Efes is a prime hang-out in Dalston, where various generations of trendies (and a few old Turks) can play pool or snooker in harmony while watching the football or MTV Base. If you arrive later than 8pm on any night, you'll likely have to wait to play pool, but the snooker tables are near enough always free, because let's face it, no one really knows how to play that game. While you wait with pound coins stationed strategically on different pool tables, you can take advantage of the ping pong or table football, or have a bash at the boxing machine. The soundtrack is typically hip-hop and R&B and entry is always free, unless a club night is on, when there may be a door charge after a certain time. Also, on Wednesdays and Thursdays Plonk crazy golf sets up a 200ft course in the venue (snaking around the pool tables) that is £7.50 for two rounds and is crazy fun. And if all that's not enough to draw you in, perhaps the added bonus of being able to take your kebab with you and an easily accessible smoking area will persuade you.
|Venue name:||Efes Snooker Club||Contact:|
17b Stoke Newington Rd
|Transport:||Dalston Kingsland Overground/Stoke Newington rail|
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Efes Snooker Club is a slightly deceptive name as you can’t actually play snooker there. The owner explained apparently they used to have snooker tables but got rid of them a few years back and never got around to changing the name. However what they DO have is pool tables, old school arcade games, a 9 holed UV themed crazy golf course called Plonk and perhaps most importantly a bar.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when my date said he was taking me here however we actually had a great time. It has a really relaxed vibe and plays nothing but old school hip hop. In Dalston it is as you would imagine filled with Hipsters, but also normal looking groups of friends and couples on dates. The pool tables are cheap at £1 a game and Plonk crazy golf is £7.50 per person so it’s not a budget breaking night out.
As it has Turkish owners they often screen Turkish football games on the big screen so unless you are into Turkish footie maybe avoid these days as it gets pretty busy. The owner actually owns the kebab shop across the road so is happy for you to bring them in if you are feeling peckish between games, I tried one and they are pretty good!