Manchester’s Roxy Ball Room has found a way through the corona-chaos and is still open for fun and games – providing much-needed cheer for glum Mancunians as the city moves into winter under tier 3 restrictions.  

While many of Manchester’s restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues have taken a massive hit since the city moved into tier 3, the popular adults-only entertainment venue has managed to save 30 jobs at its new Withy Grove, Arndale venue by navigating the restriction rules and finding a way to stay open safely for staff and guests.

Guests looking to have some fun now have two options; they can take advantage of the venue’s hugely popular games – including bowling, crazy pool, American pool, and Shuffleboard – but not eat or drink alcoholic drinks. Or, they can choose to eat instead and drink alcoholic beverages alongside a substantial meal.

As with all tier 3 restrictions, only parties from the same household (including support bubbles) will be allowed to game or dine together. And, as long as the restrictions last, the venue cannot currently offer Beer Pong, Ping Pong or Arcade games.

The second Manchester Roxy Ball Room venue opened earlier this month and boasts six full-size bowling lanes and twelve holes of Roxy’s newly launched game, Crazy Pool.

For those drinking and dining, the new Roxy offers the American style food its existing fans have come to know and love, with a huge choice of dishes including loaded nachos, chicken wings, and burgers, as well as flatbread pizzas. There are also vegetarian and vegan options available.

Meanwhile, Roxy’s bar boasts an extensive draught beer and cider range, with up to sixteen draught lines, including local craft beers, on offer at any time. There’s also a full new cocktail menu with a range of classic and signature cocktails at £7.50 each.

“By finding a way to stay open, we will be saving 30 jobs at a time when boosting our city’s economy is crucial. As Withy Grove, Arndale is a new venue, all staff members missed the cut off date to qualify for the new government Job Support Schemes.

Unless we could find a way to keep this venue open, we would have had to make 30 people redundant, which would have been devastating. Within the spirit of Andy Burnham’s recent statement, we want to help protect our staff’s livelihoods and avoid poverty, while providing the incredible people of Manchester with a fun way to stay happy and stay connected at this time.”

(Joel Mitchell, Brand Development Manager)

The over 18’s booze and ball games bar is located at the 14,000 square foot former Birdcage site on Withy Grove, and the open plan, ground floor venue is kitted out in the brand’s signature style with UV graffiti wall paintings, all set to the background of an indie rock soundtrack.

The ultimate playground for adults, the new Roxy Ball Room recently became the first venue in Manchester to offer Crazy Pool, an extremely playable mash-up of crazy golf and pool. Players must navigate various obstacles to put the ball on the waist-high mini-golf course, using a golf ball and pool cues instead of golf putters.

Roxy Ball Room is currently accepting bookings for up to six guests (from the same household or support bubble). All games can be pre-booked, and there will be enhanced cleaning between all games.

Guests will be able to pre-book a discounted food & drink package with a full-sized pizza and a drink available to be booked alongside gaming on the website.

Further information on all additional rules, restrictions and safety measures can be found here.


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