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We all know that night’s out aren’t cheap. Whether it’s buying a round of drinks for your friends or recovering from an expensive month, heading for an evening can often take its toll. But fear not, we’ve drawn together a list of the best places for an alternative night out in Birmingham that will be great fun without breaking the bank – enjoy!


NQ64 is the latest addition to Custard Factory

Step back into your childhood with a night at NQ64, Digbeth’s newest bar and arcade. Featuring the best retro games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Street Fighter 2 and Space Invaders you’ll be encased in nostalgia from beginning to end. Plus, you can also battle it out against your friends on iconic consoles like the SEGA Megadrive, N64 and SNES, which are completely free to play. NQ64 officially opens on Friday, January 31, 2020. Click here to find out more.

Roxy Ball Room

Roxy Ballroom. Credit: Richard Kiely

Featuring an indie soundtrack that’ll take you back a decade or so, and an abundance of activities from bowling to shuffleboards, Roxy Ballroom is the latest alternative venue to open its doors in Digbeth. Following on from the success of its venues in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Nottingham, Roxy is kitted out with mini golf, pool tables, ping pong, beer pong and loads more. You can also enjoy a great range of cocktails and craft beers. Ideal for date nights, birthdays, team building and everything in-between, click here for more information.

Chance and Counters

Credit: Chance & Counters Birmingham / Facebook

If board games are your thing, then you might want to check out Chance and Counters. After finding huge success in both Bristol and Cardiff, the board game cafe opened ventured to Birmingham, opening its doors in the Custard Factory. Home to more than a wealth of delicious food as well ten draught beer and cider lines, you can play from a selection 500 board games – from classics to new discoveries. Click here for more information.

Flight Club

Credit: Flight Club

We’re big fans of Flight Club here at the Style Birmingham HQ. Ever since it opened its doors on Temple Street in the summer, the darts venue with a twist has been an absolute hit with us Brummies. Spread across two eccentric floors, you and your friends can enjoy 90 minutes of social darts for as little as £22.50 per oche. Flight Club also offers great Social Brunch, so click here for more details on that.


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Lane7 offers an adults-only bowling experience in the heart of The Cube. As well as challenging your friends on the lane to a few rounds of bowling, Lane7 is also home to a range of games including shuffleboards, beer pong tables, retro arcade games and even private karaoke rooms. Find out more about Lane7 here.

Escape Hunt

Players will be able to take on Alice in Puzzleland when Escape Hunt opens in the coming weeks at Resorts World. Credit: Alice Reading

Fancy a challenge or an afternoon out in the city that’s a little different? Why not see if you can crack the code to escape at Escape Hunt. With two venues in the city – its most recent opening is housed at Resorts World – you can choose from several rooms filled with challenges that will bring out your inner Sherlock. Suitable for two people or more, click here for more details on Escape Hunt.


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Similar to Chance and Counters, Kongs began its journey in both Bristol and Cardiff, and since opening in Birmingham, it’s brought a range of retro games, live music and so much more to the second city. As well as indulging in a bite to eat at Burger Theory, you can relive your childhood with a game of pinball or take on your plus one with a game of table tennis. Find out more about Kongs here.