Like any typical den that is devoted to video games, Spawn Point is hidden in a basement below a set of non-descript buildings. Long, narrow and drenched in blue and pink hues, this is where video arcades and small bars meet. You can choose from classic old consoles through to more modern releases, but retro-heads may be disappointed by the lack of original 1980ís upright cabinets that once dominated takeaways shops and laundromats across the world. The modern remakes have a nice feel but they are missing that hit of nostalgia. That said, who can complain with such a wide range of games that are all free to play.
On the small bar side of things, Spawn Point offers a fairly standard selection of beers, cocktails, spirits and wine. The cocktails follow the barís theme with names such as Player One and Player Two. But focusing on the drinks list misses the entire point of this unique hybrid small bar. No longer do you have to put up with dingy pool halls or pubs to get a fix of alcohol and gaming. A reasonable food menu hits the spot too. Jerky, chess plates and wraps are the perfect snacks to quickly stuff into your mouth between levels.
There is a good social atmosphere here: itís relaxed and informal. For something more entertaining, visit on a tournament night where you will see gaming savants resurrect skills from their misspent youth.
In brief: Spawn PointBest things: Gaming without the grime Ideal for: Small groups, catch-ups with friends, dates, solo Date tip: If your date shares your passion for video games, this will be your nirvana. However, the lack of cosy seating may mean you need to head somewhere to get a little more intimate. Gripes: The functional stools mean seating is a bit uncomfortable. Rating: 6/10
Last updated: November 2016
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