For the most part, if you want to host a social gathering with your mates that involves video games, a few cans and a bit of grub it meant staying in. Well, that’s all about to change in Dublin’s Fair City!
From the people who brought you R.A.G.E. on Fade Street, a staple of the retro gaming scene in Dublin, comes TOKEN – Dublin’s first restaurant, bar & gaming arcade! Based in Smithfield, Dublin 7 and spread across two floors Token has an opening date set for May 201 and we can’t wait for it to open. We don’t even know where to start given that they’re combining three of our favourite hobbies – Gaming, Drinking & Eating!
Anyone who knows of R.A.G.E. will know that Retro Gaming is their speciality. And in Token they’ll be bringing it right back to the days of classic Arcade & Pinball machines!
Some of the machines on offer are absolute classics too!
- Donkey Kong
- Space Invaders
- Tekken Tag Tournament
- Street Fighter 2
- Mortal Kombat 2
- Ghouls n Ghosts
- Sunset Riders
- NBA Hangtime (NBA Jam 2)
- The Simpsons
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- X-Men 4 player
- Marvel Vs. Capcom
- Metal Slug
- Metal Slug 2
- Spiderman 4 player
- WWF Royal Rumble
- Mario Kart GP
- Point Blank
- Time Crisis 2
- Final Fight
- Double Dragon
- Crazy Taxi
As mentioned previously, there will also be a range of super-addictive pinball machines to try your hand at. Remember Windows Pinball? Well if you were never able to get a go on an actual pinball machine, Token will be your one stop shop for your first (and undoubtedly not your last) go!
Of course, not all great things in life come for free – but Token will allow you to play these games at a super affordable rate of 50 cent per token! One token will get you 2 credits on the arcade machines and 1 credit on the pinball machines. That means you could be paying as little as 25 cent a game!
The R.A.G.E. are also well-known for their console/gaming nights that have been super popular whenever they’ve been put on! With Token they intend of pushing the boundaries that bit further with game launches, developer showcases, high score challenges and more!
The fast food/restaurant scene in Dublin has changed over the last few years. Instead of your Burger Kings, McDonalds’ & KFCs you’ve got the Bunsens, Boojums & Crackbirds plying their trade in Dublin City Centre. Ever seen the queues into these places? As President Trump would say – “They’re ‘eewwwwggeee! The biggest!” *waves tiny hands*
What people are looking for when they go for a bite to eat has changed and the guys at Token are bringing what will be a glorious experience for foodies of any grade! Inspired by the likes of pop-up restaurants that have made a home for themselves in London’s Camden Markets and the food truck movement in America & Australia, Token will have an eclectic menu with plenty of offerings that they themselves fell in love with on their worldly travels!
With an in-house chef, all food will be made to order and any specific requests will be catered for! Don’t like onions etc? No problem. Just ask! Have an allergy, condition, are vegetarian/vegan or just want to be a bit more health conscious in your order? Don’t worry! Token will also offer multiple delicious Gluten Free, Veggie, Vegan and healthy options on the menu.
Those who’ve watched Man vs Food and felt they could give Adam Richman a run for his money will also find themselves right at home in Token. Competitive eating challenges will be hosted at Token as well as having general challenges for walk in customers! The pinball scoreboards won’t be the only ones on the walls of Token!
The bar/pub is an Irish staple. Some people’s earliest memories will be of them perched on a barstool with a bag of Tayto and a glass of Coke that they pretended was Guinness! But, with the emergence and massive rise to prominence of craft/micro breweries in Ireland and an overall change in culture among some demographics; the traditional Irish pub with a choice of one mass-produced stout, two/three lagers and a cider offering doesn’t cut it anymore. People want something different.
And different is the concept that Token will be bringing to their downstairs bar. Never done before in Ireland is brewery takeovers. A staple concept in the bars run by the likes of BrewDog, what Token will be putting on show is an area for brewers to come in and show off their wares. Every fortnight, different breweries (both Irish & International) will be taking over the taps and ensuring that you have a new beverage experience every time you come back!
If you don’t drink alcohol, fear not! Token will also offer plenty of non-alcoholic options that will make sure your experience won’t be hampered in any way!
Token will also have a function room able to cater up to fifty people! They intend on hosting events of all kinds as they go on – board game nights, movie screenings and more! The guys at Token are also open to suggestion and want to use their space to bring people together. If you want to put on an event they’ll be more than happy to cater for you and your friends! You never know, maybe the Nerd Lowdown Podcast might do a live recording from their some day?!
If you end up becoming a regular at Token, there will also be memberships on offer in order for you to maximise your experience and get a bit more value out of every return visit! Details of the memberships can be found here and they will be renewable on a yearly basis!
Help Give Token A Lift!
While Token have gotten off to a whirlwind start and will be offering the people of Dublin and Ireland a whole new social experience, they still need your help!
One of the key features of the building Token will be in is that it has a lift. This is vital for this incapable of using a set of stairs to enjoy the full Token experience given that the arcade area will be upstairs. Unfortunately, the lift has been deemed unsafe for public use and the cost of fixing it was not included in their original renovation quotations and they only found this out quite recently.
The guys at Token have set up a Kickstarter so that any generous souls out there can donate and ensure that everyone gets to experience Token as originally intended! The beauty of Kickstarter of course is that there are a range of rewards available for those who donate at several tiers depending on how much you donate! So not only will you assist Token in getting their lift running at a full and safe capacity, you’ll also get a little something too! At the time of writing, they have already raised almost €10k or their €35k goal!
If you want to donate, you can do so here and it’s important to note that the success of this campaign will in no way affect the grand opening of Token!