star city is super fun just for a random night out - remember going when there were all the rides on. great night out with friends.
I last went to Star City for a birthday celebration, to play a group session at Laser Station. Even though all the group were well into adulthood, we had a great time in our two teams, shooting each other, and generally running round like slightly inebriated Star Wars characters. After the session we played some grabber machines and my friend Lucy managed to walk away with something from every machine, so honed are her amusement arcade skills.
A walk downstairs took us to the main area where bowling, drinking, dance-mat machine playing and general hanging out was happening in an open-plan environment. As a place where young people can come who are too young to drink Star City has a role of entertaining this age group. 'Keeping them off the streets', so so speak. Couples sit chatting, girls and boys mill around, and people watch people watching people. Flashing lights, chart music, the sound of balls rolling on polished wood, excited chatter. All in all, the whole place has the ambiance of being a small piece of Las Vegas transplanted to the Midlands.
I thought that I'd enjoy Star City in that ritzy Las Vegas, so-bad-it-is-good, unashamedly trashtastic fun kind of way. Unfortunately, I walked away really confused about the place and a bit sad that it wasn't more, you know, starry.
It is a massive out of town entertainment complex, with a big cinema, an indoor mini golf course, a few fair rides, bowling alleys and amusement arcaded. There are also several fast foods joints alongside some bars and restaurants of the Nando's and La Tascas variety.
It was busy with teenagers and families, who I guess are the target market. For me though, the whole place felt kind of soulless and bland.
As one of my fellow reviewers has pointed out, the place feels unfinished. It all feels rather half-arsed. Here are the things that I think would make Star City better: indoor canal network with gondoliers, model village, petting zoo, ceiling lighting design that changes from day to night.
Star City is a hub for entertainment. You can go there to watch a film, do some shopping, dine out, go to the gym, play football, take the kids to the funfair or even go the Entertainment Centre. This includes a bowling alley, arcades, bar, pool tables and fast-food restaurant.
As you could imagine, it gets very busy over the weekends and holidays. I avoid going during the summer because the mixture of lots of children and the heat is very off-putting! Moreover, you usually have to wait for a free bowling aisle.
The staff members are generally friendly but don't tend to go out of their way to enquire whether you need help. I think it would be worthwhile for them to stroll around once in a while so you could ask for help without trying to find someone.
Star City is easy to locate. It is situated just outside the Nechells area close to the M6. With it's luminous lights and fun fair rides, its hard to miss, especially at night.
A great place for family fun if you're into bowling, pool or arcades. Seasonal circuses can also be found at the entertainment centre. Although a bit tacky and worn down in some areas, Star City is a great place to eat out at. It has an excellent variety of cuisines available with restaurants such as, Nandos, Pizza Hut, Shere Khan(Indian) and a new Chinese place too.
Free parking also makes Star City an attractive place to come to, but this also means a nightmare in actually finding parking!
The cinema is especially good for those who enjoy bollywood films, but a little on the pricey side.
There is always plenty to do around Starcity. You can never get bored of the place, every time you go you can experience something new here. They have mini golf, lazer gun activity, numerous restaurants, a casino, bowling, bars, cafe's and of course the huge cinema. Occasionally, such as in half term, they will have a circus or a funfair taking over half the carpark for your amusent.
Depending on your price range, your bound to find something to fit your budget here with ease. Plus its dead easy to find, especially at night - you can't miss it!
Star City in Birmingham is one of the worst examples of an entertainment venue I have ever been to. Located just outside of the city centre in Nechells, and near to the M6, the location could be better. If you aren't familiar with the city then it can be difficult to get to, and with the constant queues the M6 is probably best avoided altogether!
On one of my more recent visits I was less than impressed with the centre. The arcade was well below par with very little on offer, or machines that actually looked older than me. The bar and snooker area had seen much better days and were quite run down. The pool table repeatedly swallowed our money without us able to play. I was so put off by the bits I saw that I didn't bother to stay and sample the few restaurants on offer, or the cinema.
Parking was a nightmare - I cant understand why so many people would be coming here though!
If you're looking for a fun night out then I wouldn't recommend coming here. While it can often be easier to visit a place that all under one roof, I wouldn't recommend going here.
Star City is a great night out that incorperates everything. You can eat, drink, watch a film, arcades . . . the list goes on and it caters for a wide variety of people.
Parking can be a hassle at peak times so if heading there make sure you leave enough time to drive around the car park 4 or 5 times til you get a space.
