Beerbusters, a nostalgic Blockbuster-themed bar, is now open in Pinellas Park

Beerbusters, a nostalgic Blockbuster-themed bar, is now open in Pinellas Park

The Beerbusters sign
Photo courtesy Beerbusters

Do you like movies? Do you also like beer? If you answered yes to either – and especially both – a new spot in Pinellas Park may be perfect for you.

Beerbusters Movie Bar is a Blockbuster-themed bar chock full of movies, beer, food, video games, board games, and an absolute wealth of nostalgia. The new concept soft opened this week at 6836 N Park Blvd, and is operating every day of the week. Beerbusters is almost certainly the only place in town to get craft beer on tap while watching (or renting) movies and snacking on pizza rolls. Ah, memories.

The inspiration for the new bar was pretty straightforward, as owner Billy Dieli explains it. He loves movies, and he loves beer – why not combine the two? And Dieli is actually one of the few people remaining with the know-how and experience to make it happen. The movie buff worked at Blockbuster for nine years, starting as a teenager and going into his 20s, and he was actually working at one of Tampa’s last Blockbuster locations as the Netflix boom killed off movie rental stores.

The new spot is open from 2-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 2-midnight on Friday, noon-midnight on Saturday, and 12-8 pm on Sunday.

Drink beer, rent movies, play games, and eat food

Beerbusters will have a little something for everybody, as the half lounge/half video store rolls out all things beer, movies and nostalgia. The bar will have a rotating tap list of local craft beers, in addition to the usual domestics in cans, as well as non-alcoholic beers, sodas, energy drinks and more. For something to snack on, Beerbusters will have a limited menu at first as it gets going, featuring favorites like hot dogs and corn dogs, pizza rolls, popcorn, and other easy, snackable foods.

And as for movie rentals, Dieli has the place absolutely packed out with more than 1,000 DVDs (and decorative VHS tapes), featuring new movies, classic films, and everything in between. Brush off the DVD players, because movie rentals are only $1 per day, or $10 per month for unlimited rentals.

Dieli said Beerbusters will regularly have movie showings, including feature nights for big films. The bar will also have plenty of video games and board games to help keep the nostalgic energy flowing, as well as comic books, fantasy novels, action figures, and the one thing Blockbuster never had – free WIFI.

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