Need an idea for a holiday party? Rent this new private BYOB arcade inside a Mile-Ex warehouse in Montreal
Anyone looking to catch up with private parties, and especially offices trying to schedule their vacation meetings, are scrambling to find places in Montreal right now (just try to get a reservation). As 2021 draws to a close, a new spot has opened up, totally different: Arcade Mile-X Arcade is a private arcade inside a Mile-Ex warehouse that you can rent out for parties.
Fully commendable with dozens of games, it’s a BYOB space (and bring your own food but they’re currently looking for catering partners) where up to 50 guests can get exclusive access to all of the arcade of over 40 machines (full list here) and the perennial space summer lounge for a full night out – outfitted with a high-fidelity jukebox filled with rare records, a complete 1979 Chevy pickup truck and the ultimate 20-hour pinball movie – for a flat rate of $ 1,250.
As for the current COVID restrictions? All guests aged 12 and over should be fully immunized, the arcade is thoroughly sanitized prior to your arrival, and staff are always ready to wear a mask.
Where does Arcade Mile-X Arcade come from?
The new operation comes from Charlotte Fillmore-Handlon and Adam Kiesler of North Star Machines in Piastres, Justin Evans (co-founder of LANDR, a Montreal AI music company) and Charles Bombardier. This is a free private arcade room located inside the North Star Machines storage warehouse in Piastres, rentable for BYOB parties and a place to buy your own arcade machines.
âWe had been looking for spaces all over the city since the spring, but nothing was going really well,â Fillmore-Handlon told Time Out Montreal in an interview. “Too far, or not big enough, or too big. Then in September we found our listing for our space and knew it was perfect. We moved on October 1 and since then we have continued to operate at full capacity. . “
âThe best part about this space is its versatility. We can organize everything from afterworks 5-7 to birthday parties to office parties and beyond. It’s a super wild place where everyone can have fun. . “
A dream to create a space for arcade parties
During the pandemic, owners were forced to close their flagship bar, North Star Machines in Piastres on Boulevard Saint-Laurent. That didn’t mean they would stop selling pinball machines – the group made headlines in late 2020 by making pinball home deliveries. âAdam and I turned the space into a pinball workshop. We worked in the bar fixing games that we then rented out to people at home,â says Fillmore-Handlon. “We also spent a lot of time alone at the bar playing pinball – our own private arcade room.”
âWe spent that time dreaming of a space where we could have our ideal pinball workshop,â she adds. They started working on all the aspects they wanted: at ground level so it would be easy to move games in and out; plenty of space for games and spare parts; an exhibition hall to display their extensive collection; and, finally, a private arcade where they could entertain their friends when restrictions permitted.
âIt would be a space that people could rent and enjoy with their own friends and family that they missed so much during the cold winter nights of the pandemic. It would be a place that would welcome all ages, so that parents can pass on their love of pinball and arcade games to their children. “
But why a private arcade room?
âWe built North Star Machines in Piastres as a welcoming and inclusive space where pinball is a way of community building, a way to connect with strangers and new friends,â says Fillmore-Handlon. She’s right: the bar is known for hosting pinball competitions, and those who love the place return there regularly.
âWith Arcade Mile-X Arcade, we wanted to create something a little different, but with the same sense of community. We wanted to create a private and comfortable space to share and play games with your friends, something a little bit more personal, intimate, a space to share with your community. “
Arcade Mile-X Arcade is available for rent on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 020-6560 avenue de l’Esplanade. Space can be rented through their website here, and the full list of games available to play when you rent is here.