IMAGE VIA BOSTON BIT FEST FROM THEIR SECRET AMESBURY, MA, BATCAVE OF GAMES
With the rise of vintage arcade-hipster bar mashups that have been around for a while in places like Brooklyn, NY, and for that matter the number of Hub bars and restaurants that have taken to setting up permanent classic home video games for patrons to geek out with while noshing (see: A4 Pizza Bar in Somerville), it’s safe to say that nostalgic romps through the pixelated gaming past is still something the people crave.
And next Thursday, that craving is going to be sated in a pretty fantastic way.
Because the Boston Bit Fest is going down December 11 from 5pm-midnight, at Somerville’s Aeronaut Brewing Co. The event will feature approximately 24 arcade video game cabinets (think: DigDug, Ms. Pac Man, Final Fight, Asteroids) and also classic multi-player console games both for play and for purchase, as well as vendors selling classic video games and other fantasticness from the thrones of geekery. And all are welcome.
“We will have fun tournaments for all people, not just hardcore game nerds,” says Rob Hall, one of the founding organizers.
In addition to the gaming fun gluttony, there’ll be opportunities for regular gluttony as well courtesy of the killer Aeronaut beer flowing, and lauded food truck Munch Mobile Kitchen providing eats in the courtyard. Davis Square comics emporium Comicazi will also be one of the vendors on hand, along with High Energy Vintage (old school video games, vintage threads and records) and Dracut’s Bazaar Game Trading.
So to recap: this is a one night party filled with classic arcade games, comics, vintage clothes, food truck grub, and beer.
Dan is a freelance journalist and has written for publications including Vice, Esquire, the Daily Beast, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, MEL, Leafly, Thrillist, and DigBoston.