Ever since I was a student, bowling has been one of my favourite ways to have fun. This was such an excellent value place for us to go when I was at university, as they do a student deal on a Sunday where every game of bowling (usually £3.99 or thereabouts) is £1.99. This is probably where I regret the loss of my student card the most. If you’re going at peak time (Friday or Saturday) then the games are just over £5 each. On those nights they also do a “meal deal” for £12.99 which includes two games of bowling and a McDonald’s-style fast-food basket. Most definitely not to my taste, but a nice idea nonetheless.
If you do happen to take advantage of the student-aimed Sunday cheapness, that’s when they have their karaoke night. Bowling was the favourite pastime of my student radio station, URF, so karaoke was always immense fun as it served to fuel our love of cheesy choons. First Wetherspoons for cheap drinks, then bowling, then belting out 90s pop-punk hits until they chucked us out at closing. Fabulous.
If your games of bowling are over to quickly and you still want to exercise that competitive streak, then you can head to their pool tables in the back room – full size tables that charge for the time you use them, not per game. It’s not particularly expensive and students get it half price with a valid NUS card (although they ask for a returnable £20 deposit for the balls and cues). A word of warning though – the bar staff do ID militantly, so take some with you or you won’t even be allowed inside the bar or pool table area.
While some staff members are really friendly and up for a laugh and a joke with you (which is how they should be in a place like this), the rest just stand around looking bored and grumpy.
All in all, you’ll have a great night of tacky, loud fun. And for the record, I have the bumpers DOWN. Oh yes.