Netherworld

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186 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland

Serves meat, vegan options available. Arcade diner and bar that serves American and Japanese style food. Menu items are vegan by default with non-vegan options add-ons. Open Tue-Wed 12:00pm-11:00pm, Thu-Fri 12:00pm-12:00am, Sat 12:00pm-1:00am, Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Fusion, Non-veg

11 Reviews

First Review by HeidiW

Out of this world! - Edit

This place is amazing! Definitely the most memorable part of my trip to Brisbane, and probably one of my favorite spots I’ve been to in recent memory. It’s a fun place with a wide range of pinball machines, arcade games, and even video game consoles. There’s a really nice array, including fighting games, shooters, side-scrolling games, and old classics. And if that wasn’t enough to entice you, they have a great selection of beer and an absolutely mouthwatering vegan menu.
Everything on the menu is vegan by default, although you can substitute meat and/or cheese if you want (bring your omni friends!). We opted for the mushroom burger, eggplant katsu burger, and udon “mac” and cheez. Everything was delicious. I’m salivating right now just thinking about it. Really fantastic comfort food, and it’s complemented perfectly by beer and games.
In short, this is an amazing place. If I could give it 8 starts, I would. If you find yourself in Brisbane, don’t miss Netherworld.

Pros: Awesome vegan menu, Lots of fun games, Great beer selection

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Fun place and fun food - Edit

Netherworld is a fun place to go to with friends - they have multiple games (board games, arcade games, pinball machines, card games, video games!) and vegan food. All food is automatically vegan unless you alter the ingredients.

Their portions are big, they love to experiment with food, and they are delicious. I hope that in the future they release more food dishes especially since they removed their delicious BBQ pulled jackfruit from their loaded fries.

The food is amazing but the place is usually noisy which is to be expected but Netherworld is constantly crowded and I think they should get a bigger venue considering how full it always is. There have been times I haven't been able to fully enjoy my food because there is no place to sit. Amazing place regardless

Pros: Delicious, Big portions, Friendly staff

Cons: Noisy, Limited time for food, Crowded

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Amazing place - Edit

Best place to have fun and eat vegan. All the menu is vegan (alcohol included) and every items is amazing ! Staff is also very nice.

Pros: All menu vegan

Cons: Cheap

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a full 5 stars!! - Edit

Whilst they do offer meat & dairy options, the menu is full vegan so you can choose anything. I went with their popular Burgatory burger and wow, that was a real burger!!! Sure there’s processed cheese etc but as a treat, so worth it. And the setting itself is so cool, filled with old school arcade machines. Make this a compulsory visit, you’ll be back!

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Amazing food! Vegan menu is the default. - Edit

Netherworld's menu is vegan by default and while they serve meat, it's not on the menu and you have to ask for it. This is vegan-world in reverse and I love it! The food is amazing! The burgatory is the best burger in Brisbane! Bar-none! The deep-fried mushrooms are delicious and the seasonal menu is full of surprises. Hot dogs, Tofu bites, mac and cheese, spicy chips... the list goes on! All the beers are vegan too and what an amazing selection they have. Finally, the board games, arcade and pinball machines make this place the number one venue in Brisbane for yummy vegan food and loads of fun. All ages are welcome, the staff are friendly and it's a home away from home for us. They also produce special pins for high scores on the games. We currently have a Galaga comp going at work and three out of four now have a pin. The best food, drinks and atmosphere await you and even if pubs aren't normally your scene, you'll love this place.

Pros: Amazing, delish food with lots of options, Arcade games, e.g. Galaga, The best beers going around

Cons: Parking can be tricky (catch the train), Super busy Friday and Saturday nights

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Fun, busy barcade style pub - Edit

What a blast this place is! Packed solid with pinball, arcade machines and a generous library of classic board games, this joint delivers a great night out.

First off, while this place is technically 'vegan options', it doesn't FEEL like one, because everything on the menu is vegan by default. The end result is liberating; there's no hunting around on the menu for what you can have. Order what you like and tell any omni friends you bought to customise. (At an extra charge; how novel for them to have to price up for once!) I adore this model and think it's one to copy for vegan-options restaurants.

Drinks are also excellent. The cocktail menu is small but excellent; the drinks on tap and in the fridge are great choices. For the designated drivers (like me) there are also house sodas available. Try the grapefruit.

