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In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening

Yahtzee's gaming bar opens its doors to a gaggle of gamers, cosplayers and gawkers

  • Last weekend, Australia's first gaming bar, [[artnid:338402|Mana Bar|Yahtzee's gaming bar opens in Brisbane this month]], opened its doors to a gaggle of gamers, cosplayers and bemused gawkers.

    Co-owned by [[xref:http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation|Zero Punctuation’s Ben ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw]] and [[xref:http://www.australiangamer.com| Australian Gamer’s Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg|www.australiangamer.com]], the Mana Bar is being touted as “one of Brisbane's most funky drinking venues”. It boasts a strict no cover charge policy and offers plenty of games, both new and old, to play on a wide array of gaming consoles. (The games are also free to play – hooray!)

    According to all and sundry, the night was a raging success. Check out our slideshow of photos from the opening night...

  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    Silly hats, mullets and cosplay outfits were out in full force. Women, not so much.

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    Wario and Mario look-a-likies wore their dodgy 'taches with pride.

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    Waiting in line for Mana Bar's midday opening. "The atmosphere was fantastic and lively - the music was good and the drinks were nice and creative", commented one reveller on the [[xref:http://www.manabar.com.au/forum/index.php?/index|official Mana Bar Forums]].

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    The man behind the voice: Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw at Mana Bar's grand opening. (Apparently he was a bit rubbish at Guitar Hero.)

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    Princess Peach and Daisy showed up with a 1UP mushroom in tow. (Bonus points for the colour coordinated handbag.)

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    A Grim Fandango-inspired patron lines up for his Corona.

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    Presumably Luigi pulled out at the last minute, citing "heat exhaustion". Typical spoilt celebrity.

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    Look! A girl!

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    All current gaming consoles are offered to patrons. The games on offer on opening night included Wii Sports, Street Fighter IV and Guitar Hero -- plus the unreleased XBLA title Raskulls.

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    Hmm, isn't that an Xbox controller in Princess Peach's hands? Tch. What a traitor. (Also, check out the look of slack-jawed awe on Daisy's face.)

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    The GTA IV Styrofoam cups are a nice touch.

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    The Mana Bar's menu carries a selection of tasty vegetarian snacks. Cheetos and Mountain Dew are conspicuously absent.

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    "I have to say that attending Mana Bar's opening was one of the greatest experiences of my whole life," wrote 'Kyodar' on the Mana Bar forums. "Playing David Bowie’s “Fame” against Yahtzee – THE YAHTZEE – and not failing was the highlight."

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    Gaming paraphernalia abounds. Check out that Rockstar Games dart board -- very boss.

    Photo credit: [[xref:http://www.flickr.com/photos/djackmanson/|David Jackmanson/Flickr]]
  • In pictures: Mana Bar's grand opening


    The Mana Bar is located at 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley in Queensland (opening hours: 5pm to midnight, 7 days a week). For more information about Mana Bar, check out the [[xref:http://www.manabar.com.au/|official Mana Bar Web site|www.manabar.com.au]].
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