Bars with Games in Nashville

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The Nashville bar scene is certainly entertaining, but sometimes it’s nice to have something else to do while you’re imbibing. Many bars have games to keep the vibe alive during your night out on the town. Whether it’s cards, pool, ping pong, or pinball, here’s a list of the top games and where to play in Nashville. 

games & where to play in Nashville


Board Games & Cards

Pints and games pair nicely together. Many Nashville hotspots have added board games and playing cards to their list of reasons to visit. Here are some to keep in mind.

Where to Play Board Games in Nashville:

  • Two Bits: More than 70 options including options like Monopoly, Checkers, Apples to Apples, Guess Who, Connect Four, Candyland, Jenga, Uno, playing cards, and many more
  • Tennessee Brew Works: Sorry!, Cards Against Humanity, playing cards, and more
  • Game Point Cafe: Catan, Ticket to Ride, Backgammon, Clue, Monopoly, and so many more. See full list of games
  • Downtown Sporting Club: Checkers, Chess, Monopoly, Sorry!, Uno, Scrabble and many more
  • Diskin Cider: Catan, Sorry!, Battleship, Scrabble, Cards Against Humanity, Sequence, and dozens more
  • Village Pub: Cards Against Humanity, various board games
  • Jackalope: Jenga
  • Sky Blue Cafe: Trivial Pursuit
  • Hops & Crafts: Cards Against Humanity, Jumbling Towers, Connect Four, and many more
  • Hurry Back: Various board games
  • Bar Moxy: Never Have I Ever, That’s What She Said, Chess, Scrabble, Cards Against Humanity, Uno

Ping Pong

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Nashville has top-notice ping pong spots, including a few outdoor options when the weather cooperates. A few of these places include nets so you don’t have to chase balls throughout the establishment, too.

Where to Play Ping Pong in Nashville:


Shuffleboard

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Table shuffleboard (or more commonly just called shuffleboard) is easily one of the most entertaining bar games. Plus it’s usually difficult to claim the board, making it a treat when it’s your turn.

Where to Play Shuffleboard in Nashville:


Bowling + Duckpin Bowl

Of course, there are stand-alone bowling alleys, but few bars actually have bowling as an add-on feature. Pinewood Social has six lanes within the establishment, making it one of the few places to incorporate a bowling alley so gracefully. Pins Mechanical Co. has duckpin bowling, which might even be more fun than traditional bowling. Give both of these great bowling spots a try.

Where to Bowl in Nashville:


Pool / Billiards

Can you pass the chalk? Even if you’re not a pro, pool is a fun game when you’re out-and-about. There are some of the best places to shoot pool in Nashville.

Where to Play Pool in Nashville:


Darts

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Darts are probably one of the oldest bar games in town, so you’ll find them at a lot of places. Get a game of cricket in while drinking your favorite brews at any of these destinations.

Where to Play Darts in Nashville:


Video & Arcade Games

Pop in your quarters—it’s time for a game of Pac-Man and Street Fighter II. Numerous bars in Nashville have brought back the old school video and arcade games of the 80s and 90s.

Where to Play Video & Arcade Games in Nashville:


Pinball

Where there are arcade games, there are usually pinball machines, too. If you want to claim pinball wizard status, the places below will help you get there.

Where to Play Pinball in Nashville:


Foosball

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Foosball is a classic game, and the best part is—a lot of people can join in the fun (regardless of their blood alcohol level).

Where to Play Foosball in Nashville:


Skee Ball

Skee Ball is an old classic. Back in the day it seemed like these were everywhere (ShowBiz Pizza Place / Chuck E. Cheese anyone?). There are still some spots in Nashville that keep this favorite around, though.

Where to Play Skee Ball in Nashville:


Ring-and-Hook Game

The ring-and-hook game, traditionally called “ringing the bull,” is a Nashville Guru favorite. It’s a simple concept, but an easy way to have fun while mingling.

Where to Play Ring-and-Hook in Nashville:


Basketball

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Whether it’s indoor Hoop Fever or a full-size basketball hoop, there are a few places to play in Music City.

Where to Play Basketball in Nashville:


Axe Throwing

If you need a release, chuck some blades! Axe throwing has gained in popularity in the last few years. After getting a little guidance, you’ll be hitting the bullseye in no time.

Where to Axe Throw in Nashville:


Bubble Hockey

Once the Predators came, Nashville became a hockey town. You don’t see these very often, so it’s nice to see Bubble Hockey show up in a few bars.

Where to Play Bubble Hockey in Nashville:


Pogs (Milk Caps)

Stack ’em up and grab a slammer! Pogs, a craze of the early 90s, is alive and well at B1281, a Hawaiian-themed watering hole in Wedgewood-Houston.

Where to Play Pogs in Nashville:

  • B1281 (outdoors + covered bar area)

Cornhole

Cornhole (or bags) is a classic tailgating game that is now commonly found at bars and restaurants with outdoor areas. There are no shortage of places to play in Nashville.

Where to Play Cornhole in Nashville:


Bocce

Bocce (or bocce ball) is a historic game with ties to the Roman Empire, which was later popularized in Italy. The game is often played on grass, turf, or sand. If you can toss a ball (with good aim), give this one a try at any of these spots.

Where to Play Bocce in Nashville:


Giant Jenga

One of the most popular patio games is Giant Jenga. Within about 10 minutes of starting the game, expect a loud boom followed by a bunch of “ahhhhs!”

Where to Play Giant Jenga in Nashville:


Golf

You could spend your whole day on the course, but sometimes it’s easier just to pop down to the local bar for a round of golf with friends.

Where to Play Golf in Nashville:


Giant Connect Four

The 1974 game is a bit different on a larger scale. See if you can concentrate over a round of drinks while playing Giant Connect Four at these locations.

Where to Play Giant Connect Four in Nashville:


Giant Beer Pong

Everything’s bigger in…Tennessee? It sure seems that way when it comes to games, anyway! If you’re not great at regular Beer Pong, maybe you’ll have better luck with Giant Beer Pong.

Where to Play Giant Beer Pong in Nashville:


Shuffleboard (Floor Shuffleboard)

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This is one of those games you usually just see old folks playing at a beach hotel. But when you’re in Nashville with a cocktail in-hand, it’s hard to pass up. When the weather permits, have a go at floor shuffleboard at Downtown Sporting Club.

Where to Play Floor Shuffleboard in Nashville:


Know somewhere else that has games? Let us know in the comments!

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