I recently checked out the new branch of the Four Quarters in Hackney Wick,
London. Located by a quiet
canal, it’s a stark contrast to the busy streets of Peckham.
The new venue has a nice selection of arcade titles. Like the Peckham branch, the arcade games are set at one quarter per credit, with quarters available from the bar priced at four for a pound.
The bar is well stocked with a good selection of draft beers and cocktails. I even spied some quality Japanese whiskies.
Here are my gaming highlights.
Donkey Kong – Nintendo - 1981
Donkey Kong cocktail on a Donkey Kong cocktail cab!
I have recently picked up a Donkey Kong cab which needs a bit of work, so it was great to get some practice in. Unfortunately Donkey Kong’s Tropical Punch didn’t improve my game, but it did contribute to an impressive hangover the next day.
Narc – Midway – 1988
Take to the streets and kill all the digitized bad guys as you take on The Drug War. This couldn’t be further from the pixel perfect precision gameplay of Donkey Kong, and seemed far more agreeable after a few beers and cocktails. I had wanted to play Narc ever since seeing it in Shredder’s layer in the original Turtles movie.
Lucky & Wild – Namco - 1992
Chase H.Q. meets Operation Wolf in this fantastic Namco classic.
Super Hang-On – Sega AM2 – 1987
It was great to play this Yu Suzuki ‘Super Scaler’ 80’s classic. I love the cabinet design.
The Electrocoin Neo Geo MVS cab had a nice selection of titles, including Aero Fighters 2, Fatal Fury 2, King of Fighters ’98, Metal Slug X, Neo Turf Masters and Pop ‘n Bounce.
The Nintendo, Sega and Sony console booths proved popular.
The venue also has some cool pinball tables.
With a fantastic selection of arcade games, a great vibe and friendly staff, and an excellent range of beers and cocktails, I had an awesome time at The Four Quarters East.