Entertainment for young adult pubs and clubs

There’s a growing trend in the north-west and beyond for pubs and clubs for young adults, giving people in their late teens somewhere to go have fun.

Venues like Roxy Ball Room in Manchester are still over-18s only, but they offer more than just a place to sit and drink.

While they and others like them, such as Warrington’s Fat Cat Ball Room, may serve craft beers, cocktails and other alcoholic drinks, they offer a more rounded and rich experience.

That includes a range of entertainment that varies between establishments but includes things like:

It’s not just a good way to help young people enjoy their afternoons and evenings out, but it’s also an excellent way for venues to diversify what they offer in a competitive market.

And in an era when customers are much more likely to be asked for proof of age, it’s a good way for 18-year-olds to start going out to licensed premises without feeling like they have to drink excessive amounts of alcohol.

How to add entertainment to smaller pubs and clubs

Not everyone has room for an 18-hole mini golf course or international competition standard shuffleboards, but there are ways to add entertainment to small pubs and clubs too.

Some of these still take up a certain amount of floor space, but there are wall-mounted options that need little to no space in real terms.

Pub pool tables obviously take up a physical footprint plus cue clearance around them, so we can help you to decide if you have a space big enough to fit one in.

It’s still worth considering, as they can be an incredibly popular addition to your premises and may be worth sacrificing a few tables for, even in smaller venues.

Fruit machines and quiz machines are very efficient in terms of floor space, thanks to their upright shape and players’ tendency to stand rather than sit at them.

Jukeboxes can be even more efficient as they just mount on a spare section of wall to add instant entertainment value, along with interactive options like pub quizzes and bingo.

Finally, traditional pull-tab machines can be mounted in a little-used space like a hallway or corridor and give players the chance of an instant win, creating a new revenue stream in a part of your premises that normally goes unused completely

5 of the best themes for fruit machines

Pub fruit machines are certainly eye-catching with their colourful glass fronts and flashing lights, but what keeps customers attracted to their favourite fruit machine?

It’s not all about how much a fruit machine pays out. Players will come back again and again to a machine as long as they feel entertained, and understand the features and gameplay.

Some of the best fruit machines for pubs actually have very simple gameplay or features that are intuitive or recognisable so new players can immediately understand them.

Here are five of the best themes for fruit machines to keep players coming back for more…

1. Fruity fruit machines

It might sound obvious, but many players appreciate a theme that pays homage to the origins of fruit machines, with reels and features based around the classic fruits.

Despite decades of new games and new gameplay, for these players you can’t beat the appeal of cherries, oranges and plums.

2. TV & movie tie-ins

Favourite TV shows and movies make popular themes for fruit machines too. Whether it’s the latest superhero or a popular daytime TV show, fruit machines span the gamut.

Again, although the theme might be purely visual rather than directly affecting the gameplay, it’s the familiarity that players like, and they may naturally feel more trust towards a machine themed around their favourite comic book hero.

3. Game themed slot machines

There’s some crossover between this category and the one above, as many of the most popular daytime TV shows are game shows.

But all kinds of games – including classics like snakes and ladders – can translate across to slot machines to make a feature-packed theme that requires no introduction.

4. Computer game themes

Again, there’s some crossover here, but this time we’re focusing purely on videogame themed slot machines.

The features that appear on computer game themed fruit machines can be more complex, representing the authentic gameplay of the relevant title.

Again, players might already be familiar with the basics of the game so they can get right down to enjoying the fruit machine version of it.

5. Brand new fruit machines

Flying in the face of everything we’ve said above about familiar themes and titles, some players are always looking for the next new experience.

Brand new fruit machines can freshen up what you offer to your customers, with the latest jackpots, video displays, touchscreens and modern capabilities like polymer note feeders and contactless card readers.

All of these make it easier for players to engage in a variety of different ways, helping to keep them entertained and playing for longer.

Keep a crowd in for autumn with pub quiz machines and jukeboxes

Autumn is an unusual season for pubs and clubs. There are the isolated events such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and the run-up to Christmas, but you need a strategy for the weeks in between.

It’s seven weeks from November 5th until Christmas Eve – realistically giving you six weeks in between to host any events you might have planned to draw in the crowds.

A regular schedule can be a big help at a time of year when the nights are drawing in and many people are looking for ways to brighten up their evenings, as well as to start getting into the seasonal spirit.

Here are just a few ways pub quiz machines and jukeboxes can help you to do just that, keeping customers on your premises for longer and encouraging them to make the cold journey out into the autumn evenings from home.

Pub quiz machines keep pals entertained

Pub quiz machines are a great way to entertain groups of friends and family, and although in theory only one person can play at a time, you’ll see patrons stood two and even three deep around your quiz machine at times.

Anyone within arm’s reach of the screen can lean in to tap the correct answer to a question, so this kind of huddle is not unusual.

It’s also an easy way to introduce trivia into your establishment – so even if you’re not holding a full-blown pub quiz at the time, customers can still challenge their wits.

