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Last Sunday I was sitting at home in Manchester when on a whim I googled "arcade manchester". To my immense surprise this place came up in the search results, www.arcadeclub.co.uk. Now there's a few places near me which have arcades in them such as cinemas and bowling alleys, but the arcades in them tend to be small and the arcade nearest to me is in a bowling alley where the machines are designed to dispense tickets that you trade in for mugs and pencils. So when I found Arcade Club it's not an exaggeration to say that I went into fits of excitement and was amazed that I'd never heard of this place before.
Jumped in the car on Sunday afternoon and made the 20 minute blast down the M60 & M66 to Arcade Club in Bury. Met Andy the man behind the whole operation on the front desk, he asked me how I'd heard about them as they don't advertise. Told him I googled "arcade manchester" and asked where the Galaga cabinet was. Paid £10 and I was in. Upon entry your immediately hit by the sheer noise of pinball tables and cabinets. It's fairly dimly lit in there but that helps the cabinets to give off a nice warm glow. It was pretty busy and there were a lot of kids running around but that eventually subsided over my four hours at Arcade Club. Played a large variety of pinball tables and arcade cabinets including; Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, 1942, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Ghost 'n' Goblins, Ridge Racer, Space Invaders, Crystal Castles, also there's a Metallica pinball table. As mentioned earlier you pay on the door but all arcade machines and pinball tables are set to free play. All the pictures in this blog were taken on Friday night on my second visit to Arcade Club, it's an 18+ policy on Friday night so it was a bit more civilized than last Sunday. There was also quite a bit of vaping going on on Friday night so Duders should feel right at home.