How could a space inside Woolloongabba’s iconic, heritage-listed Moreton Rubber Works building have been vacant for well over a year?
“We were wondering the same thing,” says David Lowe. Lowe took over the 470-square-metre space on Logan Road last week to open Pincadia, Brisbane’s latest arcade-game bar. “We were told it had been empty for a year, but it has obviously been longer than that.”
Perhaps it was because of the amount of work that such a large room, with its wooden floorboards, exposed brick walls and timber rafters, needed.
“Every single [appliance] wasn’t working,” Lowe says. “The bar system was no longer compliant with safety standards, we had to completely re-run gas lines and beer lines, and put in sensors. In some respects it would have been cheaper and easier to replace it all.”
The idea for Pincadia was sparked when Lowe and his wife, Tanya, began hosting Friday night dinners at their house. Friends came not just to eat, but to also play the couple’s large personal collection of pinball and arcade games.
The Lowes’ personal collection of 14 pinball machines and just as many arcade games have now been moved over to Pincadia. The pinball machines are lined up upstairs along a wall. The arcade games and a large collection of board games are downstairs. Some are free to play while others will cost you a dollar.
Lowe has stocked the bar full of craft brews on-tap and by the bottle, along with a good range of wines and a cocktail list. Food-wise, the menu is full of classic ’80s fare such as burgers, hot dogs, toasties and fries. Even the Chiko Roll makes an appearance; the whole venue doubles as a walk-in tribute to the days when you’d stroll down to the local takeaway to play some pinball.
Additional reporting: Michilu Lawson