NS: Get your geek on — New videogame lounge opening on Halifax waterfront

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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PVP Bar & Gaming Lounge is expected to open in the former Dragon King Buffet building on Lower Water Street in early March.

Scott Baker, sporting a Boba Fett helmet, poses for a photo inside the soon to be opened PVP Bar and Gaming Lounge.

[HALIFAX, NS] - The owner of Halifax’s latest gaming spot is hoping the downtown location they plan to open next month will help fans connect, as well as bring back a piece of their childhood.

Emily Clarke-Haughn, owner of PVP Bar & Gaming Lounge alongside her partner Scott Baker, joked Thursday they may be the latest in a handful of geeky businesses but are not “in cahoots” with Games People Play or The Board Room Café.

PVP Bar & Gaming Lounge is expected to open in early March.

“For the longest time all you could do was eat or drink with friends and now you can go play games … it’s something to do,” said Clarke-Haughn. “We just all kind of came up with the ideas at a similar time.”

Clarke-Haughn said Baker was inspired after visiting a comic book café in Toronto but wanted to open a videogame lounge because he’s a bigger fan of Star Craft, League of Legends, Call of Duty and other PVP or “player versus player” games.

“It’s just making video games more social, and giving Halifax more variety of things to do when they go out,” Clarke-Haughn said.

The couple took over the former Dragon King Buffet building on Lower Water Street, which Clarke-Haughn said has a “huge” 3,000 square-foot front room that will be divided between the restaurant area by the windows and a gaming area with couches in the other half.

There are three private rooms available for large groups, computers and consoles available, and E-sport competitions shown as well as their own calendar of events.

But Clarke-Haughn said those who aren’t interested in gaming can still hang out and try the cocktails, pub-style food and baked goods.

“I’m not a gamer and I haven’t really been since Nintendo 64 when I used to play Mario,” she laughed. “It’s just more its just more of a place for adults to go and enjoy that sort of stuff, bring back your childhood.”

She said they’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from the local scene, especially from their neighbour Strange Adventures.

“The gaming industry is the most friendly and welcoming industry to get into because everybody’s coming to us … and so excited to have a place like this here.”

Organizations: PVP Bar Gaming Lounge, League of Legends

Geographic location: Toronto, Lower Water Street

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