The board game revolution is well underway.
No longer are players relegated to playing dusty old games like Sorry! and Clue, classic though they may be. Instead, these days you can get whatever you want – from cooperative horror to competitive art dealing – board games cover all bases.
Of course, the only thing better than playing board games, is playing board games with friends and food. So join us as we roll the dice and run down the best places to play board games in Vancouver.
The Storm Crow Tavern is well-known among Vancouverites as the go-to bar for geekiness. The walls are heavy with nerd memorabilia, the menu has items like the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and the Onion Rings of Power, and their board game shelf is bursting with old classics and new favourites. Make a reservation if you’re planning on going down – this place is always packed on the weekends. Bonus: Storm Crow Alehouse will offer much more chances to play when they open up by January 2016.
Address: 1305 Commercial Drive
Pizzeria Ludica promotes itself as a Board Game Pizzeria, and for good reason. They make hot, fresh pizzas to order, as well as other Italian staples like spaghetti puttanesca and prawn gamborini. They also have a library of more than 700 board and card games, with huge tables specifically chosen to house your food, beer, friends, and games all at once. Whether you’re looking to play some Monopoly, or itching for a little Arkham Horror, you’ll probably find it here.
Address: 189 Keefer Place, Vancouver
Another Gastown favourite, 131 Water’s most striking feature from the street is its window full of board games. Once you’ve been drawn in by the stacks of cardboard boxes and promises of games within, you’ll stay for the food and drink. Classic foods like baked pasta, burgers, ribs, and Shepard’s Pie are the fare of the day, and a solid drink menu features local beers, spirits, wines, and cocktails.
Address: #127-131 Water Street, Vancouver
A stone’s throw away from 131 Water, the Smart Mouth Cafe offers a relaxed cafe experience combined with board gaming to your heart’s content. With a strong emphasis on high quality coffee, tea, and other hot drinks, as well as baked goods, soups, and sandwiches, Smart Mouth is a great hang out spot. Even if they didn’t have board games, you’d want to stay here all day.
Address: #117-131 Water Street, Vancouver
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this list included Guilt & Co., which in fact no longer offers board games. We are sorry for any inconvenience or confusion.