Sydney Is Getting A Giant Retro Arcade-Themed Burger Bar

Get ready for a geekgasm served with a side of delicious juicy burgers and fries.

The exciting worlds of old school video games and gourmet meat buns are about to collide (finally!) in Sydney, thanks to a giant new burger bar themed like a vintage arcade.

The pop-up, cutely named 8Bits+Bytes, is one of the seemingly endless list of delights on offer as part of Vivid 2016.

As Concrete Playground reports, the mouth-watering concept was jointly devised by local creative geniuses Motti+Smith and Paper Moose, and they’ve recruited Sydney burg royalty Mary’s, Milk Bar by Café Ish, Pub Life Kitchen, Surry Hills’ Bangbang Cafe, and Sammy’s Burger Bar to duke it out in a duel of delicious. Needless to say OUR BODIES ARE READY.

The taste bud tournament will see each food joint create a specially designed burger just for the occasion in an attempt to win your saliva-soaked hearts.

Votes will be cast using social media hashtags and tallied in real time on a digital scoreboard to see who will be crowned the burger – uh – king.

And you’ll be feasting upon their creations inside a bar decked out to look like you’ve been sucked into the original Donkey Kong.

The decor will be styled to look like the inside of an 8bit arcade game, complete with giant pixelated trees, burgers and storm clouds. While a huge LED light wall (three metres tall by 30 metres long) will tell the pixelated tale of a burger’s journey through life and you can totally play it before you stuff yourself full of meaty, cheesy, crusty, saucy goodness.

8Bits+Bytes will pop-up at Martin Place for the entirety of Vivid Sydney, from May 27th – June 18th.

Here’s how the dudes at Concrete Playground described each of the contenders in the imminent burger battle royale:

Mary’s will be cooking up a Pac Man Burger, a tame twist on their classic with grass-fed beef, triple cheese, Mary’s BBQ Sauce and onion rings. Café Ish has teamed up with the guys from The Jugernauts to create the Double Dragon: a milk bun filled with a double wagyu beef patty, double American cheddar, kimchi, green oak lettuce, miso sauce, seaweed, aioli and a milk bun (is your mouth watering yet?). Also teaming up with the food blog are Bangbang, who has designed the HACKRoulette (a cheeseburger topped with chilli con carne, more cheese and umami sauce served with a shot of pickle juice), and Sammy’s Burger Bar on the Polish Pounder, a medium custom ground beef patty, cheese, sauerkraut, Polish slab bacon, horseradish mustard sauce and a dill pickle on a toasted brioche bun. Pub Life Kitchen have yet to announce their menu, but we’re sure it will be just as enticing.

In the spirit of fairness, we think it’s only right that we sample them all.


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