Arcade cabinet in pub 'locate-o-matrix'
The Bear and Staff, Charing Cross Road, London
a multi-board cocktail jobby in The Bear and Staff, Charing Cross
Road, London (about 20 yards down the hill from Leicester Square tube
station). Bombjack, Pacman, Space Invaders, Frogger and a few of the
other usual suspects are in there. It's a bit of a ripoff at 50p a
credit and the clientele is generally made up of cunty tourists, but
one of the barmaids is fit as fuck.
Taito tabletop, 'Barbershop' in Lancaster
tabletop machine with screwed monitor spotted in barbershop in Lancaster
running some generic up the screen shooter with monitor only showing
yellows, green and reds. Get the high score and blag a free haircut.
Genuine space invaders coffee table cab aswell.
INVADERS: Nelson, Cirencester
I spotted your campaign, and thought you should know about the living
relic that is an original Space Invaders tabletop machine in a pub
called the Nelson, Cirencester. I'm guessing it's from about 1981
or so. It's 10p a credit, 2 player and beautifully playable. My friends
and I have been trying to trick the landlord into selling it to us
for about 10 years now. Unfortunately our transparent and consistent
attempts and his fine business sense means he no longer entertains
offers under a grand. And even then he only entertains it. He secretly
knows how great it is. Anyway, the pub is a legendary underage drinking
/ first snog / lock-in zone, so if you find yourself in the sticks
you have a night's electrical entertainment guaranteed, whether it
costs you 10p or 10 minutes chatting up.
BERET/PHOENIX: 8 King St Wakefield, West Yorkshire
There are two table top machines in a Pub/Club in Wakefield called
Cube (used to be a dirty grief hole called Players Snooker Club) The
games are Green Beret and Phoenix
'BOMB JACK': 'Allied
Arms' in Reading
There's one in the 'Allied Arms' in Reading. Not sure what game it
is, but its a sort of platform job where you control a guy who collects
bombs and avoids baddies . He has a cloak on and can fly. It looks
it's Bomb Jack - Uncle Clive). I
was far too busy looking at this girl who bore a passing resemblance
to Ulrika Johnson.
Fab Cafe on Portland Street, Manchester (and other places)
Fab Cafe on Portland Street in Manchester has a couple of great machines
including an Atari Star Wars sit-down cabinet, Space Invaders, plus
a 2-player cocktail cabinet (ta da!) of some old game or other that's
basically Galaxians meets Centipede, but it's underwater and you're
a submarine. Don't remember what it was called as I was pretty drunk.
Affleck's Palace in the Northern Quarter (Manchester again)
might still have a 'Discs of Tron' but I haven't been there for about
a year. The Coliseum just down the road from there also had
a Phoenix and Road Blasters on the first floor and a Star Trek pinball
machine from 1979 in the basement floor, but again I've not been there
for a while.
Arcade in Camber Sands
OK so this isn't strictly in a pub but it sort of fits with the spirit
of the thing, inn the ammusement arcade in camber sands (there's only
one) there's a veritable cornucopia of retro goodness... asteroids,
rampart, an unidentified blocky racing game, and a few less retro
titles like op wolf, chase HQ and afterburner oh yeah and arkanoid
which has the original cabinet with the heavy dial controller which
is easily the best way to play the game. And they're all 10p. Of course
no one in their right mind would ever go to camber sands as it's bleak
and depressing for the most part. I was there for a music festival.
on Oxford Road, Manchester
The Hogshead on Oxford Road, Manchester has a tabletop Galaxian upstairs.
It's 50p a go but seems to be in full working order. I don't think
it's an original, and I'll give it about 2 weeks before someone smashes
it up in a alcohol-fuelled lager bender, but there you go...
Slug and Lettuce on Wardour street
I recently spotted a table top arcade machine in my
local london wine bar. Admittedly it's one of the shit new ones that
take jamma boards and are completely free from cigarette burns and
snot on the screen but it's there none the less. The offending trendy
london hostillary is The Slug and Lettuce on Wardour street and far
from being 10p a go the bastard charges a quid.
The Old Fleece" in Stalybridge
I can point you in the direction of "The Old Fleece" in Stalybridge,
SK15, which has not only space invaders II in a tabletop stylee, but
also that shit breakout clone in an American Football stylee - Field
Goal. Yes, it's shit, but you can put your pint on it and it's only
10p. Alternatively, why not tell me to piss off. :)
Game On exhibition, Barbican Art Gallery
I work at the Barbican art gallery in London in case you've missed
it, we have a great selection of classic arcade machines that i supplied
for the duration of the 'Game On' exhibition, open till september.....
we have : Pong, Computer Space, Tempest, Asteroids, Defender, Space
Invaders (2 cocktails and an upright) Robotron, Galaxian, Missile
Command, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Pacman, Ms. Pacman, Crystal Castles,
Tron, Star Wars, Battle Zone. Not all are working, but the majority
ONeill's on Carnaby Street in London
If you are missing the "cocktail cabinet pub arcade game" get yourself
down the ONeill's on Carnaby Street in London. They've got one there,
but unfortunately inflation has caught up with it, and it costs 50p
a game. However all the classics are there, space invaders, pac man,
galaxians, etc... Thought you may be interested.
The Gypsy Moth in Greenwich
"...has a old table top arcade machine, but I
suspect its insides are filled with a MAME PC. The casing is certainly
vintage though if that counts. "
Gypsy Moth, 60 Greenwich Church Street, London, SE10 9BL
St. Anton, Austria
I played on a table top arcade machine last year when I was ski-ing
in St. Anton, Austria. The game was a version of Scramble, it took
one Austrian shilling piece but as they've now adopted the Euro I'm
not sure what it will cost [if it's been converted]. You don't have
to stay at the Hotel to go in and play, just visit the bar, it's worth
it for the cute challet girls they have working there. My mate has
especially fond memories of the aforementioned machine and challet
girls as late one night he received a hand job from one in the tv
room and came all over it. I never played it after that.
Hotel Alpenhof, Fam. Triendl, A-6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria,
tel: +43 5446 2495 fax: +43 5446 2700
Snowdome, Tamworth, Staffordshire
There's a bar in the Snowdome in Tamworth, Staffordshire. It has a
remake (I think) arcade machine that contains several old namco games
(pac-man etc) but it also has an old sit down two player cocktail
machine. Alas the place was packed full of screaming kids so I didn't
get to have a look at the actual game on it. I'll have a proper look
next time I'm in there. And when you get bored of it you can also
go and play SSX for real on the snow. Actually don't, it hurts when
you land on your head in real life :o)
Snowdome in Tamworth, Staffordshire.
INVADERS: The Pond on Salamander Street, Edinburgh
There is an old Space Invaders machine in The Pond on Salamander Street
in Edinburgh. I hope your locater turns up some oddities for your
Rat and Parrott on Parkway, Camden
Not sure if it counts but the Rat and Parrott on Parkway in Camden
used to have a table top machine. It was a bit of a rip off and had
crappy clones of old games (read: donkey kong, missile command and
a shite version of chuckie egg iirc) shit pub though - much more fun
drinking white lightning outside the tube station spitting on goths...
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