When lockdown hit the UK, we all reacted differently. Perhaps you morphed into Forrest Gump by use of Strava, or perfected your black forest gateau recipe. Or maybe, like so many, you dived into a hole of nostalgia, digging out your old games consoles to relive the times that gave you kicks in your childhood.
Well, you can channel that lockdown obsession with old games into a social activity at Four Quarters, which boasts three gaming boltholes in London, plus a brand new arcade bar which has opened in Bristol with a wide selection of classic games to whirl through as you sip on fine draught beers.
The new branch of Four Quarters located on Bristol’s Park Street houses over 20 original arcade machines and will soon have retro console booths over two floors. Booths will include screens built into the wall where users can battle their friends at their beloved old titles on Sega, Nintendo and PlayStation consoles.
Four Quarters specialises in finding and restoring original arcade machines, giving them a second life at their bars. Keeping them authentic to their time, they include rare and genuine arcade games from the 1970s to the late 90s, from Space Invaders to Time Crisis 2.
As to the name of the popular gaming bar, it’s simple. Four Quarters (in this case, £1), is enough for users to earn a go on the nostalgic games on offer. Classic retro numbers on the machines include House of the Dead, Pac Man, Street Fighter II, Asteroids, The Simpsons, Point Blank and many more, so you can game to your heart’s content.
With a world of games at their fingertips, guests will also be spoiled for choice with a menu featuring a range of craft beers on tap from the likes of local breweries Lost and Grounded and Bristol Beer Factory, as well as numerous cocktails on offer. Beers, cocktails, arcade games… what more could you really need?
Four Quarters, 32 Park Street, BS1 5JA