Have a ball at Woolloongabba’s new arcade-meets-bar Pincadia
No, you haven’t stumbled across a time warp that’s transported you back to the mid-80s – we’re in 2017 and arcades are back, baby. Woolloongabba locals are waking up to the news that there is a new hub for gaming enthusiasts, offering more than a dozen pinball machines, a host of arcade consoles and loads of board games. Pincadia is looking to establish itself as a family-friendly haunt for those with a competitive streak, easy-going diners and lovers of everything retro. Bring your loose change, flex your fingers and get ready to play – it’s game time.
For Dave and Tanya Lowe, the love of arcade gaming – and a particular fondness for pinball – goes back more than 20 years. As avid collectors of retro arcade consoles and pinball machines, the duo regularly hosted friends for drinks and games at their home, which eventually spawned the idea of their very own arcade and bar Pincadia. After searching around town for the ideal spot, Dave and Tanya locked in a gorgeous location at the Moreton Rubber Building on Logan Road in the space formerly occupied by Birdcage Restaurant. With the help of fellow Pincadia manager Scott McMurtrie, the Pincadia team cleaned up the joint, using the brick walls and original lighting to create a backdrop for their dream arcade, bar and eatery. Pincadia chooses to keep it real with a comfortable and classic approach to atmosphere, food and drink. Patrons can snack on fries, toasties, chicko rolls, dagwood dogs, a selection of burgers, hotdogs, chicken wings, doughnuts and more, while hits from decades past play throughout the venue. The bar is amply provisioned with craft beer on tap, a choice selection of wines, spirits (with a cocktail list in the works), as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic slushies.
When it comes to entertainment, Dave, Tanya and Scott say ‘game on’. More than 14 pinball machines line a wall in the upper portion of the venue, with each machine coming straight from Dave and Tanya’s personal collection. The selection features an array of modern and classic titles, with the likes of Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Addams Family and The Walking Dead featuring alongside more exclusive cabinets. Of particular note is an old-school Orbit 1 pinball machine, which was of the first Australian designed and made pinball machines to come off production lines. Downstairs is home to a collection of retro arcade machines, including Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Galaga and Sega Rally. Communal tables provide plenty of space for board games, of which Pincadia has plenty. Catan, Luminous Ages, Pandemic, Race to the Top and Lost Legends are available to play, with more games to be added in the near future.
Pincadia will be hosting regular pinball tournaments and guest machines will pop in frequently. If you fancy placing your name on the high-score board, then head to the Stumble Guide for more information.
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