Coliseum V, a self-described “action bar,” will open on September 19 in a 13,000-square-foot space near Plaza Midwood. It’ll offer Hoppin’-style self-serve booze, archery tag, laser tag and 22 virtual reality booths.
“This took me two and half years to put together and make come to life,” owner Phil McHugh told me.
It’s unique (some would say crazy), and I totally believe him.
The open warehouse-style space is divided into three main areas: bar/lounge, action field and virtual reality bays. Separating the action field and virtual reality area you’ll find a refurbished double-decker bus with Paris-style cafe seating on both levels where you can sip self-pour cocktails while watching participants. “The action field is a theater,” said Phil.
Bar/Lounge: They’ll have 72 Hoppin’-style self-pour taps with pre-mixed cocktails, beer, wine, champagne and non-alcoholic beverages. Yes, unlike Hoppin’ and Pour, it’ll have cocktails — which means Coliseum V will have a membership program to meet alcohol laws (like Dot Dot Dot). It will not serve food, but expect food trucks in its giant parking lot.
Action field: On the 4,000-square-foot “action field” with green astroturf, you’ll be able to play laser tag and archery tag, a combat-style game that combines dodgeball and archery. No, I’m not joking. Groups will be divided into two teams (up to a total of 24 players). For archery tag, each player will be given a helmet and archery bow that shoots arrows with soft dodgeball-like tips. You’ll be able to book online and field time will run $12.95 for a half hour.
Virtual reality booths: There will be 22 10-by-10 virtual reality booths. Coliseum V isn’t messing around and will invest about $250,000 in the virtual reality system, provided by Ctrl V. Guests will have more than 100 games to choose from, and they can all play in the same game, which is really cool. You’ll be able to book online, and it’ll run $25/hr. “It’s the largest virtual reality setup in North America,” explained Phil.
Coliseum V will open to the public on Thursday, September 19. The exact address is 2801 E. Independence Blvd. (across the highway from Bojangles’ Coliseum).
OK, here’s a quick look around. I know, it’s pretty nuts.