July 15, 2021

10 Joyous Board Game Cafes in the UK

Socrates once said “being able to play is the only true freedom”. He also said “there is no such thing as too much playing”. Actually, he didn’t, because he didn’t speak English, and I made those quotes up. Nevertheless, it is true that playing, at any age, frees our mind and makes us creative! So here it is, a blogpost about joyous board game cafes in the UK. Go on, take a look at them and visit one!

1. Draughts
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Draughts is a perfect choice for game nights and casual catch ups with friends if you happen to be in the Hackney or Waterloo area. With more than 1,000 unique board games, each of your friends and family members might find a game or two that they can enjoy. If you believe in creating meaningful moments, then this place gives its guests the opportunity to put down the phone and have those shared moments of laughter through board games, food and craft beers.

Website: https://www.draughtslondon.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Draughtslondon/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/draughtslondon/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/draughtslondon?lang=en

2. Sugar and Dice Board Game Cafe
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Sugar and Dice was founded in 2016 and opened its door in November. Thecafe’s aim is to be a friendly place, where everyone is welcome and this isexactly what attracted people from all walks of like and all ages!

When asked how Sugar and Dice wasestablished, the owner, Rachel, wanted to open a cafe as a child, and also be apsychotherapist! She visited another board games cafe in around 2014, (ThirstyMeeples in Oxford) and fell in love with the concept. She thought Liverpoolwould be a great place to start it, and so she left her job as a foodtechnology teacher and got the cafe started shortly after! Once the cafe was upand running, she started her psychotherapy training, qualifying last year.Rachel now sees clients in the cafe on the day it is closed, and she uses boardgames in therapy work as well. Ultimately Rachel hopes to start therapy groupswhen Covid restrictions are lifted further, using games as the games to helpbed in different psychotherapeutic concepts with the attendees. 

The cafe hosts different events,from D&D and other RPG's to an open gaming night where anyone can comealong and meet other like minded gamers, and also an LGBTQI+ night, where aproportion of the cover charge is donated to local LGBTQI+ charities. 

Website: https://www.sugaranddice.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sugaranddicecafe/?ref=page_internal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sugaranddice/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sugaranddice?s=20

3. Cakes & Ladders
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Situated on a double decker bus, Cakes and Ladders offers board games,cakes, beers from Earth Ale and coffee. This unique cafe all started with thecreative minds of Hywel and Ruth who not only love board games but also believein gaming as a means to get individuals to gather around. Ultimately the goalfor Cakes and Ladders is, “to reduce social isolation and improve healthand wellbeing for the residents of Haringey through board games.”  

Back in 2018, the dynamic duo were in search for a location that will houseCakes and Ladders. Soon they found out that Alex from Earth Ale, was opening ataproom and needed a cafe on the double decker bus in the daytime and so Cakesand Ladders joined in.

Website: https://www.cakesandladders.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CakesandLaddersLondon/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cakesandladders/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cakesandladders?lang=en

4. Goodtime Games
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It’s never too late to learn and enjoy a new board game or two and this isthe perfect chance to do so with Goodtime Games! This board game cafe speaksfor itself, always striving to give that "goodtime" experience forevery customer. The cafe opened it doors to people after COVID, and have grownever since with the help of an incredible team throughout the process.

So no matter the experience of a player in board games, anyone can findsomething to keep themselves entertained, as the amazing staff can showcaseboard games to play, from simple to complex and beyond.

Website: https://www.goodtimegames.co.uk/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GoodtimeGames.Manc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goodtimegames_manc/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/goodtimebgcafe?lang=en

5. D20 Café
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Calling all Southampton residents! Here’s a board game cafe for you.

d20 was created by 3 friends who share some love for board games! Theinspiration for how the cafe came to be blossomed from the lack of board gamecafes that were close to the Southampton area at the time. The trio thendecided to change that, and d20 was born in January 2017. It has beena labour of love for the three of them but they simply couldn't imagine doinganything else.

