Glance at Guild Hall from the sidewalk, and it looks like just another Burbank neighborhood bar.
There are all the expected features: dozens of liquor bottles, beer taps, gastropub burgers and televisions.
But go inside 3516 W. Victory Blvd., and you will see a cocktail inspired by the dad-dating simulation game “Dream Daddy,” a large bookshelf with three editions of “Settlers of Catan” and a plethora of other strategy board games.
Instead of live sports, TVs are showing Twitch live streams of “Dota 2,” “Super Mario Maker,” “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” “League of Legends” and other popular video games.
Guild Hall is, in fact, an esports bar, where gamers and nerds can eat, play games and watch livestreamers try out different games or professional gaming teams duke it out in tournaments.
Unlike EightyTwo, a vintage arcade bar in downtown Los Angeles, or Game Haus, a board-game cafe in Glendale, Guild Hall owner Spencer Cox said he wanted to create an establishment that focused on esports but still provided a comfortable place where patrons can grab a craft beer or cocktail, order good food and play an assortment of board games.
“I wanted to create a place that was an elevated space for you to be a nerd that’s better than being at your friend’s apartment for game night,” Cox said.
Cox, 29, of Eagle Rock, grew up playing video games. He came up with the idea to open an esports bar after attending a viewing party of a “League of Legends” tournament finals at a packed Dave & Buster’s restaurant.
“Over 7,500 people showed up, and it was a madhouse,” he said….
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