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If you’re looking for ways to make your home or backyard more fun, check out the list below. From classic to trendy, these home bar games will keep you and your guests entertained for hours.

Outdoor Home Bar Games

If you have an outdoor bar or regularly host get-togethers in your backyard, consider one of the options below. 

1. Cornhole 

When it comes to home bar games, cornhole is a classic. It’s a simple game that can be played with as little as two people or in teams. It’s also easy to set up and take down. You place each cornhole board 27ft. apart and each team tries to toss the beanbag into the hole on the board. You can view some ways to play and how to count scoring here. One of the coolest things about cornhole is the wide variety of boards you can buy. You can opt for a traditional board or there are tons of unique and personalized boards as well.    

2. Life-Sized Games

If you love board games, there is a shop on Amazon that sells several classic tabletop games as life-sized sets! Some games they offer include 4-in-a-row, ring toss, checkers, or even Jenga. These are perfect for parties for both adults and kids.   

3. Volleyball 

Another idea for home bar games in your backyard is volleyball. Most nets are easy to install and ready for play within an hour or two. If you have a swim-up bar, you can also add a net over the center of your pool and play in the water. A second option is to use your net for other games, such as badminton, or even use it for both games.    

Classic Home Bar Games 

There’s a reason these bar games are classics. While everyone might not enjoy something like volleyball or Drinkopoly, having one or more classics is a great way to entertain a diverse group of people.  

4. Darts

Photo courtesy of Frantisek Krejci

Adding a dartboard is a relatively cheap and easy way to make your home bar more entertaining. They’re also great for limited space. There are several to choose from, including traditional and electronic (which may be better if you have small children). You can read about the differences and the best options here.    

5. Pool 

Another common game you’ll find in most bars is a pool table. Though not as space-saving or cheap as a dartboard, there are some affordable options that are both good quality and suitable for most home bars.  

6. Pinball 

Photo courtesy of  Stefan Schweihofer

Though not as common, there are some bars that are centered around pinball machines as their main form of entertainment. The good news is you can buy some machines for around the same price as a pool table. You can even create your own retro arcade-style bar by collecting multiple machines, like Star Wars pinball and Pac-man.   

7. Air Hockey

Adding an air hockey table will fit right in if you’re going for the retro arcade-style home bar. It’s also a great alternative to a pool or foosball table. 

Drinking Home Bar Games 

8. Beer Pong

Nearly everyone has heard of or played beer pong, but this list wouldn’t be complete without it. While many people buy some party cups and create a makeshift table for beer pong, you can also buy portable tables designed specifically for the game. Another option is to buy a floating table to use in a pool.   

9. Trivia

Trivia is a common bar theme night that can easily be turned into a drinking game. There are a number of different question sets and rules you can use to play. You can buy a game, like Shot Clock. Or you can make up your own rules to play by. 

10. Drinking Board Games

If you like board games, you can invest in some games to stock your home bar with. Some popular choices include Drinkopoly or Drink-A-Palooza. Both of these games are played using drinking challenges and dares. 


There are tons of both new and classic home bar games. Adding more than one can ensure you have an option for all of your guests. You can also choose which games to add by considering your theme. For example, you can use pinball and other arcade machines for a retro-style bar. Or use pool and dart boards for something more traditional. 

What’s your favorite home bar game? Let us know in the comments below.


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