Horwich 8 Bit Micro Arcade Bar to open

Arcade and console fan Leon Pimbley opens the 8 Bit Micro Arcade Bar, a fun arcade and game center for families by day and a bar by night for adults.

The idea was born out of Leon’s childhood love for consoles such as PlayStations and arcade games featuring pac-man, rampage, dot black, space jam and more.

8 Bit Micro Arcade Bar also has a giant screen with Nintendo Wii, DS and PlayStation consoles available.

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, the bar will be open for families to bring their children for an hour-long session, with Leon’s seven-year-old son, Harry Pimbley, showing the other children how to play.

Leon said: “I saw arcade games online and found parts of machines, so together with a friend we made our own.

“Then I had the idea to put the mini arcade games in a bar and let people enjoy the games from their childhood.

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“These are ¾ of the original size machines, but if we put them in a micro bar, it doesn’t take up much space.”

Other arcades like Bury Arcade and N64 in Manchester already exist but this would be the first for Horwich.

Leon said: “At Horwich nothing happens for the children so it was an opportunity to give back and do something for them.

“And it’s something for everyone especially since I loved playing games when I was young, it brings back memories.”

Gas engineer Leon came up with the name using ‘8 Bit’ because he has an ‘8 Bit’ console at home.

He said: “There are always bad things being reported and that’s not fair.

“I’ve lived here all my life and I love this place.

“Kids need something different to do and adults can enjoy it too.

“And if someone comes along and doesn’t have anyone to play with, my boy Harry will step in because he loves playing games on his consoles and arcades.”

Cllr David Grant hailed the new addition to the town as ‘something different’ for the town centre.

8 Bit Micro Arcade Bar hopes to open by the end of the month on the August Bank Holiday in Lee Lane.

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