We’re nearing the end of a long road to opening Charlotte’s first arcade for adults. Abari Game Bar is tying up final inspections and owner Zach Pulliam is using Facebook to keep eager fans up to date on the progress.
“… thanks for all of you who have believed in us and stuck with us since the beginning,” Pulliam said in his latest post on February 5. “It has been a journey for sure, and we can’t wait to share the fruits of our labor with everyone!”
According to their Facebook page, they’ve wrapped up electrical, plumbing and building inspections and are awaiting their ABC background check. After that, they expect “smooth sailing” on towards an official opening date.
If you missed our coverage back in June, here’s a refresher on what to expect at Abari.
Abari is located at 1721 N. Davidson Street. Just look for the Ms. Pacman mural. You can’t miss it.
Hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday – Friday and 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. All ages are welcome from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise, it’s a playground for grownups.
Abari will feature dozens of classic and new arcade, pinball and console games. Here’s the lineup…
Consoles: Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis
Pinball machines: X-Men, Taxi, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hurricane, Rescue 911, NBA Fastbreak, Silver Slugger
Arcades: Silent Scope 2, Killer Queen, NBA Jam TE, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy, X-Men, Donkey Kong, NFL Blitz 99, TMNT: Turtles in Time, Dig Dug, Ms. Pacman, Galaga, Area 51/Maximum Force, Die Hard Arcade, Neo-Geo, Lethal Enforcers II, Outrun, Street Fighter II, Marvel vs. Capcom II, Time Crisis 2, Simpsons, Sunset Riders, Super Off Road, Super Hang On, Popeye, Pole Position, Operation Wolf, Star Wars Trilogy
Beer options will include craft brews on tap and a variety of bottles as well.
The bar will be mixing up classic cocktails and some video game-themed specialty drinks.
Bonus points: Joe’s Doughs is moving in next door.
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