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 formats, rules and strategies remain 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. We also review gaming equipment and highlight some of the best places to play.
We also feature new games and lesser known traditional bar games, such as card games, outdoor bar game options, twists on classic family games, retro games and classic board games that are perfect for the bar.
With all the possible games, plus some other ideas, 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.
If you’re looking to throw better darts, here are a few posts about how to enhance your skills:
- How to Throw Darts Consistently: Including an overview of grip, stance and throwing technique.
- Tips to Improve Your Darts Stance: Simple tips to develop a stable and comfortable darts stance.
- Solo Dart Games for Practice: For those times when it’s just you and the dartboard.
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:
- Fundamental Practice Tips: Including 9 tips to make you a better player.
- How to Hold a Pool Stick: Grip, placement, and bridge.
- Other helpful articles: Learn how and why to chalk your pool cue, and the basics of using a mechanical bridge (for those hard to reach shots).
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.
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.
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.
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 suggestions, please contact us!
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