When walking into a place where you're flooded by familiar sights, sounds and tastes, you can be instantly brought back to times of the past that were cherished. As adults, we seem to have a soft spot for the most nostalgic moments of yesteryear, and there are tons of spots around the Sunshine State that will remind you of those perfect Saturday mornings in front of your big blocky television — especially these cool Florida bars and restaurants. Get ready for the ultimate '90s throwback.
Revisit old-school shows that you used to binge in the early weekend morning hours and late nights when your parents were sound asleep, all while challenging your besties to friendship-ruining Mario Kart tournaments or nerding-out with your other favorite old games on vintage consoles.
You can even indulge in coveted candies and snacks from back in the day, and pair them with an adult beverage.
From anime to cartoons, movies, and even black and white shows that ushered in the era of the '90s, you can relive it all at these throw-back spots in Florida. So grab your crew and plan the perfect nostalgic night out!
Address: 103 E. Jackson St., Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: It doesn't get much more nostalgic than a restaurant bar built around the '80s and '90s. With retro décor, funky music and all your favorite eats like burgers, appies and a side of waffle fries, it's a must-go with your friends. You'll even find Dunkaroos on the menu here.
Cloak and Blaster
Address: 875 Woodbury Rd. #108, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: For those of you who grew up on Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Final Fantasy, and those classic Dungeons and Dragons themes, this fantasy-style gaming pub is for you. The menu references all kinds of old-school fantasy movies and games and the walls are covered with movie props. You can even play old and modern video games as well as board games here.
Address: Multiple locations
Why You Need To Go: As the name suggests, you can find all kinds of retro arcade games here, as well as pinball, rhythm games, console games and virtual reality. All your faves from back in the day to now.
Address: 5689 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: A throwback to the '90s wouldn't be complete without some old-school anime, and you'll find one of the best at Soupa Saiyan, along with ramen and your favorite Asian eats. The Dragonball Z-themed eatery has a second location in Jacksonville as well.
Cocktails and Screams
Address: 39 W. Pine St., Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: If you were one of those kids who never stopped loving Halloween as they grew up, then this spot is for you. Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas looms in fluorescent colors on the wall, and you'll fit right in dressed up in your high-school goth garb.
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