12 Drinks of Christmas

Supermario 3D Land

With our Friday One Life Left/Regular Features/Guardian mega mix night sold out we wanted to do something a little different for anyone that missed out.

One of the most requested things after ‘you need to be more central’ which is a little trickier to do is ‘the cocktails should be cheaper’ so for 12 hours on Saturday 20th we’re celebrating our last open day before reopening on the 27th with cheap booze!

So what’s the deal? We’ll be offering up 12 different drinks, some classics like Drink to the Past, Donkey Konga and Sugar & Splice.


He’s finally back with his coconut rum

Some we’ve never made public before like our original Assassins Creed 3 drink


We’re meddling in time to make this alcoholic

Current favourites like ‘Evil Withgin’

Evil With Gin

And the odd special one off new creation!

What's the abv?

What’s the abv?

Every drink will be available for an hour (except our last special 1-2am one as pesky licence laws mean we stop at 1.30am) for £5 each, there’s no tickets or entry requirements just come down, drink relax and play!

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    Progress Wrestling comes to Loading Bar with Marking Out

    Progress Wrestling at Loading

    Marking Out is hitting Loading Bar like a sexy wrestling wave this January 25th for the WWE Royal Rumble showcase. For the first time in 2015, wrestling fans from all over London will be able to get drunk, eat pizza, quiz themselves stupid and watch the premiere event that involves men being thrown over ropes, the Royal Rumble.

    What is also worth noting, is that Loading bar will be home to the Progress Wrestling afterparty that night so expect innovative chanting, Smallman sections and a whole lot of kayfabe. Fancy watching the rumble with your favourite Progress wrestlers? Well that dream might come true when you’re standing next to Jimmy Havoc or Will Ospreay (they won’t stand next to each other by the way).

    So why are we doing this? Well, as a wrestling fan, I’ve always found it troublesome to bump into those who are also fans of the sport without showing my true lack of knowledge at events. Also, wrestling PPV’s were rowdy times when confined to the comfort of my lounge with just a few friends, so why not put it somewhere that everyone can enjoy?

    There will be surprises on the 25th Jan; surprises that will blow your mind and also make you realise that there can be so much more to a wrestling PPV than just a simple quiz and a band.

    Tickets to both events are now sold out however you can sign up to the afterparty waiting list here


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      LoL Lessons


      Admitting you have a problem is apparently the first step to recovery, around 7 days ago on a fateful Wednesday I became hooked on something…

      League of Legends

      It started innocently enough, we teamed up with Riot Games to show the LCS (Championship Season) I watched having no idea what was happening while commentators spoke of jungling and “taking dragon” places. Despite their community manager trying his best to explain what was happening to a man who’s PC gaming history is mostly Sim Golf and Football Manager – he failed.  A month later the NY Times (not something I tend to browse but Twitter showed me this) ran an piece showing patterns that appear over time here this explained some more about the game in layman terms I could grasp.

      Still so far still clean, I’ve stayed away from online games as they have no end point and are time sinks however after moving house on that fateful Wednesday when having lured me in with Taco’s my housemate decided to extol the virtues of LoL again and with a Laptop that can run more than Pong at my disposal it started…

      Thankfully the game forces you to play against A.I bots early on, with the game being free you are offered a selection of champions that rotate weekly with the option to buy others with Riot Points (money) or influence points which is earned in game. I had written a whole introduction to what the game is but with 27 million active players a day chances are you know what the game is and if you don’t there’s people far more skilled to explain the game so here in Buzzfeed style are the things I’ve been taught and learnt over the last 7 days playing the game.

      One Rule to Rule them All – DONT DIE

      This is probably rule number one in most games however dying leads to the enemy leveling up far quicker and costing your team dearly. Provided you stay near the towers which do big damage to champions your safe. However this doesn’t work when you get the overwhelming urge to push just a little further or try to finish off killing an opponent. It led me to having flashbacks to 1-2-3 in when your guarding a post the second you move all hell breaks out.


      With the map split over three levels you’re usually tasked with guarding a lane early on, again the overwhelming urge to lead the charge tends to go wrong…

      Pulling a Leeroy Jenkins


      A game delicately balanced with team interplay crucial, still resisting that urge to charge forward and save the day alone proves difficult.


      Are they the best characters, no idea, I just know I like lazers so if you fancy joining me in battle expect to see Lux, Xerath, Vel’koz or Vikto spamming lazers!

      People like to surrender – I don’t!

      People like to surrender – obviously this becomes the common-sense thing to do when the enemy are vastly over leveled and you’ve lost nearly every strategic fortification by battling on you’re only prolonging the inevitable but there’s something about clicking surrender that just doesn’t sit well.

      The internet is an angry place

      I was passed the tip of disabling the chat window which is the online equivalent to covering your ears and does mean you can’t talk to your team either, luckily there’s no voice chat so you can at least you don’t have to hear the abuse. As a plus you will learn all new expletives you didn’t know existed and once one person has told you delete the game and die you’ve heard it a million times.

      Once you start to know what you’re doing you join them

      The more I’ve played the more I’ve picked up how to play the game the harder it’s got not to type abuse at people making the same mistakes I did still do.

      Despite losing repeatedly when it works well, victory is sweet!

      Phrases like “Enemy inhibitor destroyed” will never sound sweeter.

      Have any tips for how we can stop losing? Or want to join us for a game online add Drinkrelaxplay, Usefulslug or Tryanlol and please be gentle.

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        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)

        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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