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Bars to play outdoor games in Chicago

Play a round of bags, ping-pong, bocce or other outdoor games at these Chicago bars and restaurants this summer

Photograph: Ada St. Ada St. Ping-Pong

Some of the city's best outdoor bars offer more than delectable bites and frozen cocktails. These patios and rooftops add an interactive element with bocce ball, Ping-Pong, bags and other games made for socializing. Take your competitive spirit outside this summer at these Chicago bars.

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Restaurants, American

Bocce at Saint Lou's Assembly

icon-location-pin West Loop

Tucked away in the West Loop, Saint Lou's out-back patio is an idyllic urban retreat complete with stadium seating and a full bocce ball court. Sip frosé and indulge in some friendly competition or join an American Bocce Co. league for the summer. 

Photograph: Ada St.
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Ping-Pong at Ada St.

icon-location-pin River West/West Town

Play Ping-Pong under the stars at Ada St. while snacking on deep-fried black-eyed peas, crunchy polenta fries and seasonal bruschetta. Keep the competitive spirit alive with expertly crafted cocktails, beer and wine. 

Park & Field
Photograph: Courtesy Park & Field
Bars, Sports Bars

Bocce at Park & Field

icon-location-pin Logan Square

Boasting more than 6,000 square feet of space, Park & Field's patio is outfitted with bonfire pits, bocce ball courts and plenty of outdoor seating. Bocce is first-come, first-served, but you can also sign up for a league at the bar. 

Photographer: Samantha Tadelman
Bars, Pubs

Bags and Darts at Cody’s

icon-location-pin Lake View

Cody's is dog-friendly, so four-legged friends are welcome to join while you hang out on the patio playing English darts and bags with $2.75 bottles of Old Style and cans of Schlitz.

Marcin Cymmer
Things to do, Quirky events

Ping-Pong and Jenga at SPiN

icon-location-pin River North

The River North Ping-Pong social club offers a summer-ready solution for those looking to take it outside. The spot's covered patio is situated off State Street and boasts a Ping-Pong table and life-size Jenga. Plus, you can enjoy cocktails, coffee and the full menu alfresco. 

Photo: American Bocce Company
Restaurants, Gastropubs

Bocce at Kaiser Tiger

icon-location-pin West Loop

Kaiser Tiger has one of the best beer gardens in town, offering a seemingly endless selection of suds, decadent craft sausages and two bocce courts, which are available for a small fee on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Photograph: Clayton Hauck
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Ping-Pong at Parson's Chicken & Fish

icon-location-pin Logan Square

The wait at Parson's isn't so bad when you throw in those famous negroni slushies and a lively Ping-Pong table. 

Photograph: Temperance Beer Company
Bars, Breweries

Bags at Temperance Beer Company

icon-location-pin Evanston

When it's nice out, the garage door at Temperance Beer Company opens onto a patio where you can play bags.

Bars, Pubs

Bags at Windsor Tavern

icon-location-pin Portage Park

Windsor Tavern, a friendly wood-clad corner pub and beer garden, offers fish tacos and juicy burgers, as well as a bags set outdoors.