10 of the Best Board Game Cafes

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Not all family days out needs to be active, out and about and intense (unless you’re really competitive…). We think something unique and quirky like a board game cafe is a super fun and exciting day out! So, we’ve listed the best board game cafes around.

So, gear up for an afternoon, or evening, full of quality family time! Just don’t get upset over Monopoly… We know it happens!!

10 of the Best Board Game Cafes

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Settlers, Lanarkshire Scotland

Come along to a cafe like no other! Stacked around you will be comic books from all sorts of genres, and a selection of games enough to occupy you for a whole day!

But Settlers is more than just a cafe. It’s a meeting point for game lovers, a family dining room, a comic signing venue, a place for costume parties and outrageous events! Make new friends or play with old friends! Just sit down and enjoy a library of games.

You can also purchase games from their online store too!

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40 Castle Street
Hamilton
South Lanarkshire
ML3 6BU

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday to Friday 12:00 - 21:00
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 20:00

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Goodtime Games, Manchester

Let the good times roll! At this spectacular vegan and vegetarian board game cafe! It’s quirky, cool and super fun to experience.

Book a few hours and sit down and relax. There’s nothing too intense about board games unless you’re one of those players who HAS to win no matter what. Whether you bring your friends or family, you know it’s a sure way to enjoy your day.

Start off with a classic game to get into the groove and then choose something you’ve never played before! There’s plenty of games to pick from, whether you’re an avid gamer or looking for something new. And if you’re stuck or unsure of how to play, there’s plenty of help from the resident experts!

Whether you like strategy games, mystery, comical or thinking games – you know you’ll be able to find your perfect day out here.

Not forgetting the selection of food too! You’ll find plenty of vegan options and vegetarian options here – from pizzas and light bites to even indulgent desserts! It’ll be a gaming experience like no other.

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Goodtime Games,
212 Burton Rd,
West Didsbury,
Manchester
M20 2LW

Opening Times

Monday 17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday and Thursday 17:00 - 22:00
Friday 17:00 - 22:30
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 - 22:30

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coffee and draughts

The Dice Cup, Nottingham

Welcome to Nottinghams’ first and biggest board game cafethat even welcomes dogs!

If you’ve been looking for a gaming community that is physical, and not in the gaming world. Then a gaming cafe is where it all is. The Dice Cup prides itself on being all-inclusive, where everybody can come along to enjoy a few old-fashioned board games. With tabletop games and vibing cafe culture, it’ll be full of good times and laughs!

They have plenty of options for games, in fact well over 1000 games to pick from! And if you really like what you’re playing, they even have a shop with games for sale.

What’s more, they even hold special events like tournaments, like Pokemon, Keyforge, Final Fantasy and more! Check their calendar for upcoming events this year. You can sit back and enjoy a barista-style coffee and play to your heart’s content.

100% vegan-friendly, dog-friendly and gamer-friendly.

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68-70 Mansfield Rd,
Nottingham
NG1 3GY

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 11:00 - 23:00
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 22:00

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Sliced N Diced, Birmingham

Looking some a place to get away for a few hours and get stuck into fantasy worlds, strategy games and light-hearted fun? Sliced N Diced welcomes all.

You’ll find over 300 games to choose from, with a selection of tabletop games and a drink selection to accompany your gaming afternoon. From the classic game of Articulate to the fast-paced strategy game Cheese Theif! You’ll find the weird, wonderful and downright quirky games here.

Not to mention frequent events like book clubs, social Saturdays and themed events playing Blood On The Clocktower!

Of course, you’ll find a variety of food here too. From loaded fries and moreish wraps to jacket potatoes and salads! Then sip on milkshakes, craft beer or hot drinks – whatever you fancy.

So, whether you’re a game guru or a newcomer, you’ll find a fantastic games library and a game lounge to enjoy! Pick family games, traditional games or broaden your horizons and you might find a new game that you fall in love with.

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850 Bristol Rd,
Birmingham
B29 6HW

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday 14:00 - 22:00

Pricing

£5.00 per person for 3 hours
£10.00 all day

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Chance & Counters, Birmingham

Chance & Counters is a firm favourite, and for good reason! With a huge collection of board games, you’ll never get board here. Whether you stick to your guns and play your favourite board games or listen to the game recommendations from the resident staff!

You can find trading card games, board games for tabletop gamers or even tricky games for those who love a challenge. Top Trumps, pizza-themed games, Exploding Kittens and so much more – can you find the game for you?

Enjoy delicious food like loaded fries, banging burgers, saucy wings and more, as you get stuck into a game selection like no other.

Come in as strangers and leave as friends. The staff are super super nice and helpful (coming from personal experience) – so you know you’re in good hands.

