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Gaming Paradise: The top five places In Manchester you can play retro arcade games

Written by Sam Walker.
Posted January 23, 2024.
NQ64's new bar in the northern quarter

From classic arcade games to retro consoles, Manchester has become a gaming hotspot, rewinding time to the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s for both casual and hardcore gamers alike. With so much on offer, here are the top five gaming arcades in and around Manchester that stand out for their unique offerings and immersive atmospheres.

With two locations in the city centre, on Tib Street and Peter Street, NQ64 just had to make the list. NQ64 offers a unique blend of classic arcade games, classic consoles, and a well-stocked bar. The dimly lit, neon-infused space provides a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for gaming whilst enjoying a wide selection of beers and cocktails. NQ64’s diverse gaming line-up and dimly lit atmosphere make it a must-visit destination for those looking to combine gaming with a night out on the town.

pixel bar in the northern quarter

Nestled in the heart of the Northern Quarter, Pixel stands as a beacon for gaming enthusiasts, featuring a wide array of classic arcade games and the latest consoles. Pixel’s vibrant neon lights and nostalgic soundtrack create an immersive environment that transports visitors back to the golden ages of gaming. For those looking for a long-haul session with friends you can book your own booth to play console games, whilst enjoying its perfectly crafted cocktails.

Namco Funscape at The Trafford Centre
Namco Funscape

Situated in the Trafford Centre and undoubtedly a key memory in many Manc’s childhoods, Namco Funscape has been a staple in Manchester’s arcade scene for years. Boasting everything from bowling and arcade games to classic claw machines and bumper cars, Namco is a place people of any age can go for a fun day out.

Calcio bar in the Northern Quarter

For a unique gaming experience that combines the thrill of gaming with the passion for football, Calcio is the go-to spot. Located in the Northern Quarter Visitors can enjoy classic console games alongside live football matches on big screens. The fusion of gaming and sports creates an unmatched atmosphere, making Calcio a standout for those who appreciate both the virtual and real-world aspects of entertainment. Don’t forget to admire the classic football shirts on the walls too, and if you’re feeling inspired, the new Classic Football Shirts shop sits opposite.

Arcade Club is the largest arcade bar in Europe
Arcade Club

Arcade Club is situated in Bury just outside Manchester, but it’s worth the trip as it’s the largest gaming arcade in Europe and even featured in the latest Netflix Harlan Coben series Fool Me Once. Spanning multiple floors, this arcade boasts an extensive collection of over 300 arcade machines, pinball tables, and console setups. Well worth the trip over for some fun with friends or to take part in their events or tournaments.