As an old-skool (80's-90's) gamer, I have a certain fondness for all the old classics that I remember as a kid. During a recent internet hunt, I found the website for Arcade Club, so whilst working nearby, decided to pay it a visit.
It's tucked away down a back street, in a rather incognito building, with free parking. The signs lead you to the box office, you pay your entrance fee, walk up some stairs...and then you hear the familiar sounds of old friends.
I was amazed! I expected there to be a small collection of old machines, in a room populated by mid-life crisis aged guys with halitosis and BO, wearing Iron Maiden t-shirts, reminiscing about the old days, hogging the machines.
What I found was lots of excited kids running from one machine to the next, families enjoying showing their children memories of their youth, no struggle to get on the machines, and a huge room filled with more machines than I have ever seen in one place, even including the size of the fairground arcades from when I was a kid.
The machines are brilliantly maintained (I think there were only a couple out of action), and all on free play.
I only spent time on the first floor due to time constraints, but what a time it was! If you're thinking about going, and you're remotely interested in arcade games, don't hesitate. It's well worth the entrance fee.
I didn't use the bar or try the food, so can't comment on that, but the rest was fantastic. There was also an array of PC's set up for mass Minecraft and Trackmania sessions.
Excellent value, and great fun. I'm going to be bringing my 11yo up at some point in the future, he'll love it.
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