What’s going on?!

Looking to pay us a visit but wondering what’s happening? Here’s a handy guide to everything happening soon. (We’ll add any other events as they appear but if you want to be sure just drop us a message or tweet)

Saturday November 29th Turbo City

Sabrepulse brings his almost monthly night back this time with a theme based around Elite Dangerous so expect great live sets and playable code from the latest Beta and maybe a cameo from the original.

“Take me down to the Turbo City, where musics great and the games Elite-y”

Tuesday December 2nd Professor Sakamoto

Japanese musician who plays music from games while selecting tracks by inserting the matching cartridge into a console on his head!


“watchful protector, silent guardian not Batman”

Saturday December 6th DS London Smash Bros

DS London return and are giving people a week to brush up on their Smash skills before hosting this meet up giving people a chance to try the 8 player mode and win prizes like eshop money!


Saturday December 6th Re-Moled

After the Smash Carnage ends we’ll have this custom toy showcase featuring a variety of artists with work available to buy.



Monday December 8th Ludum Dare Afterparty

During a Ludum Dare, developers from around the world spend a weekend creating games based on a theme suggested by the community. This party will feature a variety of sleepy devs who’ve slaved away crafting games both showing off creations and drowning their sorrows.


Saturday December 13th Quinn’s Netrunner – TICKETED!

Quinn’s Netrunner tournament is back again rounding up players of all abilities from 2 until 9pm with prizes for best and worst players and live music.



Saturday December 13th BEARFAM XMAS NACHT (9pm onwards)

What happens when people that are normally locking in studios making games host and DJ a night? It goes surprisingly well! This is the second time we’ve lure Bearfam out of the woods to play a mix of  hiphop, house & techno and jingle bells.

This bears event was just right!

This bears event was just right!

Thursday 18th December MultiMediaMouth Panel Royale – TICKETED

A year ago they hosted a panel with four gaming experts, they’ve re-assembled the same team to come back together and see how things have changed in games in the past year.


Friday 19th December One Christmas Left - TICKETED

“The sold-out Christmas event from 2012 and 2013 returns for 2014 for ONE. NIGHT. ONLY:
Move quickly to secure your ticket NOW for the best night of your life, ever, ever, in 2014, ever: One Life Left’s Christmas Party 2014 at the brilliant Loading Bar in Dalston. It’s a Christmas party so you can expect snow, Santa, video games, decorations, singing, gifts, mistletoe, and a double dose of glorious cinnamon-tinged regret in the morning”
Starring: The One Life Left team, 150+ songs rewritten to be about videogames, some all new Christmas anthems and YOU
Starring: Jon Blyth, Matt Lees, Steve Hogarty and the other one who’s on our list, recording a brand new show which we haven’t heard yet because it’s NEW
Starring: Keith Stuart as Father Christmas and Simon Parkin as a sexy elf, a bit like Liv Tyler or Evangeline Lilly or Orlando Bloom or Simon Parkin in a very short tunic
There’ll be money behind the bar / free drinks of some kind until they run out, so get there early. I daresay we’ll be mulling something. And we’re using the hashtag #ollxmas so please stay “on brand”.
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    In the Meantime

    meantime logo

    So if you’ve paid the new(ish) home a visit you may of noticed our beer selection wasn’t the best, in fact that’s an understatement it was woeful! To help fix this we’ve teamed up with Meantime Brewery. We’ve added two new beer lines carrying London Lager and their Seasonal beer as well as stocking up on pale. This now means you can grab Amstel, Staropramen, Symonds Cider, Gunness and the Meantime range on draught now

    We’ve had the beer for a week but the font has begun regenerating into it’s new form.


    We’ve also stocked some of the more interesting bottled range they do like the Chocolate Porter and Raspberry Wheat, but we’re not stopping here with beer there’s a few more additions on the way and we haven’t completely forsaken Ale drinkers, that Ale tap we have is coming out of retirement soon.

    "Ale be back!"

    “Ale be back!”


    If there’s a beer (or any other drink) you think we should have let us know!

