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FOOD & DRINK

Ballers Clubhouse Is the CBD's Huge New Venue Devoted to Bar Sports

From the minds behind Pawn & Co, the new CBD venue has shuffleboard, ping pong, VR games and 75 taps.
By Libby Curran
December 11, 2020
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By Libby Curran
December 11, 2020
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If you're craving fun like you never have before (and by now, who isn't?), the city's playful new mega-venue is happy to provide. The expansive Ballers Clubhouse has opened its doors on Coverlid Place, featuring a collection of bar sports that's sure to blow some minds. At a hefty 2500 square metres, this bar, kitchen and gaming paradise is the CBD's largest licensed venue, brought to you by Pawn & Co's Josh Lefers and Stephen Wools.

Here, you're invited to leave your worries at the door and live your best, most carefree, baller life. You can unleash your competitive spirit on one of 12 ping pong tables, six social darts booths, or ten shuffleboard alleys, both classic and stand-up. There's also a dedicated VR Playhouse, where you can escape into a collection of immersive games numbering in the thousands. And, as you'd expect from the guys that brought us Melbourne's working pawn shop bar, the commitment to the theme here is strong. Elle Critchley Design has pulled together the sprawling space with an edgy, industrial look, full of gaming-inspired touches.

Michael Gazzola

Bar sports can be thirsty work, but Ballers has your back with no less than six different bars and a whopping 75 taps. There's a wide-roaming wine lis and icy cold brews from the likes of Sample, Furphy and James Squire. Meanwhile, fun cocktails, such as a reworked piña colada and the Beyoncé's Lemonade — pink grapefruit vodka, house-made lemonade and a hit of Tabasco — are sure to only sharpen those skills on the shuffleboard court. To further fuel your gaming adventures, you'll find a menu of snacks and sports bar-style fare, including pizza, pulled pork sliders, fried chicken bites and buffalo cauliflower.

If you're looking to impress the crew, there's also a swag of bookable private spaces, including the Champion's Bar and the Ballers Penthouse, both with their own ping pong table and dedicated bar.

Find Ballers Clubhouse at 2 Coverlid Place, Melbourne. It's open 4pm–10pm Tuesday–Thursday, 12pm–1am Friday–Saturday and 12–10pm Sunday.

Images: Michael Gazzola

Published on December 11, 2020 by Libby Curran

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