Hearthstone Fireside Event


We’ve been asked to run a Fireside gathering for sometime and always left it to the experts but having become hooked on the game we were lucky enough to get asked to host one for Blizzard thanks to ESL so…

January 23rd 2016 marks the London Fireside Gathering at Loading Bar, Dalston!

Sign up here will allow you to come to Loading Bar and compete to become the Tavern Hero!

The Fireside Gathering is the first step to making it through to the largest Hearthstone tournament in the world – The 2016 Hearthstone World Championship!

You can register here or just come down and watch from afar with a ‘World of Barcraft’ cocktail!

Boring rules part:

PLEASE NOTE: Be aware that it is first-come, first-serve on the day and the player cap is 64.

Blizzard-sanctioned Hearthstone tournaments will take place at Fireside Gathering events, like this one! The winners (Tavern Heroes) of these tournaments will be entered into their regions Season Preliminaries alongside the 128 players invited from the Rankings.

General rules:

  • Single Elimination
  • Randomized match-ups
  • 2 Groups of 32 players
  • 4 Hero 1 Ban Conquest
  • Continue until we crown our Tavern Hero

For the top 5 competitors we will require:

  • Full name
  • Address including country
  • Battletag
  • Battle.net email
  • Contact email
  • Skype (if applicable)
  • Phone number (if applicable)

We’ll also have a professional photographer on the day to capture the moment.

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    So you may of seen we’re opening a second bar! If you didn’t click here for some rambling on the topic, I thought I’d take the chance to explain this new stupid idea and what we’re looking to do with the space.

    We’ve been lucky in Stoke Newington that we have a great landlord who likes what we do and isn’t Scrooge McDuck, he owned a number of pubs around London and has been selling off a number but approached us about the Princess of Wales in Stratford asking if we’d like to take it on. If Mario taught me anything its that you save the Princess so we took up the offer to run this old style pub and bring it forward a few years, so builders are busy *hopefully* working away getting the place ready for it to open November 14.

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    Loading at Scenario is still getting some much needed love with a new menu on the way, as well as a few more upgrades like new and improved furniture.

    Princess of Wales will be getting set up with the intention of being more of bar if Scenario is a lounge, so there’ll still be plenty of games but Scenario will be the place for epics like ‘Zombicide’ and more pub friendly games like ‘Funemployed’ will line the wall in Stratford.

    Game wise we’ll be looking to have a selection of arcades and wall space allowing 5 screens (You may be able to draw your own conclusions on why we want a bank of 5 next to each other)

    While our current home has a palatial smoking area (pictured below) we’ll have a proper back area with multiple bench tables (just in time for winter) where you can drink/play in natural sun light

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    VIP area

    Drink wise we’ll have the much expanded cocktail menu in Dalston with Stratford featuring far more draught beers, wider spirit selection and a wine list that puts our current “Red/White/Rose?” to shame as well as a few classics like Kicked to the Kirby/Drink to the Past.


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      Youtube Gaming!

      So a little while back I wrote a post about how we were committed to all things Twitch, well with the attention span of a Goldfish we’ve been lured to the light/darkside or Youtube Gaming!

      Why do this? Well I wrote about our dream of Wayne’s World style content a few months back and with Twitch focusing only on game play we felt we weren’t in the best place for our Murder She Wrote recreation content.

      So we’re now streaming every Wednesday from 12-12 stupidly expect a blend of waffle, gameplay, guests and crudely made VT’s!

      If you want our eternal love please give the channel a follow here

      Or if you want to try before you subscribe here’s our debut broadcast with Mad Max/Pes/Metal Gear/Destiny and more..

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        Staff Wanted

        So we’re looking for a new member of staff but this is for a magic new role that we haven’t quite pinned down so what am I rambling about. We want someone to come on board part-time (20 hours/3 evenings one afternoon) and help manage the game space. Because we get a whole mix of people with half not being gamers a large part of the bars time is taken up imparting wisdom like:

        “The Xbox One isn’t broken it’s just 360 games don’t work in it” and “please don’t take 10 boardgames at the same time”

        So we want to have someone that isn’t busy with bar responsibilities and instead is all about the games, so you’d be helping set people up, recommending games and stopping the place look like a bomb site on busier nights.

        If you get an urge to clean arcade machines we need you

        Ideally we’re looking for someone with retail experience (somewhere like GAME) so you’ll already be a pro at helping deal with customer requests and know all things video game.

        What this role means for us is we can add more set ups of less user friendly things like PC’s. For people that already know what they are doing when they arrive nothing changes but hopefully this will help people that don’t know their Wii from their WiiU enjoy the experience.

        tl:dr: Like games industry things, good at organising mess & friendly = job

        For more details and to send a CV email team@drinkrelaxplay.co.uk

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          Dying Night

          Every now and again we get an email out the blue from a games company, when I saw the sender was Techland Games I thought they were emailing to complain about the shoddy work we did last year recreating their Dead Island Trailer.

          Turns out it wasn’t their legal team but instead they wanted to talk Dying Light, their follow up that came out earlier this year and if we’d want to craft some cocktails for the latest DLC patch Bozak Horde? So for the games launch and all week we’ll be serving up Dying Light drinks.


          But if free games is your thing Tuesday our usual Table Top night is getting an undead makeover, we’ll have Zombie Dice as the featured game and Dying Light will be playable downstairs with one two twenty copies of the game and season passes to give away throughout the night!

