At the new Sixes Cricket Club in Birmingham – where guests get a cricket bat to wave at real balls

Today, Thursday 27 January, an exciting new bar opens in Birmingham where customers can test their cricket skills while enjoying a pint.

Social gaming experience ‘Sixes Cricket Club’ will open its doors in the Mailbox – which used to be Cafe Rouge – after proving successful in Manchester and London’s Fulham and Fitzrovia.

It will see cricket fans, or newcomers to the sport, swinging at real balls in locked cages in hopes of hitting mega-scores.

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Leaderboards show parties how they’ve scored against their friends or family, as well as how they’re doing in a list of people across the city.

Guests are given cricket bats – although they can also bring their own – before standing in front of a screen showing a bowler getting ready to throw a ball.

When the simulated bowler starts throwing, a real cricket ball shoots out of a small hole that players can hit.

‘Six’ (hence the name of the venue) is the highest score a player can achieve with one shot – equivalent to a home run in baseball.

The fastest way to climb leaderboards is to crush as many “sixes” as possible.

Interestingly, if a real-life simulator isn’t your thing, the venue also offers VR cricket where customers wear headsets instead.

Batting nets can be booked for 30 minutes, one hour, 90 minutes or two hours, the latter recommended for large groups.

The family-friendly venue claims to ‘combine cutting-edge sporting technology with the finest English gastropub food and drink’.

Manager Jason Smith said the new Birmingham venue was “probably the nicest” compared to the other Sixes around the country.

He told us: “Just go to Sixes, grab a bat, swing to the limits, climb the leaderboard and enjoy great food and drink.

“Our focus is on cricket – in Birmingham we have three nets for customers to use – but we also offer much more.

“Visitors can also expect exceptional food and drink from the team behind the Mac & Wild restaurants.”

Burgers, skewers and loaded chips dominate the menu, but there are also a number of small plates including chicken wings, mini beef brisket, nuggets and lobster popcorn.

The drinks menu features a range of draft beers, ciders and chic cocktails, spirits and wines.

The standout signature drink ‘Tea Time’ consists of Yorkshire Tea, Tanqueray gin, cloudy apple, lemon and strawberry.

In addition to cricket, eating and drinking patrons can also relax and watch live sporting events.

The venue regularly updates which football or cricket matches it wants to show on any given day via its Instagram page.

Sixes is located at 174-176 Wharfside Street and has replaced Cafe Rouge.

For more information, or to book, click here.

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