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Owner of London’s games watering holes, James Dance, divulges the hidden joys of Pop-Up Pirate and pitches some tabletop-inspired cocktail recipes

How did Loading Bar come about?

It started when the realisation hit that my Film Studies degree and years as a chef were likely to lead to pain and suffering – so I thought at least if I’m self-employed I’m responsible for any pain.

Games had always been something I was into and, as I’d been working around hospitality since my early teens, it made sense to mix what I liked and knew.

You started as a video games-focused outlet, but you’ve since moved into board games – how did that happen?

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