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      The bar from afar


      You may of been watching TV lately and thinking you’ve seen the background somewhere before, first up was our 15 seconds of fame in The Apprentice, if not here’s a picture just to prove you/we weren’t drunkenly imagining the whole thing.


      Jimmy was distraught that Nick Hewer wasn’t the aide and despite making everyone get up at 9am to play an awful board game but any chance to get on BBC1 without it being on Crimewatch is appreciated.

      You may also of seen Video Game Nation on Challenge TV (Yep the one that shows Bullseye and Knightmare and pretty much only those shows) every week our games area is giving an hour in the make up chair and made to look beautiful while Ginx TV film part of the show here. If you haven’t seen it, it’s not supposed to be online but someone has broken the law to upload it for your viewing pleasure here

      GinxIf you want to catch the show in it’s legal format it’s on Saturday at 10am on Challenge or at the more friendly time of 12.30 am Sunday morning.


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        Professor Sakamoto Live


        So once in a while an email comes in that grabs our attention, this one first of all stood out as the sender was called Professor Sakamoto, wondering if the science world had finally cottoned on to our drink creations and were offering us a nobel prize we read on. Rather than accolades from the world of science however, Professor Sakamoto is a musician who creates music while strapping different consoles to his head.


        That was all we needed to hear and as part of a rare visit to the UK he’s playing in the bar December 2nd and it’s FREE so there’s no reason not to come down (unless you hate chip tune music) If you’re still not convinced you can see the man in action here


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          Venue FAQ


          We’ve had a fair few people getting in touch to gather details about our latest home so this piece is hopefully a one stop place for all the frequently asked questions.

          1) What games do you have?

          Console wise we’ve got WiiU, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Snes and PlayStation 4.

          2) Is there a board game list I can see somewhere?

          There sure is it’s here


          Our Board game Bunker

          3) Can I book a table?

          Yep we don’t charge anything for a table booking beyond the usual request of everyone playing games taking a drink, you can book using the contact form or tweet us.

          4) Are there any regular events?

          Yep we have Table Top every Tuesday which features a new game that anyone could win simply by playing the main game

          Wednesday night is when our Redtooth Poker happens with free entry

          One Life Left bring Marioke almost every Third Thursday

          Once a month Quinn’s of Shut Up and Sit Down Fame hosts a Netrunner tournament for all ability levels

          You can find all our hosted events on eventbrite or the latest one on the home page



          5) Do you do food?

          We don’t have a kitchen so anyone drinking can order in or hunt their own food by all means just remember if it’s Domino’s to offer us some!

          6) Disabled Access

          The basement unfortunately isn’t disabled access however our ground floor is step free and has a disabled toilet.

          7) I saw this drink on your site and want it?

          If there’s a specific drink we’ve made in the past but don’t have on our current menu just drop us a message a day or two before and we’ll do our best to lay it on for your visit.

          Ocarina of lime.

          Sugar and Splice

          8) Are Pets Allowed?

          Yep as long as they are as well behaved as the average person you can bring your cat/dog/ferret/pokemon

          A horse can walk into the bar

          A horse can walk into a bar

          9) Can I bring my own games?

          Sure if you want to set up a game of Artemis bridge simulator but your room isn’t big enough feel free just be sure to buy a drink

          10) Coworking?

          Between 11-6pm in the week indies venture down and run co-working if you fancy bringing a pack lunch and using our wifi all they ask is a £2 donation to cover the dev that has to open up and supervise. Entry is through the side door at the back so if you see people inside come say hello!


          Indies at work

          Anything else you need to know just drop us an email!


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            Show games!


            We need games!
            So thanks to our snazzy Eventbrite scheduling you may have noticed Monday is a regular showcase day with each one aimed at covering different types of games. The problem we have is tracking down interesting games like yours (or your friends)

            Some people are amazing at the outreach side and get their games everywhere *cough* @spiltmilkstudio but we know there’s plenty of people that aren’t reading through our tweets or waiting for an email asking them to come along. 

