The Best Portable Bars & Beverage Accessories For Your Tailgate Party

Portable Bars transform any place whether a basement or a parking lot into your own pub, man-cave, party site or tailgate party extraordinaire.  I am constantly surprised at how cunning designers have been able to devise ways of using sophisticated origami techniques to make tailgate party items fit in a normal car.  So many times when I pull up at my spot in the parking lot, I see a neighbor pulling out what unfolds into a complete party rig – canopy, bar, portable restroom, coolers, music source and thumpin’ speakers, games table and the BBQ.  Plus food and drink to make it all a sublime experience.  Why bother with a bar?  Well, if you’ve ever tried to entertain a heap of friends with all the drink mixing, pouring, and cooling, that question is really a moot point.  A bar makes it easy.  You have a central position for the booze that can contain a keg or two, ice, bottles, red cups and so on and it’s all at a comfortable height.  Bending down into the cooler a few hundred times in the day can wreck a perfectly normal spine and, if you’re feeling no pain, you’ll do even more damage without realizing it. Plus opening and closing that cooler to replenish drinks can run into the hundreds and suddenly your cooler is a warmer. You need a portable bar – so read on for a guide to the best portable bars around.

Plus some are so good you can use them to play games on.

I’m a fan of the bar.  Whether plain or embellished with team logos and colors, it’s a practical choice.

So here’s a selection of my favorite bars that can be transported and put up and packed away easily and I’ve also included some pro style equipment you may like to add to it for complete tailgate party ambience.

Cambro BAR540401 Cambar Portable Bar

Cambro BAR540401 Cambar Portable Bar

Cambar Portable Bar

OK, so this one really only suits you if you have a Ram truck or something like it and some inactive bucks sitting around waiting for a purpose, but wow, it really has all the features you need in a bar. Cambro are restaurant suppliers so this is pretty pro. Has a draining ice sink, various racks and a speed rail. Strong wheels.  Nothing would beat this say, as equipment in the man-cave and rolling right on out to the BBQ region of your mansion.  Naturally, if you are the kind of guy who has a regular space in the parking lot for tailgating, you and your buddies may want to chip in and buy this as a co-operative salute to the importance of the bar ambiance and make it a shared centerpiece.  Faultless.  It is already assembled. It has shelves for various kinds of bottles and a recessed work area for making and serving drinks. Tough enough to support a kegerator or two.  Its high density, double wall polyethylene construction is durable and easy to clean.

Overall Dimensions:
Length: 54″ x Width: 24 7/8″ x Height: 46 1/8″

Best of Times Patio Bar and Tailgating Center Deluxe Package- Kansas State

Best of Times Patio Bar and Tailgating Center Deluxe Package- Kansas State

Best of Times Patio Bar &Tailgating Center

This Ultimate Tailgating/Homegating centerpiece includes steel frame, 3 levels of shelving, umbrella, drop in food-grade cooler, 4 padded bar stools, and a deluxe travel bag set with wheels.  The whole kit and caboodle sets up in minutes without any tools.

The embellishment with your team logo is a cinch.  Just choose your team in the checking out process. One team selection is included in the price but you can select and pay for as many others as you need to cover all the teams and conferences or all your family’s faves and switch them on the day.  There are over a hundred to choose from!  The skirt and all the fabric are 500D Polyester, water resistant and UV protected.  Even though extremely lightweight (around 25 pounds), it is quite tough and well made and you really have to see it to believe how compact it is when folded away.  That’s important.

The bar area is OK for some tailgate party games such as flip cup.

You can also buy each of the components as separate purchases in case you need, say, more bar stools.

Dimensions: 41 x 63 x 44 inches

GoPong Portable High Top Party Bar, Includes 3 Front Skirts and Carrying Case

GoPong Portable High Top Party Bar, Includes 3 Front Skirts and Carrying Case

GoPong Portable High Top Party Bar

The GoBar is a lightweight, easy to erect high-top party bar with three    interchangeable front skirts perfect for tailgaters, especially if you follow a heap of different sports. In fact you can order skirts for different teams so you can cover all the options, even a Tiki skirt if that’s your preferred theme.

Sturdily built of high-strength aluminum, the GoBar’s counter top is made from waterproof MDF, there’s a shelf for storage in the back, for holding liquor, bar glasses, extra bags of chips and so on. You can also personalize the top surface with tailgate party appropriate team logos. Taking it down at the end of the day?  Easy as pie.  GoBar folds up and fits inside a handy carrying case that measures 39 by 15 by 3 inches (W x H x D).

Holds up to 25 pounds on the bar surface and another 25 pounds on the storage shelf. The table weighs 14 pounds by itself.

In summary, this is a lightweight item, slipping open somewhat like a small card-table, but treat it well, store it out of moisture and it will last for years.  Nice that there are three Velcro-attachable skirts included for it so that you can change them for different occasions and you can buy optional extras in team colors.

Dimensions: 15 x 39 x 36 inches (Open)

Red Cup Pong Portable Bar Table – Two Skirts and Carrying Case Included

Red Cup Pong Portable Bar Table - Two Skirts and Carrying Case Included

Red Cup Pong Portable Bar Table

This eminently portable bar table from Red Cup Pong is easy to set up for any tailgate party.   It comes with both a green or black skirt and has a convenient storage bag so you can slip it into the tailgate party kit and bring it even in a smallish vehicle.  The carry case has a wide shoulder strap which means you still have hands free to wheel the cooler or carry other gear.

The lower shelf has a center brace so that is the sweet spot to place any heavy items.
The top is big enough to play flip cup or other tabletop drinking games.

Super easy to set up. It is the perfect height for a bar, sturdy enough to be used outdoors on grass and elegant enough looking to be used indoors yet can be rugged enough to look good in a man-cave. Tailgaters’ perfection.

Dimensions: 40″ Tall and Surface 16″x40″

Margarita/Cocktail Glass Rimmer

Margarita/Cocktail Glass Rimmer

Margarita/Cocktail Glass Rimmer

Shots and Margaritas play a big part in many tailgate parties and if you like to make even the red cup look the part, then get one of these nifty gadgets for the official salting of the beverage container rim.  It is a three-compartment glass rimmer that makes the perfect salt or sugar-rimmed container simple with a convenient system. Clearly labeled trays hold your salt and sugar (or whatever else you may like to attach to the rim) and there’s even a sponge for water to make the grains stick! Easy to use, simple to store, and quick to clean, it folds for easy storage and accommodates containers up to 5.5 inches in diameter.

13 Piece Professional Bar Set

13 Piece Bartender Kit

13 Piece Bartender Kit

Most people won’t be doing too much drinks mixing in the parking lot at the tailgate party.  But I do have buddies who swear by the perfectly mixed drinks from their fully-equipped bar and getting all the right tools for your home bar can be a daunting challenge. This smart-looking pro-bartender mixing set includes everything you need to re-enact the Tom Cruise scene from ‘Cocktail’ and impress your guests.  It  includes: 1 Cocktail Shaker (28 oz.), 1 Short Shaker (15oz.), 1 Strainer (4 prong), 1 “Signature Series Bottles-Up” Speed Opener, 6 Plastic Pour Spouts, 1 Corkscrew, 1 11″ Red Knob Bar Spoon, 1 Jigger.  You provide the recipes!

The best thing is that it is so inexpensive that you can throw it in your kit and if anything breaks, replace it at very little cost.    Great gift for your drinking buddies.

The Complete Bartender’s Guide: Expert Advice on Equipment, Bar Craft, Cocktails and the World of Alcoholic Drinks

The Complete Bartender's Guide: Expert Advice on Equipment, Bar Craft, Cocktails and the World of Alcoholic Drinks

The Complete Bartender’s Guide

This is a great guide to mixology with a heap you need to know.  Well, who is to say that you are not going to get all fancy schmancy out there at the parking lot tailgate party?

10,000 Drinks: How to Turn Your Basement Into the Most Happening Bar in Town!

10,000 Drinks: How to Turn Your Basement Into the Most Happening Bar in Town!

10,000 Drinks: How to Turn Your Basement Into the Most Happening Bar in Town!

This recipe book takes the drink mixing business to a new and dangerous level, just what is required.  If you don’t use it for the tailgate party, give it to your nephew as part of his College orientation package.  Well, heck, he may as well get the art right first time!

Buffalo Bills NFL Rally Towel 15×18 Sports Fan Football Hand Kitchen Bar Rag Officially Licensed NFL Merchandise

Buffalo Bills NFL Rally Towel 15x18 Sports Fan Football Hand Kitchen Bar Rag Officially Licensed NFL Merchandise

Buffalo Bills NFL Rally Towel

100% absorbent cotton, this bar towel in your team colors (choose your eam at checkout) is essential.  Forget the paper towel, these will pay for themselves in no time.  Buy a few for mop-ups and spilled drink absorbing or just flick ‘em at the opposing team fans.

Dimensions: 15″ x 18″

Trudeau Double Wall Reusable Red Party Cups

Trudeau 16-OunceDouble Wall Reusable Red Party Cup, Set of 4

Trudeau 16-OunceDouble Wall Reusable Red Party Cup

OK, so we all love the Solo red cups but it’s time we stopped throwing our our bar-and-party-ware.  The Double Wall Reusable Red Party Cup features durable, double-walled insulation, keeps drinks cold and is equally good for hot drinks (won’t burn your hand). The Reusable Red Party Cup is similar in look, but not feel, to the iconic disposable red cup. It is a 16 oz. cup, completely reusable, sturdy, chip-resistant and has a thicker body and smooth, comfortable drinking lip for easy sipping.  Goes in the dishwasher up the top. Eventually pays for itself in replacing the disposables but you may need to educate your guests not to throw them in the trash.

The Manufacturer says: “The Reusable Red Party Cup is made entirely in the USA, where sustainability is no longer a trend, but a lifestyle. There’s no better way to decrease your impact on the earth than by replacing an old habit with an environmentally responsible one. That’s what makes this red cup the new life of the party! With the Reusable Red Party Cup by Trudeau, you can avoid purchasing and destroying disposable cups over and over again…”.

You can play flip cup with these though you may need to practice as they are heavier.

Global Decor 170 Rotating 4 Bottle 1-1/2-Ounce Drink Dispenser

Global Decor 170 Rotating 4 Bottle 1-1/2-Ounce Drink Dispenser

Global Decor 170 Rotating Drink Dispenser

Wow!  How impressed would your guests be if you put one of these amazing dispensers on the bar next to the kegorator?  It’s a really pro way to serve spirits from 1 liter bottles and looks stunning.  Make your tailgate party games involving shots a real cinch with this system which allows you to pump out the shots accurately (1.5 oz shots) and fast.  Hey I am thinking ONE of these isn’t enough for some tailgate parties I have attended and maybe three would be better equipped to keep up with the drinking.  The base is quite heavy so that the dispenser is stable (doesn’t fall over).

So there you go – one more for the bulging wish-list – the fab BarTender from Global Décor with rotating 4 Bottle 1-1/2 Oz. Drink Dispenser which I am already earmarking for tequila, bourbon, vodka and rum.

In putting this list together I was surprised at how few options there are available.  It is a niche ready to tap and can add heaps to any tailgate party on the road.  Enjoy the party and happy tailgating!

Essential Beer Kegerator Accessories – The Big List

Everybody knows that beer – the chilling of, the serving of and the serving of again and … make that ‘again’ – is THE most important component of a successful tailgate party.  Oh, along with bacon flavored food but that’s another story which we address elsewhere.

Back to the beer and not a moment too soon. The investment in a fine kegerator will save you money.  Bulk liquid is better than any investment in a pile of waste – beer bottles and cans which end up in the trash can.

Here’s a list of the essential beer kegerator accessories for those who have invested in a kegerator or want to convert your fridge to one. This is how you will get the most out of your useful gadgets. I figured it just may be helpful for you to have this list here all together as it will save you searching for them.  When last I looked, there was no ‘Kegerators Are Us’ chain of stores so please regard this as your personal shopping list and resource which I will update over the months.  The actual usage of individual items will depend on your initial purchase, and the list is in no particular order of priority.  Again, this depends on your own needs.

HINT: If you are purchasing items which may need replacing on a regular basis, buy multiples up front and avoid costly shipping costs.

HINT: Keep a file of assembly instruction books, company contacts for service.


1. Kegco Ultimate Door Mount Kegerator 2 Tap Conversion Kit w/ 5 lbs Tank – EBUCK2-5T

Kegco Ultimate Door Mount Kegerator 2 Tap Conversion Kit w/ 5 lbs Tank - EBUCK2-5T

Kegco Ultimate Door Mount Kegerator 2 Tap Conversion Kit

This is what is says: ULTIMATE!  Every part you require for creating your own kegerator is in this awesome kit.  Even stainless steel drip trays for that professional bar feel.  If you have a small generator, a trailer hitch or you drive a Silverado, you can transport your mega-kego to the parking lot and your friends will gather round like yellow-jacket wasps to an open can of Sprite. Attach all this stuff to a small refrigerator (and these are so cheap at the moment) and your beer serving skills will be ramped up to Pro level.  What’s not to love about a continuous supply of draft beer?  You might never make it into the stadium, but hey, tailgating isn ‘t really about the game, and with a TV hooked up to the generator, a couple of comfy chairs and food that contains bacon, all’s right with the world.  Kegco is numero uno in the keg design and building field so you can bet on good after sales service and advice.  Full installation instructions are included so all you have to supply is the BEER and getting that tailgate party happening!

2. Clamp for Regular Auto-Siphon

CLAMP for Regular Auto-Siphon

CLAMP for Regular Auto-Siphon

This clip or clamp attaches to a fermenting bucket or carboy to hold a regular Auto-Siphon in place. If you are a home-brewer, you will definitely need this.  It will suit a specific size of auto siphon so when you get to this site, be sure you select the one that gives the most accurate, air-free result.  If air escapes from the tubing because of a loose fit, you won’t get that siphon happening so check this from the supplier before finalizing your payment and order. See later note on Keg Lube.  It may be all you need for a tight seal.

3. Ball Lock Becker Home Brew Keg Tap MFL Coupler Set

Ball Lock Becker Home Brew Keg Tap MFL Coupler Set

Ball Lock Becker Home Brew Keg Tap MFL Coupler Set

NOTE: Cornelius (‘Corny’) kegs come in two different styles, one being the pin lock the other is a ball lock. The terms ‘pin lock’ and ‘ball lock’ both refer to the way the quick disconnects attach to the Cornelius keg. Here’s a video that explains the difference.

Kegs can be used for home-brew or you can fill them with draft beer or soda. It’s up to you.

This set is not the most upmarket in the range but has all the parts you need to ensure an airtight fit.  It features a ball lock system, gas in and out and beer out.

Beer out connection features 1/4″ MFL fitting with 1/4″ Flare Fitting to fit 3/16″ ID Beer Line.

