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Columbia Pike Escape Room to Open in June

Arlington’s first escape room will be opening on June 1, according to a press release by Ravenchase Adventures.

The opening for Escape Room Arlington was initially slated for December 2017. Signs went up for the business in April. Ravenchase currently has two other locations, in Herndon and Richmond.

Escape Room Arlington is in the same building as William Jeffrey’s Tavern, near the corner of Columbia Pike and N. Adams Street.

There will be four, hour-long escape room adventures, but only two of the escape rooms will be open June 1. The initial rooms are called “Mind Trap” and “Glitch,” and are considered medium difficulty. Another room “What’s in the Attic?” is expected to launch later in June while the final room “Black Valve Laboratory” should launch later this summer.

The cost per player for public games is $28.

Escape Room Arlington’s opening plans follow Bond’s Escape Room’s recent announcement that it will open an escape room in August at Market Common Clarendon.

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New Escape Room on the Way for Market Common Clarendon

(Updated at 5:45 p.m.) Arlington is getting another escape room, this time in Clarendon.

Fairfax-based Bond’s Escape Room plans to open a second location in Market Common Clarendon, according to a press release. The company is aiming to open the escape room by August.

Bond’s and other escape rooms give participants the chance to solve a series of puzzles and riddles in a timed setting.

“Our goal is to give our guests an exciting, innovative experience that will leave happy memories,” Egor Bondarev, the company’s CEO, said in a release. “We will have a total of twelve rooms (six regular-size games with six miniature games), all designed by our escape room enthusiasts who create the kind of games that we’d want to play.”

Bondarev told ARLnow via email that the escape room will be located at 2800 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 910, just above Sephora.

Bond’s first opened its Fairfax location along University Drive back in 2015. The company’s website bills it as “the largest escape room venue on the East Coast.”

This announcement comes just a few weeks after Richmond-based Ravenchase Adventures revealed plans to open an escape room along Columbia Pike. The company’s website says that venue will likely open in June.

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UPDATED: Escape Room Opening on Columbia Pike

(Updated at 6:15 p.m.) Richmond-based Ravenchase Adventures is opening a new escape room along Columbia Pike.

Signs are up for the business, which is located in the same building as William Jeffrey’s Tavern, near the corner of Columbia Pike and N. Adams Street.

Ravenchase — which describes itself as offering “elegant adventures for the spirited intellectual” — has existing escape rooms in Richmond and Herndon.

As defined by Wikipedia, an escape room is “a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.”

The Arlington location is listed on the company’s website as “coming soon,” while the last Facebook post for the business said it would be opening in December 2017. A company rep emailed ARLnow.com after publication of this article to say that they were now hoping for a “late spring” opening.

“We are very heavy into the building process but it’s taken some more time that we had hoped,” said Omer Aru. “Once open, it will be a very stylish 4,000 square foot facility with four unique escape room games. We will be launching with at least two rooms: Glitch in the Matrix and MindTrap. We have two other that will follow very shortly after: Grandma’s Attic (What’s in the Attic), and Portal.”

Photo courtesy Sarah Campbell

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