1989 Arcade Bar - CLOSED

Mash buttons over a burger or hot brew on King Street.
Sarah Ward
Published on February 11, 2020
Updated on February 29, 2024


Most cafes want to help you while away the day, but at 1989 Arcade Bar, that's almost a guaranteed outcome. Snacking and sipping are just the beginning at this Newtown hangout. They're what you do between rounds of pumping in coins and mashing buttons, really.

Yes, the arcade part of the name really does give the game away — and it's as ace as it sounds. If you fancy yourself as a master or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, NBA Jam or Street Fighter II machines, then consider yourself well and truly in luck. Games cost $1, and attempting to rack up a high score is actively encouraged.

With retro consoles found around the place as well — fitting right in with the nostalgic vibe and decor, which includes a feature wall made up of 500 real VHS cases — that's your entertainment sorted. As for the appetising side of things, don't worry, that'll hit the spot as well.

As well as more than 30 craft beers and lots of wine, 1989 has some very fun cocktails — with cereal. Yes, cereal. Go for the Fruity Breakfast and you'll get a mix of Fireball, Baileys and Fruit Loops or you can order the Choco Breakfast with Kahlua and Coco Pops. To eat, it's serving up pizza — perfect for holding in one hand while you mash buttons with the other.

The King Street bar frequently holds comps, clubs and free all-you-can-play nights — including every Valentine's Day — so, keep an eye on its Facebook page.


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