What makes d20 so special would be the communities that the cafehas fostered and grown. The owners believe that there's nothing better thanhosting events where people gather together to have a good time and formlasting friendships in the process. The cafe hosts all manner of events, fromcard games such as Magic the Gathering, Keyforge, Pokemon and YuGiOh, to RPGgames like Dungeons and Dragons, open gaming and social deduction nights, andeven themed quizzes! At d20, there's something for everyone.

Website: https://www.d20cafe.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/D20BoardGameCafe/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/d20cafewatford/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/d20cafewatford?s=20

6. Board in The City
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Here’s another one for the Southampton residents! Board in the City is acompany that is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.This cafe has over 700 games so far and has been running for two years, evenbeing nominated for an award for the work they do. Players can choose fromclassic games to modern designer games, as there will always be something foranyone to enjoy. Simply grab a game and start playing, and if you’d likesomeone to teach you, the game masters are ready to help. Board inthe City's aim is to spread the love for gaming! Their friendly, inclusiveatmosphere definitely welcomes everyone and we recommend checking thisamazing place.

Website: https://www.boardinthecity.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boardinthecity/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boardinthecity/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/boardinthecity?s=20

7. Meeple Perk
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If you’re a fan of Murder Mysteries then Meeple Perk is the perfect fix foryou.

Meeple Perk is the first dedicated board game café in the Tyne and Wearregion, hosted in the heart of Newcastle Upon Tyne. In this day and age whereeveryone is becoming more and more attached to our screens, why not sit downand enjoy the warm nostalgic embrace of a modern board game, alongside some ofthe cafe’s great food and drink?

Meeple Perk was set up by cafe expert Rhi Oxley and board game expert DrewGotobed, as a way of sharing their love of board games, roleplaying games, goodfood and drinks with the world.

Although, unable to run events due to covid restrictions, Meeple Perk issetting up a Murder Mystery booking for up to 6 friends to enjoy a night ofmystery! Stay tuned for the revival of the cafe’s events, including socialnights, social deduction evenings, and bigger Murder Mysteries!

Website: https://www.meepleperk.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeeplePerk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meepleperk/?hl=en

8. Snacks and Ladders Board Game Café
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Tired of your everyday life? Snacks and Ladders Board Game Café cangive you that much needed break from reality. They've got a wide selection ofgames for every individual to discover and play, from traditional board games,to modern classics and other new and unique ones.

Anyone can have a great time at this board game cafe bar, there’s plenty toplay, eat and drink, they’ve got milkshakes, craft beers, house wines,cocktails, alcoholic slushies, baked cakes, snack bowls, paninis, pizzas andburgers and more! Phew! If you’re not sure of what to play, the ever sofriendly staff can suggest you with fun games to play.  

You can find Snacks and Ladders in Newport, Wales.

Website: https://snacksandladders.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snacksandladderscafebar

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snacksandladdersiow/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/snacksnladders

9. The People’s Meeple
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This unique board game cafe opened in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire inDecember 2019. After years of wanting to start a business, the owner could neverquite find the right mix of his experience and what he loves. Untilhe came across a board game café and the seed was planted, soon afterhe quit his secure full time Managerial role to step into the unknownworld of running his own board game café.

The team are genuine lovers of great food and great drink be that a lightsnack to a handmade pizza or a cold beer to a nice hot latte, all are availableat The People’s Meeple while you get lost in your gaming adventure.

You might have guessed by now that the ethosbehind The People’s Meeple inspired its name. This is acommunity venue for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests tomeet, interact and have a great time. It is a place where you can bring yourkids, your grandparents, your friends, your first date, you partner and evenyour dog as all will be welcomed with open arms in.

There are thousands of board games on their shelf that you have never heardof and are simply waiting to be discovered by you. From games that inspire youto take chances and push your luck, to building strategies and even gettingyour kids to interact and learn new skills, The People’s Meeple is the place togo.

Website: http://www.thepeoplesmeeple.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thepeoplesmeeple/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peoplesmeeple/?hl=en