Jukebox bingo and pub quizzes

Another low-effort way to offer pub quizzes and even bingo is to install a pub jukebox such as the Sound Leisure VenueHub.

It features free, professionally recorded pub quiz and bingo audio, plus other marketing capabilities like the ability to display adverts for upcoming sports events you will be screening.

This of course is all in addition to its functionality as a pub jukebox, playing music as audio and/or video to generate an additional revenue stream from customers who want to choose a song.

Pub pool tables and fruit machines

Finally, give pairs and individuals some entertainment by installing pub pool tables and fruit machines, again allowing customers to play whenever they want.

Coin-operated pool tables are a great source of revenue and can keep customers on-premises for longer while they complete a game, increasing the chances of them buying drinks, snacks and other products in the meantime.

Compared with leaving to head home in the cold, dark and probably wet conditions of an autumn evening, any of the above can provide a compelling alternative to keep patrons on-site and purchasing for longer.

 

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New player’s guide to fruit machines (tips and tricks)

If you’re new to playing fruit machines, there’s no need to be daunted by all those flashing lights and bonus features – even most experienced players learn just by playing new titles when they are released.

Remember that fruit machines should always be fun, so as long as you’re having a good time, don’t be afraid to lose along the way until you get to grips with your chosen machine.

Of course, a big win is the aim for many players, so there are a few tips and tricks to making sure you’re in with a chance of the biggest pay-outs.

Tips and tricks for bigger slot machine wins

Most modern fruit machines will tell you what the previous player won – often by pressing down one of the hold buttons, but look for the scrolling text display to tell you how to display the last win.

It’s a handy way to see if the jackpot has just paid out. Fruit machines typically aim to pay out a certain percentage of total stakes over time, so while there’s some randomness involved, you might feel like you’re in with more of a chance if the previous win was small.

Many machines let you play for several different stake amounts – e.g. 25p, 50p or £1 a spin – and while you’ll get more spins for your buck at the lower levels, remember that the biggest jackpots and some of the juiciest features are restricted to that £1 stake.

By pitching your stake sensibly depending on the machine and how primed you think it is to pay out a big win or jackpot, you can focus on big pay-outs from fruit machines that are ready for a win.

How to play fruit machine features

Fruit machine features can have a lot going on, so take your time and familiarise yourself with all the options.

Look for a hi-lo reel, as this can sometimes give you a second option rather than accepting whatever is happening on the main feature board.

Check the location of the ‘game over’ and ‘bonus’ or ‘chance’ squares on the feature board. In many cases, ‘bonus’ will include the risk of an immediate game over, so if you have the option of a decent prize, it might be worth cashing out at that point.

Finally, know whether you have more than one life and/or the chance to earn extra lives, as these can keep you in the game even if a chance or bonus square doesn’t go your way – and have fun, whether you win or lose!

How games rooms improve staff morale in a working environment

The fact that games rooms improve staff morale in working environments is nothing new – back in 2003, Kevin Desouza of the University of Illinois at Chicago found the benefits include on-site entertainment and inter-department competition.

Yet many workplaces still fail to provide any form of employee entertainment for break times, missing out on a valuable opportunity to boost engagement and productivity, while getting employees back to work sooner.

Coin-operated pool tables are one way to add some breaktime entertainment that your workforce will appreciate, and you have plenty of flexibility when it comes to setting the price per play, or even offering free play as a perk.

At Manco Automatic we supply coin-op pool tables to all kinds of premises, including pubs and clubs, as well as pool tables for workplaces across Greater Manchester, and we’ve seen time and time again the positive impact they can have.

Keep employees engaged

Employee engagement is largely about feeling ‘at home’ in the workplace, and while nobody wants their workers to become too relaxed at the cost of productivity, there’s an important balance to strike.

Providing entertainment in the form of a coin-op pool table for break times is a good way of increasing engagement on the employee’s own time, while getting maximum productivity once they return to work.

As Kevin Desouza found, employers also see the benefits of running inter-departmental competitions such as mini pool leagues and knock-out tournaments as a way to increase team morale in addition to individual morale.

There are plenty of ways to do this – either by having employees compete in one-on-one games as part of a team, participating in doubles matches, or even more flexible rules that allow entire teams to compete in the same game.

Why have on-site pool tables?

You might wonder why it’s useful to have a games room in the workplace, as opposed to letting those employees who want a game of pool to go to a local pub on their lunch break.

There are multiple benefits, even on top of the engagement and morale mentioned above.

You get good control over the pool table – so it’s more likely to be available when someone wants a game, and people are more likely to be civil about taking turns.

It can represent an additional revenue stream or a way to raise funds for charity if you charge per game, or you can offer free play as a staff perk.

And finally, by keeping employees on-site during breaks and lunch, they are more likely to return to their desk on time than if they go off-premises and are delayed.

This all adds up to make Manco Automatics pool tables the ideal addition to a workplace games room to boost staff engagement, morale and productivity alike.

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