Pasta, Pac-Man, & Performances: The Med Expands
Alpine's newest nightlife spot, the Sports Bar & Arcade Lounge by the Med, hits all the right notes.
The innovative minds behind Alpine's Mediterraneo Italian Bistro have outdone themselves in their new project: The Sports Bar & Arcade Lounge by the Med. Officially opened in July, the new venue features classic arcade games, large screens streaming local and national sporting events, and a generous space for live music.
The Sports Bar & Arcade Lounge is located adjacent to Mediterraneo's classic restaurant space. Indeed, thanks to the removal of a wall, the two spaces flow into one another. The new space is decorated in a modern style with industrial lighting, red plush couches, and a mix of high and low tables ideal for socializing.
The recent expansion fulfills a dream of the owners, the Croce family, to increase live entertainment at their successful restaurant. The Sports Bar & Arcade Lounge hosts musicians and DJs every weekend. "We wanted to create an inviting space for local musicians to perform," says Gian-Paolo Croce. "Our customers come again and again to the Med because of the fine food at an affordable price, and now we are proud to offer them a full evening of entertainment, as well." Before or after your next meal, catch the show or play a game in the new space.
When the band is not pumping up the crowd, guests can enjoy watching their favorite teams compete on the big screen. The kitchen has also prepared new bar menu items ideal for a game day palate, including shareable appetizers, signature cocktails, and mouth-watering desserts.
Responding to the growing trend that social spaces like bars ought to be more active experiences, the Sports Bar & Arcade Lounge has invested in games. Flanking the walls of the new venue are a handful of retro arcade games including Centipede, Pac-Man, and pinball. Guests can compete for high scores on the machines or challenge their friends to a game of billiards. "We want to be a space for people to gather and connect," says Croce.
Sports Bar & Arcade Lounge
1347 Tavern Rd
Alpine, CA 91901