The Handbook
The Handbook

There’s nothing better than going out for some post-work drinks with your friends and having a good time. But do you ever wish you could cut loose in another way than just getting sloshed? Well, as always, The Handbook is here to help! Check out our guide to the best pubs to play in…these venues are perfect for combining your tipple with some fun and games. So let your inner child out and get playing!

Bounce Farringdon

Eat, play, love

Billed as the first social ping pong club, this bar and restaurant allows you to have a beer with your mates, while engaging in some intense rounds of ping pong. The restaurant section is raised on a platform, meaning you don’t have to worry about any rogue ping pong balls landing in your dinner. Choose from a selection of antipasti and pizza and try to keep your cool during matches – remember, it’s just a game.

Where: 121 Holborn, London, EC1N 2TD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Farringdon (London) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.bouncepingpong.com

The Book Club

Less reading, more partying

No, this is not the thing that takes place in your Gran’s living room every week, but is actually a pretty cool bar in Hoxton. Achingly cool, the bar serves cocktails with somewhat bizarre names such as ‘Don’t go to Dalston’ and ‘Lorraine Kelly.’ However, The Book Club is best known for its packed timetable of events, which includes something for everyone. From DJs to alternative dating nights and video game nights, there’s something for everyone…well, everyone who’s cool and hip that is.

Where: 100 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH
Website: http://www.wearetbc.com/

Doodle Bar

Break out the crayons

With the immense popularity of adult colouring books, it is clear that fun with crayons isn’t just for under tens. Doodle Bar understands this and its selling point is that it encourages visitors to scribble and doodle to their heart’s content. The space also hosts exhibitions and life drawing classes, for those whose interest and ability stretches to a little more than squiggles. This is a cool space with great vibes, just think of something better to draw on the doodle wall other than the phallic stuff that comes to mind, we’re not in year 9 anymore.

Where: 33 Parkgate Road, London, SW11 4NP
Website: http://www.thedoodlebar.com/

Loading Bar

Gamer’s haven

If you haven’t heard, gaming is no longer exclusive to nerds. Gaming is now cool and let’s be honest, it’s always being a whole heap of fun! The highlight of this aptly named bar is their innovative cocktail range. Names include ‘Donkey Konga’ and ‘G&T Virus’, and there’s also a range of Pokémon based drinks. Once you’ve sampled the quirky cocktails, there are a range of board games and retro arcades on offer throughout the venue, which are all free to use. Log yourself into the matrix and get gaming!

Where: 97 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London, N16 8BX
Website: http://loadingonline.co.uk/

Drink, Shop & Do

Pretty Playtime

This chic, girly café has a retro vibe and is hugely popular. There is a simple, yet sweet menu of sandwiches, pastries and salads, as well as a great selection of teas. The space holds a number of cool crafts and dance events, making this the perfect place to grab a croissant with a side of culture.

Where: 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DX
Website: http://www.drinkshopdo.com/