Press­ing the Right But­tons

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

If the deaf­en­ing elec­tro pop tunes and fleet­ing flu­o­res­cent lights in Tokyo’s run-of-the-mill game ar­cades are mak­ing you giddy, A-But­ton of­fers a great al­ter­na­tive. Ev­ery­thing about this quaint gam­ing bar, from its brick walls to the yel­low porch lamp, screams vin­tage: humbly sit­ting at a street cor­ner in Ak­i­habara (gam­ing cen­tral) a few blocks away from the noisy ar­cades, A-But­ton is buried un­der heaps of nearly ex­tinct con­soles and classic game con­trollers—some of which date back to the 70s. Or­der a bot­tle of Ye­bisu black beer ($52), plop down in front of an orig­i­nal Nin­tendo Fam­i­com and click the night away in this otaku’s par­adise.

Open 8pm-4am, closed on Mon­days. 1-13-9 Taito, Taito-ku (Ak­i­habara Sta­tion), (+81) 3-5856-5475. a-but­

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