Gas in connection features 1/4″ MFL filling with 5/16″ Flare Fitting to fit 5/16″ ID Air Line. The ¼” MFL fittings allow you to remove your gas/beer lines from the coupler connector easily.

HINT: Be sure that you do not rush the installation and avoid cross-threading screw parts.

Following is a list of bits and bobs you may require over the years. Where appropriate I will make a note, but in general, take them at face value and do your research as to the exact sizes and specifications of the kegerator you use. Things to watch are interior and exterior hose sizes.

4. Pair Ball Lock Disconnects for Corny Kegs 3 Gas 3 Liquid

Again, be careful when you do the connection. These are not heavy duty (made in China) but cheap and OK for those of us who take the care not to cross thread or force the linkage. Some units may require a gasket to prevent any gas leakage.  This seems to be a matter of trial and error somewhat.  It’s a good idea to have a universal gasket collection on hand just in case.

5. Ball Style Quick Disconnect – Gas

Ball Style Quick Disconnect - Gas

Ball Style Quick Disconnect – Gas

Ball Style Quick Disconnects are used for most Cornelius, (Corny) Pepsi and 7-UP tanks and simply slide over the nipple and connect with a clamp over the hose (just like installing the home sprinkler system.  Note to self: must finish that one day. Very easy assembly.  This is the Gas end.

6. Ball Style Quick Disconnect – Liquid

Ball Lock Quick Disconnect

Ball Lock Quick Disconnect

Alternative to the above: here is the liquid end and is compatible with Pepsi kegs as well as those tailgate party staples of beer kegs in various formats. Your beer and air line simply slide over the nipple, then use a screw clamp to tighten around the hose. This one is used for liquid. In stock and ready to ship. Features: Ball style. Used for liquid. Specs: Barb outlet fits 3/16″ inside diameter draft hose.

7. B3-23A 20 Plate Beer Wort Chiller Garden Hose x 1/2″ Male NPT

B3-23A 20 Plate Beer Wort Chiller Garden Hose x 1/2" Male NPT

B3-23A 20 Plate Beer Wort Chiller Garden Hose x 1/2″ Male NPT

For home brew kegs:


Wort is the sweet infusion of ground malt or other grain before fermentation, used to produce beer and distilled malt liquors.

Wort Chillers are an essential beer-making tool used to cool boiling wort down to a temperature at which you can safely add beer yeast, around 60-80F. However, once the cooling wort reaches temperatures of 130F and cooler there are some bacteria and wild yeast that can survive.

While this equipment relates to home-brew it can equally relate to chilling your keg brew superfast and keeping it bacteria free.

The chiller connects to garden hose width of tubing and runs with a recommended Max Water Flow Rate of eight gallons per minute designed to be effective at a temperature -195°C to +220°C (-319°F to 430°F).  This is a pretty essential stage of the brewing process so for those of you whose keg only ever will contain your own brand of ‘Panther Piss’ look no further as this is the cream of the crop.

8. Shank for Draft Beer System: 3-inch

Shank for Draft Beer System

Shank for Draft Beer System


You use the steel shank to connect your draft beer faucet to the beer line jumper.  It is required when using a kegerator refrigerator conversion kit. Depending on the height, you may need a longer shank.  These are easily available from 3 inches to 14 inches.  Diameter is 7/8 inch. (Outside measurement). Just follow the links.

This model is chromed brass and made to a budget but is very satisfactory.  If you are looking to go upmarket or it is for professional use, choose stainless steel instead.

Again, follow the seller links to your exact size.  Kegerator accessory rule: Measure three times and order once!

9. Draft Warehouse Clear 5-Feet of 3/16-Inch Id Beer Line with Hexnut Assembly On One End

Draft Warehouse Clear 5-Feet of 3/16-Inch Id Beer Line

Draft Warehouse Clear 5-Feet of 3/16-Inch Id Beer Line

NOTE: Up to you but, in time, lines do need to be kept hygienic and my preference is to have a few of these standard sized assemblies on hand and switch them out.  Dirty hoses will make the beer foam too much. Hoses are just way too difficult to sterilize. Alternatively, you can soak them in baby bottle sterilizer mix but that has its risks and you need to rinse and rinse till the inside of the hose is 100% inert. So when they get gunky, it’s time to biff them out and replace.

Comes standard with 5′ of 3/16″ clear beer tubing and Includes all components required to make a neer or air line connection: ie. hex nut, washer ,tail piece and 5 feet of hose.  Be sure to check the sizes of your lines and match with these exactly.  If in doubt, fire of a question to the supplier.  I have even sent pics from my iPhone.  You just don’t want to get it wrong.

10. Portable Keg Dispensing System – W/co2 Charger & 3 Cartridges, Picnic Tap, Pin Lock

Portable Keg Dispensing System

Portable Keg Dispensing System

Here is a neat kit that contains all you need to get that beer-a-chilling and on the way to the tailgate party.

Contents are:

Corny CO2 Charger

3 Co2 16g Premium Cartridges

Pin Lock connections (note that on the picture it shows ball lock connectors but these are now not made for this kit).

Squeeze Faucet Picnic Tap (AKA Tailgate Party Tap!)

NOTE: A 5 gallon keg may need 2 cartridges depending on the beverage so maybe buy some spares.

You can also buy the components separately.

10. Kegco O-Ring Gasket Set for Cornelius Home Brew Keg

Gaskets are something I like to keep on hand so check these out – they will be invaluable to prevent gas or liquid leaks.

12. Cornelius Keg CO2 Charger

Cornelius Keg CO2 Charger

Cornelius Keg CO2 Charger

Having a few of these as a backup is supposed to be a good idea.  They are not expensive and it’s better than being caught with your pants down (metaphorically) … though you can be caught like that at some tailgate parties so they tell me.  It is small – pocket sized, made of high quality nylon and brass but doesn’t really review well.  It is no substitute for a regulator and the latter is a better investment.  However, it is handy for portability especially in a parking lot where tailgate parties need to be transported as light as possible.  You need a few of these (suggest 2 – 5) to pump 5 gallons of beer perfectly.

A suggestion is to use the Keg Lube to create a tight seal.

13. Keg Lube

Keg Lube

Keg Lube

This lubricates gaskets and ensures a tight seal, no leaks!  It is food grade as long as you replace the lid and also use with a Q-tip rather than your finger.  It is essential to keep a keg clean!

Note that a lot of criticisms of taps, cartridges and hoses relates to the leakiness.  Keg Lube, super cheap, is your best tool against the frustration of leaks and shonky seals.

14. Draft Warehouse Beer Faucet and 4 inch Shank Kit with Black Handle

Draft Warehouse Beer Faucet and 4-Inch Shank Kit with Black Handle

Draft Warehouse Beer Faucet and 4-Inch Shank Kit with Black Handle

The interesting thing about this is that people seem to use them to adapt all kinds of things to contain drinks.  Watermelons, Pumpkins, refrigerators, exercise balls … if you’ve done that, please send us the pictures!

Anyway, this is the part that gives you the ability to tap whatever liquid you put in there. Pumpkin beer ….yummmm.  Nah. Not so much.

Chrome plated brass keeps the costs more realistic. Stainless steel is better if you are able to afford it and if you will be really using this heaps.

However, a cheaper version is a pretty acceptable rig for tailgate party dudes.


I know I hammer this a lot but keep it clean!  Spray off all the beer before going home.  When you get home, take it apart and soak briefly in a food grade bleach solution (1/2 teaspoon to quart of water). Rinse and air dry. Bar quality.

15. The Carbonater

This handy device is a kind of screw cap for standard plastic soda bottles that allows you to enjoy fresh draft homebrew anywhere. All you do is fill a plastic 2-liter soda bottle with beer and put the Carbonator cap on. Squeeze out the excess air and inject CO2 into the bottle to keep your beer carbonated and fresh. May also be used to force carbonate any beverage.  You need a few accessories for the process:  The carbonater needs to be connected to a tube with a snap fitting (easily available online) and then connect this to a CO2 regulator which is then connected to a C02 tank from your kegerator.

16. Keg Conversion Kit for Refrigerator (Convert a Standard Refrigerator to a Kegerator)

Keg Conversion Kit for Refrigerator (Convert a Standard Refrigerator to a Kegerator)

Keg Conversion Kit for Refrigerator (Convert a Standard Refrigerator to a Kegerator)

So you’ve picked up a neat little refrigerator from the hard trash collection by the kerb.  Yaaaaaay.  Here’s a great kit that can convert it into a kegerator.  It would be great for that basement fridge as you set up the man-cave and plan the home-gate party when the weather is too inclement for tailgating.

This kit easily converts an old refrigerator to a home draft beer dispenser and includes all the hardware you need to be pouring cold draft beer anytime you feel the need. Your friends will suddenly want to come around and see you. Full instructions are included for quick and easy installation.  Parts included with kit: 5 feet of beer line with hex nuts, complete beer shank, chrome faucet, Black faucet knob, 5 feet of air line with clamps, double gauge CO2 regulator, faucet brush, faucet wrench, and an American Sankey keg coupler (commonly referred to as the tap).  Add to this a pot of keg lube (see above) and you’ll be cooking with gas.  No, my mistake, dispensing perfect beer with gas.


For a door mounted kit, see:

17. Kegco Deluxe Door Mount Kegerator Conversion Kit with 5 lb. Co2 Tank EBDCK-5T

Kegco Deluxe Door Mount Kegerator Conversion Kit with 5 lb. Co2 Tank EBDCK-5T

Kegco Deluxe Door Mount Kegerator Conversion Kit

18. Double Tap Stainless Steel Draft Beer Kegerator Tower – 3″ Diameter

Double Tap Stainless Steel Draft Beer Kegerator Tower - 3" Diameter

Double Tap Stainless Steel Draft Beer Kegerator Tower

This is a stainless steel double tap vertical tower for dispensing draft beer.  You can play barman at the tailgate party in a very professional way dispensing beers from this amazing system.  The taps are chrome plated brass, the tower Stainless Steel and it all looks very pro standing 12 inches plus the height of the taps. Having two lines gives you the freedom to serve two styles of beer.  A nice dark Léon from Mexico and a sweet, pale beer from say, Minnesota, Summit Extra Pale Ale. Think about personalizing your taps by adding team themed ones and putting the plain ones on eBay…. Take it on the road if you have access to power or install it in the man cave.

NOTE: There are many beer towers of different standards and specifications available.


Tips For The Best Tailgate Party Ever!

Check-lists can be the key to making your tailgate party the best tailgate party ever.  Veteran party animals have it down.  Make a really good check-list of tailgate party requirements, contents of your basic tailgate party kit and laminate it.  Leave some blank space at the base for last minute seasonal or temporary additions.  Cross off items as you pack them (Use a whiteboard marker).  Add things at the base of the list, such as special occasion foods or specific games.

Each tub, box or cooler should have its own contents list as well.  You’ll be amazed at how much easier this will make your day. Plan as much as you can in advance.

Ziploc bag your marinated steaks: Cheaper cuts of steaks seem to be more available in the stores on Wednesdays.  You can purchase them when cheap, rinse them and put each in a small Ziploc bag this size and refrigerate two days. Then freeze till game day.  Thaw the night before game day (in the fridge).  Just take out the steaks that are ‘ordered’ by your guests.  Don’t just cook the lot in one go. You can always cook more later in the day.

Ziploc bag your ribs: Pre cut and steam your pork ribs, then marinate in bags and if necessary, freeze till game day.  You can almost leave them that way till you arrive at the parking lot.  Put them in a lowish heat (covered) and cook till the flavor goes through and give them a last minute high blast to crisp up the outside (basting occasionally will also help).

Ziploc Sandwich Bag

Ziploc Sandwich Bag

Ziploc your fish: Say you have some pescavores in your party.  Take them some fish this way.  Pick a nice BBQ fish such as salmon or sword fish.  Cut it into serves.  Place each in a ziplock bag with a non-citrus marinade (the latter will pre-cook the fish and that would be disastrous).  Freeze till ready to party. Take it to the parking lot in its bag and remove from cooler an hour before cooking time.

Ziploc your Burgers: You can make burgers in advance up to ¾” thick and wide enough to fill the bag. Keep separate by using parchment or freezer paper.  Don’t defrost, just cook on BBQ 4-5 minutes side one and 3 -4 minutes side two from frozen state and the middle will stay juicy.

Check out the site rules. Do they allow flags?  Music? BBQs? Games? Check it out and you will be prepared.  If you are nearby and can zip down to the site and check it out, so much the better. Veteran tailgaters lay claim to a space and keep it for years.

Protect your booze: Keep the beer cool.  A layer of frozen water bottles, a layer or two of beer, a layer of frozen water on top (heat rises, cold falls) and your beer will stay frosty.  To avoid broken bottles, use dishcloths between layers.  You will use them on site.  Invest in a good quality cooler that can double as a seat or side table and wheels make it easy to position.

Koolatron W75 Kool Wheeler Cooler

Koolatron W75 Kool Wheeler Cooler

Avoid BBQ misery: Line your portable grill with aluminum foil for easy clean-up – there are some actual grill covers that will make this very simple as they are made exactly to fit the ribs on a BBQ rack.  Trim it if you have a petit BBQ.

Disposable Aluminum Grill Liner.

Disposable Aluminum Grill Liner.

Place a foil pan filled with a grease absorbent material beneath the grill top.

Freeze bottled water for your cooler: Buy water in square bottles and freeze it. Use these in your cooler instead of the freezer blocks. You can then have a decent supply of drinking water on hand. I have some refillable/recyclable square bottles and just fill from our water filter.  This also means that you will have less weight to take home as you can drink the water or use it for washing.

Modular containers: Make sure that all your items are packed in interchangeable modules.  It is really worth planning this out.  Tableware in a box with the napkins.  Games in their own container.  Plenty of room for coolers full of ale. Portable kegerator if you can do it.

Or growlers in a cooler.  I like the non-breakable steel ones.

Pack and store smart: Use large plastic tough storage bins that can double as seating to organize all of your tailgating gear.  If you can afford it, get the ones that can be wheeled. Something like this (as long as it fits in your car) is ideal as you can also see what is inside.

Plastic Clear Storage Box with Wheels

Plastic Clear Storage Box with Wheels

Pack chairs, canopy and other non-perishables in the car the night before.  Just leave spaces for the coolers and perishable food.

Set up right (and fast).

Location is vital for a successful tailgate party. Pick a good spot if you can but you will most likely be pointed in a specific direction and have no choice. However, if you do have choice, be selective:  park in the outer lanes as near to the exits as possible and when it is time to leave, you will be grateful.  Leaving fast will neatly cap off a good day as long as you are happy to take that fast paced walk to your car from the stadium.  You will avoid the exit gridlock altogether. When your friends arrive, they will be able to find you far easier. Place a flag on a pole next to your car.

