Geeks are people too. They may love technology, video games and comic books, but they also maintain normal lives outside of their “hobbies.” In an effort to extract themselves from their basements, bedrooms and laboratories, geeks are stepping out of the house and demanding their own piece of the social pie.
In response to a growing trend among geeks to reintroduce themselves to normal society, a number of new themed bars have been opening up in parts of Central Florida. At the Cloak & Blaster bar in east Orlando, it’s not uncommon to see lovable geeks decked out as vulcans, Gryffindors, wizards and hobbits, and no, it’s not because of a costume party.
For the non-geek patron who might stumble into one of these bars, they might feel as though they have been beamed up to another planet. It would probably generate the same uncomfortable feeling a geek would get if they stumbled upon a sports bar filled with patrons decked out in football jerseys, screaming at a TV during Monday Night Football.
It seems only fitting that Central Florida bar owners are providing a comfortable and exciting place for people with common interests to meet and let their proverbial hair down. After all, Central Florida owes a lot of its success to the world of fantasy, given it’s proximity to Disneyworld, Universal Studios and Sea World.
This movement seems to coincide with the coming of age for the kids who became the first generation to grow up with constant exposure to new technologies and science-fiction. The young kids of the late 1990s are in their 20s and 30s now, and they have plenty of liquid income to spend on entertainment. For them, a night out having a couple of beers while discussing the upcoming Star Wars movie is a great way to meet other geeks in an “adult” environment.