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Corn hole and the bar scene
 
Although the American bar scene might not be the equivalent of English “pub culture,” it is a thriving social space in which millions of people meet and interact. This social consideration has led many “local watering holes” to add a food menu to their collection of drink offerings and has encouraged them to provide fun activities for patrons.
 
You might find a lively game of bocce behind a South Philadelphia tavern. Dart leagues play in bars from coast to coast. You have bars with mini shuffleboard games, video games, interactive trivia games and other amusements designed to give customers something to do while they enjoy their beverages and one another’s company. One of the most interesting new trends in bar entertainment is Corn hole.
 
If you aren’t familiar with corn hole (also referred to as baggo, cornhole, or Bean Bag Game), it is a simple game somewhat akin to horseshoes, lawn darts or other “tossing games.” Participants take turns launching small cloth Cornhole Bags stuffed with dried seed corn at an angled plywood target. It’s a skill game that anyone can play and it is finding its way onto the grounds of many bars and clubs across the country.
 
Corn hole is ideally suited as a bar game. It moves at a conversational pace and, although competition can become heated at times, its very nature leads to the creation of a friendly social environment. It’s not an aggressive game and it doesn’t demand the kind of intense concentration that might stifle conversation.
 
Corn hole also has a very low barrier to entry. If you can toss a small sack weighing less than a pound a few yards, you can play. This makes it a perfect match for the often diverse crowds at taverns. It’s suitable for every age group and it doesn’t discriminate based on what might be considered traditional athletic skill (or lack thereof).
 
People joke about a key element of corn hole strategy being the use of a beer in the non-throwing hand as a counterweight to their toss. Although one can certainly enjoy a game of corn hole without an adult beverage, it is worth noting that corn hole is a one-handed game and that does make it a perfect match for the bar scene.
 
When people congregate at bars and clubs, they may want to have a drink or two. In many cases, however, they are looking for more. They want a genuine social experience and an opportunity to enjoy themselves. Corn hole is perfectly designed to meet that objective. Corn hole is popping up as a feature of many taverns and its popularity on the bar circuit will probably increase as awareness of the game grows.