Brisbane Has a New Arcade Bar

Each machine at Netherworld costs AU$1 to play.

Each machine at Netherworld costs AU$1 to play.

Located in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, freshly minted Netherworld is already making waves. The new establishment is undoubtedly a gamer’s paradise: it’s fitted out with 15 pinball machines, gaming relics that date all the way back to the 1970s, classic consoles, 25 arcade machines, and an ever-growing collection of board games, creating an overall retro feel and sending a pleasant pang of nostalgia to those who walk through its doors. Aside from a trivia night every Wednesday, diversions include regular pinball events, movie screenings, and live entertainment.

On top of 24 taps of local beer and cider, Netherworld also offers handcrafted cocktails and sodas. Food wise, culinary offerings at the bar’s Hellmouth Diner are “extremely gluten-free and vegan-friendly” despite their cheeky names. Dishes include mac and cheese, a bowl of udon noodles in a cheesy miso and sriracha sauce; and hellhound hot dog, which features vegetarian sausage, kimchi pickles, red cabbage kraut, and fried shallots.

Inside Netherworld.

Inside Netherworld.

“We’ve seen hoards of folks come down to play board games with friends over a few pints of beer, partners taking Point Blank way too seriously, parents bringing their kids in to show them the games they played in their day, hungry dwellers navigating the Hellmouth Diner’s menu, and solo adventurers coming down to spend hours straight quietly playing pinball.”

Nestled on 186 Brunswick Street, Netherworld is open Tuesday to Sunday from midday until late.

For more information, visit Netherworld.

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