Pic: Lone gamer at esports Meltdown bar in north London
Gamers have a reputation of hiding away from the real world, in order to be left alone to save galaxies and conquer kingdoms. This is about to change with the opening of new esports bars across the capital, reports Delina Petiros
One of the UK’s first esports bars, Meltdown, is a short walk from Caledonian Road tube station in north London and is just one of the many new esports bars to open across London, which are giving gamers a place to socialise at the same time as playing. Other similar bars across London are Loading in Dalston and Four Quarters in Peckham and a brand new venue just round the corner from us at London South Bank University in Elephant and Castle – Lost Rivers Elephant (look out for a review of this venue soon on JLDN).
Each bar has been opened with the sole purpose of providing its customers a handful of craft beers, classic arcade cabinets and a range of sandwich toaster based delicacies to be eaten one-handed, all while gaming. The bars are not only stocked with the usual collection of lagers and ales, but also with a menu of pun-based cocktails, keeping it fun and unique just like the bars itself.
The owners of the bars have gone to considerable lengths to keep their arcade machines and other consoles as authentic as possible, so gamers can experience classics like King of Fighters, Pac-man and Space Invaders.