The Best Bar Games to Keep Customers Coming Back

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Running a successful bar is about more than just serving great drinks; it’s about creating an experience that keeps customers returning for more. One way to do this is by adding pool tables, foosball, and arcade games to your bar. Here are some reasons you should consider adding these games to your establishment (and GAD can help you determine the best mix for your place by demographic, floor space and income requirements). 

Increases Customer Engagement

Games in your bar give customers something to do while they enjoy their drinks. It’s a great way to break the ice and meet new people. Playing games together creates a sense of camaraderie and connection among customers as they cheer each other on and interact with each other. This, in turn, increases customer engagement, which can help boost profits.

Customers who enjoy their time at your bar are more likely to return.

Increases Foot Traffic

Having pool tables, foosball, and arcade games in your bar can help draw in more customers. People may come to play the games and then stay for drinks and food. This can increase foot traffic, leading to more profits and a sense of community that can lead to new friendships and repeat business.

Generates Additional Revenue

The games themselves can bring in a boost of revenue but also bring in additional customers who may have yet to visit otherwise. Plus, people tend to stay longer when engaged in an activity, so they’ll likely order more drinks and food.

Appeals to a Wide Range of Customers

Games like pool, foosball, pinball, and arcades appeal to many customers. They’re great for groups of friends looking to hang out and have fun, but they’re also popular among solo customers who want to pass the time.

Enhances Your Bar’s Atmosphere

Adding these games to your bar can enhance your establishment’s atmosphere. It creates a fun and relaxed vibe that customers will appreciate. Plus, it gives your bar a unique selling point that sets it apart from other bars in the area.

Provides an Opportunity for Events and Tournaments

Hosting events and tournaments centered around these games is a great way to increase business. You can organize leagues or tournaments, offering prizes to the winners. This generates revenue and creates a sense of community around your bar.

Top Games for your Bar

  • Darts is a classic bar game that can be enjoyed solo or with a group of any size. It’s a budget-friendly option that only requires some wall space for installation. A new type of dart game is Augmented Reality Darts. These systems take interactive darts to the next level. With a plain white dartboard, the gameplay graphics are superimposed over the board and surrounding area with an ultra-bright laser projector.
  • Pinball has a major resurgence – especially with the connection to apps. The apps from various companies allow different types of game interaction, player rankings and global game play. And, players are taking notice. The resurgence of pinball play adds loyalty to your establishment.
  • Pool is another crowd-pleaser and draws enthusiasts from near and far. While easy to learn, mastering the game takes skill and dedication, making it a favorite for patrons who want to improve their game over a few drinks.
  • Tabletop shuffleboard has transcended its traditional reputation and is now a great addition to any bar seeking to offer competitive entertainment without sacrificing space.
  • Foosball is a fun and relaxed way to enjoy a round of soccer without strenuous running. Plus, it offers the opportunity to enjoy a drink or two while playing.
  • Air hockey is another bar game that offers a chance to enjoy physical activity while holding a beer. It’s an excellent option for patrons looking for a laid-back game that doesn’t require too much movement.

Top Arcade Bar Games


Experience a faster adventure with a new player-friendly interface and eye-catching cabinet design that will captivate you wherever you are. Big Buck Hunter Reloaded, available in two distinct cabinet configurations, is the most content-rich Big Buck Hunter title of all time – featuring ten animal adventures, including Buckzilla and Zombie Deer, and fresh premium content, like Terminator Salvation™: Delta Mission and In Case of Monsters™: Lost Island. Features new player-demanded game modes, such as Showdown and Team Play, and a never-before-seen weapon, Bow Hunting.

Claw Machines

Patrons can test their skill and luck with the classic game of claw machines to win unique items. These are easy machines to add to a waiting area, foyer and by the restrooms. Anywhere there is foot traffic that has a place to stop and win! Keep your game stocked with unique items to attract the best players.

Golden Tee PGA Tour

Create a friendly competition among patrons with the new Golden Tee PGA Tour cabinet, equipped with LED lighting, cupholders, and a 55 “4K commercial-grade TV that will enhance the visual and audio experience.

