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Best Bars With Drinking Games In The Twin Cities

Playing drinking games whilst out at a bar can really liven up an evening out with friends, particularly in the fall and summer months when temperatures are more conducive to outdoor activities. Whether you are looking to spice up a game that typically does not involve alcohol or are looking for a bar to play your favorite drinking game in, here are some suggestions for the best places to do so in the Twin Cities.
Grumpy's Bar and Grill Roseville
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Grumpy's Bar & Grill
2801 Snelling Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 379-1180

Grumpy's is one of those places where there is almost always something going on activity-wise. From bingo to trivia, beer pong to "bags on the patio" (all of which are free to play), Grumpy's has plenty of recurring nightly events to keep you preoccupied while you enjoy a drink or two. They also have a game room complete with pool tables, dart boards and arcade games like Buck Hunter to entertain activity-seeking guests. Grumpy's hosts happy hours every day, offering cheap drink and food specials to thirsty and hungry patrons (hours vary; check out Grumpy's daily happy hour specials). Don't feel like venturing out to the suburbs to get your game on? Grumpy's has two other metro area locations - one in Northeast Minneapolis and one located in Downtown Minneapolis - that offer weekly events like trivia and bingo and also feature happy hour specials.

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Nomad World Pub
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Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 338-6424

The Nomad World Pub is a popular destination for craft and import beer aficionados in Minneapolis. With a slogan like "Travel the World & Never Leave your Barstool," it's not difficult to imagine why those who appreciate sampling a variety of unique brews love the Nomad. Join the Minnesota Beer Activists at the Nomad every Wednesday at 6 p.m. for Mid-Week Beer Geek for the honorary tapping of a new keg of beer, from the seasonal to the oddball to the difficult to acquire brew. Not only is the Nomad serious about their love of beer, their affection for bocce is unparalleled. The Nomad has its own bocce courts and feature bocce league games several nights a week. Interested in participating or checking out a few games? Check out the Nomad's Bocce event calendar for more information. Bocce not your bag? Trivia games are held every Monday evening, participate (for free!) for your chance to win "Nomad Bucks," shots, and gift cards.

The Herkimer Pub and Brewery
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2940 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-6262

Herkimer the Pub and Brewery
2922 Lyndale Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-0101

The Herkimer and moto-i share more than owner Blake Richardson, they also share the same neighborhood and an affinity for shuffleboard. Nestled in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis along the intersection of Lake and Lyndale, moto-i and the Herkimer are literally steps apart. Despite their similarities, both bars possess a distinct atmosphere that sets each apart. Moto-i has a chic, yet chill Japanese pub style atmosphere and they brews its own signature sakes. The Herkimer (or "The Herk" as locals affectionately refer to it) brews its own beer on-site and has a decidedly laid-back, casual atmosphere popular with sports enthusiasts on game days. If you are looking for a casual game of shuffleboard, hit up moto-i, but if competition is what you seek, sign up for the Herkimer's league shuffleboard tournaments. The Herkimer also has an array of board games, so challenge a friend to a rousing game of Connect Four or try your hand at some Trivial Pursuit circa the 1990s. Each has also been known to host a variety of unique game nights/events, including Wii sports competitions and bean bag tosses, so be sure to check each bars' event calendars for upcoming activities.

Dean's Tavern

Dean's Tavern
1986 Rice St.
Saint Paul, MN 55113
(651) 488-6868

Dean's Tavern is a cozy, neighborhood joint that also happens to be one of Minnesota's oldest bars. Famous for its Coney Dogs and all-you-can-eat Fish Fry each Friday, Dean's also boasts a plethora of entertainment options, events and specials. Enjoy a variety of different genres of live music every Friday and Saturday evening (see Dean's calendar for upcoming performance information) and pop in on Wednesday nights for the weekly Meat Raffle. Who doesn't love a good Meat Raffle?Looking to engage a friend in a rousing game of beer pong (or "beer ball" as Dean's website refers to it as)? Dean's can hook you up. With affordable drink prices, a casual game amongst friends won't break the bank. Don't forget to check out the all-season patio, especially during the summer months when the Koi pond and surrounding foliage are in bloom.

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Park Tavern

Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center
3401 Louisiana Ave. S
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 929-6810

No "best bars with drinking games" list would be quite complete without a neighborhood bowling alley. There's nothing like a pitcher of beer to liven up a few games of bowling. Popular nights include Ladies Night every Tuesday where ladies bowl free from 9 p.m. to midnight (shoe rental not included), and Cosmic Rock and Bowl on Friday and Saturday evenings from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., just $15 for unlimited bowling (21+). Once you've gotten your bowling fix you can also try one of the many arcade games, play a round of pool or darts, or try your luck at pull tabs. Hungry? Park Tavern is known for serving up some cheap, delicious eats, so don't hesitate to order a bite. Hit up the late-night happy hour Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to close for $1 off all of Park Tavern's already reasonably priced pints, pitchers, and rails. Don't forget to check out karaoke on Saturday nights for some of the best entertainment money can't buy.

A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at

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