Nine gaming ideas in Edinburgh (that aren’t Pokemon Go)
The Sheep Heid

Forget about draining the battery on your phone

Catching Pokemon is all well and good, but what do you do when your data runs out, or when your spouse threatens to leave you?

Here’s a list of alternatives games to dive into around Edinburgh that don’t involve staring at your phone screen.

Board games at the Drouthy Neebors

Playing some go with Baron, beat me again… Better luck next time! #rivals #baduk #dreambig

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Schooling your gran’ at Monopoly not quite cutting it for you? Head to the Drouthy Neebors in Newington on Wednesday and Friday nights for a board game night organised by Edinburgh board gamers society.

1 West Preston Street, EH8 9PX, drouthyneebors-edinburgh.co.uk

Table football at the Star Bar

Super sunday #3B's #beer #burgers #banter #citylife #edinburgh #lovinlife @japmasterjam @made_in_duke_st

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Hidden away in the New Town, the Star Bar is home to a vintage table football and a fantastically well-stocked Jukebox (10p a tune). Be warned though, no drinks on the table and more importantly no spinning.

1 Northumberland Place, EH3 6LD, starbar.co.uk

Canoe Polo at the Forth Canoe Club

Slightly extreme this one but, if you don’t mind potentially taking a dip in the Union Canal, give canoe polo a bash. Combining water polo and canoeing could be the answer to the new hobby that you’ve been looking for.  Forth Canoe Club meet Wednesday nights at 7:30pm

Harrison Road, EH11 1EQ, forthcc.com

Snooker at the Ball Room

Boasting a variety of snooker and pool tables, the Ball Room is the obvious place to head if you’re wanting to hone your ball-potting skills. The Ball Room has two venues across Edinburgh; one in Meadowbank and another in Morningside.

3 Jordan Lane, EH10 4RB and 25 Jock’s Lodge, EH8 7AA, ballroomscotland.com

Beer Pong at 52 Canoes Tiki Bar

#StormTrooper and #Yoda playing #BeerPong 😀❤️🍺🏓

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52 Canoes in the West End offers beer pong facilities if you’re wanting to drink and game. Get one over your teammates, or don’t if you fancy a drink.

13 Melville Place, EH3 7PR, facebook.com/52Canoes

Board Games at the Games Hub

Located centrally on Lauriston Place, the Games Hub has 1000 square feet of space, a cafe and a seemingly infinite choice of board games including Civilization and, Dungeons and Dragons.

101 Lauriston Place, EH3 9JB, gameshubedinburgh.com

Escape Game at Escape Edinburgh

Can you? We had so much fun here!!!

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Do you think you have the nerve to solves a series of tricky puzzles and escape a mysterious themed room? Head along Escape Edinburgh on St. Colme Street and prove it then.

1 St. Colme Street, EH3 6AA, escapeteambuilding.co.uk

Skittles at the Sheep Heid Inn

Drunken skittles w/ @megsleighmonty 🍻🎳

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Edinburgh’s oldest pub the Sheep Heid Inn also possesses it’s very own bowling alley. Try your luck at Skittles in this ancient city haunt.

43-45 The Causeway, EH15 3QA, sheepheid.co.uk

Bubble Football at World of Football

#zorb #football #Edinburgh

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Don a giant bubble and have a go at Bubble football if you’re brave enough. Remember, the purpose of the game is to score more goals than the opposition team, not run into your mate at full speed.

11 New Market Road, EH14 1RJ, worldoffootball.com

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