Jason Allen 12/10/21


Clays Bar | Clay Shooting Activity Bar in Moorgate

Rifle through your memory bank for the last time a huge new virtual clay shooting concept launched in London, and you’ll likely draw a blank.

Taking a shot in Moorgate, Clays is the first activity bar in London to use cutting-edge technology that fully simulates Olympic clay shooting (which works accurately irrespective of the angle you’re standing at in front of the screen).  Head inside – straight past the strikingly tweed-clad doorman – and you’ll be greeted by a smartly vested ‘shoot captain’ (your host) who’ll lead you through the verdant entryway and down the stairs into a large subterranean clay-hunting retreat that sees an elegant red marble horseshoe cocktail bar surrounded on three sides by 11 shooting ‘pegs’, which are basically semi-private booths. There’s an upstairs bit too for larger private events.

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Each peg at Clays Bar is large enough to host from six to twenty people for a ninety minute session, featuring inside a tech-laden big screen projector; a bunch of very real (but also very decommissioned) shotguns, and a built-in touchscreen to both order your food & drinks, and to choose the games you’d like to play. There are a whole bunch of games, ranging from old-school clay capping action (with different colours, speeds, etc.) and a peloton style bike race (the more you hit, the faster you go) to ‘Moon Shot’, which cleverly balances the action by allowing the lower-scoring players to knock the leaders off their pedestal, keeping the game constantly competitive. It’s sort of the virtual clay target shooting version of gutter guards in ten pin bowling…

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On the food front Roger Olsson – formerly of The Dorchester & The Ritz – has been enlisted to create Clays Bar’s finger-friendly menu of shareable light bites like venison Scotch eggs; Korean fried cauliflower; truffle popcorn; flamed celeriac with chimichurri; Cornish whitebait with lemon & aioli, and more. After something bigger? Target the Lebanese flatbreads loaded with 24hr braised lamb; the tomato & rosemary focaccia with Bocconcini mozzarella; or just shoot straight for the chocolate cigar filled with salted caramel…

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And as for the all-important drinks, the Clays bar is home to a roster of both classic & original cocktails, stretching from a floral Garden Collins (grapefruit & coconut gin with elderflower cordial) and a refreshing Caddy’s Tip (apple, mint, and nettle-infused vodka) to a warming Shooting Jacket, which mixes butter-washed whiskey with Fernet-Branca and amaretto liqueur. And to round it all out, there are beers, wines, bubbles, sharers, and of course…



NOTE: Clays is open daily. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website HERE.

ALSO NOTE: Want a second shot? Head to their latest branch, Clays Canary Wharf.

Clays | 55 Moorgate, EC2R 6LL

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55 Moorgate, Moorgate, EC2R 6LL

7.2 | Good