A retro resurgence is well and truly underway, as Sydney's nightlife landscape transforms into a novelty seekers paradise, with hidden bars, neon-lit miniature golf courses and now, courtesy of the crew behind Holey Moley, one funky old-school pawn shop. But appearances are not what they seem. Conveniently hidden behind the aesthetically pleasing shopfront, collecting vintage treasures and nostalgic memorabilia, is a retro arcade that features a neon bar.
Revellers will find a kaleidoscope colour featuring dangling chandeliers, octagonal seating booths with bright red couches, and an overwhelming selection of amusements to choose from. All this is within arms reach of a speakeasy of sorts, serving up a creative mix of cocktails.
In essence, the whole concept is bar-meets-arcade, but in this particular case, guests can win some pretty amazing prizes courtesy of the well-stocked pawn shop. Winners can trade in their earnings for classic cameras, vintage video game consoles, rare pop vinyls, leather jackets and even a life-size E.T. replica. The selection of unusual pop culture relics is amazing. It's everything you loved as a kid, coming back to warm your heart and spark your imagination once more.
The arcade is tremendously well stocked too. Guests will be greeted by pool tables, carnival games, virtual roller coasters, air hockey, basketball hoops, not to mention all your favourite arcade machines including Street Fighter, Point Blank, Space Invaders and of course Mario Kart. Perhaps the only thing missing is Pac-Man and a cool selection of pinball machines.
The ever-expanding empire of Funlab has really been on a roll of late, with the company being responsible for venues including the likes of Holey Moley, Strike Bowling Bar and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. With their latest venture B. Lucky & Sons, adults can be kids once again, while at the same time consuming a selection of very adult concoctions.
The bar menu is undeniably east meets west, with creative Asian inspired pizzas, bao buns, duck spring rolls and prawn crackers on the bar while you wait for drinks. As for cocktails, get ready for unique alcoholic bubble teas featuring Malibu, taro, rum, coconut jelly and blueberry pearls. If you prefer something more robust, the bar also offers punch bowls for two served with floral tea cups.
All the fun begins from May 17th at the Sydney Entertainment Quarter, just adjacent to Hoyts Cinema. Tuesdays include half-price games, while selected attractions on Wednesdays allow guests to win double the tickets. Students will also be pleased to know that they have access to unlimited games on Thursdays for $15. On Sundays guests also get a 1 hour game card if they spend $7 after 5pm. Children are also welcome during the day, but once it turns to night the big kids come out to play, with exclusive adults-only access.
B. Lucky & Sons really has something for everyone. Whether you are in need of pre-movie drinks, some competitive fun and games, or just some timeout perusing the museum-worthy pawn shop. The venue is definitely well worth a visit.