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Boardwalk Bar & Arcade is a brand new drinking, dining, and entertainment experience at The Wharf in Washington, D.C. Opened in February 2022, the venue is the largest indoor/outdoor bar in our nation’s capital. Our 10,000+ square foot space features 2 levels, a covered outdoor patio that is operable in every season, 4 private event spaces, and 3 bars serving creative takes on craft cocktails and frozen drinks as well as an extensive draft beer list. The kitchen offers beach-inspired bites such as carnival-style pretzels, corn dogs, and cotton candy along with options for sandwiches, tacos, and pizza, as well. Spread throughout the venue are a variety of games, including shuffleboard, skeeball and pinball, and a wide range of arcade classics. Our belief is that no matter what age or size of your group, we will have something for you to enjoy.


Brought to you by Better Hospitality Group (BHG), the D.C.-based bar & restaurant company behind TAKODA and CORTEZ in Shaw as well as The Boardwalk Bar & Eatery in Penn Quarter, Boardwalk Bar & Arcade at The Wharf expands on its downtown sister bar’s success. With almost double the space of the original Penn Quarter location, the BHG team had more room to explore its vision for the concept and bring it to the waterfront. Working with local architecture firm Wood + Starr, the venue was designed to pay homage to beachside boardwalks from Ocean City, Maryland to Santa Monica, California by using reclaimed woods, pinks, turquoise, and navy tones. Hanging bicycles and surfboards complete the interior to invoke imagery of coastal activities.


As the largest bar at The Wharf and one of the biggest arcade parlors in the city, Boardwalk Bar & Arcade is the perfect venue for hosting parties. Our event spaces can accommodate both private and semi-private bookings, the latter of which are offered at no minimum cost. For inquiries, please reach out directly to events@boardwalkwharf.com or fill out the events form on our website. Whether you’re looking to host a birthday bash or a happy hour with your coworkers, we love hosting groups of all types and sizes and look forward to hearing from you!