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 six Valley bars let you compete while you drink.
Think a big backyard party at The Yard. The unique concept has a location in Downtown Phoenix and another just off Mill Ave. 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 and both locations are home to Culinary Dropout, while Phoenix is also home to Barrio Urbano.
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.
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.
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.