Well it is different…..having a few minutes to spare while waiting for a bus we dropped into Palace Arcade bar – where once was my favourite wine bar/Macedonian restaurant, the Court Wine Bar, and more recently Dominion League.
Now the place is lined with retro video game machines – both upstairs and down – with a few high tables and stools about the place for those who want to just partake of a drink or snack from the bar. The smallish wine list has some nifty inclusions – we tried the Tomfoolery rosé, always a good drop, and Blind Corner also makes its mark with both the Rouge and the Blanc.
Food is limited to pizza – whole or by the slice – wings, and poppers – something I guess you can eat with one hand while toggling away with the other.
The games I understand are played with a preloaded card rather than cash – and at less busy times may even be free to play.
I do miss the fabulous Macedonian food that was once turned out of Mrs Andonovski’s kitchen – the bean soup, Graf, lives long in my memory – but things change and I guess the newest incarnation may find its niche – not with me of course, being the only person on earth who has never played a video arcade game and know nothing about them or their attractions – I did see Frogger in one corner, but I only know about that through the Seinfeld episode. (Can you beat George’s score of 860,630?)
Still a Timezone of sorts for grown-ups – well you can get a drink there at least. If you are into this stuff then get along, I will stick to the wine.