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  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The combination arcade-and-bar thing that's taken off in other cities has begun to seep into Madison, with locations including Alt Brew and Art In taking on arrays of pinball machines and enterprising retro arcade cabinet rehabbers Aftershock installing machines all over town. The High Noon joins in with three nights of gaming, with each night's admission including free play on a variety of pinball and other arcade games. What makes it worth checking out, though, is that it adds some solid musical pairings to the grown-up combination of drinking and gaming. Night one comes with musical accompaniment from the TV Dinner DJs, known for their residencies at venues including Gibs and Genna's, and a DJ set by Samantha Glass' Beau Devereaux. Night two is a punk show, featuring Madison's blasted-out and catchy Dumb Vision and New Orleans band Bottomfeeders. Night three is a full-on gaming tournament. —Scott Gordon