drink up: mana bar

On Monday night, I joined my housemates for a tipple at Australia’s first gaming bar, Mana Bar. As expected, I was one of only three girls in the bar but the crowd was a pleasant mix of uni students and professionals with only a couple of personal-hygene-deficient nerds thrown in.

All games have a multiplayer set up and there was a decent range of games on offer (a couple of first-person shooters, Street Fighter, Zelda and Rock Band when I was there). There’s a decent range of drinks, including a gaming-inspired cocktail menu. Interestingly not many people outside of my group seemed to be sampling the beverages and I’m not sure if it was because it was a Monday night (possible) or because they didn’t want to affect their gameplay (a potential revenue issue for the bar).

While it still seems to be finding its feet, I think Mana Bar has great potential – it wouldn’t be my Saturday night venue of choice but for a mid-week session with some friends, it works a treat.

Where to find it: 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Where to find it online: www.manabar.com.au

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