NQ64 has submitted plans to Newcastle City Council to convert a former bar on Pilgrim Street into its latest retro gaming venue, part of a nationwide expansion strategy following a £1.4m investment from Imbiba in 2021.
If an initial premises licence is approved, the Newcastle venue will join recent openings in Leeds and Edinburgh, as well as already-established bars in Manchester, Cardiff, Liverpool and Birmingham.
“A premises licence has been submitted to Newcastle City Council saying it wants to open from 7am to 2.30am, and 7am to 1am on Sundays,” reported The Chronicle.
“The original bar in Manchester, which takes its name from the its address in the Northern Quarter, has become popular through its mix of original consoles – including an N64, a SNES and an original PlayStation – which are loaded with games including Mario Kart, Goldeneye, Sonic the Hedgehog and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.”
Though no precise details have been released as to the games that will be available in the Newcastle site, the most recent NQ64 opening in Edinburgh features more than 30 retro arcade machines, as well as a secret Guitar Hero soundproofed studio.
The original NQ64 on Manchester’s Short Street opened in 2019, before expanding into Liverpool later the same year.