It’s an arcade for grown-ups – is there any other type?. David Mah is the owner of the new bar on 20th Street West, Saskatoon, USA, called Bartari. A generation of people who grew up playing on Atari or other old-school video game systems will feel nostalgic, and if you are an Arcade Punk, then slightly jealous.
So we pretty much have every retro gaming system ever made. We do have some physical consoles as well with a nice selection of physical games, If they want the real experience we can provide that as well – David Mah
There are a couple of pinball machines, as well as several tables with personal gaming consoles such as Nintendo, Super Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox. There is a lounge at the back where people can sit around comfy chairs and a sofa as they play, but more importantly we look at Davids comment (above) “Every Retro Gaming System Ever Made …. some physical consoles as well” – This sounds like an advert for a few home made arcade machines (especially Hyperspin enabled ones….)
We understand the arcade ‘scene’ has mixed views on commercial use of emulators and downloaded roms – everyone is entitled to an opinion – we would LOVE to hear yours in the comments below.
Mah said the idea of a video game bar came to him a decade ago. He used to do a lot of international travel for martial arts tournaments and found video game bars in other places. He has invested $60,000 so far and feels confident the business will succeed.
We did the best we could, You’re never going to make everybody happy but we have a little bit of everything for everyone. Now what we’re going to do is every week five per cent of our sales goes towards upgrading our library and it won’t take long to build up a giant library. It’s amazing just watching people sitting at the bar and do something different other than watching sports. They just get into the games and before you know, two beers later and a poutine they’re happy – David Mah
Mah said he also wants the bar to be known for its cocktails. His brother, a mixologist in Vancouver, helped design the drink menu.
The bar has a weekly Thursday night “Ladies Night” whereby girls get to play free and get discounted drinks as well as plenty of old school retro encouragement.
We are loving their lively FACEBOOK PAGE and as usual wish them ALL THE BEST in their great business!