Please read the following carefully. This orientation is extremely important for your understanding and enjoyment of the Lounge. Ask the bartender if you have any questions or concerns about any of the following.
Check each box to indicate that you understand each section of the rules below; breaking any agreement in this document will lead to your immediate ejection from the Lounge.
Understanding Our Service
The Service that BBGL provides is considered that of a bar and Console Arcade. This means that we have games available for Visitors to play and equipment (such as consoles) to be used by Visitors.
For the safety and considerations of BBGL visitors, children under 6 may not use BBGL service. All visitors must read and abide by the rules of the lounge.
To use BBGL Service during All ages hours, it is $6 an hour. Alternatively, for $20, you may purchase a Day Pass, which you allows you access to Service during All Ages Hours. Purchase of a Day Pass will carry over to Bar Hours with more limited services, which means there is no expectation of game changes. There is also an option for a monthly membership, which includes all these services, in addition to discounts, guest passes, and priority reservations. For information about a monthly membership, please contact BBGL.
Bar Hours start promptly at 7pm (as of 11/12/18) and all people under 18 years old must be gone by that time. At that time, you may participate in "drink to play" where the purchase of adult beverages gains access to the games that are out. If you opt out of 'drink to play,' gaming is still $6 an hour.
Use of Lounge
To properly use the lounge, there are things to remember.
It is important to remember that, while there are couches, rugs, and coffee tables, this is not a home living room. There will, at times, be messes left by other Visitors, such as tangled cords from controllers that are strewn about the floor. It is not BBGL's responsibility to make sure each person watches where they step when in these areas that may have been left this way without our knowledge. This is because these obstacles are not structural, but left behind by previous Visitors. If you have a safety concern, consult the bartender. This also means that it is never okay to climb on couches, or to sit on tables or other non-seating furniture.
It is prohibited to alter settings or charge anything to the BBGL accounts. This includes but is not limited to Xbox Live accounts, Playstation accounts, and any other accounts. Failure to comply with this policy will result in you being charged and/or being banned from the Lounge permanently.
"Move your feet, lose your seat" is a big part of BBGL. If you move away from a setup, other than a setup you have reserved in advance, that setup is considered available and may be used by another Visitor.
How to get a game change
At BBGL, you may have access to our equipment and equipment library. This may include controllers, televisions, and games. You are allowed up to 3 game changes in one hour, at the bartender's discretion, in addition to unlimited access to the available equipment that is set up around the room constantly.
The Bartender is required to change games for you each time; none of BBGL's equipment is downloaded to the equipment. It is never allowed to touch games, discs, or cartridges at BBGL. This means that you must ask one of our bartenders to help you each time.
Touching any lounge equipment is grounds for immediate ejection!
Things described as in our library may at times be inoperable, unsusable, or unavailable. Visitors should not have the expectation that everything will be available at every time.
If you are a Minor Visitor or accompanying a Minor Visitor
Best Buds Gaming Lounge's primary function is as a bar. This means that, while children are welcome during All Ages hours, it is important that each individual Visitor displays the same level of respect and ettiquette that one would at any bar or restaurant.
It is important that the Minor Visitors of BBGL do not interfere with an adult Visitor's enjoyment of the Lounge. Minor Visitor's and/or their guardians who do not treat the Lounge in accordance with this document and with proper etiquette will be asked to leave.
This service is not suitable for children under nine years old. If you are accompanying a minor that is nine years old or younger, you must stay immediately with that minor at all times. If a child that is 9 or younger is seated without an adult, we will ask them to leave.
Absolutely no unattended minors are allowed. Exceptions may be made for kids 13 or older, but that is up to staff discretion and may change at any time. If your child is 13 or younger, you must be with them at all times you are on the property. This does not mean that you may leave ANY minor unattended.
Please note that bartenders are not expected to help children learn to play games, read the menu, make decisions, or pick games. Please do not ask unreasonable things of our bartenders, such as figuring out what your child wants. Part of accompanying a minor is helping that child communicate with the bartender. If we cannot understand what a child visitor asks of us, we will be forced to move on to the next task.
Seating and Etiquette
While the Lounge is restaurant and bar, we are also a Console Arcade. This means that, at most times, every table in the room is occupied with a Console, or "Set Up." Seating at BBGL is first come, first serve. There are over 32 setups (setups means Video Gaming Station) in the room, and those are first come first serve as well.
If you are coming with a group of more than 4, or a group that needs to stay together, it is strongly recommended that you make a reservation. This is not a location where it is easy to handle groups of 8 or more without at least one days notice. This is why there is a gratuity in place. Respecting seating etiquette and making reservations are important to everyone's experience
All visitors in the bar must adhere to Best Buds Gaming Lounge rules. This includes NO YELLING. Visitors that do not obey these rules can and will be kicked out without warning or refund. The way this is handled is up to the owners and bartender discretion. If you are bringing in minors, we encourage having a discussion with them about correct restaurant and bar ettiquette. Screaming will NOT be tolerated.
Laying on couches is strictly prohibited. Couches are for use as gaming setups -- if you are not gaming, please be seated in the dining area so as not to prevent other visitors from using equipment as intended. You will be asked to leave if you do not use seating properly.
Visitors are expected to wear appropriate footwear and clothing on to be in Best Buds Gaming Lounge. Your shoes must stay on at all times, and you must always by fully clothed. You will be asked to leave immediately if these rules are not followed.
