Gay City Bowlers
Is your mind in the gutter? Do you enjoy putting three fingers in? Do you get off on throwing your balls down an alley?
If so, you’re in luck - the Gay City Bowlers (Twitter: @gaycitybowlers) could be right up your street. Typically held mid-month on a Wednesday evening, it’s a great way to meet new people while pretending to be sporty.
The game usually begins at 8pm, but people arrive any time from 7pm onwards to chat, catch up and enjoy a sociable drink before putting on their clown shoes. Bowling ability truly isn’t important – enjoying yourself is the number one priority. Although if you’re a competitive sort, they are planning on attending the 2020 EuroGames in Düsseldorf.
The next event, the fifth, will be the first held at the All Star Lanes on Deansgate, and is already sold out. Previous events were held at the Dogbowl on Whitfield Street, but GCB is proving so popular that it has now outgrown its former home. The move to All Star Lanes increases the number of places available for each event from 28 to 42.
The events are ticketed via Skiddle, but in reality this just allows you to pay for your game in advance (and guarantee your spot). After the final ball is thrown, the guys usually decamp for a few (more) drinks and some complementary grub courtesy of the generous team at VIA on Canal Street.
GCB was established by Marc and Luke Geoffrey, who moved to Manchester in late 2017 and were looking for a way of meeting new people. So far, about 45 guys of all ages have attended, establishing plenty of new friendships.
The GCB boys will be showing their faces at the Village Manchester FC fundraiser at VIA on Thursday, 29th March, so say hello if you’re going to be there. And in the meantime, give their Facebook page a ‘Like’ to get alerts when tickets go on sale for future events. But move fast - they’re never around for long!