Flagpole To Go Portable Flagpole

Flagpole To Go Portable Flagpole

This clever, collapsible flag pole can be used for portable or stationary purposes. Great for tailgating, its features include  4 Aluminum Telescoping Flagpole Sections Snap-Lock Sections that you lock together to the height desired and it can be used as In-Ground or Tire Mount.  It extends up to 19 ft. tall. For use with vehicles only.

Increase your visibility in the car park by raising a flag on your very own flagpole.  This is a lightweight aluminum demountable unit that is secured by your car. Won’t blow away in the wind but light to transport.

Then talk your buddies down!!!!! ‘We’re the Silverado with the tall Seahawk’s flag 3 rows from the west gate’ … easy!  Or give them a GPS reading.  Don’t let any of your guests waste good eating, drinking and gaming time by getting lost.

Spy out the toilet block.  You probably have done your homework on this.  Don’t be too near these but close enough to sprint there in an emergency!  There are usually rows of PortaPotties distributed through the parking lot. Don’t park right nearby, give it a row or two upwind.  You also want to avoid having the pee-lines anywhere near your party.

And a word on toilets: Campers will know that it is handy to have your own toilet.  Avoid the filth of the flooded and grubby porta-potties with their awful chemical whiff.

Cleanwaste Go Anywhere Complete Portable Toilet System

Cleanwaste GO anywhere  Complete Toilet

Cleanwaste GO anywhere Complete Toilet

This is gold!  After eating Ma’s chili all morning, what could be better than this?  A full toilet in a tent, the system developed by NASA with plastic bags and solution to contain waste and wipes, it’s the kind used by the Armed Forces and packs into a small bag.  Super cheap and will give you years of service.  Need I say more?  If your site (or if there are a few of you together) has the space, this is a very inexpensive way to have comfort and convenience.  I would just advice putting a bit of ambient music nearby.  Just not the National Anthem.

Simple to Erect Canopy

Pop up that canopy and fly your flag at the top of your flagpole.  The quicker you can put up your canopy the faster your guests can kick back and relax.  The Colman is my favorite and includes 4 ultra-bright LED lights which operate from 4 x D batteries and can be dimmed from task to atmosphere illumination.  Very nice!

Coleman Instant Canopy

Coleman Instant Canopy

Note that the Coleman CPX 6 V Rechargeable Power Cartridge replaces the batteries and is a great backup source of simple power.  It has enough oomph to light up a Coleman lantern.

You can place a banner on top of the canopy or beside it and your guests can use it to orient themselves in the parking lot.

Car Locator App: Download it so that you don’t get lost.  I mean, after a beer or three, your navigational skills just may be lacking. So that trip to the bathroom could mean you miss the party!

Chairs, seating and furniture: While some of your guests may bring a chair so that they can relax at the tailgate party, you will need to supply something for seating and maybe a table.  You can use the tops of your storage tubs but a good drinking chair is hard to beat.  Choose one that can fold up to a small size. Some even have little tables attached and hanging pockets to stash phone, drinks, chip bags.

Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair

Picnic Time Portable Folding Sports Chair

Menu Hints

A simple menu is a better idea than someone having to spend all day fiddling with food.  Finger food shouldn’t be so messy that everyone gets mucky hands which they then transfer to your game equipment and so on.  Go for 2 meat items, some bread, 3 salads.  Chips and dips.  And maybe a dessert that you can either eat before the game or even after.  Coffee is handy too and if you are allowed to take it inside, do so.  You won’t have a dining table so choose food you can eat from a folding chair … skewered meats and vegetables are great.  Or just buy a rotisserie chicken on the way and tear it to shreds in the parking lot and serve it with the store’s trimmings!

Southern Living’s Tailgating Cookbook has some great ideas.


Charcoal may taste better but it’s hard to slow down the griller, dispose of the spent coals and packe away the BBQ and get the car packed up prior to the game. Gas is so much easier, less messy and less hazardous.  You don’t have to sacrifice taste – use some smoking chips and a layer of flavored rocks to impart the traditional taste.  Keep the BBQ to a size that makes sense.  You can find rigs to suit all needs but I like the tiny Cuisinart which easily has space for four hefty meals.

And the way we fit more meat onto its small space is to do it in relays.  Some people cook, others play games, others eat and so on.  But all the while, we play music and have fun.  No pressure!

Food Safety

Avoid foods that are easily perishable (eggy mayo, sour cream etc.) unless you have a dedicated cooler that remains shut when you are not delving it to it for goodies.  Don’t mix raw food and cooked food.  Don’t take leftovers home – just pitch them in the trash. Don’t over-cater.  After a day in the sun, most will not be safe to eat.  Trash bags are essential and a pack of antiseptic wipes will be handy.  You will also need bottled water for some routine hand washing.  Some caterers’ disposable food prep gloves are really useful (just be careful near the BBQ that you are not in melting distance).

Clean up the space as you go and also before you leave: Get lightweight, strong trash can that collapses to a flat disk for easy storage.  You line it with a 33 gal. bin bag.  22” x 28”, it can be washed and disinfected between uses. It will save you many trips to the parking lot trash containers. Take all trash with you.

Portable Trash Can

Portable Trash Can

Cool the BBQ before packing it away.  If you use charcoal, pour water over to cool it, wrap in foil and dispose of it in the correct parking lot receptacle (if they have one) or be sure it has been completely extinguished, cold and wet and pack in a metal (non flammable) box away from your fuel tank.  Be fire alert.

There should not even be a grease spot, piece of trash (or vomit trail ….) to mark where you have been.


Drink water, Alka Seltzer if you need it and don’t drive drunk.  A personal breathalyzer may be in order…But I don’t want to bring the party down.





14 Best Sports Trivia Games To Play At Tailgate Parties

Playing sports trivia games at Tailgate parties is a tried and tested tradition and takes you through all kinds of weather and states of sobriety. No matter how many beers you have had, it’s always fun to display your knowledge, or not.  In fact, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ would be great if they filled the Green Room with booze and the contestants had to be buzzed or above.  IMHO.

A lot of party animals make up their own questions and score in a random way but I have found some really great kits that do all this for you.  Check them out!

Ways to play are via phone, Kindle or computer or you can fall back on (and this is what we prefer) those packs of trivia cards for a specific sport or for all sports.  Let’s start with the apps.


Android Smart Phone NFL NHL MLB NBA MLS Logo Quiz App – Free

Logo Quiz - NHL, NFL, MLB

Logo Quiz – NHL, NFL, MLB

FREE is good, right?  So here’s a range of free apps that are based on team logos and knowledge.  They appeal to all ages and are designed to run on Android phones.

There are 140 logos, 6 levels to conquer and 4 hints per logo.  Correct guesses give you additional hints. The app is updated and is a developing game so the numerous typos and spelling errors probably can be forgiven but it may frustrate those used to more precise quizzes.  For group play, Bluetooth it into your Smart TV and play in teams.

There’s no NHL on there.

Soccer levels are hard for non-fans.

New versions could be worth looking at and as it is free, hey, what’s the problem?

From Bubble Quiz Games

Android Smart Phone – All Star Sports Trivia

All-Star Sports Trivia

All-Star Sports Trivia

OK, so this paid-for app is a definite must for blue-toothing to your big screen, all gathering around it and taking turns in answering a set.  Speed and accuracy of picking the multiple choice answer is paramount and the questions range around all sports or you can pick a particular game that you’ve got some expertise in.

This is real Sports Bar stuff and the questions range from easy to darn hard.  Do some prep for your tailgate party quizzes by working through this large selection of questions.  The makers are still working on it, fixing any glitches.  The display looks like ‘Millionaire’ and your results can be posted on Facebook. Compete against your buddies or against the computer.  It has bookmarks and is user-friendly intuitive interactive.  Hey, it even has car racing and don’t forget tailgating happens at rallies, F-1, stock-car, burn-out and other 4 wheeler events.

Trivia. No sport is off limits and questions- ranging from easy to hard- cover football, basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, and more! Challenge a friend to the All-Star Sports Trivia game, save your score, and post your all time best record on Facebook. Invite your friends to play and impress your buddies with how much you know about the best sports teams and players of all time!

I had a wild time playing this one with the computer but then some friends came over to visit.  After a few beers, we were shouting out answers and it really was fun.  Particularly useful in the car-park when you are restricted by small spaces or weather but always great for home-gating.

From Mobifusion.

Not free.

Android Smartphone NCAA March Madness Basketball Trivia

NCAA March Madness Basketball Trivia

NCAA March Madness Basketball Sports Trivia Game

The trivia in this app is pretty much off the wall stuff from the Collegiate league (unauthorized) and it is competing with the highly established ESPN game.  There are over 1000 questions but believe me, you will burn through those in no time.  Its saing grace is that it is from Mobifusion and they do other games as well and are upgrading apps continually.

Challenge a friend to the game, save your score, and track your success statistics. Questions are timed and points are based on how fast an answer is supplied. If a player leaves a quiz and returns the game will pick up where it was left off. Players can e-mail or SMS their friends for help on a question by tapping the mail icon on the bottom menu bar.

Again, Bluetooth and a big TV will make this more fun, but you could make it a car for the journey to and from the tailgate party.

From Mobifusion.

Not free.

Android Smartphone Pocket Trivia: NFL Football

Pocket Trivia: American Football

Pocket Trivia: American Football

Based on American Football, it isn’t an authorized NFL app, but it has umpteen trivia questions based solely on that game and its stars over many years.  It has a randomizer feature that ensures that games are not repeated verbatim over and over,  It’s good for tailgate parties and will initially provide a quiet respite from more boisterous games unless, of course, you are playing Extreme Trivia.  This requires that people who choose a wrong answer must Skøl a shot or a beer.  As an app it is timer based so it keeps the party moving right along.  Can become hilarious, and again, synch it up with your TV or big screen display so that everyone can see the questions and chime in with their answers.  Good for team playing as well as one-on-one or alone.  Or everyone except the driver can play on the way to the game.

Based on multiple choice questions.

Use it to train for ‘Jeopardy’ … go on and win the big prize and then you can say you ‘owe it all to tailgating’.

Not free, but not expensive either. From Trivia Labs

New York Yankees All About Trivia Card Game

New York Yankees All About Trivia Card Game

New York Yankees All About Trivia Card Game

Here’s a specialized Yankees trivia card game with 250 questions written by a sports expert.  250 questions is not too many and as a hostess gift at a tailgate party, stocking stuffer or any occasion present, this is a nice item for a Yankees fan.  It’s handy on a car or plane trip (though on a plane you might annoy the people around you) but I think as a component in your repertoire of drinking games this is worth its price.

How do you turn this into a drinking game?  Say, a chug for every wrong answer …

On the listing it does state that it is “recommended for ages 1” and yes, there are some hard-drinking, tailgating baby geniuses out there who just happen to root for the Yankees, but I am thinking it is probably a misprint.

Yankee fans any age would enjoy this and should take a pack in their pocket at all times.

NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

You can either read the cards to learn stuff about Gridiron and how it is played or actually play the game.

It is presented in a 10” square chunky box similar to other board games with cards and a board included.

To win, you’ll need more than football knowledge and luck on your side because strategy is what separates this unique trivia game from the pack. Every move must be calculated – offense or defense – just like the real thing. 5 categories of questions – Offense, Defense, Honors, Teams & Audibles – it can actually train players in the language and art of Football plays.

The object is to control a 25-box playing field by strategically picking questions (straight from the NFL Archives) and correctly answering them to win boxes and points while blocking your opponent from doing the same.. Ages 13+ and can be played by 2 players or teams

I like the idea of this game as it does contain that chess-like thinking process (as does the game of football).  Ideal for existing fans of the game, wanna be fans and foreigners who have no idea what the game is about.  They’ll learn, believe me.

In summary, this is a great game to pull out and play at tailgate parties because you can play as individuals or in teams.

Again, you can adapt this for drinking games by penalizing the losers or rewarding the winners.  My preference would be to do that on every play and use a shot glass, refilling it after every draining.

ESPN 21st Century Trivia

ESPN 21st Century Trivia

ESPN 21st Century Sports Trivia

This game has been around and popular for five years and even though it is dated, has the fundamentals down pretty well.

Say your tailgate party is rained out – you can’t play Disc Golf or other outdoorsy games.  What to do?  Well, this popular trivia game – ESPN 21st Century Trivia – is fun and has a number of features that set it apart from other board games.

Sports trivia questions and fast-action game play include Chalk Talk and Instant Replay which challenge you to get your head thinking and your heart pumping, everything being on a time limit. Beat the shot clock as you battle your opponents; race around the board and win the game.  There are 1,000 questions about your favorite sports like football; skateboarding; BMX racing; baseball; college and more! The “Chalk Talk” card feature requires that you sketch sports terms like “Kiss the glass”; “Snow cone” or “Half pipe”; the “Instant Replay” card requires you to act out a “Hail Mary”; “No look pass” or “SportsCenter”. It’s fun, and even better when beer is involved.

The Game box includes 1,000 trivia questions; 150 “Talk Chalk” and “Instant Replay” challenges; stopwatch; dice; game board and 4 sport-themed movers.

Recommended ages 8+ but there is a whole new level for adults playing this at a boozy tailgate party.  You can play in teams and watch the fun unwind.

ESPN All Sports Trivia Challenge Game – Tailgate Edition

ESPN All Sports Trivia Challenge Game

ESPN All Sports Trivia Challenge Game

This ESPN Trivia Game is similar to the one above, but built around the full range of sports and has half the questions so these people have the attention span of the tailgate partiers figured out nicely.  It’s the tailgate party edition.  You might want to buy some additional question packs from any of the trivia cards available.  Otherwise you will know this one off by heart in no time at all.  Then again, if you are using it as a drinking game, you won’t remember much at all.

ESPN has released many versions of the boxed game.  It is a quality item but I am for buying a few sets and combining them to make the game last longer for a morning-afternoon-night of chugging as the winner or loser.  More fun as a drinking game.

I like the idea of including all sports but if you prefer the more specialized games, then you have that choice in the kits above.

Pressman ESPN Jeopardy Game

Pressman Espn Jeopardy Game

Pressman Espn Sports Trivia Jeopardy Game

Combining Pressman and ESPN to create a Jeopardy Sports Trivia game is a good idea.  It contains an electronic unit for buzzing in and each player has their own sports-themed sound effect. Final Jeopardy counts down with the ESPN Sports Center theme.

There are 1000 well-researched and verified questions as is expected with the Jeopardy team.

3-5 players – Age 12 to Adult.  Requires a certain stash of sporting trivia knowledge and is aimed at ESPN viewers which is why team playing may be more fun than solo.

