Vigilante, a gaming bar, seeks to open with crowdfunded investors

Starting this fall, you won’t have to leave your board game at home when you want to go out and socialize: Vigilante Gaming Bar is going to have food, drinks and customized tables for playing more than 150 games in a fun open setting.

Opening at 7010 Easy Wind Dr. — in the same multi-use complex as Black Star Co-Op, off North Lamar Boulevard — Vigilante launched an investment campaign on NextSeed that, like the one for the Brewer’s Table and other local bars and restaurants, allows just about anyone to participate. The Brewer’s Table, an upcoming brewpub in East Austin, is just one of the places taking advantage of a new law giving ordinary people the ability to invest in projects important to them.

Vigilante is, too. The bar, which has CEO Preston Swincher and president Philip “Flip” Kromer at the helm, is raising between $75,000 and $150,000 “to help build the empty retail space into the quality full-service bar & restaurant our patrons demand,” according to the NextSeed campaign. The bar has gotten a little less than half of the $75,000 minimum so far but is banking on the intriguing concept to draw interest.

“Vigilante is the latest evolution of the mainstreaming of nerd culture,” the Vigilante team writes on NextSeed. “Formerly niche hobbies are becoming major profit centers: comic books are now movie blockbusters, video games outperform those blockbusters, gadgets are ubiquitous, geek chic is fashionable and (most pertinently) we are in the golden era of the board game. Board game cafes have proliferated nationally as hybrid game retailers/coffee shops.”

Photo from Vigilante. A rendering of a board game bar, Vigilante, that will offer a fun space to drink beer and play games.
Photo from Vigilante. A rendering of a board game bar, Vigilante, that will offer a fun space to drink beer and play games.

But this burgeoning concept of a “board game cafe” doesn’t “adequately serve craft beer and bar enthusiasts who prefer a well-designed atmosphere, full menu, wide beverage selection and tableside service,” according to Vigilante.

The bar will have local beers, like Thirsty Planet’s Buckethead IPA and Independence’s Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout, on tap, as well as “a food menu of re-imagined bar classics” (like sliders versus burgers, so grease doesn’t interrupt your gaming).

To help bring Vigilante’s vision to life in the remaining 20 days the NextSeed campaign runs, contribute at least $100 and consider yourself an investor who will receive a return with 18 percent interest. Invest $500 or more and you’ll start getting perks that go beyond financial, including a “Secret Society Membership.”

In the end, Swincher, Kromer and marketing director Zack Daschofsky hope to offer an “excellence-driven bar especially designed for the modern, grown-up nerd (we think that’s a compliment),” according to the Vigilante website.

Expect the 3,800 sq. ft. Vigilante to open at the end of this year, with hours from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. For more information, visit

Author: Arianna Auber

Arianna Auber writes in-depth news about beer, wine and spirits for Liquid Austin and keeps readers in the know about fun local events with the Planner.

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