Arriving at the venue we were slightly early and with it being a Friday afternoon it was in off-peak times so a little quieter than usual so we managed to start early. We chose to book two slots (each slot is 25 minutes for up to three guests) so we would have enough time to all have a few goes each. We were handed our bat and helmet as well as a drinks menu.
After deciding what drinks to accompany our baseball session - opting for the easy choice of a vodka and lemonade, and the Purple Passion cocktail, we were given a short, but detailed, briefing. Only one person was allowed in the cage at a time and you can pick the speed you would like the pitch to come in at.
We started off as a beginner, which has a ball speed of 30mph, with each batter getting 12 shots each per period on the home plate. After some very helpful advice from the staff, we started to get into the swing of things and started to move up a level. There are three more levels to try - intermediate, professional and club, when the ball speeds through at 45mph. Much like the balls we faced, the time went very quickly
Once we finished, we headed inside into the Sluggers bar to settle our bill and were kindly greeted by the Sluggers staff who gave us a round of shots on the house! If you’re enjoying the vibe, you can stay in the bar after you’ve tired yourself out hitting home runs.
Sluggers offers food – Venezuelan arepas, loaded Cuban sandwiches and Mexican quesadillas – alongside cocktails, ciders, beers, spirits and wines. They also have a signature named after our home borough – Croydon Spritz!
We had a great afternoon and would definitely go back again. It’s perfect for dates, friendly competition between friends, team building events, and much more.
The venue is 14+, and those under 18 must leave our venue by 6pm. All guests 16 and under must be with an adult.
Sluggers is located at Unit 64, Boxpark, 99 George St, Croydon CR0 1LD and is open from 12pm-11pm Tuesday-Thursday, 12pm-12am Friday-Saturday, 12pm-10:30pm Sunday. Prices start from £19. For more information, and to book, visit https://playsluggers.com/ or call 020 30114441.