Nowadays a bar or a pub isn’t just a place you go to have a drink with your mates. Instead, these places have evolved into so much more, with games ranging from pingpong and beer pong, to playing pool or golf – all inside a bar. Here is our list of fun game bars in London that know how to do entertainment – now all you have to do is drink, relax, and play.
First on the list is Bounce; the Home of Ping Pong. Where better to play ping pong than the exact location it was invented in? This cool spot has 17 top quality ping pong tables and no shortage of ping pong balls. Music gets louder as the night goes on and the atmosphere is always buzzing. So whether your a pro or just want to have a fun game with friends, Bounce is a great place and game bar in London. Also, if your hungry you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant.
Where: 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD.
Tube Stop: Chancery LaneCheck out Bounce here
Simmons Bar in Kings Cross is not known for being a game bar, but hiding in the corner is a SEGA megadrive. Get nostalgic while you flip through your favourite childhood games and play alone or with a friend. Complete with an old school TV, you’ll feel like your back in your living room playing games for fun. Besides the console, Simmons is a really cool bar where they serve you drinks out of tea cups and mugs.
Where: 32 Caledonian Road, N1 9DT
Tube Stop: Kings CrossCheck out Simmons Bar here
ALL STAR LANES
This 50s themed joint only has 6 bowling lanes (and 2 private lanes), but has a lot to offer. Before you bowl, you can grab a drink from the bar (Aloha Jar is a must), a bite from the diner, take a couple of snaps in their photo booth, or choose from the yummy American candy and chocolate selection they have. It can get quite busy and because it’s small, its always a good idea to book in advance. A great game bar in London where you can eat, drink, and bowl.
Where: 6 Porchester Gardens, W2 4DB.
Tube Stop: BayswaterCheck out All Star Lanes here
Next up is the pop up Swingers in Shoreditch. This crazy golf place is sure to guarantee you a wild night. Not really any other place in London like it, Swingers is unique. Play a game of mini golf with your friends in the 9-hole crazy golf course, then have a drink at the bar and a bite to eat from Patty & Bun. There’s also a 10th hole that’s a cross between skittles and golf, where you can win a £100 bar tab. Don’t bother just showing up there hoping to get in, this place gets booked months in advance. It is a little easier to find tickets to the bar, while the crazy golf ones are a little harder.
Where: 7-11 Hearn Street, EC2A 3LS
Tube Stop: Liverpool StreetCheck out Swingers here
Draughts is London’s first board game cafe and one of our favourites. This cool spot has over 500 board games to choose from and also buy. Instead hosting a games night, head to Draughts and indulge in all your favourite board games like Monopoly, Cluedo, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Pictionary – the list goes on. They serve wine, beer, cider and food so you won’t go hungry while you play. Definitely one of the coolest game bars in London.
Where: 337 Acton Mews, E8 4EA
Tube Stop: Old StreetCheck out Draughts here
This is a good place to grab your friends and have a game of beer pong. Porky’s have the original American solo cups, a proper beer pong table and mean business when it comes to the game. In addition to the fun, they also have a mean BBQ menu that will help you balance out all the beer. You can play the game at either their box park or bankside locations.
Where: Unit 50 box park, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, e1 6gy
Tube Stop: Shoreditch High Street (overground)Check out Porky's here
This kitchen, bar and game room in London is inspired by none other than Ping Pong and is our favourite spot for a good old game of beer pong. Complete with the original American solo cups, many ping pong tables (and two beer pong tables if needed), Ping delivers the beer in an awesome beer jug. The atmosphere is always great here with the music pumping, the place is decorated with a lot of funky art, the lights above the ping pong tables give it a cool glow and the staff are always friendly. If your a ping pong champ then don’t forget to sign up to their Tournament Thursdays. Besides the ping pong tables, Ping do have two arcade racing games as well. For the ping pong tables, Ping works on a first serve, first come basis. This is a bit of a problem as it packs up pretty fast, so to ensure you reserve a table, get there early!
Where: 180-184 Earls Court Road, SW5 9QG
Tube Stop: Earl’s CourtCheck out Ping here
This golf clubhouse has a fusion of Victorian and contemporary decor, giving it an funky overall feel. Packed with golf simulators that work magnificently, it doesn’t matter if your good or not, you’ll still have fun with your friends (and they can customise the settings for those who have no idea what they’re doing). If your a real golf pro, this branch has an expert simulator room with a big HD screen for you to show off. If your serious about golfing and don’t have the time to get out of the city, then Urban Golf also offers golfing lessons. In addition to the golfing simulators, Urban Golf Kensington has a two practice greens and a mini pool table along with a fabulous cocktail bar. One of the best game bar branches in London.
Where: 125 Kensington High Street (inside tube station arcade), W8 5SF
Tube: High Street KensingtonCheck out Urban Golf here
THE CHELSEA PENSIONER
The Chelsea Pensioner is part of the cool Simmons Bar, so your guaranteed a cool decor within the place. Again, this pub wouldn’t normally stand out as a game bar in London, but they do offer a pool table and its a great place to watch sport matches. The place always gets packed, the drinks are great, and theres a secret beer garden – whats not to love?
Where: 358 Fulham Road, SW10 9UU
Tube Stop: Fulham BroadwayCheck out The Chelsea Pensioner here
Drink. Bowl. Rock & Roll. Perhaps one of the coolest places in London, Brooklyn Bowl is such a fun place and undoubtedly had to be in our list for best game bars in London. There is really no way to describe it and we’ll have to agree with Rolling Stone calling it “One of the most incredible places on earth”. There are 12 bowling lanes, food, drinks, local craft brewed beers and best of all a live show. There aren’t many places you can go where you can bowl while watching a live gig at the same time, which makes Brooklyn Bowl so cool.
Where: The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
Tube Stop: North GreenwichCheck out Brooklyn Bowl here
OLD SCHOOL YARD
Decorated as an old school playground this somewhat nostalgic place is a great game bar in London, welcoming all people who are really just kids at heart. Old School Yard offers foosball tables, retro arcade games such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and retro consoles such as the N64, where you can play classics such as Mario Kart. If you’ve had enough drinks to convince yourself you can sing, then head into the Karaoke room and showcase your talent.
Where: 109-111 Long Lane, SE1 4PH
Tube Stop: BoroughCheck out Old School Yard here
The Four Quarters in Peckham is an arcade bar. Enjoy all your old classics such as Pac Man, Invaders and Street Fighter, or choose from their board game selections. Have a beer and get nostalgic in this video arcades game haven, which is a fun game bar in London.
Where: 187 Rye Lane, SE15
Tube Stop: Peckham Rye (overground)Check out Four Quarters here
Loading is modelled on the gaming cafes in Tokyo and is one of the first game bars in London where you can drink, relax and play. In addition to classic arcade games, Loading offer board games too. Not only are their drinks delicious, but they are also cleverly named after games such as Kicked to the Kirby, Assassin’s Mead, Last Call of Duty: Advanced Barware and World of Barcraft. A really unique and old school game bar in London that promise a good time.
Where: 97 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BX
Tube Stop: Dalston Junction OvergroundCheck out Loading here
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