Drink, play and be merry! That should be the motto of the bars on this list. Forget the “tear in my beer” establishments that provide nothing more than alcohol to wash the stress away. The following venues have the tasty beverages you seek and a laundry list of lawn games and more to enjoy with the friends you bring with you or the new ones you make on the spot.
Katy Trail Ice House
3127 Routh St.
Dallas, TX  75201
(214) 468-0600
www.katytrailicehouse.comInner-city Dallasites don’t have to travel far to find a place that combines their favorite drinks, food, beautiful outdoor seating and lawn games. Katy Trail Ice House, right in the heart of the city, has all you and your social drinking buddies have been looking for. Casual, cozy and full of trend-setters and go-getters, and even dog-friendly, Katy Trail Ice House is the place to play corn hole. Prepare yourself for friendly competition and a fabulous setting next time you are near Katy Trail Ice House.

SandBar Cantina And Grill
317 S. 2nd Ave
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 647-1424
sandbarcantina.comStandard lawn games not enough for you? Need to be whisked away to the beach? SandBar Cantina and Grill, also sometimes referred to as “Beach Ellum,” has everything you’d find at a seaside resort. Play volleyball or soccer in the sand with your friends just before ordering grilled deliciousness and a fantastic cocktail served up by the bar and grill. Add a game of ping pong and you have a full day of bar-side fun.

The Lot
7530 E. Grand Ave
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 321-1990
www.thelotdallas.com
One of the best features of The Lot is the huge, open patio. There’s plenty of room for friends and whole families, and with a full menu, The Lot can accommodate everyone. So eat up, drink up drafts or cocktails and games. Corn hole, washers, foosball await those ready to play in East Dallas at The Lot. 

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The Foundry
2303 Pittman St.
Dallas TX 75208
(214) 749-1112
cs-tf.comNot to be outdone, jumping on the Bocce ball bandwagon is The Foundry, with their 20×8-foot court, open to anyone who wants to play any day accept Tuesday. The court sits on the Chicken Scratch Restaurant’s side, but that shouldn’t be a problem. The Foundry brings variety to the barside table too, with board games, beer games, corn hole and a great atmosphere in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District, one of the city’s most culturally creative hot spots. Have a few drinks, some Bocce ball fun to build the appetite, then one of Oak Cliff’s best chicken delights, all in one stop.

Sports Garden DFW
1850 E. Beltline Road
Coppell, TX 75019
(972) 462-7715
www.laplayadfw.comThe Sports Garden, formerly known as Yucatan, in Coppell now has a North and South location to choose from to get your drink and your game on. Along with the classic bar games like darts and pool, The Sports Garden is a sandy beach in the middle of North Texas. Ten full-scale volleyball courts line the property, with plenty of viewing space for those who prefer to watch a good match instead of play. Ping pong tables and a full menu, as well as indoor bar, top the line up at this action-packed location. There’s plenty of mouth-watering food to accompany the drinks served up cold at this bar.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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