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10 Best Bar Games

Top 10 Bar Games ​

These are our favouite bar games to play.

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Bar games create great nights

Everyone loves a drink and if you are with the right crowd drinking can lead to quite fun and entertaining night.

But let’s face it, sitting on a bar stool for a whole night can get a little tedious and boring. Bar owners need to offer more than just alcohol and we don’t mean just adding some arcade games or pinball machines.

What makes some bars more entertaining than others is a bar game that patrons can get involved in. This can lift the atmosphere in the bar and get more people in. Most of these amenities are offered or should be offered at no cost to the customer.

Below you can find top 10 bar games what can bring groups together or tear groups apart. We will also have a list with the best drinking games with beer pong and more.

What is the best bar game?

The best bar games are the ones that are quick and get more people evolved. Games like Skee-Ball, darts and two up are popular because they are quick and get lots of people involved.

Pool and Foosball are long and all your focus is on two people, they are great games but people can loose interest when they are not playing.

1. Shuffle Board

Can be a bit slow, but can also create some real competitiveness. You know your in trouble generally if someone asks if you want to play. (It most certainly means that they have played it before and you will be losing for a while). But if you play and learn with someone it will make it a lot more enjoyable, add a bit of a drinking game to it and you will have some real fun.

2. Hammer and Nails

Hammer and Nails is mostly known in Thailand where bar owners use it to trick you into paying for drinks. This game can be lots of fun when you take away the Thailand pro that can knock in 20 in a row. You get a group and see how many goes it takes you guys to knock the nails all the way in. Watching your drunk friends concentrating can be quite entertaining.

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3. Big Buck Hunter

Big buck hunter was always going to make it on this list. Out of all the arcade games this has got to be the best one in a bar. It is quick, simple and easy to mock friends that suck at it. There is one problem with it except that you will still look like an anti-social geek at the back of a bar playing video games.

4. Bocce

I don’t know if hipsters have claimed Bocce as their own, but a lot of trendy (hipster) bars are putting Bocce court in and it is great. Instead of sitting around in a quiet wine bar now there is Bocce. With up to 8 people playing this is an excellent bar game for good time, with only negative being that once you have couple of drinks under your belt it’s hard to know who is winning.

Skee ball Bar Games
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5. Skee-Ball

One of the great carnival games and bar games, but instead of winning a prize put some drinks on the line. Plus there are many creative drinking games that have been done with skee-ball. 7 different holes means 7 possible drink options so if you suck at Skee-Ball you’re going to be on the floor quick.

6. Darts

Traditional darts are great! This bar game looks cool and you can really get involved, but  now with technology the cork board and counting is over. Electronic darts is great because doesn’t matter how many people are playing it can keep track of everything what has made it more attractive.

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7. Foosball

One the best way to play is in teams which is good because more people more drama (I mean Fun). When played in a bar everyone can become a great spectator of sport too. Foosball is fast and with teams of 2 you know there will always be 2 people that think they can beat you.

8. Pool

Pool is always going to be a bar favourite as you can get lots of people involved there is plenty of competition and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to play. Be aware there are lots of pool sharks out there so don’t get to drunk and cocky.

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9. Giant Jenga

Not many bars in the states have Giant Jenga, but almost every bar in Thailand has normal Jenga, This is such a good game and the people in the bar that are waiting their turn will definitely make it hard for everyone.

10. Two UP

Two Up is only really found in Australia on one day of a year (Anzac day).  It’s really just gambling, but the crowds it brings in and the atmosphere it generates makes this one of the top bar games around. I don’t think two-up would be a great game if it didn’t have the ANZAC history behind it or if it was played every day. But if you are around Australia on ANZAC day you must try your hand at two-up.

Jason Masson

Jason Masson

22 just out of college and love to find new and interesting drinking spots. My favourite bar is the next one I visit.

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