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Alternative Nights out in Kent

As a 30-something who is on the closer side to 40, nights out aren’t what they used to be. I can no longer dance and drink the night away stumbling in gone 3 am trying not to wake my parents. And with two children of my own nights are rarer than they used to be. So now when I do have a night out I want one that’s fun but still gets me home so that I’m wrapped up in bed by midnight! So here is where my list of alternative nights out in Kent comes in – from karaoke to drag acts, from axe throwing to magic. My list of 8 ways to enjoy an alternative night out in Kent means everyone is guaranteed to find a night out they will enjoy.

March 31, 2023


Black Axe Throwing Co, Margate

Black Axe Throwing Co at Margate Leisure Centre is a good place to head for a night out in Kent if there is a group of you. It’s also a great idea if you’re after an activity that will break the ice as well as a sweat – axe throwing will certainly do that. As well as axe throwing, you’ll also find boule with a fully stocked bar and a fresh pizza cafe. With everything all in one place it makes planning a night out super easy. On Monday night’s there is even a roller disco.

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Houdini's Magic Bar, Canterbury & Broadstairs

Based in both Canterbury and Broadstairs, Houdini’s is the perfect place to experience live magic up close whilst sipping on a delicious cocktail. The first magic bars in Kent, Houdini’s has 23 resident magicians who will perform tricks at your table making this an experience out of the ordinary!
Want to learn how they do it? Houdini’s also offers magic masterclasses so that you can learn some tricks yourself. As well as this you can also book a cocktail masterclass and even a potions masterclass – a great way to kick off a night out in Kent.

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The Madame Mu Mu Cabaret Dinner Show, Maidstone

Fancy some entertainment whilst munching on a fab three-course meal? Then look no further than Mu Mu’s in Maidstone. On Friday nights is the signature show – think cabaret, comedy and show girl glamour. Whilst on Saturdays get your dancing show on and get ready to be entertained by some amazing tribute acts including Abba, Freddie Mercury and Tina Turner. These are all presided over by the wonderful Madame Mu Mu. After the show there is an in party disco meaning you can carry on your night without having to leave to find somewhere new.
You can also kick off the night with a cocktail making class.

Matches, Ashford

Matches is a sports bar but its so much more. If you are looking for a night out that will suit everyone then Matches is the place to head. As well as showing all the latest sports entertainment, quiz nights and a great street food menu there is loads to keep you entertained for a night out in Kent. on offer they have interactive darts, shuffleboard, beer pong, retro games consoles, beer pong and even karaoke. You can book private areas so it makes a great place to head as a group.

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Posh Karaoke at One Pound Lane, Canterbury

The perfect hen do activity, Posh Karaoke at this former gaol and then police station makes for a fab night out in Kent. You’ll get your own private room, complete with a push for service button, to sing to your hearts content. A range of snacks and drinks are available including amazing cocktails – you can even book onto a cocktail masterclass in the same room.
With a great bar downstairs, you can carry on your night once the party is done!

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The Shuffle House, Tunbridge Wells

For a great night out in Kent sometimes you can’t beat a delicious meal out bu if you are looking for good food with something more then head to the Shuffle House. Inside you’ll find a two-floored restaurant serving up pizza and tapas. But it is so much more than just a bar and restaurant. You can also book yourself a game on one of their shuffle boards, a game once banned by Henry VIII. Luckily for you it can be enjoyed in Tunbridge Wells alongside some cocktails. The Shuffle House also has an escape room, trying to escape your way out of Standfast Jail.

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Playopolis Cafe, Rochester

Open until 10pm most evenings Playopolis makes for a night out in Kent with a difference – no queuing at bars, no loud music you need to shout over, just some good old-fashioned fun! Playopolis is a board game cafe with hundreds of games to choose from and more added all the time. And with so much choice the team are on hand to help you choose the perfect games ready for you to sit down and play with some delicious food and a cocktail.

The Panic Room, Gravesend

If you are a fan of an escape room then you absolutely must head to the Panic Room. With over 20 rooms to choose from the Panic Room is one of the UK’s largest Escape Room Centres. And there’s a great choice from family-friendly games to horror experiences. However, there is much more to the Panic Room than just escape games. You’ll also find axe throwing, retro arcade games, augmented reality air hockey and my favourite mini golf but with a difference. The mini golf course is made up of one hole and over 100 courses.

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March 31, 2023