Explore the City Diary: Rufus and Bee
One hour thirty minutes, that's how much time I spent waiting for Haminat (she's my roommate. You can check out Explore the city for our adventures so far). I was already quite mad and tired of standing. I just wanted to take a quick tour, pretend I had fun and then go home.
Rufus and Bee? Is that a store?
Nope, don't worry I also had no idea what it was when I first heard the name, so I can't judge you. Rufus and Bee is an arcade center that has a restaurant ( I am attracted to places with food. I know, I know, I need to watch my weight.) It is on the left side of the first floor in Twin Towers located at Remi Olowude Street, Okunde Bluewater Zone, Lekki.
The counter, where coins are available for sale, is on the right side of the entrance. On the left side of the doorway is the bowling alley, and there is a Redemption store beside it. Luckily for you, a variety of snacks, dishes, and drinks can be bought at the Rufus and Bee Restaurant/Bar. So you can always stop by when your stomach begins to growl.
There are a variety of games available from tabletop games to racing games to hoop games. I was sort of expecting half of the games to be non-functional but they were actually all working. In order to play a game, you would have to get a Rufus and Bee Card and load it with coins. With the coins in your card, you can play any game available - any game but bowling that is - as long as you have the number of coins required to play the game. However, to go bowling, you'd have to pay at the Rufus and Bee counter.
Let's talk money!
The Rufus and Bee card costs money, so apart from paying for the coins, you would have to pay 1000 Naira to get the card. Yes, you need a card to play games. The good thing is once you have a card you can use it again.
The number of coins required to play a game varies from 3 to 10 coins. Here's how much coins cost
- 55 coins at 5000 Naira
- 84 coins at 7500 Naira
- 115 coins at 10000 Naira
- 180 coins at 15000 Naira
- 250 coins at 20000 Naira
- 325 coins at 25000 Naira
- 405 coins at 30000 Naira
Haminat and I got 55 coins and we played about 5 games each. My favorite was the step dance game, who would have thought that I'd be able to step it like a decapitated chicken set on fire. Because of the Nigerians we are, we decided to try two "get rich quick" games.
Apparently, some games allow you to win tickets. We thought we could trade the tickets for coins, big mistake, we couldn't. After playing so hard and winning only 30 tickets we found out that tickets earned could only be redeemed at a store, we couldn't even afford a pen! I can't really remember but I think the cheapest item at the store was worth 300 tickets.
What about the food?
Yay! My favorite part! Guess what? *Drumrolls* I took pictures this time around. I had a burger that came with chips and a bottle of soda for 6500 Naira.
Was it good? Yup, it was amazing! However, most of the fillings spilled out and I literally had to eat my burger with a fork and knife.
There were a number of screens at the bar where football games were being displayed. Therefore, I think it's safe to say you can go there to watch sports, just make sure you order a drink so it won't be awkward if you find out it's not.
Was it worth it?
Definitely, it was so much fun that I forgot how mad and tired I was. With about 10000 Naira you can have the time of your life.
Have you been there? Let me know what you think about your experience there.