For New Gamers
BBGL welcomes gamers of all skill level! We have thousands of options to choose from, from Beginner-level games to extremely difficult games. We are happy to show you what we know if you need help while playing something, but our bartenders do not know how to play each of our 2,000+ games. We will be happy to set you up with something we know to be simple and straightforward, or something we can help you with quickly, but there should be NO expectation that the bartender of BBGL will have time or be able to teach you how to play a game.
Visitor Terms and Conditions
Please read this document carefully. It must be signed by all adult (eighteen years and older) visitors to the Gaming Lounge during pay-to-play hours at the location of Best Buds Gaming Lounge (hereafter referred to as BBGL or the Lounge in this document) located in Bellingham Washington. "Visitor" as used in this agreement refers to persons who visits BBGL. "Bar Hours" are used in this agreement referring to the times of operation that we are all ages.
If the Visitor is a minor (Minor Visitor) at least one parent or legally appointed guardian (parent or guardian later referred to in this document as "Parent") must sign, as evidence of their agreement to these terms and conditions for themself and behalf of their Minor Visitor.
In consideration of the services of BBGL, in the Lounge itself, I, an adult visitor, or Parent of a Minor Child (for myself and on behalf of my minor child), acknowledge and agrees as follows:
Services offered in BBGL include access to WiFi, access to gaming equipment owned by BBGL (including but not limited to Televisions, Console Peripherals, and table space), and limited, non-exclusive access to the property owned by BBGL. These Services may be unavailable at times.
The games kept on the premise at Best Buds Gaming Lounge are owned by either the owners, bartenders, staff, or by Best Buds Gaming Lounge LLC. Our service with BBGL does not include access to the library as a commercial service. Our services DO provide access to equipment. Access to the library may be provided as a courtesy at the sole discretion of the bartender. Access may be revoked at any time. We cannot guarantee the availability of certain games or systems without notice.
- Respect ALL visitors and bartenders employed by BBGL. If a Visitor is not respectful and displays behavior such as bullying, elitism, making fun of others, being rude, etc., the Visitor WILL immediately be asked to leave.
- Respect all equipment (you are liable for any equipment you break and will be charged for it)
- NO HATE SPEECH or discriminatory language.
- Do NOT remove games from consoles.
- Do NOT touch games, consoles, TVs, or BBGL equipment without permission.
- NO GUM IN THE LOUNGE.
- No outside food or drink.
- Visitors must have appropriate footwear/clothing on at all times. No shirt, no shoes, no service.
- By entering Best Buds Gaming Lounge, you agree and acknowledge that you (or your children) may be subject to graphic or offensive content.
- Do NOT delete save files. If you want to start a new game, a BBGL bartender MUST assist you.
- Minor Visitors are never permitted after 8pm.
- The Lounge is not responsible for safekeeping, loss, theft, or damage to the property of any Visitor or Minor Visitor.
- A 20% service charge will be added to all cards left overnight.
- Must have appropriate hygiene, including hands washed! (MUST wash/sanitize hands before touching our equipment).
- No unattended children below 13. ALL unattended children are subject to bartender discretion.
- Do not get Best Buds online accounts banned.
- Making purchases on any online account in Best Buds is strictly prohibited. People (including children) who make a purchase on anyone else's account will be charged in the amount of the purchased and then banned from the Lounge.
- Theft will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
- Be aware of trip hazards! We are NOT liable if you don't watch where you walk.
- No more than 3 game changes in an hour.
- Move your feet, lose your seat. Unless you have a reservation, you must agree to treat the room as a free-for-all.
- BBGL makes no guarantee of the availability of any equipment/titles in the library.
- By using BBGL Space you acknowledge that you are paying for access to space and controllers.
- You will be financially responsible for making Best Buds Gaming Lounge whole again. You will be held fiscally responsible for any damage done to BBGL property, including damaged consoles, televisions, peripherals, controllers, tables, and anything on the premises of Best Buds Gaming Lounge LLC.
- Guests may be asked to leave by bartenders and staff at ANY time. (We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone).
Due to the nature of the business, you understand by using our service that members of all ages may be exposed to media that has graphic, violent, or potentially offensive subject matter.
Best Buds Gaming Lounge is not a child care center, and we make no claim to supervise unattended minors.
I consent to the reproduction and use by the Lounge of photographs, videos, and other images and sound recordings of me, or the Minor Visitor Child, without compensation, for advertising or other purposes. I release the Lounge and other Released Parties from any claim of violation of any personal and/or proprietary right I or the Minor Visitor may have in connection with such representation or use.
The terms and conditions herein (as amended from time to time) constitutes the entire agreement between the Visitor and the Company (other than the Membership Agreement if Visitor is a Member) regarding the Visitor's use of the Lounge and participation in the services of the Best Buds Gaming Lounge and supersedes all previous agreements, understandings and arrangements, written or oral, between the Visitor and the Company in relation to such matters.
I understand that each time I, or the Minor Visitor, visits the Lounge from this date of this Agreement forward, I, or the Minor Visitor, shall be bound by the terms and contitions herein; provided, however, a modification or replacement may be required in the future, pertaining to visits thereafter.
Any delay or failure by the Company to exercise its rights and/or remedies under this Agreement does not constitute a waiver of any such right or remedy.
I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS AGREEMENT AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENTS AND IMPLICATIONS.