San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose is the new home of a 15,000 square foot hybrid video game center and bar aptly titled the AFK Gamer Lounge. Formerly the location of the Los Gatos Bar and Grill, the AFK Gamer Lounge accommodates 65 PC’s and numerous console games, with enough space to expand to more than 100 PC’s during live events and video game sports competitions.
“On Saturday May 9, we’re hosting the Red Bull Battlegrounds LAN San Jose competition—the game of choice for the competition is DOTA 2 (Defense of the Ancients),” says Kevin Wick, co-owner and operator of AFK.
“AFK,” is a gamer term used to describe an online gamer who is not currently playing, but is still logged into the game. In this case, most of the gamers are probably AFK because they’re enjoying a craft beer or cocktail from the fully stocked bar, or eating “gamer snacks,” such as corn dogs at the new video game-themed lounge.
“Corn dogs, they’re the perfect gamer food,” said Wick. “It’s so convenient for a gamer because it’s on a stick and not in your hands.”
The AFK Gamer Lounge is offering a lot more than corn dogs with a menu that includes fried calamari, beef sliders and homemade bread sticks.
The craft cocktails feature fresh ingredients and gamer-approved titles such as the “Press Start” and the “Falcon Punch!,” which is made with Kappa Pisco, Grand Marnier, pineapple juice, angostura bitters, lime juice, orange juice, cinnamon syrup, ginger beer, and grated nutmeg.
The AFK Gamer Lounge caters to gamers of all skill levels with a library of titles including hardcore PC games, such as League of Legends and Counter-Strike, and less time-consuming games such as Super Smash Brothers.
“This place is for the gaming community—specifically for gamers to come out of their houses and be in a real-world social environment to play the games they love, while also enjoying delicious craft cocktails and amazing food,” Wick says.
Gamers can pay $50 a month for unlimited game time, but Wick said they are also currently working out a system where purchasing food and drinks will earn customers game time.
The AFK Gamer Lounge is open to all ages, but anyone under 21 must leave when the kitchen closes.