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Best bars for fun and games

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 01/03/2013

Sitting in a bar shooting the breeze is a great way to spend a night, but sometimes you want to do something else while you sip your beer -- like bowl on a Wii or turn a spelling bee into a drinking game.


Atomic Billiards

Washington, DC

Break out the board games at Cleveland Park's lone pool hall.


Bedrock Billiards

Washington, DC

Play Wii on the basement billiard hall's 60-inch TV, go head-to-head on board games like Battleship and Connect Four, or settle for shuffleboard, darts and pool.


Black Jack

Washington, DC

There are two indoor bocce courts at Black Jack, the classy cocktail bar above the Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. Put your name down for a free game, then sip drinks in bleacher seats while you wait.


The Board Room

Washington, DC

Instead of a food and drink menu, the two-level Board Room offers a bound menu of games ranging from Sorry!, Monopoly, Risk, Hungry, Hungy Hippos, Mouse Trap and even Operation, as well as such card games as Uno, Apples to Apples and Taboo. Regular Scrabble and backgammon tournaments are in the works.



Washington, DC

Glover Park's neighborhood rec room offers a Wii, darts, shuffleboard, pool and, on Tuesday nights, ping-pong.


Comet Ping Pong

Washington, DC

The Upper Northwest pizza parlor's back room is home to a number of ping-pong tables and the occasional rock concert or DJ dance party.



Arlington, VA

Rosslyn's jet-set pool lounge offers more than colorful billiard tables -- try skee-ball, shuffleboards, darts and board games, or visit the tiki bar.


H Street Country Club

Washington, DC

With a nine-hold indoor mini-golf course, Skee-Ball, shuffleboard and a full bar, this H Street funhouse is like Chuck E. Cheese for adults.


Iron Horse Tap Room

Washington, DC

This large Penn Quarter pub, from the owners of Rocket Bar, features skeeball machines, shuffleboard tables and video games among the vintage motorcycles and big-screen TVs. There are 20 draft beers to sip while you play.


Penn Social

Washington, DC

The former Riot Act Comedy Club has been reborn as a two-level, 13,000-square-foot entertainment zone offering pool, darts, shuffleboard, skee-ball, pop-a-shot basketball, indoor cornhole and a wide variety of board games, including giant-sized Jenga and Connect Four. It's also home to the occasional karaoke night.


Rocket Bar

Washington, DC

Between vintage skee-ball machines, a half-dozen shuffleboard tables, board games, pool and darts, it should be impossible to get bored at Rocket Bar.


The Argonaut

Washington, DC

The two-level bar has board games, trivia, foosball and darts to go along with beers and its fantastic Dark & Stormy cocktails.


The Front Page - Ballston

Arlington, VA

Ballston's Front Page has a Nintendo Wii at its back bar, which can be used by patrons on a first-come, first-served basis on Sundays and Mondays.


The Red Derby

Washington, DC

The Red Derby has board games like Connect Four and Battleship, as well as Trivial Pursuit cards if you want to take turns quizzing your friends.


The Rock and Roll Hotel

Washington, DC

The weekly "Spelling Buzz" spelling bee takes drinking games to a whole 'nother level: Contestants are forced to have a shot or a beer after every round.


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