Of course, you can convert this to a drinking game by penalizing wrong answers and rewarding right ones.  The urbane, smooth as silk Mr. Trebek, is not included with the game.

You need batteries for the unit.

Note that this game is now discontinued and discounted  and has been replaced by DVR based Jeopardy games.

Cardinal Industries Sports Illustrated Trivia Tin

Cardinal Industries Sports Illustrated Trivia Tin

Cardinal Industries Sports Illustrated Trivia Tin

Now ya talkin’!  This is the Sports Illustrated Trivia tin.  Contents are low tech, cards and a scoring pad. It’s really well packed in a collector tin which makes it so easy to bring to the tailgate party.

Inexpensive but contains 1000 questions on all sports and my advice is to immediately see this as the tailgate party drinking game to break the ice.  The questions are designed to inform players about a heap of sports.

And the ‘Sports Illustrated Cover Girl’ of 2014 will be ….

NHL All About Hockey Trivia

NHL All About Hockey Trivia

NHL All About Hockey Trivia

NHL has its own officially licensed hockey trivia game and an excellent range of easy to difficult questions spanning the history of the league from the beginning to 2008/09. Most trivia games are no fun because nobody can get any of the questions right, especially when there is beer involved which, even I must admit, there usually is at a tailgate party.  I like trivia games as an icebreaker and put people in teams.  When the question is answered correctly, everyone downs a shot or a beer.

It’s nice to find a boxed set like this that is based on that brave, northern sport where the yelling out of the word ‘Puck!” doesn’t raise an eyebrow.  Contains 1000 expertly written questions.

So here’s another great Hockey-themed game:

Spot it NHL

Spot it NHL

Spot it NHLSports Trivia Game

You can an NBL version too, but the hockey one is cute as it is packed in a puck.  The object of the game is to learn the teams by logo and kids love this as much as drinkers.

It’s a speed game, the players having to recognize the logos of the teams fast to keep things going sort of like a sophisticated version of ‘Snap’ but with a purpose.  Buy the kids their own set and keep one in the tailgate party kit.

The NBL version is:

Spot it NBL

Spot it NBL Sports Trivia Game

Has similar features to the hockey version  but of course, is all about baseball.  I am hoping that all the other sports are released soon as this game is a lot of fun.

FX-318 Fox Sports Baseball Trivia

FX-318 Fox Sports Baseball Trivia

FX-318 Fox Sports Baseball Trivia

Not sure what people who have trivia apps and smartphones would think of this very 1980s style trivia game, but it’s kinda cool in its own retro way.  Contains 1500 questions and tons  of sports info.  Based on baseball. Pardon the pun.  Features a stadium locator/ electronic game of which I am not sure of the currency – those stadiums change their sponsors a lot. Needs batteries and is supplied with the first set but all that buzzing and display will chew through them.  This game is getting hard to find so if you think your tailgate party kit could do with some inexpensive push button fun, then this may be for you so nab it fast.

Tailgate Party Games: Frisbeer

Who really knows what the origin of the popular tailgate party game Frisbeer is?  People love to claim it as their own invention.  One theory is that Beer Frisbee (Frisbeer) is Canadian. Players there were rumored to have used old, sawed off hockey sticks with pucks tapped to them to stand beer bottles on, but this seems like a load of hogwash to me. Since then, variations of the game and rules have emerged in every nation (well, maybe not North Korea or Iran) , wherever people tailgate, get together around a beer or go to have fun. Although Frisbeer has a strong following and is fast gaining popularity, it is still relatively new and is still being formalized with rules and standards. But in fact, it’s a simple process that is the best icebreaker at tailgating events.

Frisbeer is like tee ball with a Frisbee.

Matching cups or empty beer bottles (use the fake ones that don’t shatter) are balanced on top of tees or posts that are roughly 4 feet high (chest height) and hammered into the ground or mounted solidly in stands. By the end of the game, you too will be hammered.

The aim is to throw a Frisbee, one-handed, at the cups or posts from about 25 yards away (1 car space = 10 feet wide on average) . Players stand at the poles, opposite ends.

Each player must have a beer or full cup in the non-throwing hand on every play, thus you are throwing and catching one-handed. The goal is to catch the Frisbee before it touches the ground, or if it hits the post or cup to catch the cup without spillage before it hits the ground.

Players/teams alternate turns throwing one at a time and the non-throwers have to defend their poles by preventing the bottle from hitting the ground, catching the disc and not spilling their beer.  No striking the poles is allowed.

First to 21 hits wins and you get your points like this (or ad-lib your own rules)

Successful bottle hit = win point

Spilled drink = lose point

Successful disc catch = win point

Loser chugs his/her drink.

Winner get to drink his/her drink.

So you see, the point is to get inebriated.  But you’re getting exercise, right?

The Best Frisbeer Equipment

When you are buying Frisbeer equipment, check the following characteristics:

All equipment should be durable – Frisbees and posts get knocked around quite a bit.

Look for a weather-proof set – bits and pieces are sure to be left in the elements if you play it in the yard, and you do need them to be UV resistant.

Discs should be light.  The heavier ones will hurt when they hit you and are much harder to catch one-handed.  The official Frisbee weight is 175 grams but some sets contain discs that are as light as 110grams.

As an option, see if you can track one down that matches your team colors and keep that theme happening.

Easy to set up and easy to store.

Check that poles can be mounted either in the turf, garden or on blacktop or concrete.  There should be an optional tripod system or stands for the poles.

Frisbeer combines elements of virtually all outdoor games and lawn sports. Throwing, catching, strategy, teamwork, offense, and defense are part of every toss in game play. The game can be played with 2 players or 2 teams and teams are way more fun – never thought I’d say this but one on one demands too much drinking even for me and watching some of the nerdy guys for college getting into it – priceless.

Classic Flimsee Frisbee Game Set

Classic Flimsee Frisbee Game Set

Classic Flimsee Frisbee Game Set

The set includes Flimsee cups, pols, flying discs and storage bag.  Good for playing in small spaces.  Designed to play on turf or other soft surface and if you take this tailgating you will need to purchase some tripods for the poles separately.  It is easy to set up and take down and stores in its own bag.

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set with Soft Surface Spike

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set

The game can be set up in less than a minute.

Suitable for 20, 30 or 40 foot long areas so is equally good for kids and adults.

Contents of the kit are 2 x non-breakable ‘bottles’, 2 x telescoping metal pols for use on sand or turf

Built in scoring system on the pole.

Holders for use on hard surfaces (pavement, gymnasium floor or blacktop).

Has a metal frame which is sturdier than many plastic versions.

The disc is quite hard plastic, however, it is weighted so that it will not fly away in the wind.

Accessories sold separately include a multi-surface base with built-in cup.  If you don’t want to buy that one, you can dummy up a couple of crossed planks and using a hole-cutter of the same size as the poles, make a stand.  But that seems too much work and the stand is not expensive.

Base for above system.

FYI, here’s the base that you can buy for the My Pole-ish game.  Seems pretty good and could be useful for other applications especially on windy days.  You can fill it with water or sand to make it super heavy duty.  Water is quite enough for most tailgate party situations as it would be a drag to be lugging sand to the game.  Just be sure to drain well before you put it back in the car and dry it before storing.  Note that the supplied game bag is big enough to contain 2 of these.  They are shipped free if you buy the game so that is a bonus!  Personally, I prefer to use these than the spikes as digging divots in lawns is just not friendly behavior.

Regent-Halex Tailgate Disc Stix Game

Regent-Halex Tailgate Disc Stix Game

Regent-Halex Tailgate Disc Stix Game

This is a nice idea for a game set, packaged well in its own carry bag, but appears to be way too flimsy to take a Frisbee being thrown at it over and over.  The poles are not sturdy and PVC will bend if too thin but it does come with its own built in stand.

The Best Frisbees / Discs For Throwing

Even just throwing a disc or Frisbee is great tailgate party fun as there are so many variations on ways to play.  Throw, catch, do spins, throw high or play in teams, play Ultimate or disc golf.

You need to check that the disc (Frisbee is a registered name and there are many knock-off versions) is heavy enough to fly but light enough to catch.  If you are swamped with ankle-biters, just get them their own size.  Adult Frisbees are often too rugged for little hands.

Discraft 175 gram Ultra Star Sport Disc (Many Colors) – official disc of the USA 1991

Discraft 175 gram Ultra Star Sport Disc

Discraft 175 gram Ultra Star Sport Disc

Listed among the 31 things all men should own by Esquire Magazine, this is the world standard for the sport of Ultimate.  The USA won the gold, Australia the silver and Canada the Bronze in the 2013 Ultimate Championships in Colombia.  Never heard of it?  What is Ultimate, do I hear?  It’s a game that requires a heck of a lot of space, is like a Frisbee version of soccer and combines fat passes/throws with a heap of running and catching.  At a tailgate party or home-gating, you can play a scaled down version quite successfully and why not go for the pro-discs as they cost less than $10 which makes them extremely affordable for you and your guests.  This model comes in a heap of designs and colors.  It’s 175 grams and the foil color on the discs vary so that you and your guests never need to be confused about which one is in play.  Everyone loves Frisbees, from Dad, Mom to the family dog.  Takes up no space at all, you can make up game rules on the run according to the location of the tailgate event.  Keep one in the car at all times in case you pass an empty football field.

Good for all weathers.

Ergonomcally well balanced and designed.

Simple fun for the tailgate party.

Made in the USA.

High quality.


Innova Blizzard Boss Disc Golf Driver (variable weights)

Innova Blizzard Boss Disc Golf Driver

Innova Blizzard Boss Disc Golf Driver

There’s a range of price points for the Innova Blizzard Boss and that’s because it is a high tech version for specific throwers. A super long range, super fast little disc for sidearm or backhand throwers in particularly.  It handles moderate headwinds well because of the design, will float, dependable stability.  Pro and advanced users say that it has a slight high speed turn which helps maximize distance with a predictable fade.

Comes in many colors.

Sturdy engineering and manufacturing makes this a popular item. Doesn’t shatter when you hit a tree or other obstacle.  Ideal for Disc Golf due to the potential precision of its turns and directions.
Weight is 130 grams.

This is also a good substitute disc in any of the boxed games of Frisbeer as it is lightweight.

Ultra-Star 175G Ultimate Disc – Eagle Full Color

Ultra-Star 175G Ultimate Disc - Eagle Full Color

Ultra-Star 175G Ultimate Disc – Eagle Full Color

Here’s the ultimate in patriotic discs and yes, it has the word ‘Ultimate’ in its name.  Emblazoned with a eagle, it would have to make you proud to take and use this at a tailgate party.  Good gift for our troops too.

Well manufactured and its graphic alone is worth the price even if you didn’t know that it is ‘official’ 175 grams and therefore, competition standard.  But hey, even though we only want to play at a tailgate party we want something that flies well, is easy to catch and manipulate and good looking and this ticks all those boxes.  Excellent for small spaces as well as on wide open courses and good for throw and catch as well as Frisbeer and Disc Golf.  A very versatile disc.

The 30 Best Tailgate Party Games – A Monster List!

Despite what your mother says, beer pong is a sport – Abraham Lincoln

Ok – the source of that quote might not be accurate but surely Lincoln had some knowledge of the best tailgate party games out there. And, so will you after reading this monster list of the 30 best tailgate party games including the classics like cornhole, beer pong and ladder toss as well as games you might never have heard of like Barbuzzo, Ringstix and Rollors.

Beer Pong Trophy

Beer Pong Trophy

Of course, tailgate games aren’t just about laughs in the parking lot at tailgate parties.  Some are now becoming recognized as a Pro sport – The American Cornhole Organization offers $20k to the winner of The Cornhole Cup!  So don’t let your Mom tell you you’re wasting your time tailgating. Because you’re not. You’re in serious training mode and testing the capacity of your bladder is just part of the skill.

Here’s an ever growing list of almost all known tailgate games with links to the best products you can buy for the ultimate game-play experience. No more broken cornhole boards, bent dizzy bats or rickety toss boards though. Gaming these days is serious business at tailgate parties and the game sets themselves are made of high quality materials, include your team’s logo and come with all the accessories you’ll ever need.  Some are even made in the U.S.A. and not imported from you know where.

So grab a cold one, head out to the pre-game party site and get ready to play!

1. Cornhole:

Go Pong CornHole Game Set

Tailgate Party Gmae: CornHole

The game is said to have been invented by Native Americans (or 14th century Germans, or Kentucky farmers depending on who you believe).  Cornhole is the staple game of any tailgate party.  It’s probably the most popular, being super easy to learn and the most fun, with or without being liquored up.

Two raised rectangular boards, each with a hole on the far end (the ‘cornhole’), are placed 27 feet apart. Players take turns to toss bean bags (or other soft missiles) towards the opposing board, scoring 3 points if the bag lands in the hole and 1 point if the bag lands on the platform. The first to 21 points wins.

AKA: Tailgate Toss, Bean bag toss, corn toss, bag, bags.

Gear required: Two boards, 4 bags each team, Scoreboard, drinks holder. Beer.

2. Ladder Toss (or Testicle Toss as it’s known as in some parts):

Go Pong Premium Ladder Toss Game

Tailgate Party Game: Ladder Toss

Played by throwing two balls connected by a string (a ‘bola’) at a ladder with three rungs. Each rung has a different point value (usually 1, 2 and 3 from top to bottom). The awesome thing about ladder toss is that you can play either offensively (by aiming to get the highest points in a round) or defensively (by knocking your opponent’s bolas off the ladder). The first to 21 points is the winner.

AKA: Ladder Ball, Football Toss, Balls Awesome, Hillbilly Golf, Testicle Toss, Ghetto Golf, Dog Balls, Lasso Golf, Dangle Ball, Sling Nuts, Ladder Golf (which is a patented version of the game).

Gear required: Two ladders, 6 bolas, scoreboard, drink holder. Beer.

3. Beer Pong: OK, who doesn’t know this game?  (No hands went up …)

Beer Pong

Tailgate Party Game: Beer Pong

The core of the action involves copious drinking of beer. Nothing wrong with this so far. I look forward to many training sessions.

It’s also a game that you can play with up to 8 people (who all get to drink beer). So, after you’ve drunk some beers, fill up a few plastic cups (with beer) – it really doesn’t matter how many cups, as long as they are arranged in a triangle (usually five or six). Each player (or team) takes turns to shoot or bounce ping-pong balls into their opponent’s cup and then when the target has been achieved, the player then has to drink the cup’s contents. The empty cup then goes back into the triangle and if you land a ball into that empty cup, you must drink one of your own cups of beer. The first player (or team) to eliminate the other team’s cups wins.  That description made more sense before I started training.

