Arcadia
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We are a fish and chip shop arcade that sells beer and has mean parties ! New Zealands biggest line up of public pinball machines, retro games, board games, burgers, beer, pool table, wifi come hang out with us ! We can tell you all about CHCH :)
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Amanda
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
If you enjoyed the pinball machines and old video games of the 80s you will like this place. The games are good value for money too.
Written 9 October 2020
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Milly
Whangarei, New Zealand1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Had a voucher for Arcadia and tried to use it on multiple occasions but every time the venue was closed to the public. Thankfully met some other people who had had the same experience so they helped us advocate for a refund. Staff rather unfair to be honest but the young women on the door understood our situation and felt the same way about Felix the duty manager.
Written 3 July 2020
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Nick G
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Family
A well run spot with good food and quality spacies and pinball. Love the old favourites and my son has a blast too.
Written 2 June 2020
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emma_chch
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We had such an awesome time there, the staff were super friendly and the games were fantastic. We especially loved all the pinball machines. We will definitely be back!
Written 3 October 2019
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Kayleigh M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
If you enjoy playing pinball/arcade games and funky fresh 80s music please go here. The staff were so kind and joyful. I signed up to this site just to say that Arcadia was the best.
Written 23 February 2019
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Thank you so much!! I am so happy you had such a good time, we love to spread the joy! May the force be with you.
Written 25 February 2019
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Alex
Sydney, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
A must for all pinball lovers young and old. Much more exciting than mundane casinos.... use real skills for a fraction of the cost... playing all the classic machines with a mix modern ones. This place is retro funky with 70/80s music and a real LA arcade feel , milkshakes, hotdogs etc.
Should be high on the list for any Christchurch tourist or local !

Written 10 January 2019
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Nephi H
New Zealand13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Been here several times. Find it works well for a lot of outings, starting and ending the night. Heaven to someone who likes retro arcades and pinball, mixed in with 80s cartoons and tunes.

Place packs a mean burger, and I'm talking about a mean vegetarian and vegan burger. Be specific on the vegan one to get it right. Prices are very fair and this is definitely where I go on a cheat day. Alcohol can make the adults night interesting.
Written 6 November 2018
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prestj
Christchurch, New Zealand149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We had a Steampunk Event here and it was really fun. I half expected to be bored, but there was a great selection of games and pinball machines. We had a blast!

Staff were absolutely amazing and the deals offered were good as well.

If you are looking for a cool place to have an event, or just a night out to enjoy some video games and pinball, then Arcadia is the place.
Written 18 September 2018
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Justin
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
I had a few hours to kill in the CBD so I ventured into Arcadia on a whim. From the outside it looks like any old shop but once you step inside it's like going back to 'Wizards' on Hereford St (was it?) in 90's Christchurch. As soon as you enter you notice the great selection of pinball machines along the left hand wall with the bar/counter on the right. Further along there is a selection of classic arcade machines, racing games and claw games with a pool table and shooting style game to round it out. Most machines cost 1 token (worth one dollar) with a couple costing 2. There was also a large selection of board games and plenty of tables to play them on.

The service was great - casual and friendly and only too happy to answer my questions. There is a small selection of alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic and quite a decent sized (and very well priced!) food menu with the typical fare that one would expect from a gaming bar (burgers, fried etc.). The music was classic 80's/90's with several projectors accompanying.

I got $20 worth of tokens which went surprisingly far. Once I included a drink I got a solid hour and a half's entertainment for under $30 (even with my terrible skills on the pinball machines). I can imagine on a busy night the place would be humming and might feel a bit cramped but that would only add to the nostalgic feeling of old school gaming. This is exactly the sort of place that Christchurch needed and about as far away as you can get from the modern glitzy overpriced bars closer to the Avon.
Written 7 September 2018
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Your my hero ! Your review is awesome, thanks for the graphic description. Wizards was a great inspiration !
Written 9 September 2018
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Sandra H
Christchurch, New Zealand313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We got a voucher off grabone for 40 tokens and 2 drinks well worth it 40 tokens for two is heaps we loved the old games brings back memories .
The staff are wonderful very friendly and helpful the place itself is great needs afew tweats but in time im sure it will be forever changing so im looking forward to going back i personally would put in a bainmarie and put some hotfood in it people like to see we nibbles and will buy stuff it was busy later in the afternoon a great place
Highly recommended
Written 14 August 2018
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Thanks so much for coming....im going to get that baine Marie... Good idea
Written 21 August 2018
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