While video games have been gaining popularity in recent years, it’s the likes of Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto that usually make the top ten in contemporary video game lists. But what about the more obscure realm of games? Sci-fis, fantasies, the classics that we grew up with like Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and Final Fantasy? It’s not easy being a true nerd, but one place you can always feel like you belong is Orlando’s gamer bar Cloak and Blaster, where you can drink, relax with like company, and even play classics like Mario Kart!

The bottom floor of Cloak and Blaster is set up like a medieval dining hall—think the long tables in Harry Potter—and the walls are covered in iconic memorabilia. Swords from Lord of the Rings, maps of fantastical worlds, and almost bottomless collection of board games that you can take back to your table.

The top floor is a lounge dedicated to console gaming. They feature several different couches with TVs and either Nintendo Switches or Xbox. You can add a game onto your tab for about $5 and play to your heart’s content.



The menu is where things really get fun. You’ll find a reference to almost every classic game and movie here, from ‘Chocobo Tenders,’ to ‘Gollum’s Fish ‘N Chips,’ with the bottle list arranged by class (Paladin, Druid, Rogue, etc.).

With over 500 board games, 90+ craft beers, ciders, and meads, delicious tavern fare, and an amazingly inclusive vibe, what’s there to not like?

If you're looking for more nerdy action, you can look forward to this Pac-Man maze coming to Orlando next year, and Christmas at Hogwarts.

Cloak and Blaster

Price: $$

When: 6p.m. - 12a.m.

Address: 875 Woodbury Road #108, Orlando, FL 32828

Why You Need To Go: Play retro video games, drink some great mead, and live your best nerdy life.

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