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The Barbican Building is a location featured in the pen and paper RPG Cyberpunk 2020.


This black edifice contains the main offices of Argus Inc., a company specializing in netrunner software. Argus, which is owned by Livewire, has been focusing lately on developing applications for the many local medical facilities. Well regarded among the netrunner community, Argus programs are considered to be some of the most reliable commercial products on the market.

The Short Circuit is a bar set on top of the Argus offices. Favored by many of the city's netrunners and techies, it is highly useful for people looking for help in those areas. The bar's other interesting features is its rotating floor, which allows patrons to see a panoramic view of the City below. Although there has been a lot of corporate interest in the bar, Livewire has forbidden recruiting there because he's had problems with corporations and no longer trusts them (or the people who associate with them).

Rough, street-hired bouncers make sure no one exceeds the dress code. In addition to normal booths, there are booths with interface jacks which allow netrunners access to an area in Netspace where the bar is represented. Whether online or not, many netrunners use the bar as a gathering place to exchange news and services.

Security Level:2[1]

The Barbican Building is situated in Night City's Medical Center sector of downtown.


  1. FISK, C. Night City Sourcebook. 1st ed. Berkeley CA: R. Talsorian Games, 1991 (pg.117)