Pubs and Bars With Games in Manchester
There's nothing better than whiling away an afternoon holed up in your local drinking establishment with your favourite tipple with the only stress been deciding what to drink next. There's also nothing better than a light sprinkling of competitive tomfoolery with friends over a game of Pool, Jenga or Trivial Pursuit. The weather round here means you can often be looking for fun things to do in Manchester which are both warm and indoors, so we've recommended some of the best bars in the city where you can enjoy a few games and drinks with friends all at the same time.
Last updated on 21st November 2016
Going out is great, but going out and having something to do is all the more better. Join All Star Lanes as this restaurant and bar hybrid promises something more than fun to do on a night out in Manchester thanks to bowling lanes, Americana dining, a photobooth and more.
Regardless of whether your night out is just starting or coming to its fuzzy conclusion, Black Dog Ballroom will be there to offer you and your friends the chance to pot a few balls. With a slinky row of pool tables stretching out to the the back of the bar, Black Dog's mix of dance, drink and pool make it one of Manchester's best games bars for late night frolics.
Offering five full length ten-pin lanes in which to test your ball chucking skills, Dog Bowl borrows from the blueprint of one of Manchester's best bars, Black Dog Ballroom but adds bowling to boot. There's no better feeling than knocking back a drink as you strut back from bowling a strike, and as it's open till the early hours it's unlikely that that irrepressible urge to bowl won't be unfulfilled and makes Dog Bowl on of the best places to go when you're looking for fun things to do in Manchester.
Situated at the end of Deansgate Locks, this former lock keeper's cottage is a quirky bar and club offering a variety of nightlife experiences across a multitude of different rooms. Downstairs you'll find Jack's Room; with a full sized pool table and darts board ideal for whiling away a few hours with friends.
A little slice of Vegas in the heart of Manchester; Manchester235 offers two vast floors of games and activities to keep you entertained on rainy days. Gambling types can keep busy with roulette, blackjack, poker and slots, while a plush bar, restaurant and live venue offer plenty of exciting twists to your night out.
For a fun activity to incorporate into your night out, head to Tiger Tiger and straight upstairs to their Lucky Voice private karaoke booths. With a range of (soundproofed, thankfully) booths to suit groups of all sizes, private waiter service and thousands of songs to choose from, Lucky Voice is a great shout for those looking for something a little different from their night out in Manchester.
One of Manchester's premier sports bars, The Green also goes one better than your normal sports boozer by incorporating indoor golf; the perfect thing to do in the city centre for those that have grown tired of the greens, or are just trying to make the ball fly rather than dribble from the tee. As well as golf, The Green offers Karaoke, the chance to whizz around an F1 track and has the latest motion capture technology if you fancy a bit of beach volleyball or bowling.
One of the Northern Quarter's hippest bars, Kosmonaut can now add Ping Pong to its list of good reasons to go (alongside the fine cocktails, swanky decor and array of beers). Drunken Ping Pong may not always go as well as you might have hoped, but it's still incredibly fun to do, so get down to one of the best bars for games in Manchester's nightlife and get ponging.
2022NQ does a bit of everything; a creative hub where anyone can come and go and you'll see everything from fashion shows to creative arts. Now they've gone and added Ping Pong to the mix, with a permanent table where you can hone your skills whilst you take in the other esoteric delights of the Northern Quarter bar.
Coming at you with all things nostalgic, 17 Below is one of the best games bars in Manchester not only because of their roster of vintage arcade machines and retro neon lighting, but because of their affinity to quirky cocktails and affordable drinks to boot.