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Mad Snake Cafe

Get your game on and relive the best of the 80s with the newest caffeine dealer in town.

By Tamara Howie

Sam Weston has unpacked boxes full of his beloved 80s memorabilia, plastered the walls of the Mad Snake Cafe with movie posters and set up shelves of toys, books and goodies from arguably the best decade.

“This is my childhood – for years I’ve collected posters and toys and 80s memorabilia,” he says.

“It’s like my man-cave but for the whole of Darwin.”

Mad Snake Cafe opened in November last year, joining a growing number of funky, locally-owned and operated businesses in the Air Raid Arcade.

“When I came down here I could feel it in the air, you can feel something exciting is happening there – I thought if I didn’t take this opportunity, how mad would I be?,” Weston says.

Among the toys are a collection of board games, which test friendships and create new ones with Monopoly and board game nights on Wednesday evenings.

The menu caters for a variety of foodies, with goodies from local businesses Fig ’n’ Bananas, who provide a range of vegan breads and cakes, and D-Town Coffee Roasters.

“It’s important to support locals and I wouldn’t serve it if it wasn’t any good.”

Mon – Thu, 7.30am-5pm | Fri, 7.30am-7pm | Sat, 9am-1pm | Air Raid Arcade, 35 Cavenagh Street, Darwin | 0416 784 968


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