Activity drinking used to involve a game of pool at a bar or a few pints at the bowling alley. But venues and event organisers are now offering good value and a full evening of entertainment by combining food, booze and social games of bingo, ping pong and crazy golf – all in one location.
Darren Loucaides is a travel writer and music critic for the BBC. He’s lived and travelled in Italy, the Middle East and Latin America, and has become obsessed with the parallels between cultural and political trends.
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