It is a little far from where I live so do not go often as there always has to be a designated driver if we are going for drinks, other than that though enjoy choosing from many a good place!
I think star City is a great family place with great entertainment.
there is a variety of resturants and bars and the cinema is the best i have been to.
This is one of the largest casino's in the country
Its split over 3 floors. The basement being full of slot machines, and the main action up the esclators. The poker area is huge compared with normal casino's and there are some big money tournaments for those who like poker. Lots of roulette tables and blackjack, and furthermore casino stud poker seems to be open most of the time - unlike a lot of casinos I have visited
The staff are polite and helpful and new comers are madew welcome
The restaurant is excellent value but the last meal I had was dire and when I complained a young man who I was told was in charge grumbled an apology and offered me a free coffee - I would definitely steer clear, perhaps eating in one of the many alternatives within the star city complex
Lots of free parking around Star City which is just off the M6 near Birmingham. Good location
Hmmm....Star City. How many stars is this self-proclaimed city of stars really worth?
Honestly, I can't decide.
If I was 15 I reckon I'd be saying four or five. So if you're a teenager, get on that bus and get you skinny-jean clad ass over there.
Equally, if I was a parent with kids to entertain I expect I'd love it too.
But if like me, you're in the middle - just a plain-old 20-something with no teen angst or baby sick down your top - you might think it dull and well, too full of teenagers and kids.
In fairness to the place, there's a lot there. For the kids there's bowling, dodgems, a carousel, bungee trampolines, mini golf and a games arcade.
For the grown-ups there's a Vue cinema which is great if the teenagers don't giggle and gossip through the film (the usually do).
There are a couple of bars and chain restaurants - Bella Italia, Nando's, McDonald's, Tinseltown etc, and a couple of independent restaurants too.
It always just feels a bit unfinished to me, and boring. And the gangs of kids everywhere do my head in.
I'm going to sit on the fence and give it three stars. More like a Star Village.
I love Star City. With it's selection of restaurants, bowling alley and casino it makes a great night out with everything you need in one place. It's also easy to get to combined with the fact it's just off the motorway and there are regular buses from the city. What really makes it though it the gold class seating in the cinema. During the day in the week the price drops for £15+ to £8.20ish, which for a cinema ticket which includes free popcorn and a leather armchair to sit in with completely unrestricted views of the screen is great value. I try to come here whenever there's a film out I've been looking forward to.
Star City has everything. you name it good place to take your family or just to hang out with you partner. took my partner there for our first date and she loved it at the time the funfair was there and we had one of the best night ever well it did buy me a second date because of how grate it was and now we're happily together ever since..
Star city is a great complex. I could easily spend a whole day there, if money was no object. It's really eaasy to locate, just off the M6 motorway, and is impossible to miss with all the bright lights! There's something to suit everyone, a casino, cinema, arcades, mini golf, bars, restaurants and lots more. The vue cinema at star city recently hosted an xfactor finals exclusive party, where competition winners could watch the final on the big screen, with free food and drink all night, plus flags etc to support your favourite finalist. I wish I could have spent a lot more time there. The car park is massive, but on a Saturday night we found it almost impossible to get parked. I would definitely recommend going here if you go for a weekend away nearby.
great food cinema and casino ! love the circus at crimbo . Lots to do there
This place is ace, I and 4 friends had a great night out here last week.Me and my mates won over £500 pounds. You have a lovely restaurant with meals starting at the cheap price of a fiver, beer at £2.50 a bottle and the place has an electric atmosphere. Wes started of by playing blackjacl or 21 and we lost the first 3 rounds but the fourth round we started winning and we got a a 4 game winning run. Then we moved over to the roulette whell and we stayed there until 11pm. If you are careful with your money and only take out what you can afford to lose you will have a good night out, also free parking and free complemenatry snacks were provided by the very helpful staff.
lots of different things to do inside this place ive only ever been to the cinemas in here its a nice clean big the seating was comfortable the screen was big the food and drink tasted great but it s a high price to pay just for watching a movie and when i first arrived on the big carpark outside i really needed a wee lol and when i got inside i couldnt find a toilet anywhere i looked and looked and stil couldnt find one i had to up the escaltor then up some stairs unrtil i finally found a toilet so that is the only downfull in starcity (not many toilets lol) and i also got impatient as the movie was stated what time it was going to show it never started untill 10 minutes later and me and my partner had the whole cinema room to oursleves as the other people walked out cus the film wasnt any good but i thought im getting my money worth lol i wasnt walking out
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