B. Lucky & Sons
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A little slice of PG-rated Las Vegas has come to Melbourne
Melbourne Central might be a sprawling nightmare to navigate, but absolutely no one can miss B. Lucky and Sons. Flashing neon signs are smattered over the external wall like animations on a late 90s webpage, ensuring not a single punter walks past without having a gawk.
B. Lucky and Sons is one part bar, one part adults-only arcade where you can drink a spiked bubble tea while shooting aliens on a giant, two-person version of Space Invaders. The flashy-flashy outside continues inside but now it’s the games themselves lighting up the room. Take your pick from nostalgic faves like Dance Dance Revolution and Mario Kart, or try your luck at winning a prize from a claw machine or spinning wheel.
Unlike traditional arcades, you pay for the games at B. Lucky and Sons by preloading a card with credit and then tapping on at the game machine before you start playing. Which is convenient but also a very easy way to lose track of how quickly you’re chewing through your money. If you do strike it big though, you can cash in your winnings at the venue’s pawn shop where prizes range from vintage Chanel handbags to original Nintendo 64 game systems.
Feeling peckish? B. Lucky and Sons offer snacks and pizzas that blend pan-Asian flavours with ye olde English pub grub vibes. The resulting menu means you can get a pizza topped with bonito flakes, crisp wonton skins, sweet soy sauce, prawns, spring onion and sesame seeds as well as one topped with potato chips, gravy sausage and onion jam. Both would make any self-respecting nonna weep but are no doubt popular after a few drinks.
If you are looking for a bevvy, you’re in luck. You can go opt for a drink as wild as the food and get a alcohol-spiked bubble cup or taro-flavoured Espresso Martini, but there’s also tame libations like beer, wine and bubbly available as well. Fair warning: the bubble cups come in single-use plastic containers topped with novelty plastic decorations. Which makes them super fun but not the most environmentally sound tipple – so ask for one in a reusable glass cup to help the planet.
It’s easy to live the life of a high roller at B. Lucky and Sons though we’d just as happily kick back with a beer, a bag of prawn crisps and a round of Space Invaders.
Level 3, 211 La Trobe St
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu noon-midnight; Fri, Sat noon-3am|