthday party at The Garage?
Absolutely. Email us here.
Are the games really free?
Yes. That means no quarters or entry fee! All we ask is that you purchase a drink or snack, and you’re good to go.
Where can I park?
The Garage is surrounded by tons of street and city parking. There are also multiple parking lots in the East Bank area. All parking is FREE.
What are your hours?
I don’t drink, can I still come play games?
Yes! We have a menu of craft non-alcoholic cocktails, food, energy drinks, and soda/pop options.