Combining alcohol with guns sounds like a bad idea- but don’t worry, the guns at Clays Bar can’t hurt anyone. If you’ve thought the idea of clay pigeon shooting was appealing, but didn’t want to stand around in a field in a flat cap to do so, you may want to consider Clays bar in The City of London, which will allow you to test your aim (virtually).

How does virtual clay pigeon shooting work, you ask? Essentially, you’re given a large real (but decommissioned) shotgun and take aim at very large high resolution screens, in which virtual clay discs are fired across the screen. You can compete with friends and family, and the bar staff will take pictures and videos of you as you do so (which you’ll be able to share later). There’s also a number of other game modes (four in total). Clays proclaims that the shotguns are realistically weighted, and uses state of the art tech to ensure pinpoint accuracy to ensure the experience is as close as possible to real clay pigeon shooting.

Clays proclaims that the shotguns are realistically weighted, and uses state of the art tech to ensure pinpoint accuracy...

The food menu is curated by Roger Olsson, formerly of The Dorchester and The Ritz...

In addition to shooting cyber clay, there is a plentiful array of high quality food and drink available at the bar. The food menu is curated by Roger Olsson, formerly of The Dorchester and The Ritz, and offers both small bites and “loaded bread”, which is described as the bar’s alternative to pizza. In terms of drinks, there’s a wide selection of cocktails, gins, beers and wines, along with a selection of shots (the liquid kind). This is all served in a bar designed to look as if you’re immersed in the British countryside.

If you’re planning on a larger party for a corporate or stag do, there’s plenty of room, with 2 floors and 12 shooting booths (or “pegs”) available across 11,000 square feet (just don’t go waving your gun at your boss). You’ll be greeted by your “shoot captain”, or host, and you’ll get unlimited shots (the virtual gun kind) before heading to the bar for drinks post shoot. The shooting sessions are 90 minutes, and each booth can accommodate up to 20 people. There’s also no per head cost, and sessions are £60 or £40 depending if its at an on or off peak time. However, as you might expect for an event involving guns and alcohol, only over-18s are allowed. 360 people can be fit into a private hire event, or 150 for semi private.

You'll get unlimited shots (the virtual gun kind) before heading to the bar for drinks post shoot...

Virtual clay pigeon shooting is available elsewhere, but not quite in the luxury high tech style at Clays. However, if you’re desperate to start clay blasting, you’ll have to wait until the 1st of November, when Clays opens. It’s certainly a quite unconventional night out, but for what it’s aiming to do, Clays is equipped to do it far better, and more stylishly, than the rest.


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