NQ64 Bringing Retro Arcade Bar Concept to Cardiff and Edinburgh

A visit to an NQ64 bar is a nostalgic, immersive experience.  With neon splattered grafitti adorning the walls and ceilings and a sea of retro arcade games you’ll soon rediscover your competitive drive. 

NQ64 embarked on a strategic expansion plan early in 2020. They secured £1.4m of investment from Imbiba, appointed David McDowall, chief operating officer at BrewDog, as their new chairman and welcomed Andrew Stones, former managing director of Be At One, as Imbiba’s representative on the company’s board. 

Their growth plans are gaining pace … 

NQ64 have announced plans for a site in Cardiff, their first in Wales. NQ64 have made an application to Cardiff County Council for 60-62 St Mary Street in Cardiff, where the Brass Bat used to be situated. 

The Edinburgh venue will be opening today (12th August 2021). The hotly awaited venue is located on Lothian Road, where Badabing used to be. This brilliant bar has got more than 30 retro arcade game machines as well as free-to-play classic consoles.  The team at NQ64 are serious about their gaming so you’ll find loving restored fan favourites as well as cult classics, including Time Crisis 2, Guitar Hero, Pac-Man and Mario Kart. You’ll also find the odd pinball machine dotted around. 

This is also, most definitely, a proper bar. With a selection of draft and bottled beers and a bespoke cocktail menu. They’ve got everything from the heady Pac’s A Punch (Strawberry infused Portobello gin, peach, apple, lemon, agave and soda) to the serious Galaga (Vodka, glittery tea, blue & lemon, rhubarb and ginger gin). They also have some fun retro snacks, including Nik Naks and Monster Munch! 

NQ64 already have venues in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. In June they opened their second Manchester site, on Peter Street. They are also set to open a venue on Grey Street in Newcastle – so it’s all steam ahead! 

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