Enhance your dining experience with a game of pool

If there’s one table you shouldn’t neglect in your pub or restaurant, it’s your pool table, which gives diners a great way to add some extra fun to their eating-out experience.

A pub pool table brings some variety to your venue, and is especially good to set a more informal mood in relaxed dining rooms.

Here are five reasons why a pool table is an excellent addition to any eatery, whether it’s a pub, restaurant or even a student union, common room or refectory.

1. Instant aesthetics

Installing a pool table immediately brightens up any room, with the coloured fabric helping to set the scene.

Pool table fabric doesn’t have to be green – it’s available in a whole rainbow of different colours – so whatever your interior design scheme might be, there’s a pool table to match.

The table itself, including the cushions and the legs, can also be several different styles, from traditional wood to modern laminates – it’s up to you.

2. Pool before pud

A frame of pool is the perfect length to let a main course settle before ordering dessert, to increase total food sales (and reduce the risk of indigestion).

Or if your punters don’t want pudding, a game of pool can keep them engaged and on your premises for after-dinner drinks, whether that’s coffee or something stronger.

3. Clear the table

If you rely on diners leaving their table so you can seat more paying customers, a pool table gives them somewhere else to go while staying on your premises.

This can add up to better customer retention, as well as the ability to seat more covers over the course of an evening – which all adds up to greater earnings over time.

4. Extra revenue stream

A pool table is a revenue stream in itself – so as well as selling more food and drink to customers who stay for longer, you’ll benefit from the direct pool table receipts too.

We can supply pool tables on a profit-share arrangement, so you only pay us a percentage of your takings, or you can pay us a fixed monthly fee and keep 100% of your pool table’s proceeds.

5. No fuss necessary

Manco Automatics make it as easy as possible for you to install a pool table in your restaurant, hotel dining room, pub or student union.

We even supply all the consumables, such as chalk, at no extra cost. So, there’s no need to ever run out of the essentials to keep your punters playing for as long as they like. For a dining expereince unlike any other call us on 0161 870 7777 or send us an email to info@mancoautomatics.com

Quiz Machine Maintenance

Quiz machine maintenance doesn’t have to place huge demands on your time, especially if you adopt a ‘little and often’ approach to avoid any major problems developing.

Some quiz machine maintenance you can take care of yourself as part of your daily or weekly tasks, while other aspects are best left to the professionals – so call in a Manco engineer if you’re not sure on 0161 870 7777 and we’ll be on the scene ready to help.

Here are some common quiz machine maintenance tasks to put on your schedule, to keep your pub quiz machines running at their best for as long as possible.

1. Clean the case and screen

Give the exterior casing a quick clean regularly – either as part of your daily closing time routine, or at least once a week.

Take care when cleaning the screen, so as not to damage the touchscreen functionality, but it’s important to remove any dirt and greasy finger marks so it continues working well.

2. Check the coin slot

Make sure the coin slot is working correctly for all denominations, as well as the bank note feeder if your quiz machine has one.

If your quiz machine is a few years old, make sure it has been updated or upgraded to accept the 12-sided £1 coin and polymer banknotes, so you’re not rejecting potential revenues.

3. Update the games

Quiz machines need a network connection in order to update the games and the question packs – which can prevent players from learning the answers by heart!

If possible, give your quiz machine a permanent network connection, and regularly check that it is correctly installing any available updates to offer the latest games and new questions.

4. Have a go!

The best way to check if a quiz machine is working is to try playing the games. Look for any parts of the touchscreen that aren’t responding, visible glitches on the screen, sound problems or games that don’t load correctly.

Having a go yourself gives you a first-person taste of the player experience, so make it part of your regular quiz machine maintenance and you’ll be able to tell if anything isn’t quite right with your machine before it becomes noticeable to your customers.

5. Planned and responsive maintenance

Finally, speak to your Manco engineer about a planned maintenance schedule and keep our number handy in case you need to book an emergency callout.

We can fix many minor problems on-site and can supply temporary and permanent replacement quiz machines if yours suffers a major malfunction – so whatever goes wrong, we’re your best call in a crisis.

Hire a club pool table for your student society

The return to university has been a difficult one for students in 2020, but in the coming months as conditions start to improve, why not hire a club pool table for your student society?

As we move through – and ultimately beyond – the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to find safe ways to have fun, and a club pool table is a good option that should remain a good fit for any future changes in rules and regulations.

Snooker was one of the first professional sports to resume after the initial lockdown. Players approach the table separately and there is no need for close contact at any point, making snooker and pool games that can comply with a variety of social distancing measures.

The equipment is also easy to clean – just sanitise and wipe down the cues regularly, clean the balls and triangle fairly often, and encourage players to sanitise or wash their hands between shots or after each frame.

Giving back to students

If you want to thank your students for their commitment during these past months, hiring a club pool table for your student society is an excellent option, as you can offer free play at certain times of day, or at all times if you choose.

Alternatively, a coin-operated pool table is a great way to raise society funds, and members are usually more than happy to pay per game if they know they are contributing towards the society’s cash box.

Manco Automatics have club pool tables for hire on a number of different kinds of arrangement, including fixed rental and profit-share deals, so you can control the cost of your pool table each month or have it pegged to the monthly takings.

