If you prefer activity-filled nights out on the town, we’ve put together a list of all the top arcade and games bars you can visit in the UK — from crazy golf to social darts and pinball arcades — take your pick!
Manchester, Liverpool & Birmingham
Alongside all the best games you can play on classic consoles such as the Nintendo 64, Sega Mega Drive and Playstation One, NQ64’s neon arcades are filled with pinball machines and retro arcade games like Time Crisis, Street Fighter and Pac-Man.
They also stock a tasty selection of craft beers and game-themed cocktails such as the Princess Peach — a delicious mix of Prosecco, peach, orgeat and pimento dram.
Price: Free entry. Gaming tokens cost £5 for 15 with machines taking 1 or 2 tokens per game.
London, Birmingham & Manchester
Got a birthday coming up? Flight Club offers a great night out with their ‘social darts’ experience for you and your pals. You can even pre-order your drinks so they’re waiting for you on arrival! AND there’s a button to press for drinks service so you don’t even need to visit the bar during your game time.
Flight Club also have a delicious menu of finger food such as sliders and sharing boards alongside individual plates like pizza and mac ‘n’ cheese, which are ideal for sharing with your group. And if you’d like to relive the highlights of your night, Flight Club Stories will be emailed to you the day after with all the photos, videos and scores from your experience.
Don’t worry if you’ve never played darts before — the range of multi-player games on offer are suitable for beginners too!
Price: Best to book in advance. Oches (playing areas) hold 6 to 15 people and cost £40 per hour during peak times, and £20 per hour during off-peak — when smaller groups are welcome.
Liverpool, Birmingham & Newcastle
If crazy golf and cocktails sounds like your thing then you will love Ghetto Golf! The 18-hole courses are themed around pop culture and their host towns, with a backdrop of graffiti and street art — and a bar with some of the most delicious cocktails we’ve tried!
They also serve food from their in-house restaurant Apocalypse Cow — which, alongside bbq meats and burgers, has plenty of veggie options too.
Whether there are only two of you, or you plan on going as a large group you’re sure to have a good night at Ghetto Golf.
Price: £10 per person per game. Book in advance.
Nottingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester & Birmingham
Ready for some ball games? Founded in 2013, Roxy Ball Room have a range of games on offer to enjoy alongside your booze, including ping pong, pool, beer pong and shuffleboard as well as a rock and indie soundtrack.
There are even bowling lanes, mini golf and arcade games in certain venues, and some ball rooms have private karaoke booths if you’re feeling brave!
Should you get peckish, there are stone-baked pizzas, burgers and nibbles to enjoy too.
Price: pool – £12 per hour, ping pong tables – £12 per hour, shuffleboard – £12 per hour, mini golf – £10pp per round, bowling – £8pp per game. Book in advance.
At a number of cities across the UK
If you’re looking for a night to remember, Bongo’s Bingo is THE crazy night out. Think: bingo meets rave… and that’s pretty close to what the experience is! Better yet — wherever you live, there’s bound to be a city near you where you can enjoy one of the best activity nights out in the UK.
Make sure you get there early to grab a bench and get the drinks in with your pals, and wait for the show to start! Don’t worry if you haven’t played before, the MC will explain the rules.
There are three prizes for every game. As well as a cash prize for a full house, there are silly prizes for one line and two line matches, which can be anything from Coco Pops, to Henry Hoover, to a bottle of Jagermeister or even a life-size Ainsley Harriott cut-out. Be prepared for one wild night.
Price: Early Bird from £6, General Release from £8, Final Release from £10, plus £2 booking fee per ticket. Tickets sell out fast, so make sure you are signed up to the newsletter to know when new dates are released.
Will you be heading out to any of these UK activity nights? Let us know in the comments!