Basement Bar Design Accessories #8: The Arkeg

I have said on numerous occasions that you need a featured time-waster in your Basement Bar. You know, something to discuss while you and your friends enjoy your cocktails. Alternatively, it should also be a way to distract that annoying guy, Geoffrey or whatever his name is, who otherwise always monopolizes the conversation with tales of his band back in high school. One great device, especially for those of us of a certain age, is a stand-up, arcade-style video game. These usually have two problems associated with them: They take up a lot of space, and they take up a lot of your pocketbook.

I have also already written specifically about kegerators, for those of you with friends uncouth enough to want to drink beer, instead of fine cocktails. Possibly you yourself are so uncouth….

Most beer dispensing options also have two problems: They take up a lot of space, and they take up a lot of your pocketbook.

But what if you could provide both of the functions in one, apparently well-engineered, very cool-looking, customizable product? Behold, the Arkeg!
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Via Uncrate, we discover the programmable classic game arcade machine with built in beer kegerator! Awesome, no?

The Arkeg uses the home brew-friendly Cornelius keg, with built in tap and digitally controlled temperature. I’d strongly recommend the optional drip tray, though.

The cabinet and controls look to be every bit as good as the arcade games of our youth, and the 24 inch LCD screen (with beer-proof cover) should be a heck of a lot better! You can customize the backlit screen atop the machine as well to reflect your favorite team or just make it in keeping with your Basement Bar’s own specific design.

The machine comes pre-loaded with 69 games, including some of my favorites, like Battlezone, Centipede, Defender, Joust, Missle Command, Tempest, and the greatest arcade game of all time, Spy Hunter. Furthermore, depending on your resources or your willingness to circumvent certain copyright laws that you really should not, there are thousands more out there that this machine can run for you. Arkeg calls it an in-home iPod for your video games.

Like a regular arcade machine, or a regular kegerator, the Arkeg still takes up a lot of room, and still costs a lot of cash ($4,000 plus shipping). But it performs two functions in one! That makes it a perfectly reasonable purchase, right honey? Think of what we would “save”! It would be irresponsible for you not to get one of these.

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Doug

I am 48 years old, married with two young daughters. My interests are tennis, reading, computers, politics, and of course cocktails. I run a murder mystery party business that caters to both corporate and private events, Killing Time, murder consultants.

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