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Neon Knights Arcade and Cafe

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Printed Date: 16 Oct 2019 at 9:16am


Topic: Neon Knights Arcade and Cafe
Posted By: neoretro
Subject: Neon Knights Arcade and Cafe
Date Posted: 03 Jul 2019 at 11:35pm
Hi All,

Some of you have known for a little while but thought I’d let everyone know.

I will be opening an Arcade Cafe in Leigh on Sea, Essex soon with a friend of mine.

We’ve got 27 machines in there at the moment that have come from both our collections and from people on the forum, eBay, Gumtree and all over. I say at the moment because the way these things are knowing our luck the only machine working on the day will be the till. We’ve restored a lot of machines that were in a bad way. Only in the sense of wiring them up as original and getting fully serviced monitors and boards in there, no art work redo’s or LCDs. (Gunblade could retire on us). So hopefully even if all fails it’ll be giving back to the community.

We’ll be serving old school sweets, drinks, lolly’s, crisps etc etc to keep the whole retro feel throughout.

A bit more info can be found at our website www.NeonKnights.co.uk

Adult entry will be £10

Child entry (Under 16) will be £7.50 but must be accompanied by an adult.

If you’ve helped us with machines or games drop me a message via the contact form on the website and I’ll make sure you get a little discount or something. We’re genuinely not looking to make a fortune out of this. Rents are super high in the area but we really just hope to have a nice place for likeminded people that keeps itself afloat.

Hopefully getting an alcohol license soon. For now just soft drinks but may allow a few to be brought on site for a corkage fee. Again let me know if that’s something you’d want to do on the contact form.

We open on Saturday and at the moment will be open 10AM - 11PM at weekends and then initially 6PM - 11PM Thursday and Friday. We’re still working our full time jobs but once things have settled we’ll likely extend this.

Be great to put some faces to the names on here if you’re ever nearby.

Thanks for everyone’s help in getting us started.

Dave



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Posted By: antray84
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 12:15am
Been looking fwd to this. Hope to make it down soon

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Posted By: digweed
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 6:44am
Awesome mate, if I ever go up to Essex then I will definitely pop in Thumbs Up 



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Posted By: bonehead
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 6:57am
Good luck with the venture sounds exciting.

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Posted By: robotech
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 7:05am
Good luck
I would love to do something similar in my area

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Posted By: gunblade
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 7:19am
good luck chaps


Posted By: sosfx
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 8:00am
Best of luck with this to you and Ail!
sure I'll be up soon
Steve


Posted By: phillv85
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 8:37am
Good luck Dave Thumbs Up


Posted By: K1ngarth3r
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 9:40am
That's great news, good look with the venture and will make an effort to visit.

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Posted By: Amb47uk
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 9:53am
Best of luck, hope it is successful.


Posted By: Maxrom
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 10:01am
Sounds excellent, and just down the road from me! Great to have somewhere a little closer, as I normally have to travel north for some retro gaming fun. Good work guys, and good luck with everything Clap


Posted By: big10p
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 10:17am
All the best with this. Looks like you've got some really nice cabs!

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Posted By: Flinnster
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 10:27am
Nice one! You guys forgot something though...

http://www.NeonKnights.co.uk" rel="nofollow -  


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Parts WTD: Dino King Door, Coin Box, Coin Chute


Posted By: Richard May
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 2:42pm
Nice one Dave. Will be popping down with the family (and another family in tow) at some point over the next few months. Look after my Donkey Kong! :)

Edit: I mean your DK. Obviously :)


Posted By: Scalesy
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2019 at 2:52pm
This post has made me smile!!
Good luck guys ... this something i would dream of doing in Kent! 

I have a good idea for something similar but just need to win the lottery first ! 

Matt 


Posted By: Maxrom
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 10:34pm
I took a trip over to Neon Knights today and was pleased to meet both Dave and Ally. A really nice couple of guys trying to do a good thing for both seasoned retro gamers, and those new to the scene who may have never played, or even seen these old cabs before. 

It's a nice setup they've got, with a really friendly atmosphere. It was good to play the cabs, and put some times on the Outrun high score table while I was there. They've got a nice selection of machines from across the decades, and not having to drive for hours to play them was great for me. 

It was certainly well worth an Ayrton for a good afternoon out, and some arcade related banter. Looking forward to going back in the very near future. If you're in the area, you should definitely check it out and support what they're doing - it's not everyday a place like this opens up.

Well done guys Clap



Posted By: JAG555
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 10:51pm
Cannot wait to head over! Should be in the week after next!

Good work!


Posted By: neoretro
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 2:56pm
Cheers Andrew really good having you both down and the advice. Your run on Outrun has clocked up a thousand views on Twitter.

Perhaps if there’s a few people from the forum who want to come down we could close up for a meet in the future.


Posted By: paulcan69
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 3:33pm
I fixed that track n field (Now yours) for Martin only a few months ago
Now it takes coins again!
You will see 2x 74 series chips in sockets (Which handle coin inputs)
I was going to have that cab, but he really wanted to sell them as a job lot
Tempted but as always with this hobby would have needed to store them for a bit

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Posted By: Maxrom
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 4:58pm
Originally posted by neoretro neoretro wrote:

....Your run on Outrun has clocked up a thousand views on Twitter.


Great, although it’s a shame you recorded the run where I binned it on the last bend!


Count me in for a meet-up sometime if you’re arranging one.


Posted By: nurtuo
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 5:06pm
Originally posted by neoretro neoretro wrote:

Cheers Andrew really good having you both down and the advice. Your run on Outrun has clocked up a thousand views on Twitter.

Perhaps if there’s a few people from the forum who want to come down we could close up for a meet in the future.
 

