Ever felt like you could crawl back to the good old days when technology wasn’t this scarily advanced thing that you sort of love and hate at the same time? Really?! And I thought I was the only one.
Myself, the partner Sam and our housemate Sean stepped into vintage arcade dreamland last night and we were swept away with the likes of Space Invaders and Crazy Taxi. Yep – it was epic. Introducing Four Quarters East, the second of the founder’s chain in providing food, drink and arcade games that get you socialising rather than sitting on your sofa alone with a headset and a cold ready meal to keep you warm.
Instead we drank cocktails, ate delicious pulled pork burgers and spent a good few hours playing on retro arcade games that had my feeling super nostalgic.
The location of this second venue is pretty hard to find, as we spent a good 15 minutes trying to locate said venue and luckily found two security guys who helped guide the way. Situated alongside other independent restaurants, they all have a canalside view where sleepy canal boats are tied up for the evening (and perhaps it’s occupants stop off here too to get their gaming fix!).
The place is quite industrial in design, yet has a cosy feel to it that’s inviting and intimate. The swanky bar is what draws your eye as you first enter the room. This modern, hipster bar is a compatible fit with the retro branding that remains on the machines which are placed all over the venue. We arrived just as it started to get busy so we got straight to the bar and ordered up a few of their cocktails…
Quarters were passed around by one of the founders who told us a little bit about their journey. Did you know that there’s a community of arcade game collectors? The oldest machine they have is a 1979 Space Invaders game which I’d like to point out was pretty much occupied the entire evening, as were the American-style booths that housed various older additions of the Play Station.
The games themselves were varied and included the iconic original consoles Sega, Nintendo and Playstation. Some of the games were Tron, Outrun, Street Fight II, Star Wars Trilogy, Asteroids, Defender, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Point Blank, Hypersports and my favourite Crazy Taxi.
They already have one venue over in Peckham so were looking for somewhere north of the river which I think they’ve found in what looks like an up and coming area of London. It’s been dubbed the new nightlife destination in London and I think it’s definitely got the potential to be so.
Aside from gaming, the cocktails we tried out were amazing and all had game-related names. Myself and Sam tried out the Gin Basil Smash which was delicious but they also do a range of Ales and Ciders too if you are not one for cocktails.
If you want to check out this awesome social bar then visit their Facebook page and give them a like.
*Disclaimer – I was invited along as press for this event.
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