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Experience Southampton After Dark

Is anyone up for some axe throwing? Or how about a friendly match of pool? Get together with colleagues after work or celebrate a special occasion with family at one of the many unique venues across the city. Your day does not have to end after five! Read on to see what the nightlife has to offer.

High Score Arcade

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Calling all gamers! Are you ready for an hour of unlimited fun? High Score Arcade located on East Street is a free-play amusement centre that offers a great range of new and traditional arcade classics. With Space Invaders, PAC-man, racing games and more, there is lots of fun to be had. Plus, when you use the SO card, you can get four tickets for the price of three or, if you are a student, get 25% off your admission price.

Escape Rooms

Fake skull and potion props at Elusion Escape Room

Work with friends to find hidden clues and solve puzzles at one of Southampton's many escape rooms. Our city is home to Locked in a Room, Elusion Escape Rooms, Sneaky Dog Escapes, and even the number 1 voted escape room in the world, Houdini's Escape room. No two experiences are alike!

Hollywood Bowl

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Ready, set, bowl! Head out with some friends for some healthy competition at Hollywood Bowl in Westquay. While battling it out on one of their lanes, you can also enjoy great food and drink, amusements and pool all under one roof.

1st Base

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Over on East street, you'll find 1st Base, an indoor interactive batting cage and bar. Suitable for ages 10 and up, all abilities and group sizes are welcome to step up to the plate. With ball tracking technology, 1st Base makes it feel as if you're playing in a real stadium! There are also lots of 'stadium snack' favourites on offer from beers to American style popcorn.

Boom Battle Bar

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Are you ready to feel the BOOM? Go head-to-head with some friends at Westquay's Boom Battle Bar for some fun competitive play. Compete in a wide range of bar sports such as augmented reality darts, beer pong, American pool, and even karaoke. After 7pm, Boom Battle Bar becomes a strictly over 18's venue.

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Looking for more axe throwing fun?

Check out Black Axe Throwing Co. in the Marland's Shopping Centre or Axeology on East Street.

Rocket Ronnies

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In the heart of the city is Rocket Ronnies, a large pool hall which offers a wide range of pool table games. You don't have to be a member to hang out here. Simply turn up and start playing! Rocket Ronnies is also the only pool hall in the South Coast that offers a Chinese pool table. Learn more here.

Karaoke Nights

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Sing the night away at one of our many city centre venues hosting karaoke nights. Here are just some great venues to check out:

Pub Sports

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Enjoy delicious pub favourites over some friendly games of pool, ping pong, darts, and even table football. There are many locations offering a variety of table sports for you to relax and unwind in throughout the week. Take a look at these venues:

Leo Leisure Bingo Hall

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As currently the largest bingo hall operator on the South Coast, Leo Leisure is the place to 'B3'. Membership is free to join so you can get right to the fun. Plus, while you play, you can enjoy great value food cooked on their premises with daily specials available.

Adult amusement centres

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Southampton also has several adult amusement centres that offer a range of casino favourites including slot machines, roulette, black jack, and more! Here are a few locations to explore:

Looking for more late-night fun?

Head over to our Light Up Your Social Life page for more great ways to spend your evenings. Plus, be sure to take a look at our What's On page for special performances, shows, and events taking place around the city.

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Updated January 2024.

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