AKA: Beirut, Throw Pong

Gear required: 1 x Regulation size Beer Pong Table (8′ x 2′ x 27.5″); Six, ten (or more) 16-US-fluid-ounce (470ml) disposable plastic cups (eg. red Solo cups) – the best ones to use have ridges for precise measurement of beer – plus a cup per team (for rinsing the ball with water between plays); 38mm or 40mm ping pong balls and I recommend the hydrogen filled style; Paddles if you are playing the paddle version. Note that the table is available in team livery!

Beer, beer and more beer (light beer is recommended if you are planning several games, dark beer for the nursing mothers (come on, I read somewhere it’s excellent for lactation) and normal brewski for the read of us, but I’ve heard that sometimes…shudder… root beer or coke is used…). Mucho cerveza makes the tailgate party games even more fun.

4. Washer Toss:

Go Pong Pine Wood Washer Toss Game Set

Go Pong Pine Wood Washer Toss Game Set

This is very similar to Beer Pong but with some variation.

You can make your own washers or buy one of the smart, multi-colored sets available.

Standing approximately 10 paces from the washer box (a 2′ x 2′ box with a 6-inch pipe in the middle) players pitch a washer, aiming to get it in the cup or at least 1-foot from the box. Scoring is 5 points for a washer that lands in the cup, 3 points inside the box, 2 points lying on the top edge of the box and 1 point if it lands within 1 foot of the box. First to 21 wins.

AKA: Washer Pitch, Holeyboard, Portuguese Horse-shoes, Washers, Washer Toss.

Gear required: 2 x Washer Boxes; Carpet; Pipe; 4 x Washes, scoreboard, drink holder, Beer.

5. Flip Cup

Go Pong 8-Foot Portable Folding Flip Cup Table

Go Pong 8-Foot Portable Folding Flip Cup Table

Hilarious, challenging and perfect for a large group since each team must have at least three people lined up on each side of a table.

Each player holds a cup filled with their beverage of choice and the game works kind of like a relay except, rather than pass a baton, players skøl the drink, place it on the edge of the table and flick the cup from underneath so it lands mouth down and then it is the next player’s turn. The aim is to be the first team to finish. Fun times will be had by all.


AKA: Taps, Flippy Cup, Tippy Cup, Boat Race, Beer On A Table Race

Gear required: Table (which can be used for other games and serving if you like), Plastic Cups, Beer

6. NFL Trivia

NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

Great game for a big group or just two people and even funnier after you’ve had a few drinks. One person calls out the name of an NFL player from any era and the other has to name the college that the player attended within 10 seconds. This game is always more fun when bluffs and outrageous insults and lies are involved but when it gets a little tedious try using the questions from board games like this one.

It has over 1500 NFL related questions on Offense, Defense, Honors, Teams & Audibles it’s definitely for die-hard fans.

AKA: Game-Day Trivia, Q & A

Gear required: List of questions and answers. Scorecard. Beer or shots to reward the winner after each round or after each question depending on your liquor tolerance.

7. 500:

I don’t know if 500 is more fun before or after beer – maybe that’s a metaphor for life. Anyway, we all know this game since we’ve been playing it since pre-school. But just in case you’ve never heard of it, the idea behind 500 is for one player to throw the ball to a large group of people who battle it out to catch the ball in the air. Rules do not include ‘no interference’ so you can slap the arms of your opponents, knock them to the ground or just cuss them out etc.

Catching the ball in the air is worth 100 points, one bounce is 50 points. First to 500 wins and is quarterback for the next round.

What usually happens is that your sedate game of pitch and catch soon attracts every gamer in the parking lot and becomes a free-for-all as the players grapple for the ball. More fun that way but maybe only let people join your game if they bring a beer or two or you’ll be wishing you had invested in the large sized kegerator.

500 is similar to: Ultimate Frisbee; Kickball 300 (kicking is involved… of the ball).

Gear required: Ball, Frisbee, Beer as reward for winner, penalty for losers, you decide.

8. Tailgate 500 The Tabletop Game (not 500 the ball/Frisbee game or the card game).

Tailgate 500 Table Game

Tailgate 500 Table Game

This game was designed by tailgate party animals but they also made it kid friendly so you need to make a choice whether it is for the ankle-biters or for you.  A clue here is that the ‘course’ is made of vinyl resistant to spilled beer.  I have never played this game but if you are taking a table, it would be fun to set it up.  Everything is in the box.

Gear required: Everything is included in the kit. Rules, chips, markers and course printed on heavy duty vinyl etc..

9. Frisbeer:

Discraft 175 gram Disc

Tailgate Party Game: Frisbeer

The best rule in this game is that each player has to have a beer in hand on every play. It’s kind of like a hybrid of horse-shoe toss and flip-cup with two sets of goals at least 20 feet apart. The goals should be only slightly wider than the frisbee and with 4 solo cups placed upside-down on top.

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set

Usually I use the 12 oz cups but you could use the 18 oz cups for a quicker mellowing of your tailgate party guests.

Each player stands behind the goals and attempt to catch the frisbee before it hits the ground. 3 points for a clean pass through the goal, 1 point if you knock a cup onto the ground. A team loses 1 point if they fail to catch the frisbee before it hits the ground and there is a 3 point penalty to a player who drops their beer plus you must finish everyone’s beer before playing continues. First to 11 wins.

AKA: Beer Frisbee, Polish Horseshoes, Spanish Horseshoes, Frisbeer; French Darts; Beersbee; Poleish™

Equipment: Frisbee, 2x Goal Posts, Beer, Cups

10. Chandeliers:

Lil' Reds Mini Solo Cup Shot Glasses

Lil’ Reds Mini Solo Cup Shot Glasses

This game will get you drunker faster than any other tailgate game in this list. A small shot glass of liquor is put in the center of the table and each player has a larger glass of beer arranged in a circle around the shot-glass. Players bounce quarters into the glasses and if the quarter lands in their glass, they have to drink. If it lands in another player’s glass then they have to drink. If the quarter lands in the center glass then every player chugs and the last one to put down their glass also has to empty the center shot-glass. You can also play this with plastic cups and a ping pong ball but playing with some unusual little shot glasses really adds to your personal tailgate party style.

AKA Quarters

Gear required: 1 Shot glass (or plastic cup), 1 x larger shot glass (or plastic cup) for each player, Quarters (or ping pong balls), Beer, Liquor, probably a bucket and a towel…

11. Ring Toss:

In other lands this is known as Quoits.

You don’t really see too many people playing this while tailgating unless they have free-standing stakes (you can’t hammer the stakes into the ground).  I’ve included it because without this simple version of the tossing game we might never have had those greater versions.  Players toss plastic, rope, rubber or even braided fabric rings over five large pegs or stakes which are traditionally placed in the formation of an ‘X’ with one center peg and four marking each point. You can also use narrow beer bottles – which is where it becomes important for tailgating parties as the player gets to keep any of the bottles they toss a ring onto. 5 rings per round, 1 point for each ‘ringer’.  Kind of like a fairground game.  Winner takes all, each stake representing a drink or a can or a bottle, however you want to set it up.

Champion Sports Ring Toss Set

Tailgate Party Game: Ring Toss

AKA Horse Shoe, Ring-a-bottle (when you use bottles instead of pegs);

Gear required: 2 colored rope, rubber, fabric, plastic or other throwable rings each player. 5 stakes, bottles, cans.  You can improvise.  Beer as needed – for awards, for consoling losers. Whatever you decide.

12.  Dizzy Bat

Dizzy Bat: A New Spin on Drinking Games

Tailgate Party Game: Dizzy Bat

Dizzy Bat is a perfect drinking game as it neatly combines drinking with an acceptable physical activity.

The full description of the game plus instructions on how to play can be found here.

Gear required: The bat, a stopwatch if you want to be accurate. Some chanting.  Beer.

13.  KanJam

Kan Jam Flying Disc Game Set

Tailgate Party Game: Kan Jam

This is a highly accurate flying disc game suited to parking lot tailgate parties.  The player needs to aim the disc at a slot on specially manufactured cans and plunk it into the cans.  It is challenging, needs an accurate throw and great fun and the winners of each round really earn their beers.  This is available in a smart, easily transportable inexpensive kit but of course if you are a cheapskate, you can make your own white-trash version from a couple of Frisbees and a beer box with a wide slit cut in it with a box-cutter. Transfer the contents of the aforesaid box to a cooler and drink the contents as you play rewarding each successful throw with a bottle.

Gear required: 2 frisbees or other flying discs, 2 cans with slits and weighted at the base so that they don’t tip over.  Or you can just by the kit by clicking on the picture above.

14.  Poleish

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set

Tailgate Party Game: Poleish

Poleish is really Ladder Toss by another name but it can be optimized for tailgate party games in the parking lot with the Poleish Sports Multi Surface Bases which let you play what many feel to be one of the best Tailgate Party games on hard surfaces like concrete or gyms.

15.  Spikeball

Spikeball. 2 on 2.

Tailgate Party Game: Spikeball

Here’s a fast and furious game played 2 on 2 that is kind of a shrunken down volley-ball match.  Central to the game is a small hula hoop sized trampoline style net which is placed at ankle height between the players. You whack the palm-sized ball down on the net so that it ricochets up at your opponents. They have up to three hits between them (just like volleyball) to control it and bounce it back to you. When they miss, you score. First team to 21 wins. That magic number again.  21. Winning team gets to drink and play against the next 2 players and this could go on until the champs are frothing at the mouth.

Perfect for the parking lot at the tailgate party as it takes up so little space, transports easily.

Gear required: Springy net on its stand,  ball (3 are supplied), scoreboard, beer.

16.  Speedminton

Tailgate Party Game: Speedminton

Tailgate Party Game: Speedminton

Depending on the location of your tailgate party, you may like to set this fast, heavy-bird version of badminton up.  You do require a bit of space but there is also an 8 player version that will allow you to include your neighbors.

A game is played to 16 points. Serve from the center of your playing field and players alternate service every three points. Play best-of-five to win a match.

You can insert a light into the base of each Speeder to allow for night playing or in dim to dark conditions.

It all comes packed in a neat carry bag which contains 2 Speedracquets, 3 Speeders, 4 Speedlights, wind-ring for all-weather play which makes the Speeder heavier and more controllable, 8 cones for court marking.  But freestyle playing (no court) has its own anarchical fun and a beer a point scored is protocol and fair.

There’s also an optional 8 player set.

The advantage of buying the kit is that it is neat and compact.

Gear required: The kit. Click on the picture for details of where to purchase.  Beer.

17.  Basketpong

Tailgate Party Game: BasketPong

Tailgate Party Game: BasketPong

Basketpong is what you do if you don’t have space for, or don’t own a Beer pong table.  It’s loads of fun and there is also a half court version (one stand).  Quite solidly made, it has the fun capacity and compactness you need for transporting to the parking lot tailgate party.  Durable and cleverly designed. The manufacturer says that  ‘Xtreme Pong Sports’ Portable BasketPong Game is a revolutionary and portable tailgating game with a compact setup and vertical backboard. The backboard has 8 slots to insert rims in 1 of 3 skill level patterns – Pro, All-Star or Xtreme. BasketPong is designed for 1-on-1 competition or for teams of 2 with a shooting distance of 8 feet and playing height of 6 feet. This product contains 2 games for full court play. Each unit is designed for portability and breaks down to it’s own self-contained carrying case (28″ W x 22″ L x 4″ D) that weighs approximately 12 pounds per game. Backboard color may vary ( blue/ red). ‘

Looks great and I am looking forward to trying it out (which I have yet to do).  Check out the picture as it is quite clear how the game is played.  I am leaning towards this as an alternative to the tabletop version as I like the idea that it packs into a suitcase, the base of which becomes a splashboard for your booze.

Gear required: Kit, cups, a ton of ping pong balls, Beer.

18.  Barbuzzo – Spin the Shot

Tailgate Party Game: Barbuzzo Spin-the-Shot

Tailgate Party Game: Barbuzzo

This is self-explanatory and graces the bar.  Anyone sitting around the table or bar can have a spin and whoever the red pointer lands on must skøl the shot.

Gear required:  This little gadget, a bottle of Don Julio or Patron’s finest or just play it with beer.  You do need a stable surface to stand it on or it won’t swivel effectively.

19.  RingStix

Tailgate Party Game: RingStix


This is a totally new type of game, winner of some toy awards, as the missile launcher swords require some skill and practice to be able to project the rings a long way. Manufacturers claim that the rings can fly up to 50 yards and as the game has caught on, players are building in some tricky moves.  Seems like a fun idea once you get used to the twist of the launcher. Fun in the parking lot at your tailgate party as there is a glow in the dark ring which will take you through dusk.  (Charge it up by leaving it in the sun to attract the rays during the day or under a light at night).

You can play in teams each team member taking it in turns.  Winning teams gets – you guessed it – beer.

Gear required: Launchers and plastic hoops/rings. Beer as prizes.

20.  Sports Catchers

Tailgate Party Game: Sports Catchers

Tailgate Party Game: Sports Catchers

When you are in the parking lot, it is a great idea to have something that stops your ball from flying clear across the lot.

You and your friends can pitch or throw to your hearts content without the fear of pitching into someone’s car or into outer space.

We suggest that the beer should be given to anyone who hits 5 targets in a row.

The catcher can be assembled at your tailgate party and is a smart looking accessory for your games.  A nice windbreak too. Frame size: 75″H x 48″W.

Gear required: Catcher, balls, beer.

21.  Anywhere Table Tennis

Wild Sports Anywhere Table Tennis Set

Wild Sports Anywhere Table Tennis Set

This little table tennis set can be erected anywhere even on your Beer Pong table.  It contains the net, stands, balls and paddles all packed in a mesh bag.  You just provide your scoreboard.  Of course it’s not regulation but then awarding a shot a game isn’t either.  To ramp it up, I like to impose a ime limit on the game.

Gear required: Kit from Wild Sports, Scoreboard, Table with an edge for the net to clamp to as it is spring loaded.  Perhaps bring a couple of heavy duty clamps as a backup if you are using the beer pong table. Beer.

22.  Battleshots

Tailgate Party Game: Battleshots

Tailgate Party Game: Battleshots

We used to play Battleships in class but Battleshots would have been so much more interesting, especially in Mr. Kelly’s math lessons.  It has been called the Drinking game of the year.   Play one on one or in teams on the familiar grid, but shots are key to how the game operates. It’s easy to transport to the parking lot.  All you do is provide the beverage (often vodka or tequila) and bring a couple of whiteboard markers to spare.

OK, the object of the game (instead of guessing where the ships are located) is to guess the opponent’s drink location and if you guess right, they have to slam it down.  Mark your guesses on the erasable grid with the marker.  Easy. Last player standing wins.

Gear required: Kit. A couple of spare whiteboard markers (erasable). A couple of spare shot glasses in case of breakage. A table to sit at. Booze.

