Budapest is filled with pubs, clubs and drinking spots for people of all types, including pop culture fans. If you’re planning a trip to the city and want to find a bar where you can drink affordable beer, play video games and have a laugh with friends, then your first stop should be Ready Player 1 bar. A drinking haven for geeks and gamers, Ready Player 1 is the kind of venue that can give you an appreciation for how pop culture brings people together.
Consoles from every decade
Ready Player 1 features an impressive range of gaming consoles, ranging from PS4s to a network of computers designed for cooperative gameplay. For people who want an immersive gaming experience, there’s a secret virtual reality/augmented reality room that’s kitted out with headsets. Solo players can also pick up a Gameboy and dive into the nostalgia of Pokemon and other retro series.
The bar stocks a vast collection of games, running the gamut from ‘90s classics like Spyro The Dragon to immortal franchises like FIFA. When I visited the bar, I jumped into a hardcore session of Injustice 2, which showcases the variety of the games on offer.
Comics are an important theme of the bar, with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Batman, Superman, Thor and several other superheroes decorating the wall. The other half of the bar features pictures of famous gaming characters like Geralt of Rivia, Kratos and Scorpion.
A community spirit
Atmosphere is another area Ready Player 1 excels in. Music is inspired by popular comic films like Guardians of the Galaxy. For example, one of the TVs displayed a Starlord-esque mix tape called ‘Awesome Mix Vol 3’ and it contained hits like Stuck In The Middle and California Soul.
Comic fans will also be pleased to know that Ready Player 1 offers a variety of comics to read. Whether you fancy reading a classic X-Men or Spider-Man story, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
But equipment and atmosphere can only go so far, and what truly makes Ready Player 1 worth visiting is the people in it. The owner is extremely friendly and happy to chat to anyone. He and his business partner wanted to create a venue that brings people from different communities together and unites them with pop culture. I’d say they are well on their way to doing that.
Ready Player 1 has everything that a pop culture fan could want: great consoles, cheap alcohol, good music and a welcoming attitude. Check it out when you’re in Budapest. You will not regret it. For more information, check out the Ready Player 1 website and Facebook page.
Address: Budapest, Kinizsi utca 29, Ferencvaros 1092.