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Fortress Melbourne: The Ultimate Games Entertainment Venue

Calling all gamers! Fortress Melbourne is the largest ultimate game entertainment venue in Australia, spanning over two gigantic levels inside Emporium Melbourne. 

Fortress Melbourne has officially partnered with the popular gaming brand Alienware and so the space holds 160 premium Alienware PCs suitable for solo gaming or gaming with a team. 

You’ll also find two licensed bars, private party spaces, a huge themed basement Tavern restaurant with VIP video game booths and board game areas, a 200 seat esports arena, and a live broadcast production facility.

The venue offers broad appeal to adults and kids (under 18s need an adult supervising) and during off-peak hours it’s a great place for kids to play games to their heart’s content. 

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The main Tavern is down the escalator from the main entrance. It is built like a fake medieval castle and the walls are decorated with a rotating collection of artwork from games companies. You might recognise characters and scenes from Elder Scrolls, DOOM Eternal, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Rainbow Six Siege and more.

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We book out two VIP booths for Baby 2.0’s birthday party on a Saturday afternoon, which is considered off-peak time. 

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Each VIP booth must be booked with a minimum of four people. It costs $20 per person which is 100% redeemable on food and drinks, with 2 hours of included gaming on the Nintendo Switch. 

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Because each Nintendo Switch console only has four controllers, it’s best to book groups of multiples of four ie four, eight, twelve etc. Otherwise, someone will have to wait their turn to play with a controller (a hard ask for young kids especially!). 

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With the $20 per head credit there is more than enough food and drinks to share amongst a bunch of hungry boys! 

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Fortress Melbourne PC Gaming

Fortress is the perfect one-stop PC gaming spot that provides a smooth, fast, and unbeatable gaming experience for both pro and casual gamers. Players can dive into well-loved games such as League of Legends, Minecraft, CS:GO, Valorant and more. 

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Fortress Melbourne Streaming

Adjoining the PC Gaming room, streamers old and new are invited to check and try out the venue’s streamer pods. 

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This special streaming location can be booked out for a few hours along with a studio pass which will provide you with the perfect set-up to go live and stream to your fans.

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Fortress Melbourne Board Games

If video games aren’t your thing, there are over 100 board games you can hire from the Tavern Reception or feel free to bring your own board game instead.

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Some of the well-known board and tabletop games include Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Catan, Uno, and Azul!.

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Currently, the Tavern is offering a Bottomless Board Game package promotion where you can get Bottomless loaded fries & pizza, a free drink on arrival, and unlimited gameplay of their Board Game Library; or a Free Play Wednesday where you walk in or pre-book a table on Wednesdays and select from a library of over 100s board games to enjoy with friends or family.

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Fortress Melbourne Arcade games

If arcade games are what you’re looking for then Fortress also has a small area with prize games, skill games, retro games, modern games and more. 

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You'll find classic arcade games such as Tekken, Street Fighter, Mario Kart, Pinball, Basketball Hoops, Air Hockey, and of course the ever famous PacMan!

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Fortress Melbourne Bars & Dining

Take a break by grabbing a snack, drink or a meal from the Fortresssports bar or the fantasy-styled restaurant in The Tavern.

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The Tavern’s menu is house-made pub fare, finger food, and snacks. Drinks include soft drinks, specialty cocktails, and their very own Fortress Lager. The servings are generous so don’t over-order! 

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The Sports Bar is the place to watch live esports events and is only open when the esports arena is open. 

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Fortress Melbourne Location and Opening Hours

You can find the Fortress’ main entrance on the Lower Ground floor inside of Emporium Shopping Centre in Melbourne’s city centre. They also have an after-hours entry which can be found on 23 Caledonian Lane. 

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Entry is free though games, food and drinks are extra.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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