If you live in Australia, Yahtzee has your Friday and Saturday nights planned out already, and maybe your weeknights too.
Yahtzee mentioned his plans for the Mana Bar during his interview with us at GameX. Now, with the help of a few friends, he plans to make that situation a reality with the Mana Bar, opening in February 2010.
The Mana Bar is a licensed establishment being put together by Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, Guy 'Yug' Blomberg, Pras Moorthy, and Shay Leighton. It'll be located in Brisbane, Australia, entry will be free, and it won't cost a thing to play videogames there either. LCD screens will be attached to the walls where patrons can play next-gen console systems, and it will also function just like a regular bar so people can order drinks and have a great time.
It'll be more than just a bar with videogames too. The group of owners plan to hold industry and student special events, such as speakers from the game development industry, while Yahtzee himself will regularly host videogame trivia. Certain games will be available for purchase behind the bar, with launch parties to celebrate their releases. The Mana Bar will also hold videogame competitions, with prizes, that will take place regularly throughout the week.
With a 50 person capacity, the Mana Bar will likely be full every night. It might be the most awesome thing I've ever heard of. Gamers need a place to gather that treats them like mature adults, and the Mana Bar seems to be this to the letter. In addition to the Mana Bar's website, news on the establishment can be followed via Twitter and Facebook