Melbourners recently mourned the passing of their Mana Bar, but out of the ashes rose Beta Bar. Started by two former Mana Bar employees, Beta Bar has several arcade machines on show, with things like genuine retro games and newer Aussie indie stuff like Crawl. But its Oculus Rift, when combined with alcohol, seemed like both the worst and the best idea possible.
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At one point it looked as though The Mana Bar was about to become quite the franchise. After its successful opening in Brisbane and a subsequent launch in Melbourne, plans were being drafted for Sydney. But now things have cooled. The Melbourne Mana Bar shut down, and plans for a Sydney bar have been shuttered. That leaves quite the gap, and quite the opportunity for someone interested in opening a gaming themed bar. Turns out we now have a bunch of contenders.