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4 not-so-guilty pleasures to try in Birmingham

Guilty pleasures? No such thing!
The Electric Cinema Birmingham
By Time Out in association with Galaxy |

The hit of endorphins we get when we enjoy something shouldn’t leave us feeling ashamed, which is why we’re dead against the idea of a ‘guilty pleasure’. They’re just pleasures! There’s clearly nothing guilty about a night spent listening to ‘90s pop songs by B*Witched and the Spice Girls, or enjoying a seriously trashy film at the cinema. The same goes for playing mini-golf or board games. And if these things do make us guilty then lock us up, because we’re all about choosing pleasure.

Trash Film Night at The ElectricWe’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy watching a trashy film now and again (okay, fine, all the time). Unfortunately, it’s not often that you get to enjoy your favourite naff blockbuster on the big screen. That’s where The Electric (pictured above) comes in. Their regular Trash Film Night sees some real movie monsters get pride of place. Their upcoming events include a showing of ‘Shark Attack 3: Megalodon’ on a canal boat, which, quite frankly, sounds brilliant.

Relive ‘Top of the Pops’ at Popworld

Given that it’s no longer possible to perform on ‘Top of the Pops’ (and no, the Christmas one doesn’t count), any opportunity where we get to live our true pop music lives is an opportunity worth taking. Thankfully, Popworld Birmingham is the sort of venue that allows us to do just that. With nights like Little Mix vs. One Direction and the Spice Girls vs. Beyoncé, you’re guaranteed to to hear a song that’ll have you you lip syncing for your life.

Adventure Island Mini Golf in Star City

It might be the stuff of kids birthday parties and teenaged dates, but there’s a certain allure of mini golf. That’s why we’d recommend a visit to Adventure Island Mini Golf in Star City. Not only is it England’s largest indoor mini golf complex, but, as its name suggests, it’s island themed. That means you can put your putting skills to the test as you venture through gloriously synthetic island set pieces, like ancient ruins, caves and beach huts. And once you’ve exhausted yourself with all that golf, you can head to The Tiki Bar for refreshments, or even head out to relive that perfect eighth birthday and play laser quest next door.

Game nights at Grange Live Gaming

Playing a board game ought not to be relegated to that thing that always causes arguments when you’re back with your loved ones over Christmas. Although, at Grange Live Gaming you’re unlikely to find your usual collection of Monopoly, Risk or Cluedo. Instead, you’ll find regular game meetups at their Bravo 1 café, including digital card games like ‘Hearthstone’ and IRL games like ‘Legend of the Five Rings’. You might just find your new favourite pastime.

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