Liverpool’s 5 Best Gaming Centre’s
E-Sport is on the rise and is already a multi-million-pound industry. E-Sport tournaments have also grown in the past decade and what began as local events between ‘leisure’ players has expanded to thousands of tournaments with the world’s top, paid professional players taking part.
But it’s not just computer games cafés that are on the rise, board game cafés are seeing a resurgence too, popping up everywhere; spaces where gamers can meet for a drink and a bite to eat and as always, Liverpool has some great ones on offer.
Horizon E-Sport Club
1A Pilgrim Street
0151 216 6785
Overnighter (members only)
Prices per hour:
Horizon E-Sport Club surpasses your stereotypical internet gaming café with the amalgamation of traditional, atmospheric furnishings with top-end tech, offering Liverpool’s E-Sport community a hub for gaming and tournaments but also for getting together with old friends and making new ones.
Horizon, is where the Gaucho Club meets Cyberville to create spaces for both socialising and relaxing, with good quality food and drink and top-end indulgence gaming, whether you’re a casual gamer, a veteran or just a coffee-loving voyeur.
Critical Hit Games Cafe
61a Kempston Street
0151 207 3296
Mon 17:00 – 23:00
Wed – Fri 17:00 – 23:00
Sat – Sun 11:00 – 23:00
NO ENTRY FEE
NO MEMBERSHIP FEE
At the other end of the gaming scale, we have Critical Hit games café. Critical Hit is a no-frills café, when no-frills is what is needed. A simple, plain menu, no fancy-Dan surroundings or pretensions, just a focus on games and gamers.
There are board games to rent or buy and they hold special events for all ages as well as having a private room for hire.
Critical Hit also holds trading card games (TCG) with casual play or weekly tournaments for the most popular TCGs such as, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, Card Fight! and Vanguard.
They also have miniatures tables devoted to war games such as Warhammer, Antares and Bolt Action, plus role-playing games with a growing community of gamers holding weekly sessions for Dungeons and Dragons, Shadowrun and Pathfinder.
31 Paul Street
0151 528 6486
by appointment only
Tuesday to Friday 17:00 to 22:00
Sat-Sun 13:00 to 20:00.
VR booths cost £20 for initial 30 minutes
£10 for each additional 30 minutes
VR-HERE is, as the name suggests, a virtual reality games provider specialising in room scale VR. They offer rooms that are fully scaled, all with top-quality computing power and variety of licensed software for your enjoyment. VR-HERE gives you breath-taking scenery or action-packed shoot-em-ups or a go with a bow and arrow. There is a range of cooperative games and experiences too, with something here for everyone to play and immerse themselves in!
Sugar and Dice
0151 345 6031
Mon – Tue 14:00 – 22:00
Wed 14:00 – 17:00
Thu – Fri 14:00 – 22:00
Sat – Sun 12:00 – 22:00
£2 per person, per hour, with a cap at £5 (four-hour table limit).
Sugar and Dice board game café is a perky and colourful space complete with hundreds of award-winning
board games from all over the globe, classics such as Monopoly and Scrabble, but everything in between from 221b Baker Street, to Zooloretto. You can treat Sugar and Dice as an ordinary café with freshly baked cakes, or a cup of their unique blend of coffee or a shop (they sell games as well) but if you want to dip into the world of board games, then you can do that too.
10 Jamaica Street
Tue – Fri 15:00 – 21:00
Sat – Sun 11:00 – 21:00
from £9 (15 min PlayStation VR taster) – £85.00 (2-hour HTC Vive session)
VR RCADE is a virtual reality space in the city centre, run by a team of gamer geeks dedicated to boldly going where ever VR takes them, to explore new virtual realities…and share them with you. It’s their mission to give you the chance to play these great games and exciting experiences as soon as they’re released at their purpose-built city centre location. There are games and experiences for all the family, ranging from Carnival Games, for the little ones, 12+ games like Headmaster, a football based game and the 18+ Batman: Arkham. You can also experience the Apollo 11 mission, landing on the moon.