UK’s Best Pokémon GO-Friendly Bars/Restaurants
Last weekend marked – as far as we’re aware – the UK’s first ever Pokémon GO club night at The Grand in Clapham, London. The night involved a treasure hunt, a secret Pokémon screening room, all the lures you can imagine, and even Pokémon podium dancers…
With that in mind, and so you don’t have to walk about town on your own in a constant state of embarrassment, we’ve put together a list of bars, restaurants and event spaces around the UK where Pokémon GO is not only not frowned upon, it’s encouraged. Happy hunting!
M Victoria Street, London
The M Victoria Street might not be the first place you’d think of when playing Pokémon GO but believe it or not, multifaceted sophisticated haunt is all about Slowpoke and Growlithe. Every Friday in August M Victoria Street is offering Joes and Janes a free cocktail if you show the bar staff your starter Pokémon. So if you chose Charmander for example, you can expect a flaming cocktail. And if that wasn’t enough, if you can catch a Pokémon in or outside the onsite M Wine Store, they’ll give you a £25 voucher for the M Restaurant!
The Oxford, Manchester
Located just to the south out of Manchester city centre in the heart of the university area, is The Oxford pub. Popular with locals and students, the pub has long been great value for drink and a bit of grub. But while that’s all great, what about the Pokémon? Well, all Trainers who enter The Oxford get 15% off and there’s also free WiFi to boot!
Bristol Zoo, Bristol
For something a little different and infinitely cooler than money off, how about a free trip to Bristol Zoo? PokéMasters are invited to the zoo after hours for a night of Pokémon Go-themed fun. On Wednesday 3rd August (6pm – 8pm), Bristol Zoo Gardens will be opened up so you can hunt the virtual creatures which have recently descended on the grounds, including Bellsprout, Squirtle, Machop and Cubone. There are 12 PokéStops on site and lure modules will be applied throughout the evening. There’s even a gym if you fancy a battle.
Base + Barley, Cardiff
While there’s not any freebies at Base + Barley, this Welsh sourdough pizza haunt is offering up a rather awesome limited-edition Pokéball shaped pizza. Base + Barley prep their sourdough the day before you eat for the tangiest taste possible, and their beer is hand-brewed in small batches.
Nag’s Head, London
Not only is the Nag’s Head a decent boozer with a great beer garden in a beautiful part of the capital, the Walthamstow Village pub is also a Pokémon Go gym, which means it’s perfect for a lazy day’s drinking and battling! Most importantly with any Pokéstop, nobody around you will be judging as they’re all getting involved too. Just make sure you have some high CPs – this place is a battlefield.
Treacle Bar and Kitchen, Edinburgh
The Treacle Bar and Kitchen is one of Edinburgh’s most popular bars with some of the city’s best bartenders, winning a handful of awards along the way. But more important than that, every Tuesday and Thursday until the 16th August, the Bar and Kitchen are dropping two straight hours of lure modules between 3pm and 5pm – perfect for a liquid lunch!
Sapporo Teppanyaki, Liverpool
While Pokémon is obviously the greatest thing to ever come out of Japan, sushi is probably a close second. Well, combine the two in Liverpool’s Sapporo Teppanyaki shushi restaurant. The place is so into the pocket monsters that not only is it a Pokéstop, it also serves rice shaped like Pikachu and tomatoes which look like Pokéballs!