Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…” reads the graffiti at Symonds Street’s newest arcade bar Save Ferris. The door to the toilet 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 extra than 20 unfashionable games on providing. Save Ferris is an ode to the past.
It’s an “unapologetically” casual and nerdy bar, owner Evan King tells me. Movies constantly play on projector screens: Tron, Ghost Busters and of route Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Tears for Fears and Ice House are more than one the bands you’ll realise at the numerous-days’ really worth of 80s track rotation. The nostalgia component is excessive. King (who is also at the back of Lumsden Freehouse) tells me most of the purchasers had been over 30; authentic 80s youngsters.
The best 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 in which you upload your personal mustard, tomato, onion jam, and mayo. They’re traditional Heller’s cheese Kranskys on white bread due to the fact the fancier stuff just didn’t have that classic back-in-the-day flavour profile.

To match, Save Ferris locations a heavy emphasis on neighbourhood beer. The drink list is lined with Yeastie Boys, Hallertau, Garage Project, McCashins, Epic – all New Zealand beers. The traditional Symonds Street post workplace constructing also homes Beer Jerk, a craft beer bar with greater of a worldwide selection so that any beer fan’s wishes are met within one constructing.
There are traditional movie posters, beer stickers at the bar, band posters on the wall and an air hockey table being installed soon. Modern convenience isn’t forgotten though: there’s also a lockable box that you may price your cellphone in, and also you’ll word some nods to the 90s scattered approximately too.
Like the film it’s named for, Save Ferris is optimistic and at ease. The complete mindset is precise as it’s written at the wall; “Life moves pretty speedily. If you don’t forestall and look around from time to time, you can miss it.”

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