There's no better way to enjoy warm weather than playing games outside while enjoying a nice meal or drink. Whether you want to play cornhole with the family or a game of giant Jenga with friends, there are many different places to embrace the "inner-child" within you. Athens, GA has a number of places you can indulge in a refreshing drink or yummy meal and stay entertained!



Saucehouse BBQ outside

Saucehouse's outdoor courtyard is what "porch living" is all about - the perfect place for a large group of friends and family, tasty barbecue and delicious sides, and outdoor games. With a giant Jenga and live music on Friday nights, what more could you ask for?  Love a little competition? Participate in their Cornhole Tournaments on Wednesday nights and trivia on Thursdays for a chance to win prizes and giveaways!


Marker 7

A local, coastal grill restaurant's patio.

With a picturesque view of historic Milledge Avenue and Five Points and cornhole games on the lawn, you won't mind if you have to wait for a table at Marker 7. Sip on one of their craft cocktails or a local brew in a comfy adirondack and enjoy the warm summer weather. Once you're seated, pretend like you're at the beach by indulging in raw oysters or the fresh catch of the day on their beautiful outdoor porch.


Ted's Most Best

Ted's Most Best Patio

Not only does Ted's have some of the best pizza in Athens, but they also have one of the best outdoor patios in the heart of downtown! After your meal, enjoy the outdoor vibes by playing a game of Bocci Ball on the side patio court while sipping on a local brew or a glass of wine. Or let the kids draw with sidewalk chalk or play in the sand, and take in the patio views of downtown Athens.


The Rook and Pawn

External Shot of Rook & Pawn

The Rook and Pawn is one of the only Board Game Cafes in the US! With over 400 games to choose from, you won't run out of games to play at this unique Athens restaurant. For just $5 added to your bill, The Rook and Pawn offers unlimited play with friends and family. Grab your favorite and head to the outdoor patio on a pretty day for an afternoon of fun. Better yet, enjoy a cheese plate with a glass of wine (or two!) or one of their delicious sandwiches, and enjoy a grown-up game night.




Terrapin Beer Co., Creature Comforts, and Southern Brewing all offer the opportunity to play outdoor games while sipping on a local craft beer. Start a cornhole tournament or a game of Jenga with friends while listening to live music at one of these cool spots! Terrapin and Southern Brewing both have huge grassy fields, so bring along the kids and fur-babies, and let them kick around the soccer ball while you sip on a craft brew.  Creature Comforts has a cool outdoor space in downtown Athens, where you can find the Athens Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoons.  


Now that the weather is warm, enjoy the outdoors by playing games at local Athens' restaurants, breweries, and bars! With great company and delicious food and drinks, you'll want to stay all day at the cool places! Look for a full list of outdoor dine and drink spots? Check out parts one and two of our al fresco dining blog posts.