Britain’s 12 best activity bars for 2023

Heading out on the town this weekend? Add a little competition to your next night out with your mates by checking out some of our favourite entertainment and activity bars across Britain.

With mini golf, darts, arcade and even shuffleboard fusion bars popping up across England, Scotland and Wales, read on to discover Britain’s best activity bars you need to try out.

Shuffle Club – London

London Shuffle Club in ShoreditchBest your mates in an activity bar experience that takes shuffleboard to the next level! London Shuffle Club, located in the buzzy London borough of Shoreditch, is an exciting hotspot for a friendly (or competitive) game of shuffleboard.

The perfect night out for an unforgettable office party or milestone birthday party, check out the shuffleboard bar and outdoor terrace or book the pizza and prosecco-filled ‘Bottomless Shuffle Brunch’. With lane games for larger groups and table games for intimate date nights, this one-of-a-kind shuffleboard experience will be a unique night out you won’t forget any time soon.

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Roxy Ballroom – Birmingham

Roxy Ballroom BirminghamSupercharge your favourite classic bar games at Roxy Ballroom Birmingham! Check out beer pong tournaments, duck pin bowling, fast-paced arcade basketball and even the famous Crazy Pool all packed into this neon-lit Birmingham venue.

Located in the heart of Birmingham city centre, this ultimate booze and gaming spot is jam-packed with ball games everyone will enjoy, a mouthwatering hot dog, wing and fries menu and a wide selection of signature cocktails, shots, beers and mocktails. And, of course, you can’t miss the chance to beat your pals at Roxy Ballroom’s Crazy Pool! Where crazy golf and pool come together in style, attempt to pot your ball in the least amount of shots possible while avoiding various wacky obstacles along the way.

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Junkyard Golf Club – Liverpool

Bozo course at Junkyard Golf Club LiverpoolWith slushie cocktails, three extreme mini golf courses and a whole host of competitions and prizes, Junkyard Golf Club has exploded in popularity with multiple locations scattered throughout Britain. But our top pick to check out: Junkyard Golf Club Liverpool.

Well known for its freaky mini golf courses, Junkyard Golf Club will take you on a twisting and turning journey of creepy circus clowns, black-lit rooms and groovy neon scrapyards. This boozy mini golf bar is the perfect place for groups of friends, families or even a first date. Walk-ins are also welcome, so be sure to make a stop at Junkyard Golf before you head out on the town.

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NQ64 – Glasgow

Arcade machinesReady to jump back into the retro arcade classics while you enjoy an out-of-this-world selection of cocktails and craft beers? Head to NQ64 Glasgow! This adult arcade bar chain has become an iconic night-out spot for mates to live out their childhood gaming dreams. If retro nostalgia is your thing, NQ64 is a must-visit.

At their groovy Glasgow venue, expect to find OG PlayStation consoles, Space Invaders, Street Fighter II, Star Wars Pinball, MarioKart Arcade and much more. Open 7am-3pm all week long, lose yourself in the magic of these classic arcade games and get competitive with your mates until the early hours of the morning.

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QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl – London

Bowling AlleyGet your ice skates on, polish your bowling ball and grab your curling broom (yes, you read that right). Discover the wondrous London activity bar and entertainment venue of QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl.

With a gorgeous food and drink menu by MEATliquor, the historic QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl is a wonderland of music, skating, bowling and fun! Housing London’s only all-year-round ice rink, this weatherproof, fully refurbished venue is also home to twelve neon, industrial-themed bowling lanes and five VIP lanes (also known as the Liquor Lanes). Or try something new with QUEENS Curling?

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Topgolf – Watford

Topgolf driving rangeYou better believe us when we tell you Topgolf will take your average driving range experience to the next level. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a total beginner, the driving range is a great place to practice your technique and hang out with friends and family. But if you’re looking for a driving range experience with even more competitiveness and excitement, Topgolf Watford is the place for you.

Topgolf Watford brings together two floors of all-weather bays, an 18-hole adventure golf course, big screens showing Sky Sports and BT Sport all day long and a tasty bar and diner where you can even order food and drink straight to your bay. Aim for the giant outfield targets to score points and make your way up the leaderboard – the further the target, the higher the points!

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Point Blank Shooting – Newcastle

Point Bank Shooting in NewcastleSmoke the competition at Point Blank Shooting Newcastle, where the shooting range and laser technology come together. Test your focus and precision as you eat, drink and shoot in your own private range, booth and armoury with five real-replica guns to choose from.

Using the latest laser technology and with a variety of shooting scenarios to choose from, relax with the whole gang as you discover who’s a natural marksman with the sharpest shooting skills. Check out Point Blank Shooting’s cosy speakeasy bar and gorgeous snack menu during your visit as you enjoy the after-party with live sports and happy hour every Sunday!

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Boom Battle Bar – Cardiff

Axe throwingEnter the battleground at Boom Battle Bar Cardiff – the ultimate playground for competitive bar gamers out there! Choose from axe-throwing, shuffleboard, American pool, Electric Darts and Crazier Golf as you dine on incredible Boom Bites and a selection of yummy cocktails and beers.

For an alcohol-free battleground experience, embrace your inner lumberjack with Boom Battle Bar’s axe-throwing fun. Or if the axe lanes aren’t your speed, check out the classic shuffleboard and Shuffleboard Bounce tables! With 30 to 60-minute games, shuffleboard is the perfect activity for groups of 6 to get competitive and play dirty when needed.

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Bounce – London

Beer pong It isn’t a party without beer pong! And at Bounce, you’ll find no shortage of ping-pong balls in the building. Choose from classic beer pong, immersive high-tech Wonderball, fast-paced ping-pong and the brand-new Shuffleboard Rebound in this lively Shoreditch activity bar venue.

Also located in three snazzy venues across London, Bounce also offers regular events that make for the perfect boozy gaming night (or day!). Book the weekly ping-pong-filled Bottomless Brunch with endless slices of pizza, prosecco and beer or check out the renowned Drag & DJ Bottomless Brunch on the last Saturday of every month, exclusive to the Old Street venue.

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Flight Club – Manchester 

Darts barCrowned 2022’s Best Pub in Greater Manchester, Flight Club has become a go-to venue for friends, family, couples and colleagues to enjoy fast-paced darts games alongside tasty drinks. With a buzzy pub atmosphere, Flight Club venues are best known for Social Darts, where mates can test their hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills to beat various darts-infused board games.

With an ornate fairground theme and a lively pulsating light system, this iconic darts bar guarantees to bring good vibes to your next game-filled night out!

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The World’s End – Brighton

The Worlds End Brighton Racing BarRace to victory at The World’s End Brighton! This cosy activity bar is a great spot for groups or couples looking for a night of arcade games, live music and Scalextric racing. Designed The Racing Bug, check out the World’s Raceway during your next Brighton city break and compete against your besties for pole position.

With hectic live commentary, personalised memento race licenses and drinks on tap, you and your mates will have a blast at The World’s End Brighton. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a locally brewed beer from the fully stocked supply of Laine Brew Co.

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Puttshack – London

Puttshack mini golf Described as ‘mini golf like you’ve never seen before’, drop into Puttshack in White City for a crazy golf experience that will test your precision and have you hungry to win a selection of unique prizes… With giant beer pong and Tetris-inspired holes to conquer and an enormous menu of exotic cocktails and tasty sharing plates to explore, Puttshack is a mini golf bar experience the whole gang will enjoy.

But keep your focus, on each hole you’ll be in with the chance of winning a selection of goodies from the prize wheel, from exclusive Puttshack merch to cheeky free drinks for you and your group!

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