Golden Tee cabinets are a great investment. Golden Tee is now on its latest PGA but all game cabinets can be upgraded to the newest courses, avatars, and equipment.

Golden Tee is now integrated to the internet to provide game playing with people your customers know or participate in tournaments globally. A very exciting way to play this game!



Customers can challenge themselves or play for fun prizes with the classic game of Skeeball. Toss the ball up the ramp and into the hole with the highest point value.

Basketball Arcade

See how many baskets you can make before time expires.


Add excitement to your bar or restaurant with the timeless game of Pinball.

Pinball has changed rapidly with technology – and the popularity of pinball shows this to be true. This is a game that a solo player can enjoy just as easily as a few players can gather to compete. Plus the titles of pinball games in the last 2 years has amazing game play and variety. To get an idea of what works for you, contact a GAD professional to help you determine what fits your needs best.

  • Host pinball tournaments and watch your revenue skyrocket.
  • Focus on a genre of games – rock music, family oriented pinball or follow a movie genre.
  • Connect your pinball games to the internet to allow players to connect their apps.
  • Add pinball to a really dark corner to bring light and action to otherwise “dead” floorspace.

Boxing Arcade Machines

Boxing Arcade Machines are a great addition to any bar. Boxing allows customers to “flex their muscles” and punch out a little frustration. These are great games for all ages to work out.

Adding pool tables, darts, foosball, and arcade games to your bar can provide various benefits. They increase customer engagement, generate additional revenue, appeal to a wide range of customers, enhance your bar’s atmosphere, and provide an opportunity for events and tournaments. So, if you want to take your bar to the next level, consider contacting GAD to add these to your establishment.

7 Creative Ideas for Your Home Game Room

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In the middle of the hustle there creeps in the thought of what are we going to do as a family come the school break? How are we going to keep the kids entertained and home? (The spouse can get just as grumpy.) How to engage the entire family without it just being more screen time?

Here are 7 creative ideas to change your home into the fun house:

  1. Make a dark, boring corner into an exciting Foosball challenge destination.
  2. Add a ClassiCade multicade cocktail table to your basement lounge. Doubles as a table when not being played, so you don’t loose floor space.
  3. Add a shuffleboard table to a long wall that had no function before.
  4. Add a variety of games – to create a game circuit! Make a fun map to follow around the circuit to keep score. Have prizes ready for the winners.
  5. Use chalkboard paint instead of regular paint. Make sure to have a rainbow of chalk colors to keep score.
  6. Get a pinball machine. Choose your favorite band, movie or characters. Pinball’s now can be connected to the internet for family/guest play to keep score.
  7. Darts are an amazing single, double or team sport. The new digital dart boards make scoring fun and easy. The great part of darts is its an active game that everyone can play.

So, you are convinced that adding games is a great idea but you don’t think you have the space. Here’s a list of where you can carve out space to make this happen for your family:

  1. Convert all or part of the garage.
  2. Take over an extra bedroom.
  3. The basement.
  4. Update the attic.
  5. Add a Golden Tee PGA Home or Classicade upright in a niche of a stairwell.
  6. The dining room – why not? If you don’t eat in there very often, this space is usually in the hub of the house.
  7. Shed.

And, don’t forget this tips:

  1. Lighting is important! It creates the mood, allows for best game play and is especially important for pinball and pool!
  2. Use curtains to create zones, block off areas you don’t want others to see, and create ambience.
  3. Consider a theme like classic 50’s arcade, movie genre, contemporary, sports or colorful fun house. Use posters, artwork, colors and other décor items to create your environment.
  4. If you have a large enough area, create zones. TV relax zone. Basketball zone. Pinball zone.
  5. Let your creativity come through! Add a swing or hammock. Add a memory board or digital frame to add photos of parties. Hang a disco ball or speed bag.
  6. Make the furniture part of the action. Use comfortable seating for games. The tables are arcade game tables and board games.
  7. Don’t forget to use the walls! Add a climbing net for smaller kids. Put up magnetic white board to create various games like tic tac toe.

GAD stocks games and we are happy to discuss what you are looking for, create a quote and hold your game(s) until you are ready for pick up. We do offer delivery in limited areas.

