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A spotlight with a local expert who brings a unique way to game in Charlotte. Meet the gamers behind Abari Game Bar!

In Charlotte we are so fortunate to be surrounded by the best bars, breweries and restaurants. But one hidden gem that we can’t get enough of is Abari Game Bar. Abari combines old-school style games with local beers and craft cocktails that creates the perfect night out. Meet the team behind the bar that taking us back to the past with its selection of vintage games.

Abari Game Bar Q&A: Zach

Question: Introduce yourself! 

Zach: My name is Zach Pulliam, and I am the owner of Abari Game Bar. Gaming has always been a huge part of my life, so opening Abari to share the joy of gaming is a dream come true. I am dedicated to fostering friendships through gaming and creating a safe and fun environment for all people.

Question: Why did you decide to open your own business? 

Zach: The game bar concept was always something I wanted to do since the original bar/arcade concept opened in Brooklyn. I worked IT for around 5 years, and though I enjoyed it, I always had the thought of opening Abari in the back of my mind. I finally got up the courage to heavily research the business and apply for a small business loan. I knew I would have regretted not trying to open the business.

Question: When did you open Abari Game Bar?

Zach: I think the overall experience of Abari is my favorite. The arcade was a treat for most people growing up, so to recapture that magic as an adult is incredible. Even if you didn’t grow up going to arcades, the living room area is there to provide you with the nostalgia or playing consoles with your friends. Add in a delicious adult beverage and you have an experience that caters to your kid and adult sides!

Question: What does your brand mean to you?

Zach: Abari of course is a play on the words Atari and Bar. To me, Abari as a brand is a show of love and dedication to gaming.

Question: If someone were to start to begin the entrepreneurial process, what advice would you give them?

Zach: Do your research, have a good support group, don’t be discouraged by setbacks, and plan to offer a quality product.

Question: A message for locals?

Zach: No matter who you are, you will always be home at Abari. We pride ourselves in building friendships with our customers and making everyone feel like they are a part of Abari. We are dedicated to offering the best maintained games and to continue offering a great gaming experience for all.

Interested in getting your game on with Abari or just want to try something new? Check out Abari's  every day offerings here and if you’re looking to plan an epic team outing or private event, you can check out their private event offerings here!

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