Alongside tasting some of Dublin’s finest food and drink and attending the variety of events that occur on a regular basis all over the city, people also enjoy a gaming session or two in one of Dublin’s excellent arcades. After all, most of us have an affinity with arcades, be it a seaside location that we went to in our younger years or a more modern-day offering that has recently tickled our fancy.
When assessing Dublin’s arcade offering, it’s doing reasonably well on the whole. Some establishments offer an array of classic arcade titles, while others are aiming to turn the arcade package into a more modern offering, perhaps by serving food and drink alongside accessing a selection of entertaining games. Of course, we live in a society where people are heavily reliant on the games their smartphones provide, be it an augmented reality release like Pokemon Go or a live dealer casino game, but a traditional bit of fun at a local arcade is hard to beat and has a great deal of nostalgia attached to it for so many of us. After all, an arcade is the perfect environment to sample a wide variety of games in one go.
With Dublin boasting some of the country’s best arcades, let’s take a look at some of them below.
Kicking things off with a truly unique arcade gaming destination, Token is a bar, restaurant, and retro arcade all in one. Many visitors simply adore Token’s pinball parlour in particular, but there is so much to enjoy in there overall. Alongside offering a range of other games, such as Pac-Man and Mario Kart, people can tuck into a selection of delicious treats, from vegan bites and burgers to an inviting range of tasty alcoholic drinks. Overall, if you’re in need of a fun evening out, then Token is well worth considering.
Dr. Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium
One of the best arcades in the city, Dr. Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium is a neon coloured arcade that is a great place for all of the family. Offering the usual gaming machines you’d expect, alongside pool tables and air hockey tables, it’s a place that is capable of keeping you entertained for hours on end. From blackjack and roulette to fruit machines and gun games, there is something for everyone inside this welcoming gaming environment.
Although Automatic Amusements isn’t perfect, it’s worth a visit. While there is a lack of specific games and a more classic feel to this particular arcade, it still has enough to it to make it worth a visit. Closed on the weekends, it continues to draw people in.
More than just an arcade, Leisureplex is a go-to destination for people wanting to have a day’s worth of fun and entertainment. Given the fact that there’s bowling on offer, pool halls, and a brilliant arcade, it’s a fantastic option for many people. A great place for kids in particular, there is also Q-Zar available there, painting activities, a zoo-themed playground, and other options many people can’t wait to sample. The arcade itself features some classic video games, alongside slot machines and a selection of other solid gaming products.
Century City Arcade
Described as a family entertainment centre, Century City Arcade is a favoured choice for many gamers in Dublin. Situated near the Cineworld on Parnell street, in behind the Woolshed, the arcade houses everything an arcade gamer would want. From Dance Dance Revolution and a large choice of shooters to slot machines and ball games, there is a great selection of games to dive into in this popular location.