Arguably Australia’s coolest arcade bar, Bartronica combines craft beer and cocktails with a one of the best collections of retro video games in the city. From Donkey Kong to Daytona and Mortal Combat to Mario Kart, this nostalgic little basement gem also gives gamers the option of booking a private booth (retro console included) – perfect for multiplayer marathons with button-mashing best mates. 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
Part-bar and part-arcade, Pixel Alley is located on Smith street amongst the hustle and bustle of one of Melbourne’s hottest urban strips. Level-up with their gaming inspired cocktails or boozy milkshakes, all while enjoying arcade classics amongst the 80s-icon inspired décor. This is a place where the coolest kids come fully loaded with a pocket full of shrapnel. 95 Smith Street, Fitzroy.
A unique hub for geeks and gamers, Beta Bar plays host to weekly themed events where costumes are encouraged and all manner of weird and wonderful pop-culture passions are celebrated. With an emphasis on community, Beta Bar is not exclusive to 8-bit enthusiast with board games available and regular nods to 90s culture set to have memories of Cheez TV come flooding back. 481 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.
Sensory overload guaranteed at Melbourne’s late-night fun-house where pop-culture meets mini-golf meets full-service cocktail bar. Spread over two levels, punters can putt their stuff at Holey Moley, a labyrinth of wall-to-wall mini-golf madness that says goodbye to the windmills and castles of traditional courses, with most holes more closely resembling something Willy Wonka could be proud of. 590 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.
Melbourne’s first and only pinball and whiskey bar that’s almost too clever for Google Maps to find. Behind a bookshelf found within Island Somewhere (a Melbourne city cocktail lounge), there lies a secret passage that leads you up a winder staircase where you’ll find a place that’s exactly as it’s names states, a flipping Pinball Paradise. 1/213 Franklin Street, Melbourne.
Queen of Spades
Boasting one of the largest board game libraries in Melbourne, Queen of Spades is filled with a Teledex full of titles from childhood classics like Cluedo and Guess Who to something for the serious table-top gamers like 7 Wonders and Mysterium. With premium coffee from The Bean Cartel, a range of locally brewed craft beer, cider and wine and a reasonably priced menu, Queen of Spades has quickly become a go-to venue for first-date Monopolovers. 189 Smith Street, Fitzroy.
Introducing GG EZ, Melbourne’s first e-sports bar. A place where people can come and enjoy a beer, wine or signature bubble tea cocktail and watch (not play) video games. Sound crazy right? Only few short years ago, the concept of an e-sports bar would have been inconceivable, but with an average of 43 billion minutes of e-sports watched each month via Twitch (the world’s live video game streaming platform), maybe now’s the time to check out this part American sports bar, part Timezone basement venue and see what all the fuss is about. 93 Queen Street, Melbourne.
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