We’re happy to advise on specifics like table size, where to place it in your premises for an unobstructed game, and aesthetics like the colour of the table fabric – we have plenty to choose from for traditional pub pool tables and modern sports bar pool tables.

Find out more

Contact Manco Automatics today to find out how to hire a club pool table for your student society. We can take care of all the hard work, to make it as easy as possible for you to add a pool table to your premises.

We welcome all enquiries, and even if you are currently unable to open, it’s the perfect time to find out more so that your new pool table is ready as soon as your society reopens its doors. Give us a call on 0161 870 7777 to see how we can take your student accommodation to new heights.

Halloween hits – The best tunes to bring the spook factor

We all love a seasonal playlist, but what are the best songs for a Halloween jukebox? It’s a little trickier than some of the other holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but there are some really great options out there.

Here we’ve chosen five of the best songs for Halloween playlists, plus five more bonus ideas for a really well-rounded pub jukebox this October.

1. Michael Jackson – Thriller

The best-selling album in chart history, Thriller wasn’t actually released around Halloween, but a month later on November 30th, 1982 with the video following on December 2nd, 1983 and the single on January 23rd, 1984. But it’s no surprise that it’s become the go-to track for Halloween jukebox playlists, with its spooky themes and Vincent Price spoken-word segment.

2. Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett – Monster Mash

It’s hard to believe Monster Mash is almost 60 years old. This one has always been a Halloween track – it was released in August 1962 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in time for Halloween that year – and it’s been putting a smile on revellers’ faces ever since. For a 2020 twist on the classic, check out DJ Cummerbund’s ‘Monster WAP’ remix, which uses the music from Monster Mash with the lyrics from Cardi B’s WAP.

3. Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Another classic track, Werewolves of London dates back to 1978 and has a chill but upbeat vibe to it. With dancefloors out of action for this year, Zevon’s ‘awoo’ howls with the light piano accompaniment are a good match for the mood of this Halloween holiday.

4. Beyonce – Haunted

This moody track from Beyonce’s self-titled 2013 album is a bit of a slow burner, but it has a haunting melody that builds to a complex layered final phase and it’s one of the more recent songs to really deserve a place on your jukebox playlist for Halloween 2020.

5. The Specials – Ghost Town

The Specials’ two-tone number one hit from 1981 might be a little on-the-nose for 2020, but it’s still a great tune with vocals and melody that fit the season perfectly. Put it on the list and let your patrons decide whether they want to pay to play it or not!

Honourable Mentions

To help you complete your jukebox playlist for Halloween, here are five more honourable mentions to put in your top ten:

  • Little Mix – Weird People (a 2015 Halloween chart entry from the same album as Black Magic)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand (also check out his duet with Kylie on Where the Wild Roses Grow)
  • Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters (1984, covered in 2016 by Fall Out Boy feat. Missy Elliott)
  • Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me (1984, remixed in 2006 by Beatfreakz)
  • Various Artists – Time Warp (from 1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, covered in 1989 by Damian)

In need of a jukebox to turn up the SPOOK factor at your venue this Halloween? Call Manco Automatics on 0161 870 7777 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

What to check for when hiring a pool table

Hiring a pool table is easy with Manco Automatics – we can help you make all the important decisions – but it’s good to know how much choice you have when hiring a pool table from us.

Here are some of the basics you might want to keep in mind when you hire a pool table from Manco Automatics. If you’re not sure about any of these things, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

How big?

Size is one thing that obviously has a big effect on where you can fit a pool table. We have six-foot and seven-foot pub pool tables with exact dimensions available for the playing area and the table overall.

We’d always recommend four feet of clearance all the way around the table to allow for cueing action, although it’s usually fine if there’s one or two places where a wall gets a little closer than that.

Our table specifications also include weight, so it’s a good idea to check that too and avoid placing your pool table on a weak floor.

Mechanical or electronic?

We have pool tables with mechanical coin slots – the classic ‘push to vend’ style – as well as electronic tables.

This really comes down to personal preference, but also the kind of pricing you want to offer. For example, a fixed price per game can work well in a student union or staff room.

Electronic tables can be configured to offer a discount on multiple games, e.g. ‘3 for 2’, and can also be set up for free play if you ever want to offer that to your customers.

How should it look?

When you hire a pool table from Manco Automatics, we can make sure it looks the way you want it to.

That can include a long list of different characteristics. We’ve already mentioned size above, but you can also choose different veneers and surface finishes, cloth types and colours, and choose between red/yellow balls or spots and stripes.

Rental or profit share?

One final thing to think about when hiring a pool table is whether you want to pay a fixed rental price, or hire it under a profit-share arrangement.

We are happy to offer profit-share pool table hire, where you just pay us a percentage of your takings. This gives you confidence and peace of mind that if your pool table doesn’t make as much profit in a particular month, you will pay less for hiring it too.

Overall we believe in making it as easy as possible to hire a pool table in Manchester, Liverpool and the north-west, whether it’s for a pub, hotel, staff room, student union or members club.

To find out more, give us a call today and we can help you to decide how you want your pool table to look and work, and get it installed in your premises as soon as possible.