What is a Board Game Cafe?
As the name suggests, it’s a cafe… with board games! It’s a concept that has done really well in Europe and Asia and is just starting to catch on across North America. Some board game cafes charge an hourly fee to access their game collection. Others, like Victory Point, have a one-time fee (in our case, $5/person).
How does it work?
It's $5/person to access our game collection and you can stay as long as you'd like. While you’re here, you can order from our menu of Artis coffee, craft beers, sandwiches and snacks. If you’d rather just enjoy a coffee or beer and not play any board games, you will not be charged the $5 fee.
What games do you have?
Lots! 800 of them. We’ve divided them into 8 categories: nostalgia, children’s, party, trivia, word, abstract, light strategy and heavy strategy. Here's a complete list. We’ll be adding games as we go, and occasionally editing some out, so check back for updates. If there are any games that you’d like to see added to our collection, feel free to contact us.
Will you teach me how to play the games?
Our Game Gurus are here to help you. They can help you pick out a great game for your group and also teach you how to play it.
Do you sell board games?
We do. We’ve chosen a limited number of some of our personal favorites.
Will you host any events?
Yes. We plan to host tournaments, themed events, and will open up our space for student and corporate groups. If you'd like to set up an event contact us.
Can I make a reservation?
Yes, and here's how it works: To make a reservation you will be invoiced $10/person (rather than the usual $5). Once the invoice is paid your reservation will be locked-in. Reservations are non-refundable, but can be rescheduled if you notify us 24 hours prior to the reservation. Additional guests joining your party will be charged $10/person (if we have space for them). We do not accept same day reservations. To reserve, click here.
Where should I park?
There's 2-hour metered street parking on Shattuck Ave. You can also park on one of the side streets with free 2 hour parking. There is an 8-hour parking lot on Berkeley Way between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St. All metered spots are free on Sundays and holidays.