Whether Uno or a nine-hour strategy game is more your jam, you can probably find it at Platform 248, the latest gaming lounge to hit in San Francisco. It’s now open at 248 9th Street in SoMa.
Iso Ideas designed the sleek, futuristic, neon-lit space with a big wall of board games, video game stations, private rooms, and comfy places to hang out. But what might make Platform 248 really stand out from other gaming cafes is that it also carries VR games — and doesn’t even charge a premium for them. For $8, gamers can play unlimited board games, video games, and VR games for three hours. There are other pricing structures for groups and conference rooms.
Gamers need fuel, of course, and the drinks menu covers coffee basics, fruity teas topped with salted cheese foam, and “dirty” boba tea, lined with brown sugar or fresh fruit puree. The food leans Asian fusion, with popcorn chicken, fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls, kimchi fried rice, and spaghetti tossed with avocado chunks, bacon, and cherry tomatoes all on one menu.
Platform 248 is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.