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Four Quarters South

Bars and pubs, Sports bars Peckham Rye
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Venue says Situated on Peckham’s bustling Rye Lane, London’s first arcade bar boasts more than 15 original arcade cabs along a selection of craft beers

A dedicated classic and retro arcade games bar, The Four Quarters is the place to go if you want to brush up on your 'Street Fighter II' skills or just revel in nostalgia by playing 'Pac Man' until your eyes goes square. It serves primarily as a bar, but is also open as a cafe in the afternoons before the booze starts flowing thick and fast in the evenings. Speaking of booze, there's a good selection of craft beers to choose from, alongside the usual favourites, and hearty pub food is served. To utilise the stacks of old arcade games, there are regular gaming tournaments, plus occasional films screenings and one-off events and parties.

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Four Quarters South says
At Four Quarters Peckham we can take care of all your nostalgic gaming needs with 15+ authentic retro arcade games in our main bar as well as an N64 set up on the big screen. If that wasn't enough 10 retro consoles can be played for free in our upstairs console attic (Fri/Sat eve when not privately booked).

As well as an extensive selection of craft beer we also have a fine selection of wines, spirits & soft drinks as well as a small cocktail menu. Food wise we have residents THE FULL NELSON with London's finest veggie/vegan junk food!

Beneath the main floor you will find the Confession Box, a cosy hidden cocktail bar-cum-dancefloor with DJs most Friday & Saturday nights as well as a free comedy night once a month!
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Venue name: Four Quarters South
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Address: 187 Rye Lane
London
SE15 4TP
Transport: Peckham Rye rail
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moderatorStaff Writer

Games games games! You pop in out of curiosity, only to be reminded of how addictive these classic arcade machines are. "CONTINUE? 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5..." will see you getting through your pile of quarters a little more quickly than you remember doing as a kid... although that might be that in your adult years you're somewhat more flush, plus possibly fuelled by one of the excellent spirits behind the bar, including some decent whiskies.


The decor is a little basic – tiled white floors, basic stools and tables – and a higher-end venue would probably have more fun with the gaming/arcade theme. That said there's something refreshing for the simplicity of the presentation (Time Crisis + Beer = Good) without fully being a try-hard-trendy "You Know You're A 90s Kid When" nostalgia-fest.

Tastemaker

Feeding the inner 9 year old-- this place is a blast from the 80s and 90s. I remember going into arcades and wasting all my allowance playing video games, and I felt a slight giddiness when I heard the quarters clinking into the change dispenser once again. I don't care mom, I am going to beat TMNT if it's the last thing I do! (never did beat it... so I guess I fail). 


It got quite busy as soon as they opened so it's best to get there and get in the games you want to play. Luckily no one was at one game for too long so it was easy to get your fix of whichever one you pleased. The downstairs was not open, but looking at the line up it looks very cool, and my husbands ear perked at the 40+ whisky selection...  so I feel we will be coming back another day. 



tastemaker

Ice-cold cheap beer and a plethora of retro arcade games to choose from - what is not to love?! They also have often have themed events (think Wrestlemania) and karaoke. Given how hot it can get in there with all the arcade action (and testerone), it is best to dress light. 


Boss place, especially when the upstairs is open. You might have to wait for a bit while someone chucks £20 at finishing Time Crisis, and it does get chocca at the weekend but it well worth it.


Best beers on Rye Lane, vintage video games, amazing cocktails downstairs with Badr and a free comedy night once a month. It's a fine place

Tastemaker

If you're a guy born in America in the 80s then this is probably your idea of heaven.  The venue is packed out with retro arcade games, video games, pinball machines, and yes, Pacman.  The small bar gets very busy on a Saturday night and you can wait a long time to get served but then again who cares - you're probably going to spend the next two hours nursing the same pint whilst playing Street Fighter against a 19 year old who lives in his parents basement.  Overall, a decent mid-week date place to bask in nostalgia and distract yourself from your soul destroying Tinder match.

Tastemaker

Four Quarters is a very unique bar on Rye Lane in the heart of Peckham. When you walk in to the bar the first thing you will notice is that the walls are packed out with retro video game machines, as well as various other old-school memorabilia. 


Most of the retro games machines (including Street Fighter, Pac Man and Space Invaders) only accept quarters. If you're running low on US currency though, don't despair! You can get your pounds exchanged for quarters at a machine near the bar.


Four Quarters is more than just video games though, the bar stocks one of the best selections of local beers in Peckham. There are also various nights held here, ranging from Mario Kart Tournaments and retro movie nights to pop up record shops and DJ's playing 90's classics. Some of the games are even free, I popped in for a quick drink with a few friends and ended up leaving 3 hours later after repeatedly getting KO'd at Tekken.


So if you fancy a jump back in time; to relive some of the classic video games of the previous millennium and enjoy some of the finest brews London has to offer, Four Quarters is always a winner - even if you're not!


Best variety of beers in Peckham, awesome arcade games and mad toasties. Big up.


This is a fantastic quirky venue! Arcade bar with an excellent choice of real ale, lager, spirits etc to go along with arcade machines!? What is there not to love!

An awesome array of original arcades are to be highly enjoyed, be them from childhood memories, as a gamer or out of curiosity. No disappointment!

Brilliant music played with live acts too, friendly staff and quality bar food. Problem? I do not live closer to frequent The Four Quarters as my regular!


Amazing place with great atmosphere and great drinks! Nostalgia at its best!


Awesome old school, spit and sawdust bar. Fab old school arcade machines. Good, simple, American style food. Not pretentious.

Staff Writertastemaker

I love this place.

4 games for a quid (which can last a long time if you're better than me at 90s video games) and a really solid selection of spirits behind the bar.

The place is pretty dingy so you really feel like a kid in the flashing neon light from the machines. Four Quarters seems to attract families as well which is great as lots of the Peckham bars seem to be aimed at a very narrow age but also because its good to be put in your place by a 7 year old kid who is better at Sonic than you sometimes.

I did book a table for 25 of us on NYE for hotdogs and games... the hot dogs weren't ready, there was no cooking for the two hours we were there so we ended up leaving for food. I hope the kitchen has got itself together a bit because aside from that I'd happily spend all day in here!

moderator

Great bar with a friendly atmosphere serving top beer. The '90s theme is perhaps a tad overbearing, but you can't argue with 25p a pop (or less if you bring your own American quarters, since they sell four for £1) on arcade classics like 'Point Blank' and 'Sega Rally'. Better still, the vintage consoles (Sega Megadrive, Super Nintendo) are free to play. Fun and unique addition to Peckham's bar scene.