Popular Pub Games

Pub games are games played in or outside pubs and bars. These games are intended to entertain customers as well as to attract more pub goers. Here are some of the popular pub games.

Pub Quiz

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A pub quiz is a quiz held in a pub or bar. It is also called quiz nights, trivia nights or table quiz. The pub quiz is a modern example of a pub game and often attract customers to a pub. Pub quizzes are often weekly events and cover a range of formats and topics.


popular pub games

Darts is one of the popular pub games in which small darts are thrown at a circular dartboard fixed to a wall. It refers to a standardized game involving a specific board design and set of rules. The standard dartboard is divided into 20 numbered sections, scoring from 1 to 20 points, with wires running from the small central circle to the outer circular wire. Circular wires within the outer wire subdivide each section into single, double and triple areas. Some of the popular dart games for pubs are Around The Clock, Cricket, and Golf.

Bar Billiards

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Bar billiards is a game that is almost exclusively played in pubs. It is a form of billiards which involves scoring points by potting balls in holes on the playing surface of the table rather than in pockets. This popular pub game originates from the game of ‘billard Russe’ in Russia which was brought to the UK in the 1930s. The objective of the game is simply to defeat your opponent by scoring more points than them by the time the game finishes. The game is played on a table that closely resembles a small Billiards table with 9 holes, 5 across one end of the table in a row and four in a diamond pattern on the other half of the table.



Backgammon is not only one of the popular pub games, it is also one of the oldest known board games. It is a two-player game where each player has fifteen checkers which move between twenty-four triangles according to the roll of two dice. The objective of these popular pub game is to move all of your checkers around the board into your home board and then bear them off. The first player to get all their checkers off the board is the winner.



The name Jenga is derived from kujenga, a Swahili word which means “to build”. In Jenga, players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and more unstable structure. This game involves physical and mental skill, making it an engaging and entertaining pub game.


tic tac toe

Another popular pub game is Tic-tac-toe. This game is also known as noughts and crosses or Xs and Os. It is a paper-and-pencil game for two players, X and O, who take turns marking the spaces in a 3×3 grid. The player who succeeds in placing three of their marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game.

Poker Tournament

pokerPoker is a popular pub game which belongs to the family of card games. This game combines gambling, strategy, and skill which makes it a perfect game for pub goers. All poker variants involve betting as an intrinsic part of the play, and determine the winner of each hand according to the combinations of players’ cards, at least some of which remain hidden until the end of the hand.

Ringing the Bull

ring the bull

This popular pub game involves swinging a bull’s nose-ring, which is attached to a string, in an arc so as to hook it onto a bull’s nose and hook. It must stay on the hook to count as a successful throw. The game is so simple that many pubs stage it simply as an informal pastime rather than as a competitive game.  A person will make a number of attempts to ring the bull and then pass the ring to somebody else for a turn.



Skittles, also known as Nine Pins, has always been a popular pub game and is the ancestor of related games including ten-pin bowling and various indoor skittles variations. The game involves nine small skittles arranged in a 3 × 3 square, usually within a shallow open-topped wooden box sitting on a table-top. The wooden ball hangs from a string or chain attached to the top of a vertical wooden post rising from one corner of the box. The aim of the game is to knock down the skittles by swinging the ball in an arc around the post. Each player has three attempts to knock down the skittles. This game makes for serious pub competition or just good old-fashioned fun for pub goers.

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