Somewhere in between a packed nightclub and a low-key night at the bar, there’s drinking games. From bowling alleys and backyard games to vintage arcade fun, these Valley bars let you compete while you drink.
Think a big backyard party at Culinary Dropout’s Phoenix, Tempe and Gilbert locations. Play games like ping pong and cornhole or kick back in the many seating areas. The spacious enclosed patios are perfect for any time of the year. We suggest playing for their to-die-for soft pretzels and fondue cheese.
For a little bit of everything, Gypsy Bar at CityScape is a complete experience. A full game-lounge houses 40 mega-sized arcade games along with a raised stage with a DJ booth, go-go dancers, live music and more. It’s also located next door to Lucky Strike, the boutique bowling alley with 12 lanes, a full-service bar, billiards and more.
The Little Woody
This speakeasy-like bar is located in the center of Arcadia with old school games. A local favorite, the dimly-lit bar features Skeeball, pool tables, foosball tables and more. There’s also plenty of Scotch and Bourbon to go around here.
Cobra Arcade Bar
If you’re over yard games, head to Cobra Arcade Bar where you’ll find a sweet lineup of 40 vintage arcade games. Geek out on games like Donkey Kong, Frogger, Ms. Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Galaga and more. Even the signature drinks are inspired by better days. Sip on drinks like the Death Star, Princess Peach and Krazy Kong.
Beer-lovers can hang out in Pedal Haus’s 6,000-square-foot beer garden where there’s games like ping pong, cornhole and ladder ball. Sip more than 20 signature and guest beers on tap, while soaking it up with Bavarian pretzels and beer cheese.
What happens when you mix a bowling alley with Old Town Scottsdale? Skylanes. The recently opened bowling alley from EEG (the same team behind Bevvy, Bottled Blonde, Hi-Fi and more) sits on the second level above Casa Amigos in the heart of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District (read: club scene). Not only can you bowl at one of six lanes but you can enjoy full bottle service while doing it. A live DJ, video games and a nightclub scene remedy those drunk gutter balls.
Stop by O.H.S.O.’s Paradise Valley location and post up on the patio with your pup in one hand and a Monster Mimosa in the other. The dog-friendly brewery and distillery serves up classic eats and has a spacious area full of yard games like cornhole, ping pong and more.
The Vig’s newest location at McDowell Mountain has a generously sized outdoor area where you can kick back and relax on patio furniture or try your hand at yard games. Grassy areas, fire pits and string lights make this somewhere to hang out all day. Not to mention, the live music, TVs and killer views.