NQ64 opened in Liverpool late September 2019 – located in the former Aloha site on Colquitt Street, just off Seel Street.

NQ64 is an underground drinking den where you can find the best retro arcade games and classic consoles. Alongside the games is a drinks list with specially selected beer and themed cocktails. All of the nostalgia of your childhood and all the booziness of your adulthood – there’s no wonder this place is so popular.

Inside the arcade there is a game for everyone – retro 80’s lovers can try their luck on Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and the classic Space Invaders. For the 90’s cool kids, consoles such as the N64, Megadrive and SNES come with a range of old school games to take you on a trip down memory lane.

We’ve collated 6 of our favourite cocktails and 6 of our favourite games in one very handy and easy to read blog. It’s worth mentioning there are 10s of amazing games and lots of great beers and soft drinks but here are the ones we enjoyed the most on our visit. Enjoy!

VIRTUA STRIKER

Yeah Fifa 2020 is realistic and up to date but have you really had as much fun since playing football games as a kid? A time where it felt like a game, where graphics didn’t really matter and where Trent Alexander Arnold hadn’t even been born yet.

BLANKA COCKTAIL

Now here we have a shockingly good cocktail. Get it? A superb mix of tequila, Midori, cucumber, lemon, apple and agave. A very drinkable homage to a legendary character.

GUITAR HERO

A teenage party wasn’t fit without a drunken jam on Guitar Hero, a legendary arcade game with surprisingly no transferrable skills to a real life guitar. We found out the hard way. It’s also two player so grab a loved one or a friend and rock out.

PAC’S A PUNCH COCKTAIL

Strawberry infused Portobello Gin, peach, apple, lemon and soda. This drink couldn’t be more suited for a Scouse taste bud if it tried.

STREET FIGHTER II

A game that needs no introductions. Where you Ken or Ryu? Where you mesmerised by the long limbs of Dhalsim? Did E. Honda’s strength impress you? It doesn’t get more iconic or nostalgic than Street Fighter 2 and it’s the perfect game for experts and button bashers.

MAD MAX COCKTAIL

House Rum mix, grapefruit, velvet falernum, absinthe and lime and cinnamon fire. Because… well, aren’t all drinks better with fire?

THE SIMPSONS

Everybody’s favourite American family, in a beat ‘em up arcade form published by Konami in 1991. Nearly 30 years of age and just as silly and loveable. Just like all the best people in life.

DONKEY KONG COCKTAIL

Pineapple rum, banana, chocolate and cream soda. One for the sweet tooth out there. And if you think about it, it’s got banana and pineapple in it so it’s basically 2 of your 5 a day. It’s science, folks.

RAMBO

Can we all just agree that all arcade games where you have to pick up a gun are the best? Time Crisis is legendary but pretending to be Sylvester Stallone in a forest also sounds quite fun. Bonus points for wearing camouflage.

BUBBLE BOBBLE COCKTAIL

Now bear with us as these ingredients might not sound like your normal cocktail… and that’s because it isn’t. Rum and gin, grenadine, coconut, Prosecco, lemon and bobbles. Served exactly like a bubble tea but with a good splash of alcohol in. Winner.

CRAZY TAXI

One of the best arcade games to have ever been created. Crazy Taxi is a series of score attack racing video games that was developed by Hitmaker and Sega and the arcade map is San Francisco-inspired. Go and pretend you work for Delta for an hour.

PRINCESS PEACH COCKTAIL

The iconic character in Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise has grown up and got a beautiful drink named after her. Prosecco, peach, orgeat, pimento and dram. Equal parts pretty and tasty.

NQ64

22 Colquitt St

Liverpool

L1 4DE

Special shout out to Jay Chow for the amazing photos.