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New Nightspot/Restaurant Gypsy Bar Coming to Cityscape

See also: New Gypsy Bar at Lucky Strike Brings Video Games and Dance Club Action to Cityscape

Another eating and drinking spot is coming to CityScape and it's a wee bit different than the other new restaurants that have arrived recently at the chain-happy downtown Phoenix outdoor mall. How so? It's got an arcade inside, just in case you wanted a side of Pac-Man to go along with that order of pork ribs.

Gypsy Bar -- a combination nightspot, dance club, restaurant, drinkery, and game parlor -- is set to open at CityScape by September's end and is connected to the posh Lucky Strike Lanes.

While flashy arcade and redemption games offer thrills in the back of the establishment, a majority of the floor space at Gypsy Bar, which is also owned by Lucky Strike founder Steven Foster, will be devoted to food and drink.

A large white corian bar decked out with an ivory-colored leather trim dominates the place and will serve luxe libations, including an extensive and eclectic cocktail menu of 30 sophisticated and specialty cocktails.

Gypsy Bar's general manager Dallas Henderson says that they will also have twenty taps pouring microbrews and locally crafted beers, as well as the dozens of domestic beers available by the bottle. Four big screen 55-inch HDTVs will hang above the bar and screen NFL games and other sporting events, as well as boxing and UFC pay-per-views.

The dining area next to the bar will have space for anywhere from 75 to 100 patrons. Henderson says that both Lucky Strike and Gypsy Bar will share the same menu, which is getting revamped and will offer more cuisine options.

In addition to a selection of sliders and sammies, both establishments are adding sushi (including specialty rolls like the "Kingpin" and "Lucky Strike"), a variety of tacos featuring such fillings as marinated short rib meat, and new appetizers like fresh-made guacamole and fondue.

Henderson says that Gypsy Bar will also provide more of a "traditional dining experience" than its sister location next door.

"At Lucky Strike, it's a little weird because the dining area is set up more like a lounge," he says. "But at Gypsy Bar, its a bit more like a restaurant, if that makes sense."

Just be sure to wipe off those hands before heading to the back and grabbing ahold of a joystick.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.