Where to go for bar games in Las Vegas

You’re drunk. You’re bored. And you’ve been challenged to defend your date’s honor by defeating the dreaded dude-bro in giant Jenga. We all know that night. So where do you go in Las Vegas to find such adventure? You go to the best bars for bar games this side of a fraternity’s national convention. We’ve got all the games you crave and a few that you might not expect. And depending on where you’re visiting us from, please read the rules of corn hole before you go making assumptions. On with the games:

Gold Spike has foursquare! Remember foursquare?! Photo courtesy of Gold Spike.

Gold Spike has foursquare! Remember foursquare?! Photo courtesy of Gold Spike.

Gold Spike in Downtown Las Vegas
This is the king of the gaming bars, which is why we’re listing it first. Also, it’s the first one we thought of and we were too lazy to put these in alphabetical order. Inside you’ll find darts, pool tables, corn hole and more, and outside in the backyard they’ve got giant beer pong and places to skate. And when you’re all tuckered out from all that fun, they even have a bed in the middle of the bar. This is the kind of place you could hang out every night you’re in town and still have a good time.

Rack 'em with a view. Photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Rack ’em with a view. Photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas
Beer Park is gaining a well-deserved reputation for its views — the Eiffel Tower and the Bellagio Fountains make great backdrops — but we’re here to talk about the games. This beer-based spot has pool tables and giant Jenga that pair perfectly with the breeze coming off the Strip. This is the place to pop into when the need for a bar game strikes while you’re walking the Strip or you just need to settle a dispute the old-fashioned way — by carefully pulling wooden blocks out of a tower until the whole thing topples. That’s how they choose the next Prime Minister in Latvaria.

Rack 'em with a black light. Hope that's a mustard stain. Photo courtesy of Backstage Bar and Billiards.

Rack ’em with a black light. Hope that’s a mustard stain. Photo courtesy of Backstage Bar and Billiards.

Backstage Bar and Billiards on Fremont East
We’re going to give you a moment to guess what games are at this bar. Yes. That’s correct. It’s called “backstage” and it requires two golf clubs and a live mule. Just teasing. That’s a different game and the city won’t give us the zoning permits for it. But this spot does have plenty of pool tables for all your billiards enjoyment. This is a classic dive bar with lots of live music and fun to be had. Wander in on a show night when someone awesome is playing the attached Fremont Country Club and challenge some strangers to a shootout while hearing the tunes.

The times, they are good at the Phoenix. Photo courtesy of the Phoenix.

The times, they are good at the Phoenix. Photo courtesy of the Phoenix.

The Phoenix Bar and Lounge
It’s no secret that gay people just have more fun. So it’s not surprising that the spot consistently ranked among the best gay bars in Las Vegas would have a ton of fun games. The Phoenix is a bit of a jaunt from the Strip, but it’s totally worth it. They have pool and darts for your classic fun, but they also have a full wall on which they project video games to play. The main attraction is Super Smash Bros. WiiU, for which they have weekly tournaments. Still waiting to hear if they’re intending to ban Bayonetta — not for being ridiculously over-powered but for failing to pay her bar tab.

It's all in the wrist. Photo courtesy of O'Sheas.

It’s all in the wrist. Photo courtesy of O’Sheas.

O’Sheas Casino at the LINQ
It’s a Las Vegas institution, where all the good little locals fondly reminisce about wild nights. Now O’Sheas is at the LINQ and lets the party spill out into the LINQ Promenade. They’ve got plenty of beer pong to keep you entertained, whether you want to participate or just dodge the ping pong balls that inevitably go flying everywhere. They get less accurate as the night goes on. They also have plenty of casino action if that’s the kind of gaming you prefer.

All American beer pong. Photo courtesy of Google.

All American beer pong. Photo courtesy of Google.

AmeriCAN Beer and Cocktail at the LINQ Promenade
Still hanging out in the same area, this beer spot likes to boast that it has a canned beer from every state. Actually, we can probably make a bar game out of that. Drink a beer for every state you’ve lived in. If you haven’t moved much, or just want the more traditional games, they have your classic beer pong and giant Jenga. While you take your turn trying not to knock over the tower we’ll sit back and try to think of more ways to integrate beer into these games. *gasp* Beer can Jenga. #nailedit

Beerhaus representing at the Great Vegas Festival of Beer. Giant jenga forever.

Beerhaus representing at the Great Vegas Festival of Beer. Giant Jenga forever.

Beerhaus at The Park
Swinging to the other pedestrian paradise on the Strip, Beerhaus is the newcomer to the Las Vegas beer scene but is already making a splash. They’ve got bunches of beer to sample and the same bar games that you crave. They’ve also got a spicy brat that we hear will scorch your expectations. This is the spot for a casual party at The Park, whether you’re wanting to get away from the kiddos for a moment or just need to plan your next excursion. It can all be done while giving a game a go.

They really take their beer pong seriously. Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar.

They really take their beer pong seriously. Photo courtesy of PBR Rock Bar.

PBR Rock Bar at Miracle Mile Shops
When it comes to bar games, beer pong rules the realm. So when you’re talking about bars with bar games, you have to mention places like PBR Rock Bar. Every Tuesday night they host Beer Pong Wars with cash prizes and open bar packages available. This is the place to show your skills or just get laughed at when you realize you’re way out of your league. But don’t worry, there’s no judgement here. This bar is all about having fun and drinking plenty of beer that may or may not have ping pong balls floating in it.

If you’re still not certain what bar you want to hit up, check out our Bars Page for even more options.

Comments

I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.