The “home of unprofessional sport”. That’s how Melbourne’s new, 2000-square-metre “Funderdome” bills itself.
It opened at Highpoint Shopping Centre – next to Hoyts – on Thursday January 27 .
How’s your swing? One of the headline experiences is a lit-up, retro, Coney Island-inspired minigolf course; there are 18 holes, created by London designer Zachary Pulman, with witty names such as Ferris Wheeler, Hump Day and I’m Stumped.
There are also two distinct gaming arcades – one with old-school favourites such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders and pinball, and another centred on the next gen of arcade games. On Unlimited Mondays, it’s all-you-can-play (minus skill testers) for $22 after 5pm.
In the Clubhouse, you’ll find (almost) all the games you can think of – pool, cornhole, foosball, air hockey, shuffleboard, Atari Pong et al. Plus, a diner-style food offering suited to the funhouse environment: dedicated fries and hotdog menus, buffalo chicken tenders and corn dogs, brisket-y grilled cheeses, and woodfired pizzas.
And when you’re all gamed out, you can belt out a tune – with a fun cocktail in hand – at one of two private Boom Box Karaoke lounges, which channel nostalgic ’70s vibes.
While the Funderdome is undeniably family friendly, under-18s have to be accompanied by an adult at all times. But from 8pm, it becomes an over-18s-only venue.
Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120–200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong (next to Hoyts)
Mon to Thu 10am–12am
Fri & Sat 10am–1am