There is something electric (no pun intended) about stepping into an arcade bar. For many people it is the warm nostalgic memory of playing Street Fighter 2 for hours on end. For others it is a new experience, a place where playing games and having a good time blend perfectly into one.
Sydney’s first Arcade Bar & Café!
1989 Arcade Bar & Kitchen is a classic video game arcade that operates as a café by day and bar at night. With 14 arcade classics on the floor, from Space Invaders to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ’89 is a retro gaming utopia and fantastic place to eat & drink.
We are serious about our craft beer and support the local inner west brewing scene with Batch Brewery, Wayward, Grifter, Young Henry’s and many more represented either on tap or in our tinnie fridge. Overall we have 35+ craft beers & ciders on our booze menu.
Love relaxing with a good glass of wine? No problem, we have an eclectic wine list including a luscious Prosecco and our cocktails include a killer Espresso Martini made from fresh coffee.
Our kitchen serves up delicious meals from 10am till 4pm weekdays and 8am on weekends before closing for an hour and reopening at 5pm till 10pm everyday. Our burgers are (honestly) awesome and we have plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes available. Dine in or take away.
Our coffee is brewed using beans from Sydney’s inner west boutique roaster The Little Marionette. We use Blend 7 Sanchez for a deliciously rich & strong cup of Joe.
Our atmosphere is always welcoming & laid back whilst our aesthetic is un-apologetically geek chic (our feature wall is made up of 500 real VHS cassette cases).
1989 Bar Arcade Kitchen is the dream of Ben & Marnie Campbell
The idea popped into their heads during a trip to New York where they discovered the wonder that is Barcade, the first ever classic arcade bar. Old School arcade games and beer in the same venue? Genius. With a love of games, craft beer and good food the couple decided to sell all their worldly possessions and move from London to open an arcade bar & café in Sydney (Marnie’s home town). Crazy.
Growing up Ben spent hours playing his all-time favorite game Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the arcades and as such the machine became the first official cabinet acquired for the bar. It was shipped over from the UK and is the flagship arcade cab on the floor and namesake of 1989 Arcade Bar & Kitchen as the game was originally released in 1989.
Whatever vibe you get from ’89, Ben & Marnie hope you enjoy your visit as much as they have bringing the venue to life.