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The Throwback Lounge

Immerse yourself in 90s nostalgia — and a dedicated cereal bar — at this retro winter pop-up.
By Libby Curran
August 05, 2022
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By Libby Curran
August 05, 2022
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Sometimes, you just need to let go of the present and dive into a big dose of nostalgia. And if you spent any of your childhood grooving through the 90s, you're about to enjoy some serious retro goodness when Ego Expo brings the Throwback Lounge to the District Docklands precinct this month.

Running every Friday to Sunday from Friday, August 5–Sunday, 28, this time-tripping affair is paying homage to the best bits of the 90s, with nostalgic eats, vintage games and more old-school pop culture references than you can shake a Discman at.

Star of the show is the cereal bar, stocked with over 30 varieties of brekkie cereal from across the globe. An all-you-can-eat cereal session will set you back $39, and you can add toppings such as syrups, Nutella, marshmallows, fruit, crushed Oreaos and fairy floss for an extra fee.

Other classic 90s eats include the likes of spaghetti jaffles, Pop-Tarts and Hot Pockets. Tinnies come courtesy of Urban Alley, alongside seltzers by 5PM.

In between snacks, you can get your kicks with a few rounds of Playstation, Wii and Nintendo Switch, as well as iconic arcade favourites like Daytona, Street Fighter and Mario Kart, plus a stack of 90s board games. There's also a retail fashion pop-up dedicated to emerging designers, if you're in the market for some new threads.

What's more, there's a program of themed happenings to sink your teeth into while the Throwback Lounge is in town — think: a celebrity e-games live-stream (Friday, August 26), a sneaker paint-and-sip session (Saturday, August 13), and even a mini music fest (Saturday, August 27).

Entry to the Throwback Lounge is free, but you're encouraged to register online. There's also separate ticketing for the programmed events.

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