The original Four Quarters in Peckham is awesome because besides putting together great drinks and 80’s style arcade machines, it has a party atmosphere that packs the punters in every night. Four Quarters East, out by the Here East Olympic development in Hackney Wick, is awesome for similar reasons, but has a much more laid-back vibe, probably due to its lazy canalside location. Besides great craft beer and spirits, there’s everything from arcade machines, console booths (Playstation, Nintendos, Xbox) and smaller tables with games embedded beneath the glass. There are bar snacks, but really, you’re here to school your mates at Tekken Tag Tournament. That’s what friends do, right?
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