Over here at The Urban List, we heard an enticing rumour: a rumour that some enterprising young man had created a room in Brunswick where you could just go and smash a bunch of crap with a baseball bat. Obviously, it sounded amazing, so we did some investigating—and after an agonising week's wait we headed over to The Break Room to give it a go.
Nestled at the back of the unassuming Kines cafe, The Break Room is basically just a pop up plastic box with a stool in the middle and a couple of pink baseball bats on hand. Willing participants, who are requested to wear pants and closed shoes, suit up in reasonably minimal protective gear—a jacket, gloves, and a headgear choice from various fetching helmet/welders mask options. Owner, Ed Hunter, tells us his lawyer and insurance company are pretty content with the whole set up. Frankly, I'm surprised this crazy idea got insured... But also happy. Very happy.
After choosing the welders mask, mainly because it makes me look totally badass, I'm sent into the 'room' with a box of goodies: some plates, wineglasses, coffee cups, a teapot, a carafe, etc. There aren't really any instructions, apart from a casual indication of the desired direction for your projectiles. I go to town on some plates first—Greek style, smashing them on the floor. It's incredibly cathartic.
Next up, I take my baseball bat to some coffee cups I lop in the air. I set up a little wineglass tower to destroy in one fell swoop. The carafe is probably the best part: it explodes outwards on impact. It's a satifying feeling, to destroy a bunch of random shit in a weird plastic box on a Friday afternoon with some workmates.
All it was missing was a refreshing bevvy post-bash: after all, this is sweaty work. But hey—it's Brunswick. Plenty of options around here. See you next week then? This is way cheaper than my psychiatrist.
The Break Room is popping up in Kines Cafe, Brunswick for a limited time. You can book on their website for single or group bookings.
Photo credit: Brodie Chan for The Urban List