Shuffleboard is often seen as a game best left to retirees and cruise ship passengers, but a new club in London is looking to turn the game into a trendy activity, complete with cocktails and craft beer.
The London Shuffle Club is setting up on a floor of Shoreditch’s Truman Brewery, complete with eight shuffleboard courts, two bars serving nice drinks, “and a food court serving the finest Americana”. The club will be open seven days a week starting on 12 October. Shuffleboard has a reputation for being popular with older generations, but it’s made a comeback among younger people in US cities at bars that couple the game with trendy music and drinks. New York saw a dedicated shuffleboard club – the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club – open in Brooklyn back in 2014. That club, which hosts food trucks and serves up cocktails, has also announced plans to open up a Chicago location in 2017.
According to the London Shuffle Club “Henry VIII and his beard loved it. Now kids from Brooklyn and their beards love it. And we’re bringing it back to Blighty”. The game involves using a cue to push a disc across a court as players attempt to land them in areas with a designated score. It has similarities to curling- without the ice – or bowling – without the pins. Visitors have to book a spot to play, with the first batch of tickets available in early September, according to the website. There are also leagues for people who are interested in taking their shuffleboard game to the next level.