Bottomless brunch has firmly established itself as one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, and I’m not going to buck the trend. Equally popular? Activity bars with quirky things to do while having a drink, so unlimited booze, pizza and simulation gaming time at Point Blank Shooting sounded like the perfect combo.
Situated right by The Gate, this destination offers five private booths, all featuring plush leather sofas and 132-inch screens for the virtual games. The venue also had a seating area around the bar for when you just fancy sipping themed cocktails and other drinks - more on those soon. The decor was largely wooden with low lighting and neon signs, bringing a speakeasy-style look to a shooting range atmosphere.
Taking place on Sundays, the 90-minute bottomless brunch package included fizz and a choice of beers, but we opted for prosecco. They generously brought it out by the bottle, meaning that we were able to serve ourselves and drink at our own pace. We also added on a few cocktails for good measure. They were two of their signature concoctions: Pop a Cap (£9) and Bulletproof Zest (£9). The former was smooth and creamy, with a kick from the spiced rum, and had a delish combination of raspberry, pineapple and lime. Equally enticing presentation added to the appeal, thanks to cream piled on top like a milkshake. The latter was also fruity and slightly sour, made of pineapple vodka, mango and lime, alongside a shot of Midori to give a vibrant green colour.
Then came the most exciting part of the bottomless brunch: as many slices as you can eat. Between the two of us, we ordered a margherita (£7), an American hot (£7.50) (without the pepperoni to be veggie-friendly) and a garlic bread with cheese (£6.50). Although activities are the primary focus of the venue, this didn't mean anything was lacking in the food department. The margherita had a deliciously rich tomato base alongside a copious amount of stretchy mozzarella. Our other pizza was similar but quite spicy, with a combination of jalapenos and chilli flakes, while the garlic butter-slathered bread offered an equal amount of cheese on a pillowy dough base.
Throughout all of this unlimited food and drink from the Point Blank Shooting Newcastle menu, we were also taking part in the wide variety of virtual shooting games in the comfort of our secluded booth. The lovely staff gave us a demonstration of how to use the guns - think replica pistols, an AK-47 and more - while showing us a few of the scenarios available. The options spanned everything from aiming for stationary, circular marks to a mock hostage situation, where we had to hit the ‘attackers’ and avoid the innocent bystanders. My personal favourites were the assault courses, which boasted different targets to keep you guessing.
Naturally, my partner and I got very competitive, keeping score of who came out victorious in each round. I imagine this would be amplified in a bigger group, so I would definitely recommend here for get-togethers with mates too. An experience beyond that of a typical bottomless brunch? Certainly.
The DesignMyNight Digest
The Point Blank Shooting range in Newcastle has an array of package deals and experiences, but the Sunday bottomless brunch is notable for being great value. Ideal for both couples and groups at all skill levels, it's got more than enough to keep everyone involved. The food and large cocktail list also hit the spot - the latter in particular rivalling any city centre bar, even before you take into account the added entertainment.
💰 The damage: £35 per person for brunch, plus a £9 cocktail each.
📍 The location: 117 Newgate Street, NE1 5RZ.
👌 Perfect for: A fun and competitive twist on bottomless.
⭐ Need to know: There are over 200 different shooting scenarios to choose from here.
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