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    • Pub games

    • Pub games are games played in or outside pubs and bars, particularly traditional games that are or were played in English pubs. Most are indoor games, though some are played outdoors, e.g., in the pub garden or on the village green. Richard Boston in Beer and Skittles reveals that the first regulation for national ... Read »


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    • Aunt Sally

    • Aunt Sally is a traditional English game usually played in pub gardens and fairgrounds that dates back to the 17th Century in which players throw sticks or battens at a model of an old woman's head. Leagues of pub teams, each consisting of eight players, still play the game today, throughout the spring and summer mont ... Read »


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    • Aunt Sally Singles World Championship

    • Aunt Sally is a traditional English throwing game played in pub gardens or fairgrounds dating back to the 17th Century in which players throw sticks or battens at a model of an old woman's head. In 2011 the inaugural Aunt Sally World Championships took place at the Charlbury Beer Festival in Charlbury, West Oxfordshir ... Read »


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    • Bagatelle

    • Bagatelle (from the Château de Bagatelle) is a billiards-derived indoor table game, the object of which is to get a number of balls (set at nine in the 19th century) past wooden pins (which act as obstacles) into holes that are guarded by wooden pegs; penalties are incurred if the pegs are knocked over. It probably ... Read »


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    • Bar billiards

    • Bar billiards

      Bar billiards is a form of billiards which developed from the French/Belgian game billiard russe, of Russian origin. Bar billiards in its current form started in the UK in the 1930s when Englishman, David Gill, saw billiard russe being played in Belgium and persuaded the Jelkes company of Holloway Road in London to ma ... Read »


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    • Bat and trap

    • Bat and trap is an English bat-and-ball pub game. It is still played in Kent, and occasionally in Brighton. By the late 20th century it was usually only played on Good Friday in Brighton, on the park called The Level, which has an adjacent pub called The Bat and Ball, whose sign depicts the game. Brighton & Hove City C ... Read »


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    • British and World Marbles Championship

    • This ancient event takes place each year on Good Friday and has been played annually in its current format, since 1932 at the Greyhound public house in Tinsley Green, West Sussex, is a team event, where teams of six players participate in a marbles knock-out tournament to win the title and a silver trophy. The event is ... Read »


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    • Cribbage

    • Cribbage

      Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. Cribbage has several distinctive features: the cribbage board used for score-keeping, the eponymous crib or box (a separate hand coun ... Read »


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    • Devil among the tailors

    • Devil among the tailors is a pub game which is a form of table skittles. The game involves nine small skittles arranged in a 3 × 3 square, usually within a shallow open-topped wooden box sitting on a table-top. The wooden ball (about the size of a golf ball) hangs from a string or chain attached to the top of a ver ... Read »


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    • Dominoes

    • Dominoes

      Dominoes or dominos is a game played with rectangular "domino" tiles. The domino gaming pieces make up a domino set, sometimes called a deck or pack. The traditional Sino-European domino set consists of 28 dominoes, colloquially nicknamed bones, cards, tiles, tickets, stones, chips, or spinners. Each domino is a rectan ... Read »


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    • Dwile flonking

    • The English game of dwile flonking (also dwyle flunking) involves two teams, each taking a turn to dance around the other while attempting to avoid a beer-soaked dwile (cloth) thrown by the non-dancing team. "Dwile" is a knitted floor cloth, from the Dutch dweil, meaning "mop", and "flonk" is probably a corruption of ... Read »


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    • Goblin Game

    • Goblin is a game first played by miners in Bristol and the surrounding southwest regions of England and South Wales. In its most basic form, it consists of a game of three “legs” of four “ends” each. Each “end” consists of the throwing of “pegs” at two target receptacles (the Scu ... Read »


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    • Pitch penny

    • Pitch penny (also called Penny seat, Penny slot, Tossing the penny, and Penny in the hole) is a pub game. It involves throwing coins across the room and into a hole carved in the seat of a wooden bench. Another version of the game is played in many British- or Irish-style pubs. Contestants stand about 20 feet behind a ... Read »


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    • Pool (cue sports)

    • Pool, also more formally known as pocket billiards (mostly in North America) or pool billiards (mostly in Europe and Australia), is the family of cue sports and games played on a pool table having six receptacles called pockets along the rails, into which balls are deposited as the main goal of play. An obsolete term f ... Read »


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    • Pub Golf

    • Pub Golf or Bar Golf is a recreational drinking game involving a selection of either nine or eighteen pubs (Public House/Bar), creating a "course" to be played by two or more people. It is essentially a pub crawl made into a game. Unlike the actual game of Golf, Pub Golf involves no ball or fairway. Like the gam ... Read »


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    • Pub quiz

    • A pub quiz is a quiz held in a pub or bar. These events are also called quiz nights or trivia nights and may be held in other settings. Pub quizzes may attract customers to a pub who are not found there on other days. The pub quiz is a modern example of a pub game. Although different pub quizzes can cover a range of fo ... Read »


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    • Quiz league

    • A quiz league is an organization running quizzes on a home and away basis, usually in pubs. Like the pub quiz, it is chiefly a British phenomenon although the format has significant differences to a pub quiz due to the usual number of teams (two) and the presence of individual questions. Two teams, one , one play ... Read »


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    • The Quiz League of London

    • The Quiz League of London (QLL) is a British quiz league based in London. Founded in 1990 as the Quiz League of South London, it was southern England's first independent self-administered quiz league. The matches themselves are mostly hosted at pubs or social clubs. The QLL has since incorporated many teams from t ... Read »


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    • Quoits

    • Quoits

      Quoits (koits, kwoits, kwaits) is a traditional game which involves the throwing of metal, rope or rubber rings over a set distance, usually to land over or near a spike (sometimes called a hob, mott or pin). The sport of quoits encompasses several distinct variations. The history of quoits is disputed. One theory ... Read »


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    • Ringing the bull

    • Ring a bull is a pub game. It involves swinging a bull's nose-ring, which is attached to a string, in an arc so as to hook it onto a bull's nose and hook. It must stay on the hook to count as a successful throw. There is a vibrant and thriving tradition of playing this game at what is reputedly the oldest pub in Engla ... Read »


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    • Shut the Box

    • Shut the Box

      Shut the Box, also called Canoga, Klackers, Batten Down the Hatches, kingoball and Jackpot, is a game of dice for one or more players, commonly played in a group of two to four for stakes. Traditionally, a counting box is used with tiles numbered 1 to 9 where each can be covered with a hinged or sliding mechanism, thou ... Read »


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    • Skittles (sport)

    • Skittles is an old European lawn game, a variety of bowling from which ten-pin bowling, duckpin bowling, candlepin bowling (in the United States), and five-pin bowling (in Canada) are descended. In regions of the United Kingdom and Ireland the game remains a popular indoor pub game. A continental version is popular in ... Read »


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    • Table football

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      Table football, commonly called fuzboll or foosball (as in the German Fußball "football") and sometimes table soccer, is a table-top game that is loosely based on association football. Although patents for similar games may exist from as far back as the 1890s, the game of table football as we know it today was ... Read »


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    • Toad in the hole (game)

    • Toad in the hole is a pub game, involving throwing brass coins at a lead topped table with a hole in the middle. A variation of this game has been played in pubs in East Sussex, UK, the 'hole' being in the centre of the lead which is on top of a wooden table. Toad in the hole is a more refined version of the coin-throw ... Read »


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