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Check out eight Twin Cities eateries to get your game on


Pat’s Tap in South Minneapolis offers skee-ball and billiards.

Photo courtesy Marie Ketring

Dining out doesn’t have to be all talk. Let loose and experience the hands-on fun that these eight Twin Cities eateries have to offer. Whether you come for the food and stay for the games or vice versa, these options are perfect for a night out with friends.

Betty Danger’s 

Where preppy wallpaper clashes with Tex-Mex cuisine, this quirky country club offers a sky-high dining experience on a vertical revolving patio (a hot-pink Ferris wheel) that features a stunning view of the Minneapolis skyline. Enjoy a game of mini golf on the Poodles and Palms Putt and Play 8.5-hole course they have outside on their ground-level pa

Britt’s Pub 

Experience a slice of the U.K. in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. At Britt’s Pub, locals can make their way up to their rooftop deck to play a game of bocce or watch a game of rugby on their grassy groomed lawn while indulging in English ales and fish ‘n chips. 

Can Can Wonderland 

Retrieving its name from the building’s original holders, the American Can Co., this 1889 warehouse is the first artist-based public benefit corporation in Minnesota. Customers can play a game of mini golf that features 18 artist-designed holes while listening to live music entertainment. Make sure to grab one of their crazy Bittercube-created cocktails before or after you tee up.

Chatterbox Pub 

At this cozy neighborhood pub, customers can sink into the black vinyl booths and share conversation over comfort food and board games. A quick calling to your childhood, the restaurant features a variety of classics like Battleship, Yahtzee, Apples to Apples, and Sorry. 

Pat’s Tap

This quaint neighborhood skee-club and gastro pub features vintage mechanical skee-ball machines and classic pool tables for customers to play. For a break in between games, enjoy their eclectic spread of comfort food that is sourced from local ingredients as well as their select craft beers.

Pinstripes 

Experience sophisticated gaming and good company at Pinstripes. Challenge your friends to a game of Bocce, lace up your bowling shoes for a modern rendition of the classic pastime, or lounge around the outdoor fire pits while enjoying fresh Italian-American cuisine.  

Punch Bowl Social 

Authentic yet out-of-the-ordinary, this modern mashup of food and entertainment is a hit with the young and old. Enjoy made-from-scratch eats while playing a game of shuffleboard or bowling, and jam out to a song or two with karaoke. 

Up-Down

Experience a blast from the retro past at this tubular arcade that features more than 50 games from the ’80s and ’90s, pinball machines, skee-ball alleys, Nintendo 64 console gaming, and life-size Jenga and Connect4. To recharge and keep the night strong, sample a variety of over 60 beers on tap and house-made pizza. 

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