I've never been to a proper arcade before. I have played on arcade machines at bowling alleys though. I don't like to use them anymore because I'm not very good at arcade games, and I will pay a pound, or however much it costs, and then die within thirty seconds, so it is a waste of money for me.
My brother and I always get into air hockey and a kung-fu type fighting game called Tekken. There are gaming arcades in RSL's, on cruise boats, and usually at major shopping centres like Timezone so we have plenty of choice.