Big Show Off.

And its still not his best time.Wink

Good Work Guys.

Anyone in the Area must get in a visit to both the Arcade and Shop.

Some Great Stuff in both.

The Master System Paperboy I bought in there is as near as I am getting to one anytime soon.

Thanks Again Guys.


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Posted By: Steveylou
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2019 at 5:48pm
The pictures look fantastic guys.  Good luck Thumbs Up


Posted By: PhilT
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2019 at 9:08am
Some really nice looking machines you have there. the very best of luck with everything.


Posted By: namfreak
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2019 at 9:32am
Best of luck with this venture
The machines look awesome
I'm not regularly in that part of the world, but I'll be sure to visit if I'm in the area


Posted By: JAG555
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 5:55pm
Headed down on Thursday and the guys have done a great job so far! Some great cabs and a great atmosphere.

Looking forward to heading down fairly regularly.


Posted By: virtvic
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 6:27pm
Originally posted by kidyamlo kidyamlo wrote:

Nice one Dave. Will be popping down with the family (and another family in tow) at some point over the next few months. Look after my Donkey Kong! :)

Edit: I mean your DK. Obviously :)


It was very nearly MY Donkey Kong when I tried to steal it last weekend!


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Posted By: Titchgamer
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 7:16pm
Really cool to see these mini arcades popping back up :)

Good luck with the venture and if I am ever down that way I will be sure to pop in!


Posted By: neoretro
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 8:48pm
Thanks for the great comments everyone and the support we’ve had from the visitors.

The leader boards we stated yesterday that we’ve got in the bar and online have been given the treatment by a couple of Vac members already.

If anyone fancies a crack, you can find the scores so far at https://NeonKnights.co.uk/high-scores" rel="nofollow - https://NeonKnights.co.uk/high-scores

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Posted By: Mark H
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 9:14pm
Looks great well done. If it was near to me I'd certainly be there. 

In the meantime I'll stick with Retro Arcade and Arcade Club...


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Posted By: strykr
Date Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 10:04pm
Looks great! Looking forward to paying a visit next time im in southend

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Posted By: Hurray Banana
Date Posted: 22 Jul 2019 at 3:14am
Made that high score link clicky for you

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Posted By: nurtuo
Date Posted: 17 Sep 2019 at 9:49pm
Just a quick Bump for anyone near or visiting the area, these guys are well worth a visit.
Keep up the Good Work Chaps.


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Posted By: Maxrom
Date Posted: 17 Sep 2019 at 9:56pm
Originally posted by nurtuo nurtuo wrote:

Just a quick Bump for anyone near or visiting the area, these guys are well worth a visit.
Keep up the Good Work Chaps.

Agreed, this place is definitely worth a visit. Some great machines to be enjoyed in a very friendly atmosphere. Recommended (even though the high scores on their website still need to be updated! Wink )


Posted By: neoretro
Date Posted: 17 Sep 2019 at 10:02pm
Originally posted by Maxrom Maxrom wrote:

Originally posted by nurtuo nurtuo wrote:

Just a quick Bump for anyone near or visiting the area, these guys are well worth a visit.
Keep up the Good Work Chaps.


Agreed, this place is definitely worth a visit. Some great machines to be enjoyed in a very friendly atmosphere. Recommended (even though the high scores on their website still need to be updated! Wink )


Thanks guys.

Sorry about the high scores I left in a bit of a rush Sunday and forgot to take the laptop.

Am going tomorrow night to film me setting the target score for our upcoming competition so will get it all updated then.


Posted By: nurtuo
Date Posted: 17 Sep 2019 at 10:05pm
Originally posted by Maxrom Maxrom wrote:

Originally posted by nurtuo nurtuo wrote:

Just a quick Bump for anyone near or visiting the area, these guys are well worth a visit.
Keep up the Good Work Chaps.

Agreed, this place is definitely worth a visit. Some great machines to be enjoyed in a very friendly atmosphere. Recommended (even though the high scores on their website still need to be updated! Wink )
 

You take your time Dave.
You have loads to do, don't worry about updating some High Score Board.

Cry




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Posted By: Maxrom
Date Posted: 17 Sep 2019 at 10:07pm
Originally posted by nurtuo nurtuo wrote:

You take your time Dave.
You have loads to do, don't worry about updating some High Score Board.

Cry



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Posted By: nurtuo
Date Posted: 17 Sep 2019 at 10:07pm
Originally posted by neoretro neoretro wrote:

Originally posted by Maxrom Maxrom wrote:

Originally posted by nurtuo nurtuo wrote:

Just a quick Bump for anyone near or visiting the area, these guys are well worth a visit.
Keep up the Good Work Chaps.


Agreed, this place is definitely worth a visit. Some great machines to be enjoyed in a very friendly atmosphere. Recommended (even though the high scores on their website still need to be updated! Wink )


Thanks guys.

Sorry about the high scores I left in a bit of a rush Sunday and forgot to take the laptop.

Am going tomorrow night to film me setting the target score for our upcoming competition so will get it all updated then.
 

Upcoming Competition? 


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Posted By: nurtuo
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2019 at 8:08pm
A quick bump on this one as a few of us UKVac locals have been getting in there when we can,
and been having some great evenings of Gaming and Gaming Talk at the Bar. 
Well worth a visit i can say. 

A good venue for an Party or Event as well.

Great Work Chaps!!!


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Posted By: bountybob
Date Posted: 10 Oct 2019 at 1:56pm
Looking forward to coming for a visit. Should hopefully be there with the family on Saturday 19th. 


Posted By: Mark H
Date Posted: 12 Oct 2019 at 5:13pm
Great work in keeping this hobby alive. Well done Thumbs Up

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