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NYC bars with games: Play ping-pong, Jenga or pinball while you drink

In New York City, you don’t have to choose between going to an arcade and hitting the bars: You can do both.

Whether you're a Scrabble enthusiast, a Jenga champion or a pinball wizard, there's a bar for you.

Indulge your competitive side at one of these spots.

Skeeball at Full Circle Bar

Skeeball enthusiasts
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Skeeball enthusiasts "let the good times roll" and gain a competitive age at Full Circle Bar. There's competitive Skeeball with four live machines that allow players to digitally compete against others throughout the world. Full Circle also has Brewskee-Ball, the first national Skeeball league. Teams of three can sign up to be part of the competition at brewskeeball.com. (318 Grand St., Williamsburg, fullcirclebar.com, 347-725-4588)

Basketball and more at Recreation

Located in The MOXY NYC Downtown, Recreation is
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Located in The MOXY NYC Downtown, Recreation is the ultimate game lounge for those visiting NYC (and locals too). The lounge offers all kinds of activities, including a mini basketball court, Skeeball, arcade games, shuffleboard and more. There also is an all-day menu with chicken and waffle bites, sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. For those who are focused on their game, there is a grab-and-go food section with sandwiches and snacks, like the hotel's signature flavor of DŌ cookie dough. (26 Ann St., Financial District, moxynycdowntown.com/recreation.com, 888-236-2427)

Classic arcade games at Barcade

Called the original arcade bar, this craft beer
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Called the original arcade bar, this craft beer and classic game haven is home to more than 50 arcade video games. The bar is filled with decades-old favorites, including Pac-Man, Asteroids, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Dragon's Lair, Street Fighter and a few pinball machines. There is also a large selection of craft beers, and players' high scores are posted to keep up some friendly competition in the bar. (388 Union Ave., Williamsburg; 148 W. 24th St., Chelsea; or 6 St. Marks Place, NoHo, barcade.com,)

Bocce at Union Hall

There's essentially something for everyone at Union Hall.
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There's essentially something for everyone at Union Hall. While it offers libraries, an outdoor garden, concerts and comedy shows, one of the primary attractions is the bocce courts. Along with having free and open bocce games available throughout the week, it also has bocce leagues on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. More information on the league is available on their website. (702 Union St., Park Slope, unionhallny.com, 718-638-4400)

Ping-pong, foosball and more at Slate

This 16,000-square-foot bar is essentially an adult playground,
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This 16,000-square-foot bar is essentially an adult playground, complete with three bowling lanes, karaoke room, ping-pong, pool tables, Skeeball, pinball, foosball, and even a 20-foot slide. They also have a "be your own bartender" self-pouring station with more than 20 drinks on tap. Ping-pong, billiards and shuffleboard are free Friday through Sunday and free games, happy hours and trivia nights are offered throughout the week. (54 W. 21st St., Flatiron District, slate-ny.com, 212-989-0096)

Board games, trivia at e’s Bar

Adults who are on the hunt for a
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Adults who are on the hunt for a more grown-up game night should head to e's Bar. Each location has more than 200 games available, including Jenga, Candy Land, Connect Four and darts. They also offer trivia nights on Tuesdays and drunken Jenga on Saturdays at their Broadway location. For those looking for some happy to their hour, they offer $5 cheeseburgers and $6 to $9 drinks until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. (511 Amsterdam, Upper West Side, and 2888 Broadway, Morningside Heights , e-barnyc.com)

The Uncommons

Only a few steps from NYU, The Uncommons
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Only a few steps from NYU, The Uncommons tends to be common ground for students and young adults looking to hang out with some coffee, beer, and board games. The Uncommons has hundreds of board games to choose from and hosts Magic: The Gathering events several days a week. (230 Thompson St., Greenwich Village, uncommonsnyc.com, 646-543-9215)

Games at Hex & Company

If The Uncommons sounds like something you want
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If The Uncommons sounds like something you want to try but it's a little too far downtown, they have a sister location on the Upper West Side. Hex & Company has more than 1,000 games available, plus tons of food, more than 40 types of beer, and plenty of coffee. They also offer after-school programs, tournaments, and Dungeons and Dragons events. (2871 Broadway, Upper West Side, hexnyc.com, 212-439-1008)

Ping-pong and more at The Standard

The Biergarten at The Standard is the perfect
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The Biergarten at The Standard is the perfect spot for a fun day on The High Line. The bar offers ping-pong tables, a game room with giant Connect Four and foosball, as well as plenty of sports viewings on their televisions. They also have Stammtisch tables for groups of up to 40 that allow you to tap your own beer. (848 Washington St., Chelsea, standardhotels.com, 212-645-4100)

Mini golf at Bushwick County Club

The home of the original Pickleback drink --
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The home of the original Pickleback drink -- a shot of whiskey chased by pickle brine -- enjoys being a little more country and a little less club. They created six-hole mini golf course in their backyard complete with Pickle(back) Rick and Morty and a spinning windmill of PBR cans, have a black-and-white photo booth, Big Buck Hunter and Ms. Pac-Man. The arcade games are coin operated and mini golf is free with any purchase. (618 Grand St., Williamsburg, bushwickcountryclub.com, 718-388-2114)

Shuffleboard at The Royal Palms

Shuffleboard isn't just for vacationing with the grandparents
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Shuffleboard isn't just for vacationing with the grandparents in South Florida. The Royal Palms is the perfect way to introduce your friends to shuffleboard and have a little cabana party in the process. Groups can learn how to play the sport from a pro before taking on the sport themselves, and enjoy board games, house cocktails, seasonal beer and wines, and even food trucks that offer Korean BBQ, Philly cheese steaks, tacos and Mediterranean food. Courts are $40 and are first-come, first-serve. (514 Union St., Gowanus, royalpalmsbrooklyn.com, 347-223-4410)

Kick Axe Throwing

Looking to take darts to the next level?
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Looking to take darts to the next level? Try throwing an axe. The pros will teach you how to properly throw them in just 10 to 15 minutes so you can spend the next hour or so throwing axes and drinking beer. Its $35 per person for 75 minutes and guests have to wear closed-toe shoes and arrive 20 minutes early. The bar also has board games available in the lounge if you're not quite ready to kick some axe. (622 Degraw St., Gowanus, kickaxe.com, 833-542-5293)

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