Auckland’s latest new opening is a literal blast from the past. Meet Save Ferris, an arcade bar like this city has never seen before.
Found on upper Symonds Street, a step inside Save Ferris will have you feeling like you’ve stepped through a time warp right back into a classic 80s arcade—think pinball machines, vintage comics and cartoon projections. Brought to us by the team behind Newmarket’s Lumsden Freehouse, the new venture is a childhood dream realised for owner Evan King.
"I’m a total movie buff nerd at heart," he says. "We wanted to create a place that was just really fun."
Surrounding the interior are sprawling murals, walls jam-packed with pop-culture paraphernalia including records, comics and VHS covers. The more you look the more you’ll find.
Serving a wicked range of predominantly New Zealand craft beers, the bar has it all, from cocktails to fine whisky. For hardcore craft beer aficionados, Save Ferris is conveniently located above the beer jerk bunker who themselves carry an impressive range of international brews.
Keeping the focus on fun, their only food offering is build-your-own ‘American-sized’ hot dogs. Served alongside potato chips, you’ll be able to choose from a range of 12 toppings, relishes and sauces.
Got a hot date? Give the typical dinner and drinks a pass and compete with your special someone in a round of pinball before heading to the outdoor area and trying your hand at a round of corn hole.
With even more machines on the way, King promises the venue will continue to evolve and grow.
"If there’s still a blank wall, there’s still work to do," he says.
Expect to see arcade machines including, Adams Family Pinball, Fix-It-Felix Jr., Donkey Kong, Funhouse, Pacman, and Ghost Busters. The best part? All machines are operated on 80s pricing, meaning you can get more button-smashing for your buck.
What are you waiting for? You have new high-scores to set.
For more information about Save Ferris, including opening hours, click here.
Image Credit: Jaiden Bhaga