Get locked inside four different escape rooms as the clock keeps ticking and try to find your way out. The Covenant, The Asylum, Wine Cellar and Death Row all offer a different themed real-life adventure puzzle that’s a sure way to get you and your friends looking, guessing, and problem-solving in a tizz. And it’s all just around the corner on Edward Street.
Consider yourself an arcade-addict? Make a beeline for iPlay on Albert Street for everything from Tekken7, Laser Tag and Dance Dance Revolution to the Wizard of Oz, Jurassic Park and Zombie Catcher. Also expect to find Midnight Maximum Tune D500s, a photo booth and Piano Keys. The best part? There’s a Baskin and Robbins in store (and you can bring cake if it’s a birthday party).
Netherworld in Fortitude Valley is the first arcade game bar in the city. It’s a drinking hole, a diner and home to a fab collection of vintage gaming relics. We’re talking 25 different arcade games, 15 pinball machines, lots of classic consoles and a bunch of board games perfect to play over a drink and some bites to eat. Still want more? Get in on the weekly movie and trivia nights.
In the mood to slip on some fancy (ie. funny-looking) bowling shoes and get in on some good ol’ ten-pin bowling action? Strike Wintergarden is the traditional favourite, with 12 bowling lanes. But that’s not all. It’s also home to an epic laser tag arena, private karaoke rooms, pool tables and THREE escape rooms, making it the ultimate funtime all-rounder. Check out their promotions to score a cheap deal.
Originally a church and then a nightclub, this venue in Fortitude Valley has transformed into a unique bar that flaunts its own mini-golf mecca. It’s more silly than serious, so if you’re looking for some nighttime entertainment that’s sure to give you and your friends some good laughs, this is a great option. Don’t worry you can also skip the drinks and if it’s food you need, there’s always a food truck onsite too.
Love virtual reality? Zero Latency is Brisbane’s first free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality experience. Taking up a huge warehouse space in Newstead, you’ll love this next-gen play experience that offers the freedom to move around, talk to and strategise with other gamers. First-timers and pro VR gamers alike can get thrills to suit their skills too, with different levels available.
This establishment is a part cocktail bar and part video game arcade. It’s safe to say your night will go something like this: you rock up midway through the night, enjoy some arcade games like Mario Kart racing and some NBA hoops, maybe win some prizes and then enjoy cocktails and snacks at the bar.
Slightly further afield you’ll find Archie Brothers, which is the new kid in town for all you big kids. This circus themed bar includes dozens of different arcade games including VR games, bowling lanes, an XD theatre, dodgem cars and a shooting range. Plus the cocktail bar with boozy shakes and circus themed snacks with cheesey syringes are really the cherry on top. Added bonus: with each game you play, you win tickets that can be used to claim prizes. We’re sold.
DIY games day
Why not make your own games day in a nearby park, like the City Botanical Gardens? Pack up your favourite games and some snacks and get together a bunch of friends. Or pick up a new puzzle, card came, chess set or some other fun games at a shop like Mind Games in the Myer Centre or Vault Games around the corner on Charlotte Street. That way, the fun never has to end.
Free fun at Student One
Still need something cheaper? That’s what Student One’s foosball tables, Playstation, ping pong and pool tables are for.