From consoles to cocktails, Toronto’s newest Gaming Bar is serving up a social gaming experience suited to all levels of gamers.
Power Up Bar opens at 38 Wellington St. East, Toronto
Power Up Bar is Toronto’s newest social gaming experience where “gamers” and “non-gamers” can watch and play video games together, while dining on shareable plates and sipping local craft beers and signature cocktails. Power Up has transformed what was formerly Trevor’s Kitchen, into a cool white space accented with blue lighting and gaming pods, creating a space-age vibe that welcomes collaborative gaming.
Guests are first greeted at reception where they are then directed to one of the gaming pods and connected to the games of choice. If more game training or tech support is required, the Power Up Bar staff is trained on all of the games and equipment to help minimize wait times. Power Up currently offers the latest titles on XBOX ONE and PS4, and will continue to introduce new games based upon demand. Christopher Venutolo, owner of Power Up Bar shares, “it doesn’t matter if you’re casually minded, the most hardcore or have never touched a controller in your life. Our friendly staff will ensure you have a great time!”
Toronto Interior Designer Irfan Bukhari designed the space to encourage community gaming and sharing. “I started thinking about an environment that people would nest into and enter the world of their choice through video games and drinks, so the vision of a space carrier was born. The walls are cladded with brilliant white aluminum panels that are lit up with cool blue LEDs that evoke being in a space capsule. The reception desk is the ‘Central Command Deck’, the U shaped bunk seats are ‘The Pods’ for private group gaming, and the main bar is ‘The Hanger’, a place where the crew and patrons unwind and socialize. The game pods are each designed with their own flat screen so all guests around the pod can participate by either playing or watching the game.
Power Up Bar partnered with Executive Chef Tim Cuff of the The Fifteen Group, to design a menu that suits the gaming appetite and can easily be shared amongst friends. Parmesan truffle popcorn, duck confit wings, mini bacon cheese burgers, and the Gamers Platter including pepperoni sticks, stuffed peppers, arancini, spiced beans, and warm bread with caramelized onion dip, are just a few of the signature shareable plates on the menu which range from $6.00 to $21.00.
Located at 38 Wellington Street East, Power Up Bar can host up to 107 guests in 7 round gaming pods, a 25 foot frosted acrylic bar with four gaming stations, and an interactive gaming space which features a 75” flat screen TV for larger party games like Just Dance or Rock Band, where players need more space to show their moves.
A destination for casual gaming events, including E-sports, Power Up plans on hosting in house tournaments and viewing parties for popular shows. The gaming bar is also ideal for larger celebrations, team and corporate events, where reservations will be required.
Power Up Bar is currently open seven days a week, from 5pm until late.