Blast from the past: NQ64 brings Laser Quest to Birmingham

Are you ready to unleash your inner child and save the world from an alien invasion? If so, you’ll want to check out NQ64 Laser Quest, the new adults-only experience from the retro gaming concept, NQ64.
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NQ64, the arcade bar that has taken Digbeth by storm, is launching its first Laser Quest adventure from February 16. The experience will take place in the basement of the Zellig building in the Custard Factory, where you’ll find a neon-lit battleground full of twists and turns.

NQ64 Laser Quest is not your average laser tag game. It’s ‘an intense boozy battle to save planet earth, where nostalgia meets the future’. NQ64 promises a thrilling experience that will get your adrenaline pumping and your nostalgia tingling.

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You can enjoy NQ64 Laser Quest with up to 16 players per game, and immerse yourself in the theme of an ‘alien invasion in a dystopian future’. The concept has been designed to offer guests a nostalgic adult-only experience in a bar environment.

To access the experience, you’ll need to go through NQ64 Birmingham, which will be closed from 4th to 8th February for a refurbishment. The venue will reopen with more games, more seating, a photobooth, and a bigger bar for guests to enjoy. The Laser Quest site will also have a drinks list of specially selected craft beers, cocktails inspired by alien invasion films, wines, spirits, and sodas.

NQ64 was founded in 2019 in Manchester by Andy Haygarth and Matt Robson, who wanted to create a neon graffiti-covered drinking den where guests can enjoy retro arcade games and classic consoles alongside a curated list of game-themed cocktails and craft beers, accompanied by a classic hip hop playlist.

NQ64’s sites are filled with nostalgic and classic arcades and consoles sourced from across the globe, including fan-favourites such as Pac-Man, Mario Kart, Guitar Hero, Time Crisis and Point Blank, with SNES, MegaDrive, Gamecube, Xbox and PlayStation on the console lineup.

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Matt Robson, co-founder of NQ64 said, “We’ve loved trading in Birmingham since opening in 2020, and feel at home in Digbeth, but it’s time to give the venue an upgrade. There’ll be loads more seating, a much bigger bar, a better selection of games and more of them, and to top it off, a Laser Quest arena in the basement. When it comes to Laser Quest, expect the same NQ64 vibes with the added bonus of shooting your mates or boss!”

NQ64 Laser Quest will open in Digbeth from 16th February. Bookings are now available via

Don’t miss this chance to relive your childhood and have a blast with your friends at NQ64 Laser Quest. It’s the ultimate retro gaming experience in Birmingham. 

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