Something which has increasingly grown in popularity over the past few years is video game bars. A place where adults can go and enjoy a wide range of drinks, whether they be themed cocktails, craft beers, or a mix of both, all while playing video games. Sometimes, the video games are contemporary and modern age. More often than not, they’re classic arcade games (or a mixture of both), and once in a while, you may even find a board game bar. No joke, my friend went to one in California!
Here in Orlando, there’s a bar called Player 1 that I’d been hearing about for a while from my friends. Finally, we decided to check it out and when we did, we discovered it’s located just down the street from Disney Springs in a small hole-in-the-wall right in the middle of a busy shopping center we’ve frequented often thanks to the restaurants there.
Surprised as we were, we headed in to start our night. First things first, here’s a breakdown of the rules and how the bar works. On the weekdays, the bar opens at 5pm and the weekends at 4pm. But every night, it’s open until 2am. According to their website, all ages are allowed before 5pm, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under 21 must leave by 6pm.
Of course, underage guests have to stay with their guardian at all times and only 5 per adult (aged 25 or over).
Keep in mind, there is a cover of $5 per person. But this gets you access to unlimited video games all night long and you can come and go as you please, just remember to get your hand stamped if you head out for a bit! And on select nights, there’s even discounted covers. Check out the list below.
Sunday: Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld employees get $3 cover.
Monday: Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld employees get $3 cover. Guys recieve $2 cover on this night.
Tuesday: Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld employees get $3 cover.
Wednesday: Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld employees get $3 cover. Ladies receive $1 cover on this night.
Thursday: Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld employees get $3 cover.
Seems pretty good to be a theme park employee.
Once inside, you’re greeted with numerous classic arcade games! For me, I didn’t really grow up with arcades, but if you did and want to partake in nostalgia fun, this is the place for you. You can find games like Mortal Kombat, X-Men, and Pac-Man here. They also have shooting games such as buck hunting and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. And keep your eyes out for Indiana Jones and The Simpsons.
The etiquette is simple, but fair. There’s only three easy rules. Don’t be aggress or disruptive in the bar. Any behavior of the like won’t be tolerated. No abusive language either. Some light trash talking is OK, but be sure not to cross the line. And my favorite rule, if someone is waiting for the game you’re playing, finish it and allow them a turn. Also, a big plus is the bar is smoke free!
So what do you think? Sounds like a fun time right? Don’t forget about the drinks. Player 1 is a craft beer bar! That’s right. You won’t be finding any of your light beers here. (They do have a few cocktails on their menu for anyone tagging along not a fan of beer.)
We’ve been twice now and have already noticed they change out items on the menu regularly enough. They offer great seasonal beers. The best part is, unlike your standard restaurant or bar where your craft or even domestic beer will cost you anywhere from $6-$10, these beers can start as low as $4 sometimes. And ones
which would go for $12, $16, or even $20 in a restaurant can cost you half that here! And on draft.
Keep in mind, most craft beers average an ABV of 5-10%, but some can go 10%+, or even as high as 20%, 30%, or even 40%. They can really pack a punch of flavor and alcohol.
For more information, check out Player 1’s website here.