Boxcar Cafe opened its doors on March 18 in Victoria Park. Taking the place of Margarita’s House in the Radio Block heritage building, this bright and airy space offers patrons a chilled space to linger, enjoy a coffee (or something a little stronger), and try their luck with a board game or two.
While there are snacks and coffee, the main attraction at Boxcar is the impressive game library, which houses over 300 board games. Ranging from easy and fun party games to strategy games, Boxcar’s collection includes classic favourites like Backgammon and new generation games like Galaxy Trucker.
Regardless of what type of game is is played, they are all priced at $5 per person Monday to Thursday, and $2.50 an hour Friday to Sunday. Those using Boxcar as a “regular” cafe will not be charged a cover.
Although the cafe boasts two floors, currently the main level is the only one in commission and offers seating for about 25 people. Outdoor furniture is on the way, says owner Nancy Lee, which will allow six or so people to enjoy a small patio area out the front.
Drink wise, the brick-laden space offers a range of refreshments, including beers on tap from Village Brewery and Wildrose Brewery, as well as a variety of espresso-based drinks made using beans from Calgary’s own Phil & Sebastian.
In terms of food, Boxcar offers a straight-forward menu of snacks, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and sweet treats.
While Boxcar is at the heart of the board game revival in Victoria Park, they are not the first board game-focused establishment in Calgary, Boxcar joins PiPS Board Game Café, Metal Galaxy Social Games and Bistro, and other dedicated board games spots already rolling dice in the city.