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Courtyard Studio,
8 Scott House.
Custard Factory,
Birmingham,
B9 4AA

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
Friday 12:00 - 00:00
Saturday 10:00 - 00:00
Sunday 10:00 - 22:00

Pricing

£2.00 per person per hour

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Thirsty Meeples, Oxford

Come along to a cosy game cafe where you’ll have coffee and games! They love to express their love for games, and why not! Board games bring a sense of community together, especially when you know a group that loves the same sort of games.

Here they have a whopping 2,700 games to select from!! You can literally play ALL day here and still have hundreds of board games left to play.

Choose light-hearted games, family games, a heated game if you’re competitive or something completely unique and unusual. You’re bound to find all sorts of genres at this game house!

Enjoy alcoholic or soft drinks and browse their food menu for a bite to eat!

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97-98, Oxford,
OX1 2DF

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 11:00 - late
Saturday and Sunday 09:00 - late

Pricing

£7.50 per person for 3 hours

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Draughts, London

A lively atmosphere, good company and a plethora of board games!! Did you know their Waterloo branch in underground too? Talk about unique!

With an extensive collection of games (over 1,000!), you’ll be able to spend an afternoon or evening here with your friends or family. Whether you’re a fan of board games, classics like draughts, or fantasy games, you’ll come in and make some lifelong friends!

When you’re feeling peckish, grab something to eat! From giant nachos and pulled pork, to cheeseburgers, Korean chicken or veggie and vegan food! There’s also a selection of drinks to sip too, from beer and IPA to soft drinks and juices!

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Arch 16,
Leake St,
London,
SE1 7NN

Opening Times

Monday 12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday to Thursday 11:00 - 00:00
Friday 11:00 - 01:00
Saturday 10:00 - 01:00
Sunday 10:00 - 00:00

Pricing

£7.00 per person

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Bad Moon Cafe, London

With barista-style coffee, a selection of locally brewed craft beers, sandwiches and pastries – why do you need to leave the cafe?

You have the games to occupy you, the food to fill you up and drinks to quench your thirst! Sounds like a great day out, hey! At Bad Moon Cafe, you’ll find a large selection of games, from Game of Thrones, Bananagrams and Cludeo to Rick & Morty, Warhammer and Harry Potter! With games from all over the world and all sorts of genres, you’ll be fully immersed into the gaming world.

What’s not to love?

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159a Great Dover St,
London,
SE1 4GZ

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 14:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 22:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Pricing

£5.00 per person

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Dice Boardgame Lounge, Portsmouth

Engage in a new way to socialise that isn’t about thrilling days out or mind-numbing queues! Sit back and relax as you immerse yourself in the most weirdest, interesting and downright fun board games!

With hundreds of board games to choose from, you could start off with a word scramble and end up in deep in a mystery fantasy game! If you’re unsure of a game, don’t worry – they have friendly staff who can teach you!

They have purpose-built gaming tables, especially for big games, wargames and RPGs! Family-friendly games and even a licensed bar for you to purchase some drinks.

If you’re a game guru, then come along to their special events! From Dungeon & Dragon nights, mini fight club and Warhammer!

There’s also yummy food and drinks to enjoy during your games too. It’s a no-brainer!

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149 Albert Rd,
Southsea,
Portsmouth,
Southsea
PO4 0JW

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday to Friday 12:00 - 22:00
Saturday 11:00 - 22:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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Socialdice Board Game Cafe & Bar, Swansea

Engage in a new way to socialise that isn’t about thrilling days out or mind-numbing queues! Sit back and relax as you immerse yourself in the most weirdest, interesting and downright fun board games!

Join all game lovers at Swansea’s first board game cafe!

You’ll find over 400 board games to select from! From fantasy games with warlocks to Arkham Horror games. Play easy breezy word scramble games, cute cat cafe, and dino-themed games to classics like dominoes!

With family games, horror games, and animated and hilarious games to pick from, you’ll be able to find one that suits you and your group. Are you prepared to spend hours here? Because you definitely won’t want to leave when you see the stack they have!

They also hold pretty cool events like Dungeons & Dragons for a weekly campaign, social events and all-inclusive days for any type of gamer.

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43 Wind St,
Swansea,
SA1 1EF

Opening Times

Monday and Tuesday 17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
Friday and Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday 12:00 - 20:00

Pricing

£5.00 per person for 4 hours
£3.00 per person for 2 hours

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So, are you interested and eager to head to one of these 10 best board game cafes? If you love games, friendly atmospheres, delicious food and quality time, then you know where to go!

Looking for more unique days out? How about these creative and quirky workshops? Immerse yourself in Wake The Tiger Amazement Park in Bristol or race against time at The Cube in Manchester!

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