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Posted by Dave On October - 27 - 2015

Kooba game

When it comes to tailgating games, most of the new games coming to market are combo games, combining aspects of two or more games into one. We recently discovered Kooba which combines darts and board games into one tailgating game. Take a look at the video to see the set up and game play of Kooba.

We had a chance to test out Kooba and took it with us to the San Diego Chargers vs Cleveland Browns game. Our first concern was, how would we set it up while tailgating? There are no solid walls to hang things while out tailgating and the majority of examples we saw of Kooba being played were indoors hanging from a wall. As you can see in the photo below, we figured out a way to hang it using a bungee cord and the frame of our pop-up tent.

Kooba Featured

The aspects we enjoyed the most about Kooba was the close proximity to the game of darts it resembles but without the dangerous and sharp points that traditional darts bring to the party. The magnentic “aeros” fly off the sticks at the game board but won’t hurt anyone if there is a miss. If you plan on taking Kooba to a tailgate and hanging it up off your tailgating tent, we would suggest hanging it with your vehicle behind it or hanging a tarp “wall”. That way shots completely missing the Kooba game board don’t go flying into someone else’s tailgate or into foot or vehicle traffic.

Kooba is fun to play and is much more different than the regular cornhole or beer pong you see at most tailgate parties. Once you get the feel for the shot off of the Kooba sticks, you can make accurate shots and even play a little defense against opponents. I found my seven year-old son and I playing Kooba because it was a tailgating game we could play underneath the tent. If you are a regular reader of TailgatingIdeas.com and read our review of the Hang N Out Tailgating Bag Holder, you already know the weather in San Diego for that game was very “Un-San Diego-like” with some rain and wind before kick-off. Kooba was a tailgating game we could play underneath the tent whereas other tailgating games like cornhole would have placed us out in the elements.

After thoroughly testing and playing Kooba, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. Priced at $69.95 at Amazon, it includes: 2 sticks, 3 Aeros, 4 Markers, Kooba center piece, folding portable board with integrated stick handles and instructions for three different games are included on a hanging card.

For more information or to buy Kooba for your next tailgate, visit: koobagame.com

Tailgating Tavern

Posted by Dave On October - 26 - 2015

Tailgating Tavern Featured
While out tailgating, you want to be the life of the parking lot. You want your party to be flawless and have everything you need within arm’s reach. We recently discovered Tailgaterz, which is a new brand of tailgating equipment that has a number of products designed to improve your tailgating experience. Take a look at their company video.

As you saw in the video, there is a really cool party station called the Tailgating Tavern and we had the opportunity to test that product out while tailgating. (Disclaimer: We received a sample of The Tailgating Tavern free of charge. The fact this sample was provided to us for free in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

The images show you that it is a portable bar that comes complete with side trays for ice and cup holders. The back has a utility shelf and spaces for bottles much like a wine rack. The bottom has space to place a cooler in there for even more cold storage all organized in one easy to locate area. The top has a hard surface where you can mix and serve drinks and the whole unit is tall like a bar so you can hang out and belly up just like you were at your favorite watering hole. The best part is the Tailgating Tavern sets up quickly and folds down just as fast when it is time to go into the event. The whole thing fits into a carrying bag and fits into any size tailgating vehicle. If you can set up and fold down a quad chair, you can set up and break down the Tailgating Tavern.

Some of the main features of the Tailgating Tavern include:

  • Simple design sets up in seconds
  • Sturdy prep and serving surface resists heat up to 200 degrees
  • Integrated cup holders
  • Built-in hanging organizers for cups, extra bottles, food and accessories
  • Cooler garage provides shelter for most 36-quart coolers (not included)
  • Interior shelf for plates and dry goods
  • Removable insulated side trays offer easy access to beverages and ice
  • Light and compact for easy travel

As we mentioned, we had the opportunity to test out the tailgating Tavern a few weeks while tailgating at the Cleveland Browns vs San Diego Chargers game. The set up was simple and quick and breaking it down was just as easy. Everyone that saw us set it up was curious as to what it was and once they realized it was a portable bar, they started asking how much did it cost and where to buy one.

Although the Tailgating Tavern is designed more for the drinking crowd with the removable ice trays and bottle storage in the back, Tailgaterz also makes a product called the Gameday Buffet which is quite similar to the tailgating Tavern. The Gameday Buffet folds up into a briefcase size and pops up and is ready in seconds as well. If you are not having “that kind of tailgate” where you are serving drinks and need a portable bar, the Gameday Buffet might be what you have been looking for. Check out their video demonstration of the Gameday Buffet.

The Gameday Buffet runs in the neighborhood of $80 while the Tailgating Tavern will cost around $90. After taking the Tailgating Tavern to the parking lot and thoroughly testing it, the Tailgating Tavern is “Tailgate Approved”. We also had the opportunity to test out and review the Cool-N-Carry, also made by Tailgaterz, and will be publishing our review on that product a bit later.

To learn more about products from  or to buy a Tailgating Tavern for your next tailgate party, visit: tailgaterzgear.com.

