Do you love bar games?

I mean, do you really love bar games?

Yup, we do too. So much that we decided to create this compendium of bar game knowledge called Bar Games 101. 

Bar Games 101 is an online resource for learning how to play and enjoy classic bar games like pool, darts, shuffleboard, foosball and more (see below).

These are the games that have stood the test of time; classic bar games that will always be fun.

And these games do not rely on technology. They’ve been played for generations. And, for the most part, the game formats, rules and strategies have stayed the same.

The best bar games are great for all levels of competition, from complete novice to professional status.

Games like this can create a more engaging and social atmosphere among friends and strangers alike.

Until Bar Games 101, there has not been a single online destination devoted exclusively to teaching the basics of our favorite bar games.

But, as we mentioned, we’re kind of obsessed with this stuff. 

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But it’s not just about the conventional games played in a bar.

We also feature plenty new games that can be played indoors, outdoors, and pretty much everywhere in between, including party games, cards and dice games, lawn games, twists on classic family games, and retro games (think classic board games and arcade games).

With all the possible games to learn about, hopefully we can make your time at the bar or at home in your game room even more fun, while inspiring some good ‘ol friendly competition along the way.

Where to begin:

If you’re looking for a good place to start, check out our complete list of the best bar games.


For Darts enthusiasts, check out our list of the best dart games, then learn more about popular games like Cricket and 01 games (301 and 501).

If you’re looking to throw better darts, here are a few posts about how to enhance your skills:

See all darts articles on Bar Games 101.

For a complete overview, check out our beginner’s Road Map on How to Play Darts.


Most pool players begin by playing the popular games of Eight Ball and Nine Ball.

If you’re looking for a different way to play pool with your friends, check out our list of other fun billiard games, including cutthroat pool (a great way to play pool with 3 people).

When you’re ready to work on your game, here are a few articles that should help you get better at pool:

See all articles about pool and billiards.

For a complete overview, check out our beginner’s Road Map on How to Play Pool.


For basic foosball rules, check out this guide.

Here are some helpful resources for those who are new to the game of foosball, as well as experienced players looking to improve:

  • 21 Foosball Tips: This a very handy list of the many aspects of your game you can work on to get better at foosball. 
  • How to Shoot With More Power: Want to destroy your opponents on the table? Read this article about 5 ways to boost your power.

View all articles about the game of foosball.


If you love table shuffleboard as much as we do, or if you’re brand new to the game and want to know how to get started, we recommend starting with our overview of shuffleboard

More shuffleboard resources to check out:

  • A simple set of table shuffleboard rules: Here are 22 rules that you can use to govern a basic 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 game of knock-off. These rules also cover general shuffleboard etiquette that applies to other games on the shuffleboard table. 
  • Other shuffleboard games to try out: Most people play some version of “knock-off” on the shuffleboard table. This post features a few others to check out.

View all posts about table shuffleboard.

More Bar Games 

There are so many fun bar games to choose from; it’s hard to keep a lid on all the possibilities to feature on this site.

A few of our favorites include card games, dice games, board games, arcade games, and outdoor bar games like Beersbee (aka Polish Horseshoes), “regular” horseshoes, ladder toss and cornhole.

These are all games that are fun for home play and, sometimes, family venues as well. 

We are always adding new games to the site and looking for more.. 

If you have any new game ideas or suggestions to include on the site, please contact us! We love working with game creators and enthusiasts. 


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