Before Than Rattanakosit was a bar owner, he was a gamer.
Now, he admits, he has no time for it. Between running Bank Street’s tiny wizard-themed Sorcerers Bar, and various study over the years, the Nintendo console has taken a back seat. Until now.
The 22 year old and his sister Tira Rattanakosit will soon open their second (petite, themed) venue, retro gaming bar Power Up, on Leigh Street. The 25-square-metre site, which has seen a revolving door of occupants – most recently Siam Bar and Little Pantry – is next to the strip’s long-term tenants Leigh St Luggage and Alec’s Hairdressers.
“We thought this would be cool and a great, different addition to the street,” Than tells Broadsheet. “We used to be gamers and post covid. We wanted to take advantage of the fact that Adelaide is one of the cities that is getting back on track pretty fast.”
At Power Up, patrons will be able to play retro arcade games including Pac Man and Tetris, as well as popular console games such as Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog.
The venue, outside of existing restrictions, will be able to seat 20 patrons once its open. Than says a launch date is still up in the air, but is aiming to open in spring.
“We wanted to add something new to Adelaide’s nightlife,” Than says. “I’ve always been into all sorts of gaming – arcade gaming, Nintendo, Playstation – it’s been a part of me since I was little.”
While specifics of drinks offerings are still to be decided, Than says a menu of colourful cocktails will be inspired by popular video games, and match the bright, neon-lit, 80s-style interior of the bar.
Power Up will open at 20 Leigh Street in spring.