Hang N Out Tailgating Bag Holder

Posted by Dave On October - 21 - 2015

Hang N Out Tailgating Bag Holder
NOTE: Please read the entire article to find out ways to receive a Hang N Out for free.

Trash. It’s just one of those things we as tailgaters have to deal with. Keeping your tailgating space clean and tidy is tough because the normal trash collecting devices designed for tailgating take up valuable tailgating space.

We recently discovered the Hang N Out. It’s a trash bag holder that affixes to your vehicle tire in seconds and keeps trash out of sight and keeps your trash bag open. Take a look at their video to see how it works.

As you saw in the video, the Hang N Out has two pieces and fits 8″ to 13″ (203 mm – 330 mm) tires. The spring collapses easily in your hands to adjust to the size of your tire and when released, holds tightly to the tire. The bag hoop ring attaches quickly once you have the bag opening stretched across the circumference of the hoop.

We were sent a sample of the Hang N Out and promptly took it to the San Diego Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns game. As you can see from the photo gallery, it was raining that day and did not affect our ability to test and use the Hang N Out. (Disclaimer: We received a sample of Hang N Out free of charge. The fact this sample was provided to us for free in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

Before receiving the sample of the Hang N Out, my main concern was that the bag was loosely attached to the hoop ring and with increased weight if a heavy plate of food was dropped in there, the edges of the bag would come off. After testing it while tailgating, I am happy to say that the bag stayed attached and did not come off. Even though the weather in San Diego was not ideal and we had some wind and rain that day, neither the wind nor the rain water that collected in the bag made the bag come off of the hoop.

My other concern was that the section of the Hang N Out was sticking out into the area where trash was being thrown away. If that part was hit by a plate with baked beans or some other sticky substance, it would be messy on your hands when it was time to remove the Hang N Out from your tire at the end of the tailgate.

I found that with basic human nature, people tend to avoid the part that sticks out over the bag hole and we were able to remove the Hang N Out when it was time to go into the game with no mess. The section of the spring loaded base does not stick out too much into the bag opening so it is easy to avoid when throwing trash away. Even if an errant plate hits the Hang N Out base, the plastic can be wiped down with a cloth or paper towel and then the piece removed without making your hands messy.

After testing the Hang N Out, it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”. While out tailgating, we received a lot of compliments on the Hang N Out and a number of people asked where they could get one and how much it cost. Many people also remarked that it would be great for not just tailgating but for camping, trips to the beach or park, etc.

Now that you have seen how the Hang N Out works, the folks at Hang N Out have agreed to give away three of them to Tailgating Ideas readers. There are three ways you can receive one for free.

1) Blog Comment – Comment below telling us why you would like to receive a Hang N Out and how it would improve your tailgating. One winner will be randomly selected from those that comment. Comments will be open for a week and after a week has passed, we will randomly select a winner from those who commented on this blog post. make sure when posting your comment to include your email. Your email will not be displayed to other readers but will be the only way we can contact you. We promise to not spam you.

2 Twitter – Tweet us @tailgatingideas and use the hashtag #hangnout. Tell us in your tweet where you would use your Hang N Out. Tweet us as many times as you like to increase your chances of your tweet being selected. The most interesting tweet as chosen by us will receive a free Hang N Out.

3) Facebook – Comment on the Facebook page post HERE. In your comment, let us know where you tailgate and if you like, even include a photo of your tailgating space to show how the Hang N out would improve your tailgating. Have fun with your comment but make sure to comment on the Facebook post promoting this giveaway. Posts to the Tailgating Ideas fan page wall will not be counted. One comment on the Facebook post promoting the Hang N Out will be randomly selected to receive one.

The Hang N Out is $35 and is made in the USA. If you are not selected to receive a free Hang N Out, you can buy one by visiting hangnout.com

College Football 2015: Best Remaining Games to Tailgate

Posted by Dan Stern On October - 19 - 2015

It’s hard to believe that the college football season is already half over. It’s been a wild ride so far. But that’s nothing compared to the slate of games coming your way over the next few weeks. We hope you’ve got plenty of tailgating energy left, because with these monster match-ups, you’re going to need it. Also, if you were thinking about making a road trip to partake in some of the wildest tailgating festivities College Football has to offer, make sure you hit one of these games.

(Rankings based on the AP Top 25 Poll released on October 18, 2015.)

October 31 – #13 Florida/Georgia
Even though Georgia hasn’t been as good as expected this year, with this game annually played annually in Jacksonville, the stadioum is equal distance from both campuses. They don’t call it “The World’s Largest outdoor Cocktail Party” for nothing. You know what that means: insane parking lot tailgates. Even if you’re not a Florida or Georgia fan, Everbank Field in Jacksonville has a pool. Yes, you heard right. A pool. Add this game to your tailgating bucket list.


November 7 – #9 Florida State at #6 Clemson
This game could ultimately determine ACC supremacy between these two unbeaten squads. Plus, you know those South Carolinians know how to tailgate.


November 7 – #23 Duke at UNC
No, this isn’t a basketball match-up. With Duke fielding a solid football team this year, you know those Tar Heel fans are going to be chomping at the bit to knock their hated rivals off their high horse. This tailgate will 100% get out of hand and that’s a good thing.


