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New Retro Arcade Bar NQ64 set to open this August!

A new arcade bar that combines nightlife vibes with retro games is coming to Pilgrim Street, Newcastle this August. NQ64 will bring neon splattered drinking dens full of retro arcade games and classic consoles to the city, with an enviable game-themed cocktail and craft beer menu that can be enjoyed whilst button bashing to victory against your mates.


Promising to light up Newcastle’s nightlife this Summer, NQ64 will bring a mix of retro arcade games, classic consoles and bespoke cocktails. Their signature neon-filled aesthetic is set to provide the first immersive arcade bar experience of its kind to the North East. NQ64’s signature street style will see spray painted artwork cover the walls and ceiling that glows under UV lights. The venue is sure to become an unmistakable attraction for party-goers in the city.


Taking over the former Intermezzo bar on Pilgrim Street, the Newcastle opening will be NQ64’s ninth UK site. NQ64 will welcome the public to its newest venue from the first week in August. 


NQ64 Edinburgh


With a choice of original arcade games including Time Crisis, Dance Dance Revolution, Tekken, Guitar Hero and Pac-Man, along with pinball machines and classic consoles, there will be a dedicated bar area with stools, booths and space to dance or to soak up the underground cool vibes to the sound of NQ64’s signature hip-hop and R&B playlist (with DJs at the weekend) - perfectly matched to the throwback vibes of the games.


Taking just as much pride in their fabulous bar selection alongside the classic arcade offerings, the adult-only venue will offer several game-themed cocktails such as Kirby, Donkey Kolada and the Aku Aku Fruit Punch (inspired by Crash Bandicoot), alongside a selection of craft beers, wine, sodas, and spirits.


NQ64 Edinburgh


NQ64 co-founder, Matthew Robson, said: “Being a born and bred Geordie, opening in Newcastle is particularly special for me, and my mum!  I hope NQ64 will bring a different offering to the city. We specialise in retro gaming and combine it with a banging drinks selection with a backdrop of classic hip hop tunes. See you at the bar!” 


NQ64 first opened in a back alley of the Northern Quarter in Manchester back in 2019 and has since launched further sites in Soho, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Liverpool.


While the main bar is available for walk-ins, there are areas that can be booked for larger groups. Opening hours will be Monday - Friday 4pm - 2am, Saturday 12pm until 2am, Sunday 12pm - 1am.