By Kevin Collison
Terry Keith and his partner Eddie Reese have come up with a new concept where you can escape with friends to a virtual world and have a real drink or two while you’re at it.
Their new Double Tap virtual reality arcade and pub is opening this Saturday at 310 Oak in the River Market next door to the Strange Days Brewing Co.
Keith said the inspiration for the new business occurred when he tried his first virtual reality game in November 2018.
“I played VR once with a friend and was hooked,” he said.
“I thought it would be great to play with all my friends but there was no place to make it a group outing and get a drink.”
Double Tap is partnering with HTC Vive on its VR headsets and will offer opportunities for individuals, groups of five or larger party groups to play the same VR game together or solitary games.
An individual “lane” where someone can play games on their own will cost $20 per hour Monday through Thursday, and $25 on the weekend.
A standard lane is where up to five people can play together sharing two VR headsets for $40 per hour Monday through Thursday, $50 on the weekends. Players can split the cost among themselves.
The party lane for groups up to 10 players includes three VR headsets and costs $80 per hour Monday through Thursday, $100 on the weekend. Again, players can divvy up the cost.
Each lane features two video screens, one showing the game being played, the other whatever program the players want.
“Our focus is to create a fun environment for people to come and a great time and have a drink,” Keith said. “If you don’t want to do VR, you can grab a drink and play one of our six arcade games.”
Double Tap will have a full bar, but no food. People can bring in whatever they’d like to eat or have it delivered.
The arcade will 30 VR games available with new ones swapped in monthly. Players also can ask for a VR game in advance.
Hours will be Monday through Thursday, 4- 11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Capacity during the current Covid-19 health restrictions is 80 people, but when restrictions are lifted Double Tap can accommodate 160.
Keith urges players to dress casually.
“You will sweat,” he advised.
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