Brisbane’s first arcade game bar has landed | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane’s first arcade game bar has landed

Get your flipper fingers ready nerds – Brisbane has a brand new bar and eatery and it’s one that was created for everyone who spent their teenage years shut up in their bedrooms playing Donkey Kong and Daytona USA. The bar, of course, is Netherworld, and it’s not just full of the games of your childhood, but probably a few from your parents too (Snake? Pacman? Frogger?). Taking over the hellmouth that was once occupied by The Step Inn and Underdog on the corner of Brunswick Street and St Paul’s Terrace, the new watering hole is covered in appropriately evil looking graffiti – in between the 40 odd pinball and vintage arcade games of course. netherworld-arcade-bar-brisbane-3If you can tear yourself away from the painstakingly collected gaming machines (there’s also over 100 board games, and even classic consoles like Super Nintendo and Atari to play on old school television sets), you’ll find 24 beers on tap, including a specially brewed number from Sydney’s Modus Operandi Brewing Co, as well as ciders, wine, spirits, cocktails and a couple of fruity house made sodas that are even better spiked with something you probably couldn’t drink the last time you played Sonic the Hedgehog. netherworld-arcade-bar-brisbane-2When you inevitably get hungry after hitting those high scores, you can head to the Hellmouth Diner section of the bar, where a menu of hands on eats dishes up internationally inspired bar bites like burgers, hot dogs, burritos and nibbles. Energy bar replenished, you can re-spawn back in the arcade area, and spend all night playing Super Mario All Stars. Errrr, is anyone else getting déjà vu? You’ll find Netherworld at 186 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, open as of Saturday 7 January from 12pm. Words by Ranyhyn Akui