Bars where you can do more than just sit around and drink are really having a moment in Sydney. And, in no small part, it's thanks to the ever-expanding empire of Funlab, the company in charge of the ever-popular Holey Moley, Strike Bowling and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq.
Now, Funlab has brought its B. Lucky & Sons concept to Sydney. It's a bar-meets-arcade with some actually good pawn shop prizes, instead of the usual plastic crap you get. Think vintage Chanel bags, classic cameras and rare vinyls, plus a Nintendo 64 in its original box and Tune Squad swag from the 1996 cult classic, Space Jam. Yup, they're going real old-school with this one.
The bar — which already has outposts in Melbourne and Brisbane —is now open in Moore Park's Entertainment Quarter. It's hidden behind the façade of a pawn shop, and decked out with eclectic furnishings, from old-world casino chandeliers to neon-lit red octagonal booths. This east-meets-west fit-out will extend to the food, too, where pizzas will be topped with the likes of crispy wonton wrappers, bonito flakes and Chinese sausage. You can also get bags of prawn crackers and pork bao buns.
For drinks, the bar is slinging creative cocktails and alcoholic bubble teas, like the Taro Bang filled with rum, Malibu, taro, blueberry pearls and coconut jellies. If you prefer your cocktails shareable, you'll also be able to order punch bowls served with floral tea cups, too.
As far as games go, expect throwbacks for the millennial generation — featuring everything from Mario Kart and Space Invaders to NBA Hoops and a Dance Dance Revolution knock-off. Head in on a Tuesday for half-price games, or on Wednesday when selected games will spit out double tickets.
And although the venue will be open to littl'uns during the day, it'll be strictly adults-only at night, so you don't have to worry about being laughed at by a ten-year-old when you fall off Rainbow Road for the 14th time.