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Brisbane Is Getting a New Arcade Game Bar

Get those flippers ready — Netherworld is coming.
By Sarah Ward
October 19, 2016
By Sarah Ward
October 19, 2016

First, it was bowling bars. Then, it was a boozy mini-golf establishment set up in a former church. Now, playing arcade games and guzzling a few pints is on the agenda at Brisbane's latest watering hole. We know, we know — plenty of pubs have pinball machines (Morningside's Death Valley even has a Ghostbusters one), but this one looks set to take the concept to the next level.

That's obviously what Netherworld is aiming to do — and with a name like that, the Fortitude Valley joint clearly wants you to lurk in a dark space and forget all about life outside. Due to open in the space on the corner of Brunswick Street and St Paul's Terrace (that place that everything from the Shamrock to the Step Inn has called home over the years), it'll unleash more than 15 pinball machines, 25 arcade machines, a heap of classic consoles and countless boardgames upon Brissie's eager game players, with titles ranging from the '70s till present day.

Forget Timezone (RIP, by the way) — this is the kind of place your teenaged self dreamt about. And forget Mana Bar too, which tried the same feat but didn't stand the test of time. With the folks behind Milton's favourite dive bar The Scratch at the helm, this one should be a keeper.

No word yet regarding an official opening date, but we do know that Netherworld will be an arcade, bar and diner. Players gotta eat, of course. Spending your time trying to be the next king of Donkey Kong in a place filled with gaming relics from decades gone by is enough to make you work up an appetite.

Find Netherworld at 186 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley — and keep an eye on their website, Facebook page and Instagram for further details, including an opening date.

Published on October 19, 2016 by Sarah Ward
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