First look: Eighties bar 88mph opening in Canberra, complete with karaoke rooms

Jil Hogan
New Canberra '80s bar 88mph will serve up cocktails on tap, like the Blue Lagoon.
New Canberra '80s bar 88mph will serve up cocktails on tap, like the Blue Lagoon. Photo: Supplied

Want to know how to get back to the eighties? The DeLorean time machine managed to get there by travelling at 88 miles per hour in Back to the Future.

Or you could just walk down the staircase to 88mph, Canberra's first dedicated '80s bar. 

Hidden in the basement of a building in Hobart Place in Civic, 88mph has karaoke rooms, arcade games, a light-up dance floor, constant '80s tunes, themed food and cocktails, and plenty of neon lights.

The team behind the venue knows how to pull off a good theme - Ant Arena, Lorenzo Focarile and Dean Brown are also owners of Molly, Black Market and The Highball Express.

In the back are three karaoke rooms, where you can belt out your best Whitney or John Mellencamp to your nearest and dearest. The rooms range from small to one that fits up to 22 people, which will be available to hire by the hour, with a completely '80s song catalogue.

To eat there are pizzas, with names like Don't Call Me Tony and May the Sauce Be With You. There are rotating cocktails on tap - think Blue Lagoon, Cosmpolitan, and a Japanese Slipper - plus beers, wine and slushies.​

88mph will open in mid-October.

Basement, 8-10 Hobart Place, Canberra88mph.bar