🚨 PSA:The Rec Room – a new 4,000 sq. ft. retro-esque arcade-bar located on the corner of Munn Park in Downtown Lakeland at 202 N. Massachusetts Ave.(in the building that used to house Firestone + LkldTV.) – is planning to open its doors by the end of the month.
To celebrate, Wii stopped by for a sneak peek, had a mini-game-a-thon + rounded up everything you need-to-know about Downtown Lakeland’s newest hang.
Here’s what you can expect. ⬇️
• A mix of activity games like skee-ball + basketball hoops, classics like The Simpsons + Mrs. Pac-man, newer games like Guitar Hero, and console games, like Nintendo Switch and Playstations. • A 49 ft. bar – which is the length of about 5 skee-ball machines, 60 Nintendo 64s, or147 PS4 controllers. The bar will have a house cocktail list, house drinks, and higher-end drinks, along with non-alcoholic bevies. Some of the kitschier drinks include a bourbon-based play on iced coffee called “Coffee & Donuts” + a creamier “Strawberry Mojito,” that substitutes soda water with cream soda.
• An outdoor patio with shuffleboard, ring toss + other patio games. • A retro-modern hybrid ambiance, with a dimmed color scheme to balance the light that games emit, and plenty of open space for people to wander. • 15 televisions, with the biggest one being around 88 inches.
• No cover charge.A selection of games will always be free to play, while other games will be about a quarter, and the newer ones (such as the consoles) may be more expensive + tab-related. • COVID-19 measures will be in place, such as sanitizer stations along the wall, capacity limits, distanced games + more.
Kaylee, needing to improve her skee-ball skills. | Image via @thelaltoday
• 7-days-a-week of gameplay. The Rec Room is planning to open every day of the week, from 12 p.m., until 2 p.m. The space will be kid-friendly (with parents and guardians) until 9 p.m., and then it will be just for the 21+ crowd. • A potential plan for a future shipping container, located out front on the patio, offering different food options. • Theme nights, rental options for corporate or office parties, plus a small room in the back for private parties and options to rent the whole Rec Room or just the patio.
Bonus/What we can’t stop talking about: The custom-made furniture from local business Plastow’s Custom Creations – like a guitar-inspired table– and the fact that the games have cup holders.
Click the button below for more pics of the space (and don’t miss checking out that guitar-shaped table, or watching Katelyn dominate at air hockey).
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