New Symonds Street bar Save Ferris is a tribute to arcade video games


“Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…” reads the graffiti at Symonds Street’s latest arcade bar Save Ferris. The door to the rest room has Han Solo frozen in carbonite on it. You can order The Big Lebowski at the bar and the bartender will abide. Pinball, Sega and Street Fighter II are some of the greater than 20 retro games on offer. Save Ferris is an ode to the past.
It’s an “unapologetically” informal and nerdy bar, owner Evan King tells me. Movies play continuously on projector screens: Tron, Ghost Busters and of direction Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Tears for Fears and Ice House are a couple of the bands you’ll realise at the several-days’ really worth of 80s music rotation. The nostalgia thing is excessive. King (who is also in the back of Lumsden Freehouse) tells me most of the buyers were over 30; real 80s kids.

The handiest food they serve is hotdogs and crisps. There’s a vegetarian alternative too however the actual deal with is that the hot canine is served at a sauce station where you upload your personal mustard, tomato, onion jam, and mayo. They’re conventional Heller’s cheese Kranskys on white bread due to the fact the fancier stuff simply didn’t have that traditional returned-in-the-day flavour profile.


To in shape, Save Ferris locations a heavy emphasis on local beer. The drink listing is covered with Yeastie Boys, Hallertau, Garage Project, McCashins, Epic – all New Zealand beers. The traditional Symonds Street publish workplace building additionally homes Beer Jerk, a craft beer bar with more of an international selection in order that any beer fan’s wishes are met inside one constructing.

There are conventional film posters, beer stickers on the bar, band posters at the wall and an air hockey desk being set up soon. Modern comfort isn’t forgotten although: there’s also a lockable box that you could charge your phone in and also you’ll observe a few nods to the 90s scattered approximately too.

Like the film it’s named for, Save Ferris is optimistic and cozy. The entire attitude is exactly as it’s written on the wall; “Life movements quite speedy. If you don’t stop and go searching every now and then, you could leave out it.”