Longtime gaming and beering aficionado, America has a booming barcade scene. From Portland's Ground Kontrol to New York City's Barcade and Two-Bit's Retro Arcade, dive bars are popping up left right and centre; brimming with retro arcade games, pinball machines and Daytona set-ups. Melbourne's getting even more in on the arcade action with Pixel Alley, from the crew behind Mr Wow's Emporium.
After an eye-opening trip through America's flourishing barcade landscape, the Mr Wow's crew decided to level up their Fitzroy location. Setting up shop on Smith Street right next to Mr Wow's, Pixel Alley will be an '80s-style retro arcade meant for grown ups. The crew have landed their hands on the likes of Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II, Pac-Man, Daytona and Tapper for a start; all housed amongst original pixelated art by Sketchet Illustration artist Justine McAllister. With lego shot glasses, pixelated Link decorations and Mario-style hearts on the beer glasses, this newbie overall looks a lot like a bar version on Footscray's Eat8bit burger joint.
Of course, we're going to need some liquid courage to really tap into our expert Street Fighter skills. Adorably themed cocktails like the Konkey Dong (a barrel-aged rum banana milkshake) and the Pac-Man Bubble Tea should get your head in the right space, and the bar will be stocked with local and American tinnies. Plus, we hear Little Smith Brewing will be providing Bastard Son Pale Ale on tap (with a free game token every time).