Efes Snooker Club

Bars and pubs , Sports bars Stoke Newington
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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
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Address: 17b Stoke Newington Rd
London
N16 8BH
Transport: Dalston Kingsland Overground/Stoke Newington rail
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Georgie
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Plonk at EFES was the activity chosen for a recent 3rd date I went on, because who doesn't love a bit of semi-friendly competition on a date? You walk into EFES and it looks like an old school youth club. There are pool tables, slot machines, old leather sofas and a bar that requires a minimum spend of £10 on a card and doesn't allow you to start a tab. The place fills with mid-twenties East Londoners as the night goes on, many of whom decide to have a go at a round or two of the miniature crazy golf course.


I booked online for the 8.40 time slot but when we arrived (late because my date has no understanding of time!) it didn't really matter - we were told we could go grab ourselves a drink and come back for our round when we wanted.

We went and got some drinks - and don't judge me here, but neither of us were drinking, so we bought a J2O and a water (£3.50, a round I didn't mind getting!) and went and sat on the heavily warn out sofas. We watched the hall fill up and grabbed another drink before heading to play our round, this time a can of coke and a J2O which came in at £6.50 - it would appear that the price of drinks depends on who serves you!


We went and played our golf - £7.50 each is actually a little steep for such a short round of golf (it'll take you about 15 minutes to complete) but it's well designed - a neon playground with a tiki theme. Plenty of opportunities to make innuendo jokes about putting things in holes (ah witty third date banter!) as you head around the course which gradually gets harder with each hole, though i'll just put this out there: I got 3 holes in 1 and won the round by over 5 points.


I doubt this crazy golf really compares to the more popular and bigger crazy golf courses in London (eg: like Swingers) because it's pretty basic, but it's still a fun activity and a pretty good, casual game to play on a date, as long as neither of you is a sore loser. With a big group of you I reckon this is a good place to head to on a week night for some casual drinking and games.

Clemie
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Plonk at Efes Snooker Club is a surprisingly well-kept secret. I'm not sure why. Who doesn't love tiki-themed crazy golf, with cheap drinks, in an institution straight out of the 1960s?  Excellent for date night and general socialising.