THE CIRQUE-US HAS ROLLED INTO MELBOURNE

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq Melbourne, a circus-themed leisure-tainment wonderland located at The District Docklands, opened its doors on Thursday 18 October 2018.

Brought to you by the team at Funlab - the masterminds behind Holey Moley, Strike Bowling Bars and B. Lucky & Sons - Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq brings a dazzling, mind-boggling hub of ‘kidult’ activities to Melburnians, so vast, guests might have a hard time deciding where to start.

But never fear, they’ll soon find their bearings, and get amongst the 67 arcade games including Mario Kart and Willy Wonka, theme-park activities including Dodgems and Coney Island, trippy virtual reality experiences, bowling and ThrillRide, one of Australia’s best interactive XD motion theatres.

Win tickets arcade-style and trade them in for wacky prizes including pop vinyls, gaming consoles, and 90’s retro paraphernalia.

The Archie Brothers interiors are a feast for the senses. Upon entering through red velvet drapes, notice the scent of popcorn and fairy floss heavy on the air, and look out into a sea of colourful flashing arcade game signs, to the soundtrack of DJ spun tunes, punctuated by gaming theme songs. The tricked-up cocktail bar, built to resemble a vintage carousel, forms a focal point of the room. Booth seating in the surrounding area is modelled around classic theme park rides like the Cha Cha and Tea Cup Ride.

The food menu is a hybrid of circus-cum-theme park-cum-American-diner grub, including the boisterous Bullfighter Burger – beef patty, bacon, pulled pork, tomato, pickle, cheese, and Texas BBQ sauce (meat sweats alert); The Fire Breather hotdog – milk bun, cheesy kransky dog, Coney Island beef chilli, cheese, spicy mayo and jalapenos; or the Cannonballs – crispy potato gems, cheddar cheese dust, and caramelised garlic aioli. Guests can make their order even more Insta-worthy with a condiment syringe – choose from ketchup, Texas BBQ, chilli aioli, secret burger sauce, or oozy cheese.

Speaking of Insta-worthy, Archie Brothers’ range of brand new ‘loaded’ shakes and cocktails will have thirsty punters snapping away all night. Stars of the show include Shark Tanq; Tanqueray Gin, blue liqueur, fresh lime, coconut syrup, egg white, orange bitters, and coconut and berry flavoured Red Bull, garnished with gummy shark lollies; Cookie Monster – milkshake topped with whipped cream, a ‘candy tower’, crushed cookies, and a custom made Cookie Monster cookie (non-alcoholic); Circus Sour - with vodka, Cointreau, Chambord, bubble gum syrup, lemon juice, egg white, garnished with floating candy; and the classic Espresso Martini, with the optional side of a mini Magnum.

Archie Brothers takes guests on a walk-in basis, bookings are required for functions only. Bookings now available for Christmas parties.

Melbourne is the second Archie Brothers location in Australia; Alexandria, Sydney opened in December 2017.