We’ve just heard word that Melbourne’s Mana Bar will be closing in September and that The Mana Bar will be moving out of Victoria for good.
The Mana Bar premises on Brunswick St went up for lease today.
“We’re closing the Melbourne bar in September, for various reasons, which we’re not ready to talk about yet.” said Meghan Betteridge, the General Manager at The Mana Bar in Melbourne.
“There weren’t enough people coming into the bar, we ran out of options.”
According to Meghan there were no plans to open another bar in Melbourne, and they were moving out of the city “for good”. The Mana Bar in Brisbane will remain open.
Guy Blomberg, one of the three founders of The Mana Bar provided us with the following statement.
“I honestly don’t have much to do with Mana Bar anymore, PAX Aus takes up all of my time these days.”
The Mana Bar in Brisbane was the world’s first video game cocktail bar when it launched and was successful enough that plans were made to expand across Australia. Melbourne was supposed to be the first part of that expansion, with a Sydney franchise to follow. We’ll be sad to see the Melbourne bar go.