House of Targ – Ottawa’s Pinball Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant

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Looking for a night of fun? Check out House of Targ!

When I learned about House of Targ from a friend of mine who lives in Ottawa, I knew that I absolutely had to go there. I’m a little bit obsessed with classic arcade games. Justin and I are regulars at our local Dave and Buster’s. While that isn’t a classic arcade and has more modern video games, we’ll take what we can get.

However, House of Targ is a place of dreams. Video games line the walls of the establishment. On one side, there’s a long row of pinball machines. On the other side, you’ll find retro machines of all kinds, from shooting games to driving games. There’s even a Super Mario cabinet and a Tetris machine.

House of Targ - Ottawa's Classic Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant

PINBALL MACHINES – NOT ILLEGAL IN OTTAWA

This might sound silly, but having more than two pinball machines in any establishment in Toronto is actually illegal.

Back when Justin and I first started dating, we visited Toronto’s Pinball Cafe quite frequently. It was a favorite spot of ours. The cafe was filled with retro pinball machines, and you could also order coffee and snacks. We’d bring a stash of quarters and loonies and spend the evening playing games. Unfortunately, the Pinball Cafe was short-lived, and not for a lack of customers. In Toronto, there’s an outdated bylaw that doesn’t permit more than two pinball machines in one place at a time.

Sadly, the Pinball Cafe closed down and we hadn’t seen a spot like it again…until now!

House of Targ - Ottawa's Classic Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant

MY VISIT TO HOUSE OF TARG

Unfortunately, Justin didn’t accompany me on my trip to Ottawa. I felt a little bit guilty visiting this awesome spot without him. I know that we’ll both eventually go to House of Targ together.

The machines don’t take any tokens or anything like that. They take standard Canadian coins. For the classic arcade machines, it’s only a quarter to play. Pinball machines are $1 for a game. However, the best time to visit is Sunday night. That’s when I went to House of Targ. They unlock every machine for unlimited game play. Just pay $5 at the door after 9pm, and you can play all the games that your heart desires.

House of Targ - Ottawa's Classic Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant

House of Targ - Ottawa's Classic Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant

My favorite games included the pinball machine, Taxi and the Bubble Hockey machine. Grab a friend, or meet some new friends at House of Targ, and challenge them to a Bubble Hockey match. I grew up playing this game, so it was a real blast from the past to play it again.

The House of Targ website features a full listing of their pinball machines and video games, so feel free to take a look.

THE FOOD

While I was super full from dinner and didn’t dine at House of Targ, they serve only one type of food – perogies! Perogies are delicious. Maybe it’s my partial Ukranian heritage, but I adore them. The one that caught my eye was The Vegan.

THE VEGAN: A faux “cheddar & bacon” perogi made with a traditional Polish dough. Served with a dill cashew cream sauce on the side & a generous portion of wine sauerkraut.

On the weekends, House of Targ offers a brunch option:

CRUCIAL VEGAN BREAKY: 6 Vegan perogies, cashew cream, mixed fresh fruit, white or brown toast, endless tea or coffee. 

Sounds delicious, right? That’s another reason why I need to return to House of Targ.

Step 1: Bring Justin. Step 2: Eat pierogies.

House of Targ - Ottawa's Classic Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant

House of Targ - Ottawa's Classic Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant

LIVE MUSIC

There’s also live music and shows at House of Targ. There’s even pinball tournaments. For a full event listing, be sure to check out their website.

All shows happen after 9pm and they are 19+ events.

While I’m on the topic of 19+ events…House of Targ is family-friendly before 9pm. Families and kids are encouraged to visit and play the games. After 9pm, House of Targ transforms into a venue for adults only.

THE VERDICT

While I hadn’t heard about House of Targ until I talked to a local, be sure to pay this place a visit. If you’re looking for a unique venue to have a beer, you’re a fan of video games, or you just want to hang out with friends and eat perogies, you’re in the right place. I can’t wait until I get the chance to return, which will obviously be on my next visit to Ottawa.

Want to see more photos from my winter getaway to Ottawa? Check out my complete Ottawa travel photo album.

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House of Targ 45.358800, -75.655600 House of Targ - Ottawa\'s Classic Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant1077 Bank Street Ontario, Canada (Directions)

 

House of Targ

1077 Bank St.

Ottawa, Ontario

Wed: 5:00pm – 11pm (or later if there’s a band booked)
Thurs & Fri: 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sat & Sun: 11:00 am – 2:00 am

Closed Monday and Tuesday

 

House of Targ - Ottawa's Classic Arcade and Pierogi Restaurant - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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9 Responses

  1. Gabby
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    I am so curious from this post why having more than 2 pinball machines is illegal… that is a real head-scratcher!!

  2. Candiss
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    Looks like a fun spot and that perogi sounds amazing!

  3. Jessica
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    I used to love arcades like this? i love the street fighter machines and the ones you have to use those game plastic guns.. nice post, seems like you had a great time

  4. Susanna
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    1. Let’s be best friends. We have the same tastes, I think.
    2. WTF with the pinball law, that’s a crime on it’s own.
    3. If you’re ever in Las Vegas they have an awesome pinball hall of fame.
    Awesome recap, will definitely make note of it if I am in the area!
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  5. Liza
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    Awww I love pirogi! Especially the ones with cabbage or potato + mushroom ones 🙂 I live in Scotland and I can’t find them anywhere here! So jealous that you have them in Canada, XD 🙂

  6. Ha Truong
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    This looks so much fun! I love Pierogi as well so this place is so great 😀 I love playing those games with my siblings when I have time.

  7. Annette Richmond
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    This looks like fun! Spending the day eating Pierogi and playing video games, could life be any better? Add the live music and you’ve got a party! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Samantha
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    This seems like a place that could be from my hometown of Columbus, OH! We have a bar called 16-bit that is all old arcade games just like this one and the people of Columbus are strangely obsessed with Pierogies hahaha! What a fun establishment!

  9. Mark
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    Hey Lauren,
    Thanks for this post. It’s always interesting to see these types of places on blog posts, very much appreciated. I grew up in the 90s playing Tetris, Mario Kart, and messing around with pinball machines. This just brings a lot of nostalgia to me. Also, the vegan sounds amazing. I hope to see more of these places pop up around the world.
    Cheers,
    Mark

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