It’s hard to pin point exactly when it became socially unacceptable to play video games in public.
In the good old days, there was an arcade on every corner, or at least a pinball machine in every ice creamery. But over the years, video game enthusiasts have been forced into a life of solitude, banished to their bedrooms with their consoles and corn chips.
But what if we told you there were places in Sydney you could go and socialise with like-minded individuals as you hadoukened your way to the promise land?
Not like Timezone on George St, but normal places that serve food and drink and encourage human interaction. That’s right, your time has come.
Here are five places in Sydney you can get your game on without shame.
1989 Kitchen and Arcade
22-24 King Street, Newtown
This place just opened up and it is totally worth the hype. Honouring the golden age of gaming you’ll find all the greats at this retro arcade café like Street Fighter 2, The Simpsons and NBA Jam, amongst other rotating titles. There’s also an extensive modern food menu to devour after you work up an appetite.
50 Hunter St., Sydney, NSW
Don’t let the name fool you—the pizza is just a front for their true purpose, pinball. In a right hand corner of the room you’ll find a row of vintage pinball machines with ancient top scores waiting to be shattered. Also totally joking about the pizza front—their kitchen is the main reason they’re open at all.
The Courthouse Hotel
202 Australia St. (Cnr Lennox St.), Newtown, NSW
Not only does the Courty make the best schnitzel in town, they also house 8 pinball machines including two true classics, The Addams Family and Metallica. They’ve gone so far as to dedicate an entire room to pinball play, so you can bring your gold coins and make yourself at home.
Bill & Toni’s
74 Stanley St., Darlinghurst, NSW
Ok, this might be a stretch calling it an arcade, but it does have four games: two pinball machines, Frogger and Galaga. It also has the cheapest traditional Italian food in the city, so it’s pretty hard to complain about this one. If meatballs and Japanese Namco games don’t sound like a good time to you, I can’t help you.
Manhattan Super Bowl
549 Gardeners Rd, Mascot, 2020
This American-theme ten pin bowling alley is the best. For starters, there’s a vintage Pontiac convertible parked inside. There’s also a diner, disco light up lanes, and most importantly, a really cool arcade with a bunch of old school video games like Daytona and Time Crisis. It’s a one-stop shop.