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Top 5 Activity Bars in Manchester

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Ping, pong and swing here in Manchester… all with a drink in hand, of course

Activity bars are a huge hit in the country’s capital, and plenty of the city’s best activity bars have branched out to the Northern capital. Whether you fancy keeping it simple with a game of ten-pin or taking out your anger with some (terrifying) axe throwing – Manchester’s got it all. Check out our round up of the best activity bars around.

Roxy Ball Room

76-78 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2FN

Starting off with the most versatile activity bar of all – Roxy Ball Room. This bar is a small chain based around the north of England, with spots in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. These huge bars are often jam-packed with both sports and bar areas, ideal for meeting up with friends and trying your hand at a couple of different games. You’ll find spacious pool tables, Olympic size ping pong tables, space to play the American classic beer pong, and even shuffleboard! They’ve also squeezed an 18-hole mini golf course in there (you know, in case Junkyard Golf is booked up!). Everything is priced per hour at around £10-£12, and with a fully stocked bar and American kitchen you won’t have to go anywhere else for your night out.

Twenty Twenty Two

The Basement, 20 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1EZ

Get your ping pong fix at Roxy or head to Twenty Twenty Two for a night devoted to the game. This huge bar in the heart of the Northern Quarter is a go-to spot for a good night, with events, DJs and decent Happy Hours seeing you through the week. It’s just £5 to rent a table for 30 minutes, making it one of our cheapest activity bar options. Save some money by heading down on a Monday, where beers are £3 all night and you’ve just got to spend £6 to get a free game. Or, try your hand at beating the bartender on a Thursday for the chance to win a free round. Those who want to get really serious can head down on the second Tuesday of every month, where a ping pong tournament offers you the chance to win a £100 bar tab!

Flight Club

Ship Canal House, 98 King Street, Manchester, M2 4WU

Channel the energy of a good old-fashioned British pub here at Flight Club, where social games of darts can be enjoyed by all! Darts has been given a completely fun loving and social makeover at this darts bar, which can be found in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Boston and Chicago. Obviously, these bars aren’t just equipped with any bog-standard dart boards. Each oche (where you play your game - rhymes with ‘hockey’) has a unique darts vision system which scores your game as it goes. Your session is also filmed and photographed, compiling a unique ‘Story’ sent to your party the following day. Relive the best moves and jubilant celebrations of your gang throughout the night, wallowing (or despairing) in the state of the leader board. Each oche hosts 12 players and costs £30 for 90 minutes (or £15 off peak)!

Dog Bowl

Whitworth St West, Manchester, M1 5WW

Bowling is pretty much the original activity bar, so there are obviously heaps of options across Manchester. However, the team at Dog Bowl take the (dog) biscuit for the best. Their bowling alley, restaurant and bar is a slice of New York just off Oxford Road, offering a diner-style menu and late-night bowling. They only have five bowling lanes, so we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment. It’s also worth checking out their Happy Hour, which makes drinks incredibly cheap between 4-8pm midweek. Lanes are priced per person and cost between £6 and £9, with discounts for students and bowls after midnight. It’s also open until 3am (or 2am midweek) making it a great spot for night owls.

Whistle Punks

Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN

Unless you grew up in rural Alaska, you probably aren’t used to axe throwing for fun. As you can imagine, it’s actually a really fun way of getting all the week’s frustrations out and have a completely unique evening out with friends. After a brief (but thorough) safety induction you’re taken to your lane to take each other on. Each lane takes up to 10 people, and solo axe throwers can buy a single ticket to get involved with friendly strangers! Instructors are constantly on hand to help out as and when you need, as well as to make sure everyone’s throwing safely. Each session is 70-minutes long and you can grab a BrewDog beer whilst you play!