REVIEW: Bristol’s new Roxy Lanes games bar with bowling and beer pong – Aaliyah Miller

Last year plans were announced for a Union Street gymnasium to get a whole new lease of life. Roxy Lanes, an amusement arcade with locations across the country, has decided to head to Bristol.

It promised to be the “new all-day, all-night destination in Bristol” with a capacity of 350 people. The new Bristol site joined others in Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and Leeds.

The venue merges drinking with “competitive gaming,” with activities like no-ice curling, shuffleboard, basketball, and “batting cages” available by reservation. Ten-pin bowling starts at £8 each, while karaoke rooms cost from £24 for up to 20 people for one hour.

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The opening certainly created a buzz across Bristol, so I took a tour to try it out. Although I’m not the biggest bowling fan, all the other items on offer piqued my interest.

The first activity I tried was the “batting cages”. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was literally greeted by a cage where balls are thrown at you; I promise it was more fun than it sounds.

You enter your details, choosing whether you want to play with a baseball bat or a tennis racket – as well as your level of difficulty. I chose the hardest level first, on the recommendation of the staff member, but didn’t last a single round.

I then admitted to degreasing and I changed to an easier level, where I Actually managed to hit the ball. Hitting different sections of the cage meant different points and it was definitely the perfect game of competitive fun.

The staff were very helpful and attentive and while we were playing we were brought two of their ‘ping-star martinis’ which were absolutely delicious and great fuel for the fun we were having.

Next on the agenda was ‘curling without ice’, another game I had never tried but was now convinced I could perform at the Olympic level. The object is to slide your puck over the target, with the winner being the one closest to the center – and after adjusting my technique, I became the star player!

The bowling alleys are the star of the show at Roxy Lanes and it has to be said that I’m not a fan of the sport, mainly because I absolutely suck. But, it was decent fun nonetheless – despite the fact that I managed to rack up a total of 11 points by the end of the ten rounds; something I blame on my long gel manicure hampering my skills.

Our visit was during the day and there were groups of families and friends all enjoying the various activities. Roxy Lanes doubles as a day and night venue, which means that while it’s a great place for family fun, later in the day it’s perfect for a night out with friends and drinks.

After we were done with our activities, we ordered two pizzas to enjoy, the meat feast and the spicy meatball. And while it wasn’t the best pizza I’ve had in my life, it did the trick, and Roxy Lanes advertises itself as a place of business and not a restaurant after all.

I think Roxy Lanes is a great addition to Bristol and they have done well to make it fun for an adults only night out as well as a family spot.

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