NQ64 Retro gaming bar

NQ64 Confirms Spring Opening for Glasgow Retro Arcade Bar

Last Updated on October 10, 2023

Neon-lit retro arcade bar brand NQ64 is opening in Glasgow this spring.  

NQ64’s second bar in Scotland is bringing retro games to Glasgow’s Merchant Square, where the showstopping new underground gaming and drinking den will be a hit with fun-lovers seeking a memorable night out. Transformations are well underfoot and the NQ64 trademark style promises to deliver an immersive experience for their guests. 

Taking over the former Distrikt club on Bell Street,  the late-night basement venue will be an adult-only playground complete with a multitude of gaming experiences, craft beers and game-themed cocktails – including strawberry gin-based Pacs a Punch and the fiery, rum-heavy Mad Max. 

Ahead of their opening, a host of talented artists are dedicating hours to create eye-catching street art on their ceilings and walls to reflect NQ64’s signature vibe. 

Purveyors of retro gaming, NQ64 brings together the nostalgic video games of your childhood with classic arcades and consoles to boot, all sourced from across the globe.

Retro games at Glasgow’s NQ64 include:

  • Street Fighter
  • Tekken
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Pac-Man
  • Mario Kart
  • Guitar Hero
  • Time Crisis
  • Point Blank

…and many more.

The bar features classic consoles including SNES, Mega Drive, Gamecube and PlayStation. Meanwhile, entry to NQ64 is free with retro arcades and pinball machines operating on tokens which can be bought from the bar, while their games consoles are all free to play.

NQ64’s founder, Matt Robson, said: “Glasgow has always been on our radar. We’ve been looking for the perfect NQ64 location since we decided the grow the brand back in 2019. We can’t wait to share our venue with guests looking for a different night out.

“We’re working hard on a new drinks offering and a couple of other surprises for the Glasgow launch.”

To learn more, follow the @nq64glasgow Instagram account or sign up for updates on opening via the Glasgow location page at nq64.co.uk to be the first to find out about the launch.

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