Some pubs are just better at creating an ambience for stimulating social interaction. Many have patios with cornhole or beanbag. Others amp their cool factor with outdoor volleyball and boot hockey. A few offer lawn games like bocce ball or lawn bowling. Find fun new things to do with your friends, meet new people and get the most of your leisure time. Here are five of the best bars in Minnesota with outdoor activities for gamers.

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

The Nomad has a great layout for outdoor fun. A large outdoor patio has two gravel bocce ball courts on one side. The other side has a nice fireplace and seating area with a captivating mural. Fielding a team is dirt-cheap. Just round up your friends and pick a night from Monday through Thursday. You can sign up for an all day tournament twice a season. Nomad’s selection of high-end craft and imports are enormous for a pub with all the other attractions like outdoor activities, live music and DJs.

Park Place Sports Bar
200 Broadway Ave.
St. Paul Park, MN 55071
(651) 459-9018

Park Place is another great bar for energetic friends to get together. It is an all around sports bar with a wide selection of food and fun. A large sand-filled court in the back offers a place for boot-hockey, volleyball and beanbag toss. Sign up for in house co-ed sand volleyball leagues on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Park Place buys your second pitcher of beer for after the game. Sign up for Friday night beanbag toss. Get a free pint of Miller Lite and a chance to win a $25 Park Place gift card.Every player is invited back to an end-of-year party and winners play in the Tournament of Champions.

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Duck’s Pub & Billiards
3606 W. Division St.
Saint Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 229-0909

“Duck’s Pub is big in volley ball and bean bag leagues,” explains owner Rich Bunde. “But where we really stand out compared to the other bars around is that we still have plenty to do inside. League players can come to the patio after a game or in case it rains for a lot of other games and activities.” Sixteen teams play sand pit valley ball five nights per week, Sunday through Thursday. Summer beanbag league is on Mondays. Indoor games include billiards and simulated golf. Go to the patio for darts and ring toss.

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Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment
1110 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-8011

Bowling on Brit’s rooftop lawn on a midsummer night is a one-of-a-kind experience. The ambience is awesome and the game is simple. One, two or four players can play against one-another. Competitors alternate throwing their four balls to get closest to a smaller ball, called a Jack. Each end lasts about five minutes. So you can play 12 ends while consuming your favorite refreshment in about an hour’s time. Spectators can drink in idle pleasures vicariously seated at one of many tables on the large outdoor terrace overlooking this grass court.

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10 S. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 843-2555

Pourhouse instills the playfulness of secret passageways and the implication you are getting away with drinking during prohibition in a 1920s themed nightclub in the elegant old Lumber Exchange Building. Play jenga, golden tee, pool, buck hunter and shuffleboard. Look for the secret bookcase to the hooch room or the refrigerator door to get to a hidden enclosed patio in the alley. There is plenty of outdoor seating and games like cornhole and beer-pong. Have someone in your group remember how to find your way to back.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at