23.  Play Anywhere Bocce

Tailgate Party Game: Play Anywhere Bocce

Tailgate Party Game: Play Anywhere Bocce

Bocce is a great game but often at the parking lot, there’s really nowhere to play.  Sportcraft bean ball bocce balls are the answer, being perfect for playing anywhere there is no special gravel playing surface.  The balls are constructed of durable ultra-grip material that will play on any surface – lawn, blacktop, concrete, carpet – and are double-stitched for long-lasting play. The set includes eight 90-millimeter bocce bean balls with scoring marks and one 41-millimeter Pallino in a bright white color for easy scorekeeping. Game rules and instructions are included and it’s all packed in a mesh bag.  Winning teams get beer to celebrate. Losing teams get beer to drown their sorrows.  You could, of course, play ‘a Shot for a shot’.  It’s up to you.

Gear required: Kit. Chalk to mark out your course.  Scoreboard. Beer.

24.  Maranda Enterprises Rollors

Tailgate Party Game: Rollors

Tailgate Party Game: Rollors

This combines the fun of horseshoes, bocce ball and bowling with a goodly amount of liquid refreshment.  That is, if you add the rule that losing players must quaff a shot or a draft.

This was invented by a US Airforce Airman as he was flying 35,000 feet over Afghanistan so kudos to him and may he prosper.  Designed in great-looking wood, it has a set of discs that you need to roll on edge as close to the pyramid shaped goals without the discs falling over on their flat sides.  The rollors are not super heavy so it can be played by any age yet it combines the skills you have picked up from cornhole and ring toss and maybe bocce. The game is picking up in popularity and is comparatively new but a few are popping up in parking lots at tailgate parties as the differences in the courses you set up just add to the fun.  Winners get beer.  Losers get … beer.

Gear required: The kit. A small measuring ruler such as a bowls measure to determine winners in close calls or otherwise you will end up duking it out. Beer.

25.  Tackle Buddy

Tailgate Party Game: Tackle Buddy

Tailgate Party Game: Tackle Buddy

I’ve included this as it’s not just a cute item for kids, but could become the target of a pitching or disc throwing game.  Or you can stand it on your car roof so that your friends can find you in the parking lot so they know where your tailgate fun is going to be.

It’s an inflatable, team-themed critter that you can punch, tackle or throw stuff at to knock it over and it will get right on back up.  It’s pretty cheap and a fun novelty, probably won’t last for years, more like a season but that’s OK at this price.  You can play knock-em-down with the bocce balls listed above too.

Gear required: Maybe a pool toy puncture kit in case you wreck it on the first day. Beer.  No particular tie up to drinking and this toy is really just for a bit of added fun.

26.  Franklin Sports Fold N Go Shooters Tailgate Game

Tailgate Party Game: Shooters

Tailgate Party Game: Shooters

Portable cornhole kits are easy to find but this one is highly recommended, folds neatly, compact (25 x 10 inches and 5 inches high) and contains instructions, rules, balls and everything you need for a game.  All packed neatly in its own bag which is what you want for transporting to the tailgate party in the parking lot.

Supply your own…you guessed it ….beer.

27.  Mölkky

Tailgate Party Game: Mölkky Outdoor Game

Tailgate Party Game: Mölkky Outdoor Game

Mölkky is a skittles game from Finland and has gained in popularity all around the world with its neat, wooden kit.  The object of the game is to knock down numbered skittles and first to 50 wins.  Winner gets a beer unless they are under 21.  The set is beautifully crafted, sturdy and is packed in its own box which is compact to take tailgaiting.  Does not require a heap of space so is ideal for the parking lot.  You can also play indoors.  Suits anyone over 4 years old and is fun at any age.

Gear required: Kit. Plus beer and Solo cups.

28.  Kubb

Tailgate Party Game: Kubb

Tailgate Party Game: Kubb

So as we are in the Scandinavian region where nights are white and long, let’s look at another of their fun past-times.  Kubb.  It’s another game for the whole family, compact, beautifully made and fun to play.  The Original Kubb Game Red Crown is made of sustainable, plantation grown, 100% hardwood. Europeans play this well known game on the lawn, party, beach, camp game and carpet. The box contains 1 pc King w/ Red Crown, 6 pcs Throwing Sticks, 10 pcs Knights, 4 pcs Area markers, 1 pc Carrying Bag Rule book, Full Color Recyclable Carton which you can store the pieces in.  Suited to all ages.

Gear required: The kit.  Beer to award to winners.

29.H-Box Pro Hockey Box Game with Aluminum Sticks

Tailgate Party Game: H-Box Pro Portable Hockey Box

Tailgate Party Game: H-Box Pro Portable Hockey Box

Box hockey would be perfect to take to the parking lot for NHL games and your tailgate party would be the envy of all.  This skill-building set comes in an easily erected kit featuring aluminum hockey sticks with nylon tips.  The course has a specific surface that ensures high speed playing. Takes a lot of energy, but sit down between games and have a beer.  The game is set up the same as a real hockey game but in miniature.  You can play with 20 people tournament style, fast and furious, using all the same muscles and stick play as in hockey.  It’s a bit spendy but will last for years.   Pro hockey players sometimes use this as a warm-up game!

Gear required: Kit. Scoreboard. Beers.


Tailgate Party Game: Tejo Pro

Tailgate Party Game: Tejo Pro

This is the Tejo Pro kit and really the only one I would consider as it will last for years.  Made in the USA and packed in a great backpack, its pieces are smooth and easy to play with.  Best played on sand and lawn (and the pucks are guaranteed for life in that case) you can adapt this to the parking lot tailgate party and that also can motivate you to find the space nearest to a stretch of nice green grass.  The game is similar to horse-shoes but you don’t need any strength to throw these little beauties.  The container is quite compact and we just leave ours in the trunk of the car and play when we are out anywhere.  Quite an addictive game!

Gear required:  Kit.  Beer.


You can write your own chants at the tailgate party and shout them loudly when games are in progress.  You have to make your presence felt in the parking lot and it really adds to the atmosphere.

Here are some I collected and you can adapt these to you teams, games and group and while you are partying in the lot, you can practice the team chants as well:

1. Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar,

All for the (team name), stand up and holler!

2. We don’t wear tights and skirts,
we only wear our drinking shirts!
GO (player name here)!

3. Vic-tor-y, vic-tor-y
How do you spell vic–
Split that V, dot that i,

Curl that C-T-O-R-Y!”

“Let’s go, Let’s go
L-e-t-s g-o
Let’s go!”

4. Pump, pump, pump it up, pump that (PLAYER) spirit up!

5. (Player name) fans, in the stands, yell go, go!
(Player name) fans, in the stands, yell fight, fight!

6. Move it, move it, move that ball!
Down, Down, down the field
Up, Up, Up the score
Down the field
Up the score
We want more!

7. Berries, berries,
berries ‘n cream,
what’s the matter with the other team?
Nothing, nothing, nothing at all,
They just can’t play ball!

8. What time is it?
Game time!
What time is it?
Game time!
Any dogs in the house?
Roof, roof, roof!
Any dogs in the house?
9. Gold and Green

Gold and green

go Packers go!

10. We are (clap clap) Sea-Hawks! (clap clap) We are (clap clap) Sea-Hawks! (clap clap)

11. Maori Haka:

Ka mate, ka mate! Ka ora! ka ora!
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
Tenei te tangata puhuruhuru
Nana nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra
A upa … ne! ka upa … ne!
A upane kaupane whiti te ra!


13. (Flip Cup) Down, Up, Down, Drink!


The Best Ring Toss Sets For The Tailgate Party

Ring toss games or horseshoe games are almost the most fun at a tailgate party.  Everyone knows how the game is played – it’s in the national consciousness.  The echoing ker-clunk of metal ring on stake is almost deafening in parking lots and a sweet, sweet sound that says ‘fun’ with every contact.  Judging by the number of successful throws, beer-drinking is no impediment to the game. There are a lot of sets out there. But if you want to know where to find the best ring toss sets then read on!

Did you know that there is a National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America?  Yes, that is what ‘NHPA’ stands for.  It’s official, the art of Ring Toss  (interchangeable with the game of horseshoe pitching) is a serious sport, not just something played by drunks in a parking lots at tailgate parties.

That being said, some of my favorite throwing games have been played with a bunch of inebriated, liquored-up buddies and Ring Toss is one of the best.  You need some equipment of course, so I thought I would take a look around at the choices and see which ones measure up.

There are many kits on the market from Target, K-Mart and other chains but those put together by specialist suppliers seem to stand up to all the stuff you can throw at it way better.  Choosing an NHPA approved set designed by the pro-players is vital.  This will ensure high quality and balanced playing parts without defects so you have more control over your game. High quality materials and finish will prevent chipping, abrasion, corrosion and weathering. Of course, if it’s ‘Made in USA’ there’s a guarantee of quality and you’re creating some job opportunities for the locals. It’s worth the investment to buy a good set that will last for years.  Let’s start with the best, the highly rated Pro brands.

St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoe Set

St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoe Set

St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoe Set

This Professional American horseshoe pitching set is designed by a former world champion.  It’s approved by the NHPA for professional and tournament play. The shoes are engineered to ring the stake with a dead fall, and more weight is forged into the toe calks (tips) for better balance in the turn and its longer tips grab the stakes for more ringers. Ideal for leagues, clubs and serious players. This set includes 4 American horseshoes, 2 solid steel 24″ long stakes, the official rulebook according to the pro leagues, and court layout instructions. St. Pierre shoes are drop forged of solid steel and then given exclusive smooth, electrostatically applied baked-on powder coating, a finish that’s more resistant to chipping, abrasion, corrosion and weathering than ordinary paint. You can’t beat powder coating for durability and lack of rusting though they can chip during normal wear.  The finger positioner lets you play like a pro and the raised thumb grip allows for flipping. Only St. Pierre offers this durable, attractive finish. The weight is distributed for maximum balance and control, and each component meets the official size and weight requirements of the National Horseshoe Pitchers’ Association. Made in the U.S.A.

HINT: The powder coating may chip and if you need to repaint, don’t throw the item away.  It is easily fixed by sanding off rough edges and loose paint, use some spray metal primer, dry that coat and then recoat with the matching spray metal paint.  Keep some on hand and touch up your gear and you will prolong the life of your set.

Some people like to set the stakes in concrete stands which they then transport to the parking lot.  This stops them from loosening during the game.  They need to protrude 15” out of the ground.

This set is shipped in a plastic container but I would invest in a better carry bag to keep it in so that you don’t lose the parts.

St. Pierre Presidential Edition Horseshoe Set

St. Pierre Presidential Edition Horseshoe Set

St. Pierre Presidential Edition Horseshoe Set

The St. Pierre Presidential Edition Horseshoe Set lets you enjoy the unique design and quality of a professional set along with an eye-catching durable wood storage case.   Each horseshoe has a specially created tip that will circle the stake with a better balance and a heavier fall and this allows more ringers to be thrown. Those who enjoy a friendly competition or love the game of horseshoes will surely enjoy the top quality of this set. Set of four professional-quality horseshoes 2 silver and 2 gold. Professional-quality steel horseshoes. Durable wood storage/carrying case included. Tip is created for better balance and heavier fall. Includes 2 x 24-inch stakes which can be mounted into a concrete block when you are in the parking lot.

High quality rig and this version has a great carry case.  The shoes are silver and gold, but many users like to spray paint to their team colors which is obviously great and the added bonus is that the rings are easier to see when they fall.

Gordon Professional Pitching Horseshoes

Gordon Professional Pitching Horseshoes

Gordon Professional Pitching Horseshoes

Fills the bill for size and quality as they are NHPA Sanctioned for Tournament Play.

Tough as nails as they are made blacksmith style, with drop-forged construction and they are made from carbon steel.

The finish is a high quality electrostatic black surface, rust proof as long as you care for it as you would a seasoned iron pan. (oil it)

Guaranteed for a year against breakage.

They weight more than a kilo or 2 pounds 8 oz which is classed as ‘medium weight’ for competition.  (Your package will be around 5 pounds).

Note that there are no stakes with this pair of shoes; you need to supply your own.

Many World Champs swear by this brand for its choice in colors, durability and finish and its forged shape is very player-friendly for all levels of the game, pitching styles and skill levels.  Note that some people who buy the colored, powder-coated ones leave the tips colored and sand-blast the rest of the paint off.   Your choice!

They are made in China but to the USA Gordon company specifications.

Tejo (alternative for those without the strength for Horseshoes)

Tejo Pro Game Set

Tejo Pro Game Set

Tejo is a new addition to the tailgate party game scene, patent pending with its proprietary material disks and target.  Most people are addicted after the first game. Anyone can play – kids of all ages and adults.  It’s very lightweight.  Strength does not determine playing ability. It won’t weigh your tailgate party games kit down and very easy to transport in its own carry-bag.  It’s sort of like a combination of horseshoes and bocce or petanque and special site or equipment are not required.

Rules and how to play are included and the set is almost indestructible.

Made in the USA which these days is really unusual!

Cactus Ring Toss

Cactus Beverage Cooler Ring Toss Game

Cactus Beverage Cooler Ring Toss Game

Here’s a combo of a game and a drinks cooler.  More of a toy than a sports set, it can be taken to the tailgate party site, inflated at your party, filled with ice around the base to keep it stable.  There’s a set of light-weight rings to toss over the arms of the cactus.

Nice little novelty item, but for hard-core players and drinkers, it probably wouldn’t last very long.  Great for kids’ parties though.

Vinyl Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game

Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game

Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game

OK, so you root for the Florida Gators NCAA football team?  Then this (also inflatable) cute ring-toss game might just be for your tailgate party.  Another inflatable, it’s a ‘gator indeed.  Has a perky tail and head over which you, drunk or sober can pitch lightweight rings and keep score.

You might think this is a little below you beefy pro horseshoe toss champs but it is cheap and a lot of fun, not just for kids’ parties but for parking lots where the more injurious games are prohibited.  And hey, the whole family can play this.

HINT:  if you find the ‘gator deflates, put a square of duct tape over the mouthpiece after you blow it up.

Front Porch Classics Tailgaters Ring Toss

Front Porch Classics - Tailgaters Ring Toss

Front Porch Classics – Tailgaters Ring Toss

A classic approach to the ring-toss game is this very inexpensive one from Front Porch. It is packed in a traditional wooden crate and contains everything you need, 6 rope rings, 6 bottles, 2 elevation game blocks and 2 wooden scoring gadgets.  The crate is excellent for transporting it and basically, the game is as olde-worlde as you can get, similar to that old game of quoits.  Easy to take to the parking lot and suits any age.  It just doesn’t have that exciting clang of the metal horseshoe toss kits,

Champion Sports Rubber Horseshoe Set

Champion Sports Rubber Horseshoe Set

Champion Sports Rubber Horseshoe Set

While this set is somewhat of a toy, its benefit is that it is perfect for indoor-outdoor tailgate party games. I mean, you are not going to want to be throwing your forged iron rings around inside the man-cave, are you?  This set fills that indoor need as it  has rubber mats that hold the stakes up so you don’t need to dig holes for erecting the targets.  Come to think of it, that’s OK for the parking lot as well as you don’t want to hammer spikes into the blacktop.  The kit is completely self-contained, made of durable, multicolored plastic and rubber, and will withstand quite a bit of punishment, travel to the parking lot for the tailgate party, heavy play and throwing in the back of the truck to take home. Made in China.

