Downtown’s Nerd nightclub beckons geeks (and everyone else)

The Nerd has landed.
Photo: Spencer Burton

Can’t find Nintendo Switch? The Nerd has it, and we’re not talking about the spoiled teenager two doors down. The latest Downtown drinkery, located at the former Drink & Drag location on the second level of Neonopolis, soft-opened last Thursday adorned with Marvel and movie memorabilia and boasting an impressive complement of bar amenities: video-game console rentals (with PlayStation VR to come), bowling lanes, billiards and tabletop games like Catan and Ticket to Ride—all currently free, though bar-minimums will apply when things get busy. Partners Jonathan Borchetta (Voodoo ZipLine at the Rio) and Nick Fotheringham (Millennial Esports, whose arena is just upstairs) have big plans for the developing hangout/dance spot, including cosplay promotions, comic/game release parties and more, all designed to merge hospitality, nostalgia and all things geek. Says Borchetta: “It’s a melting pot of a Comic-Con.”

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