Four Quarters East
Time Out says
A retro gaming bar in Hackney Wick.
You don’t have to be a dedicated gamer to experience pure joy at Four Quarters East, a new Hackney Wick bar from the guys behind the original Four Quarters in Peckham Rye. Pinball machines, retro consoles set in booths and a suite of rare and restored arcade games activated by American quarters (don’t worry, staff can exchange your sterling at the bar) decorate the room, flashing and bleeping away. This joint trades on nostalgia, for sure – but it’s still as hip as the first venture, with a minimal, industrial look and South American disco on the stereo. As for games? Pick from ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ on the Sega Mega Drive, classic beat-’em-ups or quirkier finds like two-player shooter ‘Narcs’. With so many diversions, it’s quite easy to end up passing a chunk of time here, and all that energy spent blasting zombies and Nazis could do with being replenished. Unfortunately, bar snacks are absent, so there’s no opportunity to power-up IRL.
But cocktails abound, with friendly staff on-hand to offer up advice on the games-themed menu. The Thrilla in ’Zanilla was one hell of a ride, with gin, sherry and apricot brandy. And if you really don’t get your kicks from consoles, here’s a cheat: it’s happy hour on weekdays 5pm to 7pm, when Camden Hells lager costs £3.50 and selected cocktails are £6. It was quiet on our midweek visit, but with high scores chalked up on the wall and beer prizes promised in future, Four Quarters II should build up a community as big as XBox Live’s. Game on.
Unit 8, Canalside
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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I absolutely LOVE this place. I found it accidently when I decided to walk home on day from Stratford and my (inner) geek self felt like it's Christmas.
So what can you find here? Pinball machines, booths with different kinds of consoles for groups, tables with retro arcade games (Pacman, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders) inserted in them (some of them are even in two player mode!), great selection of beers, great location (you can sit outside, next to the canal and enjoy the sunshine during summertime)...I highly recommend a visit.
You know 'going for a pint' is not just one pint if you've got this attached to your bar booth!
The bar consist of comfy booths where you and your friends can play a wide selection of games on consoles; all the old arcade classics lined up against the walls; super friendly staffs and if the game got too intense - outdoor seating area at the front of the bar where you can enjoy the calming view of the canal.
From the same guys behind Four Quarters in Peckham, the retro arcade game bar has arrived in ‘Here East’, the new canal side development in between Hackney Wick and Stratford.
There is a decent space bar inside and outside the bar and is well located by the canal for when the sun is shining. Inside, there are three booths where you can play old school Sega Mega Drive games, tables where you can play Space Invaders against your friends and a number of arcade games around the bar.
Just change up your £1 coin for ‘Four Quarters’ and you are good to go! I loved the old school games of car racing and shooting. The only aspect I was sad about was there was no PACMAN!
Great fun, good selection of beers, and as I was leaving they were putting out slider menus, so must be adding food their offering.
If you're looking to rekindle your youth with a few games of Street Fighter II it's better to head over duiring the week than the weekend when it's obviously more crowded. Not a bid vibe and certainly an interesting addition to the east end pub scene.
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