More St Pierre sets

This is where to find the the legendary St. Pierre sets including many of their other games.  If you are the kind of person who likes to buy quality and own if for a long time, then their games are for you.  Most times it is far more economical to lay out the money for a superior set as it will last for many years and many games, whereas the cheap stuff generally needs to be replaced after a season.

10 Best Beer Bongs For The Tailgate Party Reviewed

Everyone knows that beer bongs are an essential part of the tailgate party experience, mainly because the activities in the parking lot take place in a small window for fun. Then you have to leave your beer, bbq and games and go sit in the stadium.  So you need to get a sinful skinful and get buzzed faster than the normal rate of sipping from a Solo cup. Here’s a list of the best beer bongs out there – sure you could use any old funnel and tube but who knows where that’s been? And what’s the fun of that when you could potentially be drinking out of a spine!

The golden rule with all these items is to make sure you clean and dry them before use.  If it really worries you, run some vodka through as that really sterilizes those hard-to-reach places.

You need to look at the capacity (anything bigger than you can drink will be wasted), the length of the tubes and whether it has a tap or not.

Here are the few ways to jazz up what is essentially a siphon, a funnel and a tube.  My favorite is obviously the 6-seater arrangement around the pole, but each item on this list has merit either for its low price or functions.

Barbuzzo Russian Roulette Beer Bong

Barbuzzo Russian Roulette Beer Bong

Barbuzzo Russian Roulette Beer Bong

Great idea but leaks and doesn’t siphon properly plus breaks easily.  The barrel/funnel part never really opens wide enough to get a good flow. Holds up to 72 ounces of fluid.

Cute though and cheap enough if you buy it with other items so that you get free shipping.

Skull Beverage Funnel

Skull Beer Funnel

Skull Beer Funnel

Finish him! If you’re into cold beers and Sub-Zero is your Mortal Combat hero then this beer bong is for you! With this bad boy you can skål a Skol in a skull! Beer goes in the head and down the spine-tube so technically the beer bong can double as a Halloween party item.  Make sure to wash it well before and after use and air dry it before stashing it in your tailgate party kit.  Get a buddy to help you fill it then let the fun commence!

Pink Flamingo Bird Beer Bong

Pink Flamingo Bird Beer Bong

Pink Flamingo Bird Beer Bong

It’s never a bad thing to cater specifically for the lady-drinkers on your team.  This is certainly a girly item and performs a lot slower than most manly beer bongs.  As a novelty item to bring out at your tailgate party, it says fun for the girls and that makes it worth a spot in your tailgate party kit.  You chug from the bird’s beak with the bottle attached underneath. Very simple.

The Double Header – Funnel and Tube Beer Bong

The Double Header

The Double Header

The Double Header has twin 2 foot hoses with taps so you and your best (or worst) bud can race to a stupor.  Have another friend top it up and another clean up the spill.  A hint is to put plumbers’ tape (Teflon) on all the joins to avoid spilling a drop of that precious amber ale.  It’s not a high-priced item and so it isn’t built like code plumbing, but is a fun thing and does the job.  Nice to be able to turn your favorite activity into a legitimate contest.

Extreme Beer Bong

Extreme Beer Bong

Extreme Beer Bong

Similar to the basic funnel/hose/valve (tap)  combo, this version has a 6 foot hose and works well.  The hose is somewhat narrower and you may find a build-up of foam but hey, just keep sucking hard and fast and that will calm down.

Very inexpensive so you can throw a few of these in your tailgate party kit.  Wash and dry well prior and after use and if it develops any leaks at joins, apply the Teflon tape as discussed above.

Bongzilla Beer Bong with 6 Tubes

Bongzilla Beer Bong with 6 Tubes

Bongzilla Beer Bong with 6 Tubes

OK, this one is almost unbeatable for a fun party-starter.  It’s pole mounted on a sturdy base which, when filled with water, keeps it all anchored to the ground.  Best of all, it allows six people to slam down the beer simultaneously and darn fast.  From the Head Rush Beer Bong ultimate party people, it features a six-way funnel, six hoses and six valves.  The pole is adjustable so you can either sit or stand.  I guess most start standing, gradually sliding into a seat and maybe eventually playing at floor level.  Just keep adjusting the pole closer to the ground.  You can plug any tube that is not being used with one of the supplied stoppers.  Capacity is 12 cans of beer or half a gallon (5 or six beers), so keep those growlers happening and get a friend to top it up as I know my friends will drink more than the starter funnel full.

Head Rush 1 Hose 18ft Balcony Beer Bong with On / Off Valve

Head Rush 18ft Balcony Beer Bong

Head Rush 18ft Balcony Beer Bong

I’m including this as I know there are some who have their tailgate parties near balconies, roof-gardens, home-gating in some cases.  Naturally, it is a ‘must-pack’ for your trip to Cancun and Cabo, but idea for some situations where the beer can flow fast from a height of 18 feet.  Yes, that is what it says.  18 glorious gravitational feet causing the beer to flow so fast that your alimentary canal will be challenged in the best way possible.  Do I need to explain more?  It has the Head Rush Beer Bong quality and good design and will give you hours of fun.  Not that you will remember much of it till the hilarious photos are featured on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Beer Bottle Bong (Head Rush)

Beer Bottle Bong

Beer Bottle Bong

If your beers come in bottles, then this is for you.  It can pump the beer from the bottle in seconds without loss of quality.  Suck it in fast!  The gadget fits over the bottle and the tube goes in the bottle and the small part of the tube (of course) goes into your mouth.  You have to see one to know what I am talking about.  Super fun and everyone gets his or her own.  You can hold contests to see who can drink the fastest.  There are no negatives with this invention which has taken what was a college students’ makeshift gadget and finessed it so that it is reliable and well made. Inexpensive and you can use it many times.  Wash and air-dry before and after use.  No moving parts.  Oh, that is the drinker also.  Note that you get one,, not the whole container full of these for the advertised price.

Russian Roulette Revolver Shots Drinking Game

Russian Roulette Revolver Shots Drinking Game

Russian Roulette Revolver Shots Drinking Game

Neat way to play Russian Roulette and nobody gets hurt!

The handle holds a shot (2.5 ounces) and when the trigger is pulled, the barrel will go around, allowing one chamber only to shoot the liquor into a lucky drinker’s mouth.  A one in six chance to be … Winner!  It’s a bit dinky but a very fun accessory to have at a tailgate party to mix up the ways and methods of taking a swig of liquor in amongst all that beer.  Inexpensive for the laughs you will get.  And the gratitude the winner will show you after a shot of tequila or whatever you want to fill it with.  Again, wash and air dry before and after use or it could become nasty!!!

Glow In The Dark And Under Black Light Beer Bong

Glow In The Dark And Under Black Light Beer Bong

Glow In The Dark And Under Black Light Beer Bong

This Beer Blaster Beer Funnel is the one you will take out when the sun goes down or on those Friday nights. Guaranteed fun for everyone this Funnel & Tube Beer Bong is the classic style Beer Bong.  Holds just a smidge over 2 beers and comes with a 2 feet long hose.  A nice novelty at a low price.  Doesn’t have a tap so if you stop to belch then you’ll be wearing your booze.

Best Beer Towers For The Tailgate Party Reviewed

So you’re in the middle of a tailgate party, you want to BBQ, play games and serve your frosty beer at the same time.  Where’s the waiter?? And what can you do when you don’t own a kegerator? How about a few Beer Towers, each with its own beverage! Check out this list of the best beer towers for your tailgate party.

Awesome looking lined up in Drinks Central at your tailgate party, they’re known as Booze Tubes, Tabletop Beer Dispensers, Bazooka Tubes, or Beer Pitchers. They are low tech – few moving parts – probably the secret to the design’s affordability.  It pretty much adds up to a Yard of Beer but unlike those massive steins, glasses and containers, they stay cold.

Of course, the difference between this and the draft models can’t be denied.  But these are cheap and if your look after them, you’ll have them forever.  The bottom line is that they are a great accessory for the ‘bar’ or picnic table in the parking lot.

If you have a larger budget and a powered site, then you might want to consider a large kegerator and the draft beer towers and taps to go with that.  However, many people really can’t afford to throw down that much moolah – there are heaps of accessories and maintenance required for the big rigs.  So these little low-tech units are a great alternative and not to be sneezed at (or on).

Basically, this is like a well-sealed very tall pitcher, around a yard of beer, except many have a tube full of ice down their center.  Some light up with amazing colors.  They have a spigot tap for serving.  It’s up to you what you serve from them but I keep a dark beer in one, a light Pilsener in another and a medium bitter in another.  That seems to keep everyone happy.  Oh, and one with non-alcoholic beverage in for the designated driver.  You can purchase logos separately for the taps to identify your drinks.  Next day, fill it with a Bloody Mary with pickle juice and oysters for that essential pick-me-up hangover cure, hair of the dog and Vitamin C/Zinc hit and you’ll be rearing to go, ready for the next tailgate party.

Choosing a beer tower, you need to look for stability, an ice tube, (AKA chill stick, chill bat)  or flexible ice wrap, to keep the booze cold. Ease of cleaning and durability of the tube, tap and base are important too.  That’s it. Simple.

Note that the beer taps are intended to be carefully pulled down only a quarter of the way to dispense liquid. Taps will be damaged, if pulled completely down but if you break them you can easily get replacements.

Beer Tower from BarProducts.

Bar Products Beer Tower

Bar Products Beer Tower

Standing on a base of 8” diameter, this Beer Tower in just under a yard tall at 34”.  The tube is clear plastic and holds 3 liters (101.4 fluid ounces) of liquid.  A standard beer is 10 ounces, so you will get a little over 10 glasses from this.

Drinks are dispensed by pulling down the spigot handle (bar style) or pushing the button on the spout.

The ratio of base width to height is good and it should not tip over under normal circumstances.  Turn the tower to lock it into place on the stand.

Handy in a crowd situation – a few of these will keep the beer cold and people can help themselves.  Fill it with your home-brew!

This model does not come equipped with an ice tube and it is recommended that you purchase a freeze sleeve and wrap it around the tube, at least at the base of the beer section.  Obviously that doesn’t look as amazing as the amber liquid glowing through the tube, but it is functional.

Techni-ICE Sheets, Better than Ice or Gel Packs! Reusable, Dry Ice Replacement

Techni-ICE Sheets

Techni-ICE Sheets

These flexible sleeves are as good as dry ice, can be heated as well as frozen and will last for ever.  A great investment.  You can wrap these around anything to keep them cold and put one on your head next day to reduce your hangover.

Wyndham House 3.7qt (3.5l) Beverage Dispenser (No Ice-Tube)

Wyndham House 3.7qt (3.5l) Beverage Dispenser

Wyndham House 3.7qt (3.5l) Beverage Dispenser

With a capacity of 7 pints (3.7 quarts or 3.5 liters) this is quite large and surprisingly, is around half the price of most on the market.  The dimensions are 9-3/4″ x 33-1/2″ x 7-3/4″ so it is a little wider than most which may add to its stability.

Half the price of most on the market. as this model does not include an ice tube down its center so you would need to ‘sleeve’ it to keep the booze icy or buy a separate ice-tube.  Some say there is little need to do that as the turnover is quite fast at tailgate parties.

If you want the complete beer tower with matching ice-tube, check out the model here:

Wyndham House 3.7qt (3.5L) Beverage Dispenser (With Ice Tube)

Wyndham House 3.7qt (3.5L) Beverage Dispenser

Wyndham House 3.7qt (3.5L) Beverage Dispenser

Fundamentally, it’s the same as the beer tower above, but has a refillable ice-tube which you slip into the center.

The removable cooling chamber ensures drinks stay cold from the first fill-up to the last. Features ABS body, large dome base, removable ice cooling chamber, and removable tap for ease of cleaning.

Beer Tubes Stainless Steel Chill Stick (Beverage Cooler)

Beer Tubes Stainless Steel Chill Stick (Beverage Cooler)

Beer Tubes Stainless Steel Chill Stick

You want the beer chilled enough for drinking but not so cold that you get the ice-cream headache when the beer bong is in use.  The Chill Stick is designed to keep the product at optimal slamming temperature.

The investment is worthwhile though it is a little skimpy for a yard of beer. You may need two of these or a sleeve at the base as well depending on the day and where your tailgate party will be held.  In the heat, I would recommend a sleeve as well as the ice-tube.

Beer Tower 3 Liters with Ice Tube Draft Beer Tower Dispenser

Beer Tower 3 Liters with Ice Tube Draft Beer Tower Dispenser

Beer Tower 3 Liters w Ice Tube

Capacity is 3 liters or around 10 standard beers.   The ice-tube is removable and detaches from the base for easy cleaning and re-fills with ice.  DO NOT fill with water and freeze.  It is designed to hold ice-blocks and will not stand up to being put in the freezer and frozen.

At least this one comes with its own ice-tube.  It’s a standard beer tower not much different from many on the market.

As with others, your tailgate party guests can help themselves to cold drinks of all kinds from this dispenser. I would never put dairy drinks in this as the cleaning would be painful.  And heck, what a waste!  Beer is so much less labor intensive ….

Lighted Beer Tower with Ice Tube

Lighted Beer Tower with Ice Tube

Lighted Beer Tower with Ice Tube

But if you are looking for a point of difference, this may be it!

As with the beer towers we have already looked at, you have your yard of beer in a clear plastic tube firmly fastened to a base measuring 8” in diameter and the removable ice-tube is keeping the beverage frosty which you are accessing through the pull-down bar-style handle.  But then … whoo-hoo!  It lights up!  The battery operated light effects make it look like your tailgate party has its own cool bar.

Note that the ice-tube is very well sealed.  You just fill it with cubes and seal it and no leakage into the beer to water down that great taste.

Holds 9 – 10 standard beers or 2 blenders full of margaritas.

To fill the tower without spillage or an excess of foamy froth, place it low down and have a friend hold it on an angle as though you are pouring a beer.  Dribble the beer slowly down the side.  The tap will add a nice head to the beer when drinkers are pouring their own booze from it.

Cleaning hints can be found below!