            So this post is for you to stumble across…multiclash

            I live miles away and hate the general public

            No problem if you’d rather not see people playing your game and instead send us a playable code (at the moment we’re windows only) the only downside of this method is we have limited set ups so it may take a while to get to your game.

            But Monday is my Thimble Club meet up day so no

            Other brave folks have come down and showed of games outside of the confines of organised events, the difference is you’re the key draw so there may be less people but they will have far less to choose from.

            Olli Olli was shown all on its lonesome and their next game is hobnobbing on stage at E3, was that thanks to showing it off early? Not at all but you can follow in their footsteps!

            Fist of Awesome won fans and led to in game cameos after featuring at our first pop up and look at Nicolls beard! If you show your game you to could stimulate hair growth!

            Mmmmmm Beard

            Mmmmmm Beard

            What do I need to bring?

            Ideally just a laptop/device with HDMI out and any magic adaptors then we’ll lay on the screens/projectors and with advance notice can find some pads!

            I’ve got a crazy game that most people won’t make it past the title screen!

            Some customers haven’t seen a console in years we just ask that demos are playable to any uninformed gamers or urban foxes that may wonder in off the streets. 

            Is it really as simple as just bringing a game?

            Pretty much, just let us know what you want to show and when, we’ll either suggest a good showcase date or you can pick an evening to turn up and we’ll spam the masses about it!

             Ok I’m in how do we do this?

            Just use the contact form on this site or fire a tweet to @drinkrelaxplay  


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              Marvel at this!


              If you’ve ever paid us a visit on a Tuesday when the board games come out to party, you may have noticed a certain dice collecting game taking over. For those who prefer their games digital and have no clue what we are talking about, say hello to Marvel Dice masters.

              Due to popular demand, it is impossible to get hold of at the moment but that hasn’t stopped it taking over the lives of team Loading. Jimmy had been waiting to hear back from Gary Lineker in response to his feverish requests to join the BBC football commentary squad but alas the phone never rang.In the meantime he has teamed up with Richard and RollinDiceShow to instead lend his dulcet tones to this Die-Sport spectacle.

              Check it out below:


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                A new scenario…


                By now you may have noticed we’re not in Soho anymore, if you haven’t noticed this …


                Instead we had to pack our bags and find a new home which (unless you missed the home page) is in Dalston.


                Yes it’s more of a slog to get to unless you live in the North but to make up for this we’ve got more room to swing things around, such as cats, wii controllers and air guitars.

                Power ups:

                Draught beer! finally! (Currently Meantime, Symonds, Amstel, Staropramen)

                A later licence;  until 2am Friday/Saturday.

                A Stage; This stage has already played host to a bunch of video games, four One Life Left bonanza’s, three bands, one ‘Reads Like a Seven’ event, a VR showcase and we’re slowly bringing more people to the North (of London).

                A revamped menu; Some favorites have gone but they’re not forgotten, so if you still want a Donkey Konga we’ll gladly fix you one.


                You can see our current list of events up on Eventbrite here…… as well as enjoying a whole load of events that aren’t game specific (yes there’s a world beyond games apparently) run by our new friends, Scenario!

                Downstairs houses all of our games and this lounge is open all week so drop in when you want or come in specifically for one of our big showcase events on a Monday night.

                We still take table bookings and it’s still free, you just take care of the drinks orders when you arrive.

                See you in Dalston!

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                  Event: EToo London


                  Not making it to E3 this year? Fear not: London will be getting its own indie gaming alternative, which will coincide with the major LA-based gaming convention. Taking place at the Loading Bar in Soho from June 10th – 13th, EToo will feature over 30 game developers showing off their latest projects on big screen TVs around the venue. The event is being sponsored by PlayStation, with GameStick, the forthcoming Android console from British tech company PlayJam, as a partner sponsor.

