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 restroom 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 more 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 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off direction. Tears for Fears and Ice House are a couple of the bands you’ll realize 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 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 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 because the fancier stuff didn’t have that traditional returned-in-the-day flavor profile.

New Symonds Street bar Save Ferris is a tribute to arcade video games 1

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 international selection. Any beer fan’s wishes are met inside one construction.

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.

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 now and then, you could leave it out.”