1. The Book Club
100 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
If a pub has a ping pong table, we usually feel at home, which is apt considering The Book Club was formerly known as home. The centre piece of this venue’s décor is the rather conspicuous oval in the wall, simple yet quaint enough to be aesthetically pleasing.
The cocktail menu is interesting in itself purely through the choices of some of the names. “Don’t go to Dalston” and the “Shoreditch twat” easily commit themselves to memory.On a plus side, their event schedules are very diverse and appealing with offerings of live poetry reading, philosophical debating and a good dash of music to round things off.
2. All Star Lanes Brick Lane
95 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
The largest of the three bowling alleys, with American diner style food and amazing beer cocktails, this is All Star Lanes owned by trendy Truman Brewery situated in Brick Lane, London. Classic brown round tables with red and white chequered napkins and red seats make you enjoy the American dinner feel. There are nine bowling lanes in this venue, a stylish bar serving, traditional American drinks (Guinness Punch and Largarita) and a restaurant. It also provides private bowling room, which has two private bowling alleys, a small bar, separate selection of shoes and comfortable seating. It is more spacious and secluded. The atmosphere is also American style, with large DJ box which plays American-theme tunes.
3. The Macbeth
70 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6LP
The Macbeth is more than just a pub – it’s a live music venue hosting a variety of club nights and gigs on each night of the week. The varied line-up includes DJs, cabaret and performance art, London bands and improvised jam sessions featuring the in-house band and guests. Moreover, they also have a pool table, a lovely smoking terrace and a funktion-one sound system too.
4. Elbow Room Shoreditch
97-113 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BS
Located in the heart of the East End, The Elbow Room Shoreditch provides you with the most trendy pool rooms in London. It is a superexcellent place to go for enjoying great food, fabulous drinks and a crazing night of traditional American pool.
The pool room is design based on the theme of darkness. The walls are made up by classy wood paneling with modern art work surrounded old-fashioned gilt frames and leather-lined portholes. The Elbow Room provides 11 American-type and different professional-level pool tables. If you just pass by it or desire to get together with your friends, it is also the first choice to play pool, as the bar has seats for groups in all shapes and sizes, with leather sofa and it provide enough private space for you to enjoy.
5. Bar Kick
127 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE
For just 80p you can twist, pull and push your way through a game of Table Football. This Shoreditch bar takes the pastime very seriously, from the traditional French Bonzini beech wood and cast iron tables and figurines, to the experienced clientele who make this their regular, practising their techniques ahead of one of the monthly tournaments. It’s so popular reservations are recommended to guarantee a place. Die hard fans can also purchase a souvenir t-shirt on the way out.
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