Here’s even more ideas:

Commercial Foosball available at GAD Vending. Offices in Des Moines, Omaha and Kansas City.

10 Little Known Foosball Facts

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Foosball, what you didn’t know and maybe didn’t want to know, but here goes anyway.

  1. No one is sure who invented Foosball, but Harold Searles Thornton got the first patent in 1923.
  2. There are 4 distinct styles of game play and tables: American, French, German and Italian.
  3. European tables typically have a 3-man goalie setup.
  4. In the 1950’s, the Belgians created the first league.
  5. The longest marathon playing foosball as doubles Guinness world record is 61 hours and 17 minutes.
  6. The first American made foosball table was created by Hayes and Furr in 1970.
  7. The ball can move up to 35 mph.
  8. In 1972, Lee Peppard held the USA’s first tournament at Eight Ball Billards in MT.
  9. The highest tournament prize was $1,000,000 at the World Championships in 1978.
  10. Foosball has long been under consideration for the Olympics. But as for 2021, foosball is an Observer status along with pole dancing and poker.

Foosball tables are an easy add to an arcade. Easy player rules. Quick games. Low contact if two players. And, lots of fun!

Considering a commercial foosball table? GAD Vending can help in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.

Up Your Home Gameroom

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When the entire family is looking bored – and looking bored at you – what to do? Up your gameroom!

Many families think that buying a game at a discount box store is the best, cheapest way to entertain the family. But the price, hassle for getting to your home, and assembly can all be challenging. Not to mention that many home version games are not built for long term use and abuse.

At GAD Vending, we sell to the public.

Our commercial table games are developed for establishments that get the most abuse. And, if they can hold up to that they can stand your family.

GAD Vending can disable the payment mode and set to free play. However, we have also set games to a pay setting so family members have to earn they play time.

With so many table games in stock, we can help you determine what fits your family ages, desire to play together and/or remote play, and what size space your have for games.

Choices include, but not limited to:

Foosball, Pool, Shuffleboard, Electronic Darts, Pinball, Arcade Games and more!

And, GAD Vending has a large stock of parts with trained service personnel. Our staff is located in Kansas City, Des Moines and Omaha. If your game does break, we are here to help.

So, up your game(room) with GAD Vending!

Why Your Home Gameroom is Missing the Mark (And How You Can Fix It)

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Many families assume the only thing kids want to do is exercise their thumbs on video games – when so many times an interactive game with the family is the ticket to the ultimate family fun night!

Look critically at your gameroom. Is the only feature a sofa facing a TV? The only opportunity for interaction when someone breaks for the kitchen? Why not choose games that the entire family can participate in!

Stay Together. Play Together.

So many opportunities for fun! But understanding the age, room size, player ability, and longevity of the games is important. And, GAD Vending is here to answer your questions to create the ultimate gameroom for your family.


Foosball is naturally a game that gets the family playing – and competing together. Play one on one. Play two on two. Play tournaments. Play round-robin. Hours of fun!

A commercial foosball game is more expensive but the years of gaming fun is what our residential buyers are looking for.

Golden Tee Home Edition

The Golden Tee Home Edition is the exact same game- arcade-style cabinet and all- that you have played and adored at bars and pubs for 30 years. Tailored to home use, Golden Tee comes equipped with dozens of courses and a wide variety of features and formats that make it a must-have item for every basement or man cave.

Golden Tee maintains players standing and stats. Allows for individual play, or create private tournaments. Your family can also play online.


Pinball is available in a wide variety of titles. And, even the youngest players are attracted to the lights and sounds of a great pinball machine! Years and years of fun.

Family friendly pinball games include:

Stranger Things, Zombie Baseball, The Addams Family, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Attack from Mars, and The Munsters

Pinball machines vary greatly in price. The pinball manufacturers set the MRSP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) that we are required by contract to adhere to. Price also includes: shipping, delivery, and sales tax where applicable. GAD Vending’s policy is to disclose the total price prior to sale. Credit cards, cash or check is accepted.

Pinball can be set by GAD Vending for free play prior to pick-up or delivery.

GAD Vending helps families with home gamerooms from our offices in Des Moines, Kansas City and Omaha. We can are open to the public by appointment (during COVID restrictions).