A Hidden Arcade Of Cool Classics In Strathcona

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1,000 Cool Things About Vancouver is a pretty self-explanatory Scout column that gives equal weight to the common attributes and obscure intangibles that make our city worth living in. Getting to a thousand is a pretty ambitious goal, but we believe in our city and we’re already well under way…

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Public arcades full of coin-operated games are hard things to come by in the iPhone and Xbox age. To get your original PacMan or Galaga fix, an expensive ferry ride used to be one of the only endurable options that didn’t include a visit to the Granville Shitshow. But with those classic arcades now being tossed overboard to make room for goodness knows what new horrors, one must look elsewhere for joystick and paddle kicks. Enter the arcade at Landyachtz, the longboard and bike repair shop at 1146 Union Street in Strathcona. They installed the small pinball and video game arcade as a summer pop-up last year but it was so popular that they decided to keep it going (and there was much rejoicing). Expect about 13-14 games, the majority being pinball. Making it even cooler is the imminent opening of Luppolo Brewing Co. next door.

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