Best Arcades In The UK

It's 'game over' for boring nights out, as we've rounded up the ultimate list of the best arcade bars in the UK. Swap pints at the pub for giant interactive race tracks, retro machines installed with 1000s of games, VR experiences and a bunch of throwback activities. You'll also be able to get your hands on cocktails and some incredible food like quirky pizzas or loaded burgers. 

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Last updated on 30th November 2023

Liverpool: ArCains

As one of the best free arcades in the UK, ArCains is a must-visit if you ever find yourself in Liverpool. With machines that don't require coins to activate, there's hours of fun to be had while trying to beat your high score. Eats include nachos, pizza and Pic'n'Mix. Looking for a sugar rush that also involves a bit of booze? There are two bars whipping up cocktails, too. 

Brighton: The World's End

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The World's End in Brighton is undeniably one of the best seaside arcades in the UK. For starters, there's over 1000 free-to-play console games to choose from, plus limited-edition beers to sip on while you wait for your turn. But the main event has to be the giant interactive race track, where your movements on the steering wheel correspond with your own mini electric car. 

Manchester: 1UP

Game geeks in Manchester are going to want to pay 1UP a visit. Thanks to arcade and pinball machines aplenty, you won't know where to start. Electronics more your thing? There are consoles installed with all your favourite two-player games. Top it off with a themed cocktail and something from the chicken-dedicated menu that also has vegan options.

London: The Four Thieves

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One of the best amusement arcades in the UK lies within fun-loving bar The Four Thieves. Retro games include Time Crisis, Point Blank and even Dance Dance Revolution. You'll also find a VR station, as well as a huge interactive race track. Break off to the gin garden between rounds and refuel on daring pizzas topped with duck, calamari and everything in between. 

Birmingham: F1® Arcade

Sports fans of Birmingham should be racing to F1® Arcade: the world's first official Formula 1® simulation bar. Through cutting-edge tech, their full-motion simulators are as close as you'll get to driving like Lewis Hamilton. Get fully immersed in the action, with cocktails and tacos waiting for you at the pit stop. You can also satisfy your need for speed in London.

UK-Wide: Lane7

Lane7 in Sheffield is sticking to the basics as one of the best indoor arcades in the UK. There's no bells and whistles or out-there menu items, just good old-fashioned machines and gaming tables from ping pong to shuffleboard. And if competitive nights out tend to make you extra thirsty, you'll be pleased to know they serve cocktails by the stein. There's more fun on the cards in Durham and Edinburgh

Bristol, London & Newcastle: Four Quarters

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Four Quarters is one of the best arcades in the UK for adults, with sites in Bristol and London's Peckham, as well as Newcastle. Its northern outpost consists of classic gaming consoles and retro machines for a super nostalgic night out. The quirky pizza menu is full of surprises, with toppings featuring green pesto, pulled pork and bourbon infused mayo.