                  Developers set to show off new titles at the event include New Star Games (with an unseen new build of New Star Soccer!), Hello Games (Joe Danger), Mediatonic (showing forthcoming title, Foul Play), Nyamyam Games (Tengami), Big Robot (Sir You Are Being Hunted), Simon Roth (Maia), Tom Francis (Gunpoint), Tiniest Shark (Redshirt), Alistair Aitcheson (Slamjet Stadium), Curves Studios and Projector Games (Fortress Craft). Capcom will also be in attendance, running playable demos of Lost Planet 3 and the new HD version of classic platformer Duck Tales. More mainstream publishers are to be announced.

                  As headline sponsor, PlayStation will be in attendance, with Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us playable, as well as innovative platform adventure Rain and perhaps some surprise extras. David Wilson, Head of PR for PlayStation UK said, “PlayStation is pretty excited about EToo. As well as giving attendees the chance to witness our E3 conference live, there’ll be loads of time to get hands on with a range of awesome games from the blockbuster, The Last Of Us, to the small but beautifully formed Rain”

                  PlayJam will be showing off its innovative Android console, GameStick, set for launch in July. Sameer R. Baroova, head of games at PlayJam commented, ”What better way to celebrate the most exciting week in gaming than to spend it playing awesome games, meeting developers and gamers, and discussing all things gaming. We are  excited to show off GameStick at EToo, and are very glad to be a part of it. Cheers to Keith and Georg for putting this together.”

                  “This started off with me sulking on Twitter about not being able to go to E3,” says co-organiser Keith Stuart, the games commissioning editor at The Guardian. “Game developer Georg Backer replied and said we should do our own event. It probably should have ended there, but somehow it didn’t. The next thing is, Jimmy Dance, the owner of Loading Bar in Soho, was offering to host it. It was sort of like one of those Hollywood musicals – ‘hey, let’s put a show on right here’. But with less dancing.

                  “We’re hugely grateful to Sony and PlayJam for covering the costs of this crazy endeavour so I don’t have to explain to my wife why I’ve spent most of our life savings on hiring video equipment.”

                  Developers will demo their latest games throughout the day, as well as taking part in mini-talks and maybe even workshops. During the evenings, the event will also be running a live-streamed TV show from one corner of the bar, presented by Keith Stuart, Georg Backer and co-hosts including Rock Paper Shotgun writer Cara Ellison. Streamed via a dedicated YouTube channel and set to be embedded on the Guardian site, the programme will include E3 news and trailers, as well as developer interviews. Several guest stars are set to appear, including famed GoldenEye designer Martin Hollis. Popular gaming radio show OneLifeLeft will also stage a takeover event and mini-disco. More details soon!

                  EToo takes place from June 10th-13th. The daily developer event is free to attend for the public, but anyone interested needs to pre-register. The evening livestream show, taking place between 7pm and midnight every night, will cost £6 to attend. This includes a free drink. Tickets and pre-registrations are available at http://etoolondon.eventbrite.com.

                  For more information and regular updates, head to the official website www.etoolondon.com and follow us on twitter @etoolondon

                  To get in touch with the organisers, email contact@etoolondon.com

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                    Event: Weekend of the dead


                    To celebrate the release of the brand spanking new ‘Uprising’ DLC pack for Call of Duty: Mob of the Dead, we are converting Loading Soho into Alcatraz prison for three days!

                    Not only that, we will be offering up a couple of 4 player set ups, with tournaments running throughout the weekend with awesome prizes from our friends at Activision; Posters, games and other zombie related nicknaks.

                    There will be extra prizes and discounts available for those in costume as either ZOMBIES or MOBSTERS.

                    Right now we’ve got builders in; removing pillars, creating electric chairs and generally making us all feel like we have been incarcerated.

                    So, in simple terms:



                    Now THAT is a way to spend a weekend.

                    Come and join us as we party in the Penitentiary, sink shots in the slammer and play Call of Duty in the clinky.

                    Prohibition era drinks will be available so expect hard liquour and jail-house moonshine.

                    18+ Only due to gore and ‘adult themes’

                    53, Rupert Street, Soho

                    Free entry – Friday 19th April at 7pm until Sunday 21st at 11.30pm

                    Be there or be eaten by the walking dead!

                    Click here for the Facebook event if you want to let us know your coming.

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