The barcade aspect is also brilliant. This place is noisy, yes, but it's energetic and friendly as well. There's a great selection of games about. (Including, of course, the legendary Addams Family pinball machine.) Staff are helpful and friendly; they easily accommodated my gang of weirdo roleplayers running games of Fiasco and Baron Munchausen at one table by giving us index cards and coins. If you're more into the videogames than board games, there are also high score challenges to beat for pins.

One last note: I'm very appreciative of the Karmacade initiative here, where you can donate to a cause at any time. Round up all your drink purchases and send that money to a good cause. (And donate $10 for your karmacade pin. You know you want it.)

Deserves 5 stars.

Pros: Loud, crazy, energetic fun, The peanut butter and jam waffle is NUTS, Great staff

Cons: Noisy, crazy, hard-to-talk to others fun.

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Wonderful food and funky venue - Edit

I love Netherworld. All the food is vegan, you have to pay more to add meat. The food is tasty and different. The addition of the video game arcade makes it a great night out.

Pros: Huge selection of vegan food , funky venue, bar

Cons: Can get super busy , parking can be tricky , doesn't take reservations on weekends

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Great vegan bar food - Edit

My partner and I recently visited Netherworld for our anniversary lunch, because we wanted to see what all of the fuss is about.

The place has a great style to it. It's very alternative and "geek chic" (if anyone still says that), with board games and arcade games dominating the space, and despite the somewhat grungy aesthetic, everything was very clean, including the toilets (which is something of a novelty in Fortitude Valley). Unfortunately this atmosphere means that they've sacrificed the ability to have a quiet sit-down meal, particularly if you're with people who aren't gamers/general nerds/alternative types.

I say "unfortunately" because the food is awesome. This is the only non-vegan place I've ever seen that has vegan options as default (something I think we'll be seeing a lot more of in the future), and the food really doesn't disappoint. My partner had the Sasquatch, a bowl of coleslaw, BBQ jackfruit, onion rings and a sweet potato waffle; I had the Hellhound dog, a hotdog with a range of pickled toppings. Both of the meals were excellent, and I'm sure they would impress the most critical non-vegan.

This place is definitely well worth the visit for the food alone; if you're into retro gaming it's a must. Just be warned that they do get very busy at on Friday and Saturday nights, so if you're going for a meal, I'd recommend skipping those times.

Pros: Great food, Very clean

Cons: Busy, A bit noisy

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Super awesome, fun fantastic! - Edit

My partner and I frequent this fun establishment as often as we can. The menu is actually 100% vegan, so I wish I could rate this place 5 stars! However, for those who wish to add dairy or meat they pay extra, isn't this the way it could always be? Anyway, the food is diner type fare but you can find some kinda healthy stuff also, and the slaw is out of this world! Favourites are the Burgatory and the Teriyaki burger. This place is sooooo much fun!!! Playing the old school arcade games ($1 per game) and free board games! There is also a happy hour which I think is between 4-6pm, for each drink you get, you get a token to play a game. Check it out! Great night out! Staff and patrons friendly!

Pros: Lots of fun and delicious , Great crowd, Great staff

Cons: There's only one Netherworld ;)

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One of Brisbane's best - Edit

This is kind of how the near future should look. A place with awesome vegan food by default, and you have to pay extra if you want meat or dairy.

A lot of fried stuff, which is all great so far. There's cauliflower wings in some crazily delicious green sauce, loaded fries plates that are fantastic, tofu bits, every starter I've had has been delicious.

Then for mains you have fantastic burgers, a delicious coleslaw style bowl with some big fried thing in it, and then for the slightly healthier option a chickpea salad bowl with falafely balls in it.

Gets busy at the times you'd expect a place to get busy, but well worth the effort. Has heaps of classic video games, pinball machines and board games, plus it's actually a pub/bar so a full range of interesting beers and other drinks.

Coolest vegan friendly place to open in Brisbane in a while, pity it will live down here in the veg-friendly happy cow listings, because vegan by default is pretty cool.

Pros: Food is amazing, Vegan by default, Bar and games

Cons: Gets busy, which is cool actually

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Super cool - Edit

Everything on the menu is vegan, but you can add meat or dairy options to some items

Pros: games, bar

Cons: noisy

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