The BrewTender Tabletop Beer & Beverage Dispenser

The BrewTender Tabletop Beer & Beverage Dispenser

The BrewTender Tabletop Beer & Beverage Dispenser

The tube holds up to 80 ounces and keeps it cold, ready for your guests to serve themselves. Sack the waiter!  It’s perfect for tailgate parties and has built in lights that glow up through the drink for an amazing effect.

Beer dispensing happens within a few seconds.

Dimensions: 20 1/2″H x 7″D

Note that for these Beer Towers with onboard lighting, don’t leave the light on all the time or it will heat the beer.  A good hint is to buy a backup ice-tube and add this in when the first has defrosted.

If you want to store this in the fridge, you will need to remove all the shelves as it is almost a yard high.

You can take it to your local pub and get them to fill it with their beer tap.  Way easier than doing it yourself.

It is an essential ingredient for tailgate party drinking games as it keeps the action happening fast.

80 Oz Bever. Cooling Dispenser – Style KTBEVDS

80 Oz Bever. Cooling Dispenser

80 Oz Bever. Cooling Dispenser

Same size as the one above, this also lights up and I guess what you are paying for are the design, the concept and manufacturing as the materials are not exactly solid state, though it works and will last if you take care of it.

Like the other lit up beer towers, this one will lose its cool if you keep the lights on all the time so either get a backup ice-tube or turn the lights off from time to time.

NOTE: Put the ice-tube in the fridge (not freezer) overnight before you put the ice in to maximize the cooling effect.

3 Liter “Shorty” Beer Tube with Ice Tube

3 Liter "Shorty" Beer Tube with Ice Tube

3 Liter “Shorty” Beer Tube w Ice Tube

Here’s a Beer tower that is a lot easier to cart along to your parking lot tailgate party.  It still holds 3 liters (10 standard serves of beer approx..) but s only 23” tall and sits on a wide, 14” base.  The tower is large, 5 ¾” in diameter and the kit includes the ice-tube insert that you can fill with ice and keep the drink cool.  Because it is rather squat, it is more stable and will fit into your tailgate party food kit more easily.  It is simple to transport with integrated handles and The Shorty is lightweight in design and manufacture.

So far, it’s my favorite for parking lot use due to its stability and ease of cleaning and transporting.  Easier to fill also.

Chrome Metal 1-Faucet Beer Tower – 3″ Column. For Draft Beer.

Chrome Metal 1-Faucet Beer Tower

Chrome Metal 1-Faucet Beer Tower

OK, so I am just including this as a comparison.  If you invest in a kegerator, you can use one of these on the top for dispensing your booze.  It’s chrome and has one faucet for serving and the size is 3” across and  approximately 18” tall.  It has 5 feet of hose leading to your beer supply (which would be in the keg) and the nuts and couplers for it are standard.  Mounting gasket screws are in the kit.

Even though this is a commercial grade single faucet chrome-plated metal draft beer tower and the same tower that is found on all commercial grade kegerators such as True and Beverage Air, it’s not a heck of a lot more expensive than the cheap counter-top beer towers. Of course, buying the kegorator is another thing entirely but if your tailgate party is rowdy, the beer front and center as the entertainment, then you might want to cut straight to the pro equipment.   No flashing lights though.  Oh, and the counter-top models are cheap enough so that you can buy one for each beverage.

Double Tap Stainless Steel Draft Beer Kegerator Tower – 3″ Diameter

Double Tap Stainless Steel Draft Beer Kegerator Tower

Double Tap Stainless Steel Draft Beer Kegerator Tower

And now, here’s the dual tap version.  Again, you need a kegorator for this assembly to work and it is connected with 5 feet of hose.

Has a stainless steel tower with two brass taps on top to keep that beer flowing fast.

It is air cooled.  Mounting assembly is included.  Solidly engineered. Some people use this one for mounting on the top of a mini refrigerator and converting it into a kegorator.  If home brewing is for you, then this system is perfect as you can keep the kit in the fridge to stay sterile during the process.  If tailgate parties are all about the beer, then this fast-flowing tap is all about tailgate parties, particularly the home-gating type.
And for keeping those beer cans cool:

Kalorik Mini Cooler

Kalorik Mini Cooler

Kalorik Mini Cooler

This little cooler holds and dispenses 12 cans of beer.  Or soft drink if that’s your thing.  It has a built-in refrigerating system to keep all of the drinks nice and cool

The hardware is very sturdy and retro in design.  You can shove it in small spaces when packing for the tailgate party.

Needs an external power source to stay cold. So really, it’s better for home-gating than tailgating.  Unless you have a generator.

Now a word about cleaning your precious beer dispenser.  Beer can be susceptible to bacteria if the equipment isn’t kept clean.  So here are some suggestions. Cleaning is actually quite simple as the tube detaches from the base.  Clean with the longest handled brush you can find.

1. Invest in this super long handled beer tower tube brush and you will make life easy after the tailgate party has long since ended and guests have migrated to the stadium to watch the play.

Beer Tower Tube Brush

Beer Tower Tube Brush

The brush assembles to a 32.5” length, long enough to reach the bottom of your Yard of Beer Tower or just use it half size for the Shorty.  It has a durable plastic stem with a hook on the end for convenient storage when not in use, and soft but powerful scrubbing bristle to attack the edges of the tower.

2. Rinse the tower and tap after the use.  I appreciate that you may be in some remote parking lot and can’t get to a convenient place to do this immediately.  So if you miss this step, you may need to progress to step 3.

3. Scrub the tower using a few drops of a detergent that has NO PERFUME.

4. Rinse, rinse and rinse again.

5. If your tower has been contaminated by yeasty molds from standing beer, soak it in a food grade bleach such as the solution baby bottles are soaked in.  Milton tablets are fast and reliable (15 minutes soaking only and also don’t affect the taste of the brew) and you can buy them at

Milton Maximum Protection

Milton Maximum Protection

Then rinse and dry prior to adding beer.  It is not a bad idea to rinse it out with a shot of cheap vodka.  It is a great tool to have in the first aid kit or your cleaning kit.  Yes, truly.  And you could even drink it after … or clean your shoes.  If you have left your beer tower full of beer (yeah, that will happen – well, not at my tailgate parties … ) and have a yeasty mold problem, you can also use vinegar to clean it and then rinse well with warm water and air dry.  Alternatively, throw in some grains of uncooked rice (about ¼ cup) and shake it with some warm soapy water before rinsing thoroughly to remove all residue.  The combination of one or all the methods above will keep your tower 100% clean.

Home Delivered Meat For The Tailgate Party

OK, so you can’t have a great tailgate party without buying appropriate food.  Ribs, patties, steaks, mmmmmmmmmdrool!  But do I hear you say you hate spending time hanging around supermarkets checking out those meat fridges?  Home delivered meat is now down to a fine art and so easy.  There are all kinds of options, some are really expensive and high end and I can’t see the value But many are really appealing deals and the savings on gas and time alone make them worthwhile and the quality control of the product is usually high.  Of course, you need to be sure that anything you buy on line has a 100% guarantee of quality and money back if it doesn’t live up to expectations.  Better than that is to know that the product will be excellent and worthy of putting on your tailgate party menu and your BBQ.

Wellness Meats

Wellness Meats Steak – Home Delivered Meat

I’ve spent time looking around for some top quality meats that can be delivered to your door, have this guarantee, and taste great.  Sure you can go to the local supermarket and buy some Manager’s Specials and transform these into burgers and ribs.  I’m all for that when I have tons of time and am in the mood to do that hard work.  Cheap, poor meat cuts require longer, slower cooking than you can allow in the parking lot.  BBQing does need good meat.  Besides, some sports occasions, such as the Superbowl, deserve a top quality approach and that’s when you pull out the organic beef and so on. You can go really high and buy the grass-fed organic beef from someone like California’s wonderful Novy Beef (local farmers’ markets are the best outlets for this particular brand) or you can save yourself the bother and have a product you know is excellent delivered right to your door whenever you feel the need to party.

Omaha Steaks is the biggest meat supplier in the USA shipping to all states.

1. Omaha Steaks 12 x 4 oz Steak Burgers

Omaha Steaks 12 x 4 oz Steak Burgers

Omaha Steaks Steak Burgers

You often see the Omaha Steaks boxes being home delivered and they have a roaring trade all over this great land.  At least to the contiguous states.  They supply packs of patties in many different quantities, suited to tailgate party BBQing, mid-price range and pre-made into standard ground beef sizes. You can order 24 to a pack, 12, 6, 8  or 4 to a pack. So when you get to checkout, be sure to specify how many items you want to purchase.

These are pretty much patties tailored to hamburgers so add to these your buns, salad items, condiments and so on.

2. Omaha Steaks Gourmet Variety Packs

Omaha Steaks The Complete Treat

Omaha Steaks The Complete Treat

If you want something that is a bit more upmarket than a BBQ burger, you will find something in Omaha Steaks’ broad selections.  They are 100% guaranteed and the packs come in different sizes in many configurations of meat cuts, vegetable accompaniments and sizes.  You can get steaks, sausages, patties, even potatoes, corn, pork and different cuts of meat.  There is no minimum order either.  Shipping is added to the cost but you save a lot of gas, time, the food is nicely packed and the variety is quite inspiring to the tailgate party chef.  Ordering through these links can give you a cheaper price than directly from the company website.

US Wellness Meats: quality grassland meat products

I also found and checked out a company, US Wellness Meats, that has become known for their personalized approach. Their products are really top-notch as their animals are all certified grass-fed which gives them a distinct taste.  Delicious!  Last tailgate party I attended, I took a box of their patties with me and sizzled them on the BBQ.  There was no dryness and the center was juicy and a great partner food for my ice cold beer.

US Wellness Meats has a $75 minimum for shipping as it is sent to you in a special cooler box for maximum freshness and to avoid spoiling.  It is labeled clearly as perishable so the mailman/woman won’t leave it to spoil on the stoop.  If you are ordering for a weekend tailgate party, be sure to allow enough time for a guaranteed arrival.  The shipping box is reusable and will keep food cool for a day just with normal ice and longer with dry ice.

The company specializes in beef but that’s just the start of things.  They sell all kinds of meat, poultry, fish and even game.  Well, if you’re tailgating at the game, maybe game is what you should eat.

3. Ground Bison – 1 Pound Package

Ground Buffalo

Ground Buffalo – Home Delivered Meat

For America’s Game (and I am not talking ‘Wheel of Fortune’ here)  why not choose a native American animal for your meat?  Bison is the latest eating craze due to its low cholesterol and deliciousness. Healthy, lean, grass-fed bison is now available from U.S. Wellness Meats. Cook for a short time only as the product is very lean and will dry if overcooked.  Makes excellent burgers or meat-loaf wrapped in bacon.

4. 75% Lean Beef Patties – 2 (6 oz) patties

Large Beef Patties

Large Beef Patties – Home Delivered Meat

This takes all the work out of creating the ultimate tailgate party burger!  Just order and keep frozen till the day.  They come in packs of 2 so just make a list or buy a heap and keep them on hand. The patties are juicy and jsut the right balance of lean and fat meat to sizzle on your flat-top.

5. 75% Lean Ground Beef – 1 Lb. package

Meatloaf - Home Delivered

Meatloaf – Home Delivered Meat

Of course, you can make your own patties as long as you have great meat to begin with.  Ground beef is the USA’s most popular meat and is versatile.  Either make your own preferred shaped patties from this meat or make a meat loaf or rissoles.  You’ll appreciate the richness the that grass-fed meat has compared with those battery-raised cattle in this pack. A generous sized beef pattie is around a quarter of a pound so 4 to a pack and so that you will be ready for the tailgate party, make these ahead and freeze them and take them to the parking lot.

6. BBQ Spice Pork Rinds

BBQ Spice Pork Rinds

BBQ Spice Pork Rinds – Home Delivered Meat

Here’s an interesting variety that’s a great gift item or feature these as a snack at your tailgate party.  Really yummy, they are almost like a spicy chicharron, that marvelous Mexican crispy delicacy.  They go down extremely well with beer as a pre-BBQ nibble or you can get creative and crumble them up as a topping on a meat loaf.

7. Tender Grass-fed Barbecue recipe book

Tender Grassfed BBQ

Tender Grassfed BBQ

‘Tender Grass-fed Barbecue’ is a reference for any tailgate party host or cook.  This book contains Traditional, Primal and Paleo recipes that will demonstrate to you a new way to prepare grass-fed meat and pastured pork using traditional barbecue methods adapted for modern times.  All the recipes in this book have been specifically created and designed for barbecuing grass-fed beef, bison, lamb, and pastured pork. There are over 120 step-by-step, easy to use recipes thoughtfully collected in this 225 page book.

The detailed barbecue techniques presented in this book will be new to most people, but are based on the traditional ways grass-fed meat was barbecued throughout history. These timeless and traditional methods are perfect for grass-fed meat, and have been adapted for modern times to be easy, yet full of wonderful, traditional flavor.  Just remember that cattle were never meant to be raised in stalls, unable to exercise or munch on grass.

The recipes use traditional flavors from many nations and cultures, even ancient Rome and ancient China. Also included are rediscovered bastes and marinades from the Native American traditions, the gauchos of Argentina, many European nations, the barbecue masters of Sardinia, and more.

Recipe books are mailed separately from perishable items via USPS media mail service.


8. $50 US Wellness Meats Gift Certificate

$50 Wellness Meats Gift Certificate

$50 Wellness Meats Gift Certificate

Gift certificates make great gifts, and what better gift than items from US Wellness Meats for your best mates?  Ideal for the BBQ cook, tailgate party host, male, female, young and old.  No more agonizing over what to buy for that guy who has everything.  Most tailgaters can’t get enough meat!  The gift certificates start at $50 but I noticed that the orders need to be $75 so 2 certificates make sense.  If your Mom is the chef at your tailgate parties, maybe give her a reward of these great gift cards.


9. Sockeye Salmon Burger

Sockeye Salmon Burger

Sockeye Salmon Burger – Home Delivered Meat

At tailgate parties, it’s actually possible to invite guests who are bacon and beef averse.  Yes, such a creature does exist. I haven’t met anyone who hates bacon but maybe it’s your responsibility as host of your tailgate party to be prepared to cater for someone who does.  I’ve included this great salmon burger, already prepared so you don’t have to do a thing.  It makes a thoughtful gift too. Each pack contains one fully prepared Alaskan Salmon burger, standard size is ¼ pounder and they are all pre-seasoned.

Like all the products from this butcher, this can be ordered online and you will have it delivered to you or your friends ready to slap on the BBQ. A grass-fed meat and caught-in-the-wild fish hamper – what’s not to love about that! Yes, you can cook any of these meats at your tailgate party and you will be delighted with the taste as well as the lack of effort.


For that special person in your life, consider sending them a box of meat instead of tchotchkes at gift time. You really can’t do better than that and food gifts are always welcome, especially if the recipient is as keen on tailgate parties as you are.