          All you need to do is turn up from 7pm and anyone that samples a Dying Light cocktail/mocktail goes in the draw for a code.

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            Having cut our teeth with stupidly helping attempt to recreate E3 not once but twice we thought we do things a third time.

            Rather than focus on the sampling side this year we want to bring the conference experience closer to home (insert your own jokes about poor air conditioning) we’ve teamed up with visual creative Jackson Tayler to create our own in house rig and will have a VJ on site suffering for over 12 hours to make the showcase look as good as possible.


            As part of your ticket price you can set up home from 4pm all the way through until 5am when we’ll wrap up after the Sony conference (5am is conveniently the time Dalston Mcdonalds opens for breakfast) we’ll be supplying food during the night and £10 of that ticket price is given to you in bar tokens not unlike Bison Dollars only a little more useful.


            Downstairs will still have a plethora of games meaning if you want to duck out at any time you can take shelter down there.

            Don’t want to come to the bar when you can watch the whole thing without the hassle of conforming to social norms, no problem we’ll be streaming the whole thing on our twitch channel with the conferences included.

            Part of the games press? Downstairs will have a cabled connection if you are looking for somewhere to report on things drop us an email hello@drinkrelaxplay.co.uk and we’ll sort you a press ticket

            Hate that idea as well – then this is not the webpage you’re looking for


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              A twitch that just wont quit

              If you follow us on social media you may of noticed we’ve started spamming about our twitch channel a fair bit, so what’s the plan?

              Having heard of this new fangled Twitch thing we thought it was time we allowed people a way to see what was going on in the bar without hacking into our CCTV. The idea behind the channel will be to let people that can never make it to the bar get a prime spot at launches, parties and occasionally behind the bar as we stream live from downstairs.

              What’s the format?

              So inspired by the work of Wayne Campbell and Garth Elgar we’ve decided to bring the world of cable access television to twitch but instead of someone’s parents basement it’s coming from the games room in the bar.

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              Who am I watching?

              Monday we have Jordan Fuller aka Sofa Guy, after his breakout role in such streams as Jurassic Park and Borderlands, he’s following in the footsteps of Cleveland Brown, Fraiser and erm Joey. Each week he’ll have the sofa to himself and be playing a mix of latest releases and retro classics.

              Tuesday and Wednesday

              Our presenting suprimo Chris Slight will try and keep things in order with Jimmy manning the technical desk from some inexplicable reason.

              We’ll be joined by a mix of VIP’s, random public and uninvited guests who we’ll force to play games with more skill than us. There will also be giveaways in the chat and if you make it along probably biscuits!

              Also expect the odd plug to help pay the bills!

              Bringing it home will be a little different with guest streamers taking over the channel from the privacy of their own home on our behalf, expect better similar quality to our in-house streams!

              You can see all the episodes we’ve already put together here



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                So over the past few months we’ve been getting into Dungeons and Dragons mainly inspired by themed episodes in Community and IT crowd Having loved what we’ve played we wanted to do something to make it easier for people to get into the game themselves.

                D&D Sunday is going to be us setting up larger tables then offering up a wealth of materials you can use to run your own campaigns. No idea where to start? We’ll also be trying to help link up wanna be DM’s with novice adventurers so if you want to play D&D but weren’t sure where to start come down from the 8th of March then any Sunday and form a party.

                What items do we have?

                Starter Sets, dice, counters, DM screens, Tile sets, player guides and more!

                So all you need to do is pay us a visit after 3pm on a Sunday.

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                  Community Screening

                  So due to circumstances within our control we kinda Britta’d the season premier idea, one idea was to Winger it, we also Troy-ed with canning the whole thing. Had it Dean (pause) Annie other franchise we’d of Fat Niel-ed on our sword and the dream would Shirley have died…but we’ve Chang’d things up a little and had Abed-er idea and will be celebrating the new season by screening classic episodes and showing all three of the new season…erm PIERCE

                  Downstairs we’ll be crafting our best blanket fort but if you’re more of a Pillowtown person you can bring your own pillows and set up home elsewhere.

                  We’ll be kicking things off from 6pm  on the Thursday the 26th with newer episodes from 9.30pm, with an event of this Magnitude there’ll be cocktails in honour of each of the main characters, Subway, KFC and free use of a computer to try Yahoo’s search engine!

                  If you’re the first person to make Star Burns side burns out of Fuzzy Felt and wear them all night a £20 bar tab is yours, £50 if they are real!

                  #AnniesBoobs #SixSeasonsAndamovie #SixCocktailsAndaSmoothie

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                    We’ve got an App!

                    While conventional wisdom would say if you want to do a rewards system in a bar you get a really cheap to produce business card and stamp system…

                    We decided to make a whole system involving Bluetooth key fobs and fail safe back office settings, somehow it seems to of been approved Apple for your downloading pleasure here

                    At the moment things are fairly basic, open the app in the bar and you’ll unlock an item of clothing for our Mr Lumber Lumber man (Soon to be joined by a few other avatar options) get all 7 unlocks and you earn a free beer/wine/soft drink.

                    If you have an iOS device please give it a download and if you have ideas of what you’d like to see, say unlockable happy hours like ‘Be At Ones’ app now’s the time for suggestions.


                    Why no Android?!

                    It is coming, our app wizard is busy getting this version working before getting a port for Android under way.

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