Chuck E. Cheese's is one of the best bars in America

It really is a kind of earthly paradise

Welcome to paradise.
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In one of his best essays, George Orwell described his ideal pub as a place only "two minutes from a bus stop" where people go "for conversation as much as for the beer," with a "florid ceiling stained dark yellow by tobacco-smoke" and "swings and a chute for the children." Sounds like a dream, right?

Alas, at the end of the piece the great man was forced to admit that no real-life public house met all of his exacting requirements. While the world is in many ways a much nastier place than it was when Orwell was writing for The Listener, I am happy to report that I have found his dream bar. It's called Chuck E. Cheese's.

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