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Adelaide-first entertainment and dining precinct Funlab to open in Rundle Place

Funlab, the creator of immersive social experiences, unveils its largest South Australian venue to date in the heart of Adelaide at Rundle Place.

Funlab, the creator of immersive social experiences, unveils its largest South Australian venue to date in the heart of Adelaide.

Launching on November 30, this entertainment wonderland, located in Rundle Place on Rundle Mall, will feature three of Funlab’s iconic venues: Hijinx Hotel, Strike Bowling, and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, all making their debut in the state.

This dynamic precinct offers endless hours of competitive socialising fun, all under one roof. With ten quick-play game rooms at Hijinx Hotel, eight bowling lanes at Strike, and a mesmerising array of arcades, dodgems, and virtual reality experiences at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, there’s something to thrill every visitor.

But the fun doesn’t end with games. The 450-person venue boasts function rooms, gourmet food and beverage options, and two bars – one themed for Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq and the other for Hijinx Hotel. After indulging in whimsical fun, guests can tantalize their taste buds with a variety of delectable treats.

Hijinx Hotel isn’t your typical accommodation; it’s a whimsical world where you play, not stay. As guests enter, they’ll be greeted by an Instagram-worthy spectacle that’s part quirky New York hotel, part Willy Wonka’s factory, and all fun. Visitors will be the first in South Australia to experience the quick-play immersive rooms that blend theater, wonder, and challenges within what appears to be ten hotel rooms.

Each room is nostalgic, uniquely designed for groups of two to six players to work together on challenges within a four-minute window, aiming to score points on a leaderboard. Adelaidean visitors will encounter favourites like Adore-a-ball Pool, Scrambled, Poke the Dots, and Candy Ball Pool, along with an exclusive room for Adelaide: Who Said That?

Once the challenges are conquered, guests can head to the onsite bar to enjoy the Instagram-worthy Bubble and Pop cocktail or opt for classic non-alcoholic beverages and food items. Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is a sensory feast, a circus wonderland where visitors can try their luck with traditional arcade games, dodgem cars, virtual reality, and win fabulous prizes. With games like Connect 4 hoops, Mario Kart, and the new Bop It Arcade, there’s no shortage of thrilling experiences.

For an added dose of sensory delight, guests can head to the bar, where Archie’s imaginative cocktails and iconic loaded shakes are a visual and flavor explosion. Try the Candy Stand, a boozy strawberry shake, or the Pop Til You Drop, a cocktail flavor adventure.

Strike Bowling will have a self-check-in for eight bowling lanes and three function rooms, including karaoke, it’s a one-stop shop for entertainment. With dimmed lights, a booming sound system, and lane service, guests can enjoy mouthwatering food and beverages while bowling. Augmented technology projects animated targets onto the lanes, adding an interactive twist to the game.

Funlab CEO Michael Schreiber said the much-anticipated venue is perfect for all ages and allows people to let loose and enjoy time with friends and family, while adding some healthy competitive socialising to the mix.

“Since we launched our first Adelaide Funlab venue, Holey Moley, in 2017, we have been looking for the next opportunity to expand our brand’s offerings in the city. And Rundle Place is the perfect space for us to bring our Funlab brands to life. We are bringing back the nostalgia and whimsical fun and awe of Dazzeland updated for next gen fun seekers of all ages.

“Aussies are looking for fun that goes beyond the typical bar, pub, or restaurant, and that’s what we offer at our Funlab venues. Extraordinary worlds of fun in a theatrical and immersive environment, that combine competitive socialising, with delicious food and beverage offerings. We’re enabling people to let loose and bring back the joy they had as a kid in the playground,” Mr Schreiber said.

Since launching its first Adelaide Funlab venue, Holey Moley, in 2017, Funlab has been on the lookout for opportunities to expand its brand’s offerings in the city. Rundle Place provides the ideal space to bring the Funlab experience to life, combining nostalgia, whimsy, and immersive environments in a theatrical setting.

Mandy Beresford, Rundle Place Centre Manager, shares the excitement of welcoming Funlab’s Strike, Hijinx Hotel, and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq to South Australia for the first time. These offerings are expected to be a hit with shoppers and visitors, transforming Rundle Place into a vibrant after-hours attraction.

Funlab
Where: Level 1, Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000 (entry via Grenfell St and Rundle Mall)
Trading Hours:
Monday to Thursday – 1200 to 2200, Friday – 1200 to 0000, Saturday – 1000 to 0000, Sunday – 1000 to 2200
Prices:

    • Hijinx Hotel
    • 1 corridor (5 game rooms)
    • $25 – $27 per Adult
    • $20 per U18
    • Strike
    • Bowling (one game of bowling)
    • $18-$20 per Adult
    • $12 per U18
    • Karaoke (1 hour)
    • $80 – $100
    • Archie Brothers
    • Arcade Games
    • From $30 per person

    Pre-booking is now open for November 30th, for more details and to book visit:

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