Food, drinks, fun and games in Salem

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By Lisa K. Berton

Whether you're heading into Salem for the day or a week, it's helpful to know where to find food and entertainment all in one location.

It is suggested that you call ahead to those marked with an asterisk (*) regarding any food allergies, intolerances or dietary restrictions.

Flatbread Company/Derby Lanes
311 Derby St

Pizza and bowling, it's been the perfect recipe for birthday parties since...Colonial days? Order a designer wood-fired flatbread (gluten-free optional) or create your own from common and fancy toppings. Derby Lanes is connected to the restaurant for all your candlepin bowling needs. Attention tourists, candlepin is how New Englanders roll.


Notch Brewery and Tap Room
283 Derby St (alleyway)

Things get exciting during Skee-Ball (adults only) tournaments on Wednesday nights. Just 25¢ per game; carry quarters. You may bring your own food.  Alcohol is the specialty and food options are limited. Seating is available indoors and outside. Out-of-towners, check out the T-shirts on sale and take home a souvenir.


Village Tavern
168 Essex St

Work off your hearty lunch or dinner with a few rounds of billiards, air hockey, or darts. Check their schedule for trivia night, DJs entertaining crowds, and discounted appetizers. Centrally located to shops and attractions and big enough to hold New England's largest seance. Kids eat free on Wednesday nights.


*Gulu-Gulu Cafe
247 Essex St

A European-inspired cafe with cheeses, meats, and veggies to accompany a menu overflowing with coffee and alcoholic beverages. Release your inner bohemian. Here you'll find the most action-packed calendar in Salem; choose from Drink and Draw, bingo, or live music. Bring your puppy dog on Monday nights - outdoor seating only.


*Bit Bar
50 Saint Peter St

If classic pinball, vintage arcade games, and video games old enough to make you realize you're now an adult are what you're after, settle in. There may be more games than tables and chairs. Level up to the bar for a drink only Q*bert can pronounce. Events happen year round.


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