Yeah a fab thread indeed. I haunted arcades in 1980s Dublin (I'd no choice as we couldn't afford a C64 or 128.
) and now that my daughter wants a Switch for Christmas, I've suddenly realised that after all the consoles I've bought over the years, she has never actually experienced an arcade and what her Dad relied on.
My memories in Dublin city centre. The Pierrot Club on Batchelors walk was the go to spot for me. The stories I had from there and the money I poured into the place.
We had one around the corner on O'Connell street. Playland? Ground floor and basement. Think it ironically became a bookies afterwards. Two others I frequented was one on Burgh Quay (Funland?) and then one off Talbot Street in a laneway backing onto the Irish Life buildings.
As for Bray, well that was when the money allowed the trip out. During the 80s, I gamed in them all on the sea front. I vaguely remember the arcade in the laneway from the train station. All changed now.