Oh, those were the days… Nagging at your parents for a bit of change, before running off to the arcade with your mates and playing games until you’d spent every penny – and then repeating the whole process until those responsible for you got pretty fed up. And now, taking us all on one big nostalgic trip to better days is NQ64 – a unique gaming arcade and bar that’s set to arrive in Glasgow this year.
Similar to its other sites in Edinburgh and other UK cities such as Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool and Manchester, the time capsule-like bar is expected to have a glowing neon sign that gives a friendly nod to the dusty Nintendos stuffed away in our attics. But inside is where the fun really begins (obviously!) – with neon splattered graffiti and retro games galore greeting you as soon as you step through the doors.
Featuring a whole roster of retro favourites, NQ64 Glasgow will be home to a number of famous games – including Mortal Kombat, Pac Man, Street Fighter II, Tekken and newer classics such as Guitar Hero. If that wasn’t enough, the uber-cool spot will have its very own Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, N64 and an original Playstation. It’s literally like the early 90s all over again – and we’re obsessed.
The games work on a token basis, with 15 tokens costing just £6, and most games accept just one token to play. The bar is child-free, too, so you can rest assured you can crack on with your game without the interruption of an innocent-looking 10-year-old desperate to pinch your machine.
It’s not just games that NQ64 has on offer either, with an ever-changing beer list featuring both local brews and craft tinnies, as well as gaming-themed cocktails. Sip on the likes of Princess Peach, the Mad Max and the Root Beer Tapper “whilst button bashing to victory against your mates.”
A location and opening date have yet to be revealed however their Glasgow Instagram page teases that they are ‘coming soon’, so keep your eyes peeled for more information to come.