Booze and Retro Gaming!!!

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There are now quite a few pubs in London with a video game theme, but my favourite by a considerable margin is The Four Quarters in Peckham. For the simple reason that it is a no frills no nonsense classic arcade. Other pubs I’ve been to let you play games with your friends on flat screen monitors, undeniably fun, but The Four Quarters invites you to play with friends upon the mystical cabinets of awesome that robbed an entire generation of their precious pocket money during the 80s and early 90s.

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As a very small child the bright dazzling lights and the odd beeping sounds of these gaming monoliths beckoned me to partake in an otherworldly adventure. As a teenager I eventually got to join the legions of zombified gamers that huddled around these magnificent machines in neon lit rooms. I had an absolute blast wasting my life away in this manner. Unfortunately by this stage in time there were barely any arcades left in London and I only very rarely got to visit the Trocadero (now closed) for some gaming fun. Despite this the Arcade left a lasting impression on me and I always felt it was more exciting than sitting around the house and just playing games on a console. What can I say I’m a sucker for some glitz and glamour! Thus my imagination has continued to hold on to the magic of these retro gaming machines with some reverence.

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It came as a fantastic surprise then when I randomly came across a low key pub filled to the brim with classic gaming machines. I was on my way to visit a friend and was a little early when I walked past a rather tatty looking bar with an odd name.  Noticing the video game theme I couldn’t help but have a quick look inside. I instantly beheld so many classic gaming machines, there was Pac Man, Time Crisis 2, Golden Axe, Street Fighter 2, and good lord is that the legendary Simpson’s arcade game. I never stood a chance!!! To make matters worse they had an extensive range of whisky to boot, the owner being a big fan of the amber nectar. Suffice it to say I met my friend a good deal later than intended. As an hour plus of button smashing went by in a minute. A return trip is definitely on the cards this week, as I had a super nostalgia infused whale of a time. If you live in South London and are in the mood for a mellow night of classic gaming The Four Quarters is where it’s at.

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12 thoughts on “Booze and Retro Gaming!!!”

  1. Wow! Sounds a bit like heaven on earth. I delight in knowing you found this place where you can immerse yourself in the worlds of Pac Man and friends while imbibing some amber nectar. Me thinks this is a wonderful combo.

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  2. I have to head over for a game of golden axe.. ! The only bar I know of is loading in hackney, but they are modern gamers too, they have competitive game nights and launch parties etc.

    I just bought a switch and have to say last couple of years are like a new golden age in gaming, some of the recent titles and platforms are just awesome !

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    1. Love this place! Used to go a lot when I lived in the area. Completing Time Crisis 2 there is still one of my proudest achievements (using a lot of quarters, admittedly).

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  3. Hey – I’m from Chicago Illinois and we have a couple bar/Arcade joints around. There are a lot of fun to go with in a group, but if we go late the the places get super crowded. Drinking & hanging out playing retro arcade games = Super Fun 🙂

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