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Soft Opening TONIGHT in downtown Boise! Grand Opening is September 22nd!21+ // Beer + Wine \ Restored Arcades + Pinball200 North Capital Boulevard, Boise ID 83702 (208) 918-0597 ::: In the lower level of the historic Adelman Building, under the Caffe Capri/Le Cafe de Paris space.
Loading in London - Indiegogo
In the past few years, more gaming bars and venues than ever before have been popping up worldwide. It’s great to see gaming culture meld with public social life. Gaming at home with friends is already amazingly fun and I’m excited to continuously see gaming culture expand outwards.
I’m thrilled to announce that James Dance, the owner of the existing Loading Cafe and Bar in Cornwall and creative mind behind themed cocktails such as the Portal 2 and Batman: Arkham Party shot set, is planning on opening up a gaming venue and bar in London.
The original Loading has found much success already and the new bar has the potential to be even better. Unlike many gaming bars, consoles will be able to be played for free. Internet access will also be free.
There will be wealth of unique affairs that happen at the bar, including industry supported gaming events. The result should provide a fun venue that can serve as a center point for the London gaming community.
I’m proud and excited to say that The Drunken Moogle will be actively collaborating with Loading on this project! I will be serving as a consultant and creating themed cocktails that will be served at the bar. Many others will be lending a hand as well, such as Daniella from Gourmet Gaming, who will be creating tasty themed foods. Gamer clothing company Insert Coin Clothing has even made some stylish Loading shirts for the occasion.
[Video- Loading: Drink Different]
Even if you don’t live in the UK, check out the Indiegogo page and consider pledging some cash. If you do live in the UK, check out what fabulous perks you can receive for donating! We’re all very excited at the support given so far and hope you like what you see. For more details on the bar, who’s involved, and prizes, click the link below.
Last Friday The Drunken Moogle had the pleasure of attending a sneak peek of Joystick Gamebar, Atlanta’s newest geeky watering hole. Classic arcade games were played, classy cocktails were drank, and conversations about the Goonies 2 NES game were had. Towards the end of the night, I was lucky enough to get to talk to owners Johnny Martinez and Brandon Ley about their bar.
Owners Martinez and Ley say they were inspired to open a gaming bar, as opposed to a regular bar, by locations around the US such as Barcade and Ground Kontrol. Martinezs brought up the nostalgia of having a physical place to go meet up with friends and have fun, like mall arcades in the ’80s and ’90s.
“What the games bring, in addition to a lot of fun and comradery, is it makes the place casual. You can’t have a snooty pertencious place with Chun-Li jumping up and down in victory in the background,” said Ley.
The atmosphere was easy going. Joystick’s friendly staff put out bowls of its special snack food which included homemade cheese poofs, salt and vinegar goldfish and chips, and, my favorite, bacon pecan caramel corn. Having a bowl of food nearby to grab in between rounds of Mortal Kombat just felt right. In addition to the food, I also got to try a few of the bar’s tasty cocktails. The Last Level, which turns out to be a twist on the classic prohibition-era cocktail The Last Word, indeed lived up to it’s description of being peppery, tart, and strong.
The bar sports a variety of classic arcade cabinets with games such as Street Fighter II, X-Men, and Galaga. Bring lots of quarters, though, as the cabinets take coins and you’re going to want to try all of them. More games are on the way, with a special game that Joystick is choosing to keep as a surprise for later.
When asked if they planned to have any themed cocktails in the future, Martinez stated, “the cocktail bar is always evolving and we like to have fun with it… so we’ll see what happens.”
Joystick Gamebar opened Saturday, August 18th, and is located at 427 Edgewood Avenue in Atlanta, Ga.
Blunty Reviews Each Drink at Mana Bar
For the past few years, Australia’s Mana Bar has been a shining example of geek culture mashed-up with bar life. Blunty, from the Blunty3000 YouTube channel, checked out the Mana Bar location in Brisbane and reviewed each cocktail offered.
EXP Restaurant & Bar - Hub For the Gaming Community
Another gaming bar is set to open up next month, this time in Vancouver, and you can help out! EXP aims to step up the social gaming experience with free games, gaming industry events, and a level up system that rewards you with each visit. The restaurant has 18 days left in their online fundraiser. Incentives include gift cards, shirts, VIP treatment, and more.
And as if that’s not enough, the bar will also have some Drunken Moogle cocktails on menu! What’s not to love? Check out the video below for a word from the creators and a sneak peak of what EXP has to offer.
Recently, EXP Restaurant and Bar has been facing some trouble due to British Columbia’s laws concerning the combination of liquor and video games. They have created a petition where you can help. Please considering signing.
Fight for Video Games in Licensed Establishments, Change Liquor Licensing in BC