Dave & Buster’s offers road trip respite – with games!
Sometimes a little rest and recreation is in order while on a Road Trip for Beer, especially if you’re taking side trips while on a family vacation.
And if blowing things up, racing cars and motorcycles or stealing idols from temples while being chased by zombie monkeys isn’t restful … well, what is? Especially if you can enjoy a beer or other adult drink while the kids are taking turns doing those same things – virtually, of course
Dave & Buster’s has been running its “Summer of Games 2013” promotion this year and it continues through August 25, so there’s still time to take advantage of it before the kids go back to school. Or, if you’re a big kid yourself, feel free to join in.
The folks at Dave & Buster’s were kind enough to host us for a tour of the Orlando store recently. A Dave & Buster’s is divided into different areas. On the game floor part, there is the “Million Dollar Midway,” where the video and other games are located. That is further divided into “redemption” games and simulators. The redemption games are the ones that spit out tickets when you’re done, which can be redeemed for prizes at the “Winners Circle” area, including the top prize – a new iPad. Simulators include 3D, 4D and racing games in which groups of people can participate. Some locations include billiards tables and shuffleboard courts; the Orlando store did not have those.
As part of the Games of Summer promo, eight new games have been introduced on the Million-Dollar Midway at all 61 Dave & Buster’s locations throughout the United States. To play the games, a customer much purchase a PowerCard, similar to debit cards, that you can pay to be loaded at machines in the midway, and as part of the promotion, guest can get free play on five of the games with the purchase or recharge of a PowerCard.
The games include giant-sized versions of well-known mobile games, such as “Temple Run” and “Cut the Rope,” redesigned to allow players to win prizes. I thought I was pretty good at “Temple Run,” but playing it on a 42-inch screen, though a blast, took a little getting used to.
Besides the games, you’ll also find a bar and restaurant area. And since this is Road Trips for Beer, so you may ask, “What about the beer?”
Unfortunately for the craft beer geek, you won’t find much here to satisfy your discerning palate other than Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The rest are macrobrews and popular imports. But a little bird told me that there have been discussions with another major craft beer retailer, and your humble editor did his duty by letting his host know about some of the great local and national craft beer options that his fellow beer geeks would like to see served on tap.
But if you’re a cross-drinker like me, there’s some fun new drinks that have been introduced as part of the Summer of Games promos. I was talked into trying the CoronaRita. I’m not a big fan of Corona beer, but the taste definitley when it’s injected into a margarita.
New drinks include the Strawberry Summerita and Strawberry Sangria, both of which are cooled with strawberry-flavored ice cubes. And next time I’ll definitely have to try one of the “adult snowcones” such as the Miami Ice, which is Skyy Infusions Coconut Vodka and Malibu Coconut Rum mixed with Minute Maid lemonade and Strawberry Bacardi Premium Mixer poured over crushed ice. And of course traditional cocktails and wine are served as well.
Kelly Finnessy, marketing manager for Dave & Buster’s Orlando, emphasized that the family-friendly venue means that staffers remain vigilant about preventing underage drinking and over-consumption.
“We are very strict,” she says.
And then there’s the food. The promotion also introduces three new dishes: Potato Chip-Crusted Chicken, Bacon-Wrapped Beef Medallions & Grilled Shrimp, and Grilled Balsamic Chicken. I tried the Potato-Chip Crusted Chicken and though it’s a dish best consumed by someone not on a diet – or taking a break from one – it’s decadently delicious.
All Dave & Buster’s locations also have separate rooms that can be rented for birthday parties, fantasy sports drafts, corporate events and so on.
For more information, visit the Dave & Buster’s website.