Forgotten Worlds is an auburn-tinted tavern slotted into Johnston Street’s rapidly developing strip.
Vintage arcade games hum along the walls. All the classics are there (at ’90s prices) – Street Fighter, Virtua Cop, Mortal Kombat, Double Dragon and Chase HQ to name a few. It might remind you of your childhood, but the point of difference (we hope) is the cold brew resting on the machine.
There’s a surprisingly decent variety here – 70-odd beers that co-owners Maytheney Sivakumaran and Graeme Orr stock on rotation.
You’ll find the best of Brooklyn’s Sixpoint (the Sweet Action cream-ale is a favourite) and Resin, which busts the bitterness scale with an IBU (International Bittering Units) of 130 (that’s extreme). Hop-heavy Twisted Manzanita Chaotic Double IPA is another resident star-spangled tinnie, cosied up with canned craft from Japan’s Yoho Brewing. And for those much less fussed, there’s Pabst.
“Boilermaker” whisky-shot-and-beer specials also feature on the drinks menu, along with Forgotten Worlds’ signature espresso cocktail. The food list is short and sweet – nachos and a trio of hot hoagies – the Lox and Schmear salmon and cream cheese, Asian-inspired fake duck (or F*ck hoagie) and Collingwood Cheese Steak. Whatever your choice, it’ll be under $10.
Keep an eye out for DJ events, movie screenings and themed party nights.