This Saturday the 7th of January, the Netherworld opens its maw to us mere mortals as if it were a cosy bar at the top of Brunswick Street (186 to be exact) in Fortitude Valley. It probably is just a bar but it’s a pretty rad one and it’s riddled with arcade machines older than me. They also have beer.

It might be a little lighter than your standard but it’s also tastier than the name would have you believe.

It might be a little lighter than your standard but it’s also tastier than the name would have you believe.

 

And not just any beer. Before we get onto the obvious reasons to talk about a bar like this on our website I would just like to point out that there are 2 special beers on tap that are only available at Netherworld. The one you can see above and a full strength that I’ll let you discover in your own time. Now that we’ve covered that, let’s get onto the good stuff.

Dare you enter my magical realm?

Dare you enter my magical realm?

I haven’t actually seen a collection of arcade machines this old before. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were actually pulled out of some sort of nether realm or time warp considering the good shape they’re in. That’s in no small part thanks to the mentality of Ben who runs the joint.

Work, work. Something need doing?

Work, work. Something need doing?

Still in better shape than the First of the North Star machine in another establishment not far away.

Still in better shape than the First of the North Star machine in another establishment not far away.

After speaking to him about the antiquity of the devices he let me know that a lot of these machines will need some TLC to stay in a playable state and we may not know how long they’ll stay working but of course that’s where you and I come in. We can do the hard yards in putting the cabinets and pinball machines through their paces. Regular testing is required and if you come in during happy hour, you’ll get a generous stipend of in house tokens along with your beer to facilitate such testing.

It’s not all about ancient technology though. You’ll find more modern Neo-Geo cabinets and consoles to boot. The devices on offer will be cycled out where possible to keep the content fresh which is a great idea. The multiboard arcade machines can be modified to offer different games, other cartridges swapped into the consoles in the cubby holes and on top of all the electronic gadgetry there is a metric shit ton of board games.

Human head for scale.

Human head for scale.

There’s so much opportunity for gatherings and meetups. Ben mentioned that D&D nights are already poised to commence should the interest be there. I’m already planning to visit myself on a semi regular basis just to see if they have changed in the cabinets (I also live really close so I have absolutely no excuse not to).

Friendly reminder to stay hydrated.

Friendly reminder to stay hydrated.

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