Chances are you have wished there was actually something to do at a bar besides sit around and make small talk with friends or yell over loud music. Some bars have darts and pool, but some local haunts take their bar games to the next level. Here are five Sacramento bars that offer their patrons more than just drinks.

Stoney’s Rockin Rodeo
1320 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95815
(916) 927-6023

Some of you know it as “The Stoney Inn,” a great hybrid of neighborhood haunt, live music venue and country bar. On Wednesdays, Stoney’s hosts its “Whiskey Wild Wednesday’s” featuring great drink specials, free cover, karaoke, a free country dance lesson and a live DJ spinning great country jams. But that’s not all––Norcal Beer Pong hosts a great tournament every Wednesday in which the ladies play for free. Sign ups start at 9 p.m. and the pong throwing commences at 10:20 p.m.

7042 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 383-0133

No matter who you are or what you like, Bisla’s will have something you’ll enjoy. Not only is this one of the best, most laid back sports bars around, but it also hosts some great events every night of the week. Monday hosts dollar tacos, Wednesday is is for line dancing and Fridays boast a great happy hour. Come in on “Thirsty Thursdays” to join in on a beirut tournament with your friends. The tournament entry is free, sign ups start at 9 p.m. and the games begin at 10:15 p.m.

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Tallac Lounge
3982 60th St.
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 455-2139

This unassuming neighborhood joint is tucked away in a Tahoe Park mini shopping center. While you won’t find beer pong, you will find a plethora of other bar games to stave off boredom. Play shuffleboard, foosball, arcade games, pinball and darts. Or challenge a few friends to a game of eight ball on the pool table after selecting a few tunes from the jukebox. If you stop into Tallac Lounge on any weekday evening from 3 to 6 p.m. to take advantage of the bar’s awesome happy hour with $2 well drinks. Or come in any time you please on Wednesday––the happy hour specials run all day and night.

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Republic Bar and Grill Featuring Drewski’s Hotrod Kitchen
908 15th St.
Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 822-9152

Republic’s 6,500 square foot space usually draws a big crowd, so if you’re looking for an intimate drinking game night, you may want to head somewhere where the rowdiest game you’ll find is a few patrons playing quarters with the bartender. Republic has pool tables, skeeball machines, an old-school arcade style basketball game, Big Buck Hunter and a few other blast-from-the-past video games. Patrons often compete in basketball mini-tournaments with their friends, converse on the patio or enjoy some bar fare at one of Republic’s many bartop tables. Come during happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. for a $15 Coors Light tower of beer. Just don’t come too early in the week––Republic is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Swiss Buda
2342 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 421-6947
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Swiss Buda is the epitome of dive bars––the drinks are strong the crowd is great, although sometimes things tend to get a little rowdy. While fancy pants bar hoppers may consider this a hole in the wall establishment, budget-minded drinkers see Swiss Buda as an oasis in which to order more rounds, play some games and kick back. The bar features a jukebox and shuffleboard table. Just note that people like to bogart the table, so get there early

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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for His work can be found on