The 90s. The decade had some of the best films like The Lion King and Forrest Gump. The decade that had corded phones. The decade where going online would require dial-up and that horrible screechy dial-up sound and then someone telling you to get off the internet so they could use the home phone.
Well, for those who grew up in the 90s or wished they did, can relive some of those memories every weekend until the end of August at The Throwback Lounge at The District Docklands. Created by Ego Expo as a Winter pop-up, the venue pays homage to the 90s, complete with 90s video games, 90s music, arcade games, and plenty of other 90s things along the way.
As you enter, you are hit head-on first with a pillar covered in posters of pop culture references from the decade—everything from Titanic and Seinfeld to a plethora of Disney films to even a Windows 95 poster. Housed near the TV were some VHS tapes and Pokémon trading cards as well as ’90s board games on display.
One of the main attractions at the venue is a custom-built cereal bar with over 30+ cereals from all over the world to taste and enjoy with no limit for only $39 per person. A selection of snacks, including popular ones from the 90s are available such as pop-tarts, spaghetti jaffles, mac ‘n’ cheese, and milkshakes.
Moving on from the food and drinks are the games. On the other side of the lounge, guests can play either the PlayStation, WII, and or Nintendo Switch. Adding extra nostalgia to that are the arcade games where everything from Mario Kart or Daytona can be played for many fun hours, just like old times. There is plenty of space to sit back and relax or dance along as the DJ cranks out classic 90s hits for everyone to enjoy.
Whether you are a kid who grew up in the 90s or even a child who is, then a visit to The Throwback Lounge is worth going out and braving the cold this August, the event is family-friendly and open to all ages.
Be sure to check the website for more on times and details as each weekend has additional events, activities, and daily prizes and competitions, ranging from everything to a sneakers paint ‘n’ sip, dance crew showcases, or a talent show, with a chance to win $1000.
The Throwback Lounge is here from Friday to Sunday for only four weeks, up until and including the weekend of 26 – 28 August from 12 pm-9 pm.
Entry to the Throwback Lounge is free, but you’re encouraged to register online. There’s also separate ticketing for the programmed events.
To find out more about Throwback Lounge, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/90s-throwback-lounge-at-the-district-docklands-tickets-379470134387?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Written by Jake Freeman.
Photography by @LazyFair_