November 7 – #5 LSU at #8 Alabama
Obviously those Alabama fans know how to have a crazy tailgate, but with both teams in the top 10 and Alabama already having one loss, this game could decide who from the SEC makes the playoff. This Alabama-style tailgate will definitely be one to remember. Plus, LSU fans has a reputation when it comes to tailgating and you know Tide fans want to make a good impression on the visiting fans.


November 14 – #18 Memphis at #21 Houston
Surprisingly, both of these football teams are having great years. The winner will most likely vault into the top 15, so you know those Texans are going to be going nuts at the game. Plus, Houston always has great weather and BBQ, so there’s no going wrong at this tailgate.


November 21 – #2 Baylor at #14 Oklahoma State
There’s nothing like a huge Big 12 showdown in Stillwater. Oklahoma State fans are already salivating at the thought of knocking off a perennial National Championship contender. Keep your eye out for the massive tailgate before this game.


November 27 – #2 Baylor at #4 TCU
Baylor again? Well, the fact that this game is on a Friday night on ESPN, the TCU fans will undoubtedly go balls to the wall for this game with a chance at the #1 spot. As I said before, those Texans know how to throw a good tailgate, and this could be the best one of the year.


November 28 – #17 Oklahoma #14 Oklahoma State
This is, of course, one of the biggest rivalries in College Football. They call this rivalry “bedlam” for a reason. Bragging rights in the Bedlam Series at stake. Plus, with both of these teams in a similar position, the winner will get a HUGE advantage in securing a premier bowl bid. If you’re going to make a road trip to any one of these games for the tailgate, make sure it’s this one.


November 28 – #1 Ohio State at #15 Michigan
This could be one of the greatest tailgates of the year. These teams’ fans HATE each other. And with Michigan coming off a heartbreaking loss to Michigan State, they need to win a game of this magnitude to remain in the hunt for a premier bowl bid. There’s nothing like a tailgate and huge game at The Big House. Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes and hot drinks – it’s going to be freezing in Ann Arbor in late November.


November 28 – #9 Florida State at #13 Florida
You gotta love the battle for Florida. Especially when both teams are good enough to win the National Championship. If I had to pick a game to go to, it’d probably be this one. Why? The weather will be warm, the tailgate will be ridiculous, and this matchup always ends up being one of the best games of the college football season.

What games did we miss that you’d want to tailgate at? Which one of these games are you dying to go to?


Posted by Dave On October - 15 - 2015

TableTopIt Featured

We all have those standard folding utility tables that we take tailgating. They are useful, practical and durable. The one thing they aren’t; appealing to the eye. Covering them up with a standard tablecloth is tough because they stain easily or they blow off if it is windy. Plus, who wants the standard red checkered table cloth that looks more like your grandma’s picnic blanket than a tailgating tablecloth.

We recently discovered TableTopIt. It’s a tablecloth that fits snuggly onto 6′ utility tables. Its elasticized construction allows for the cloth to hug the corner of a standard-size folding table, preventing it from slipping off. The best part, they have team licensing so you can transform your tailgating table into a football gridiron and has your favorite team’s logo.

As you saw in the video, the elastic on the TableTopIt resembles a fitted sheet. It hugs the corners and the edges of your 6′ utility table so that the tablecloth lays flat and taught against your table. It is also spill and satin resistant because the manufacturer understands tailgaters can sometimes drip or spill while out in the parking lot.

We had a chance to test out the TableTopIt the other weekend prior to the San Diego Chargers vs. the Cleveland Browns game. It was a little rainy and windy that day but as you can see from the photos, the table resisted the water and stayed tight around the corners of the table even in the wind.

We had a few samples with us so we decided to share another sample with one of our tailgating neighbors. You can see in the above photos, they put it on their table and loved it.  They then asked us where did we get it. We are going to take that response as a “Tailgate Approved” from our longtime tailgating neighbors we have parked next to for the past seven years.

To answer that question, you can buy the TableTopIt from, drum roll pleasetabletopit.com.

Priced at $29.99, these tablecloths will not only last you for the season but well into next season. Spilled something on it? Just throw it in the washer with your jersey that probably has the same BBQ sauce on it and it will be good to go for the next time. Playing beer pong on a TableTopIt is also a good choice because the cups will not slide like they do on a regular table from the condensation dripping down the sides and bottom of the cups.

Even though we were given samples of the San Diego Chargers TableTopIt, they have all the NFL teams including a Super Bowl 50 design. The Super Bowl 50 TableTopIt would be perfect for your homegate in February no matter if your team is playing in the Super Bowl or not. They also make a generic football field design if you just love football but don’t have a favorite NFL team.

Priced right at $29.99, the TableTopIt fits right in at any tailgate party or even your home watch parties for when your team is on the road. The best part is that if you order a TableTopIt via their online store, use the coupon code “tailgatingideas”, and you’ll get 10% off your purchase. Just enter “tailgatingideas” in the coupon section during check-out and your discount will apply.

For more information or to see all the TableTopIt designs, visit: tabletopit.com





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