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Go Lounge

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on November 21, 2012

go lounge torontoGo Lounge is Parkdale's very own board game cafe.

UPDATE:Go Lounge is no longer operating as a cafe. It now has a liquor license and is operating as a bar only. This listing has been marked closed because we have moved it to our Bars section here/

Opened just yesterday to much, much community anticipation, this new spot squeaked in right before the Parkdale moratorium on new restaurants and bars landed, unveiling itself to offer 300+ games, plus panini, coffee, and best of all: table availability.

go lounge torontoAs much as I love Snakes and Lattes (and I really love Snakes and Lattes), the caveat always seems to be that if I want to drop by during a busy time, I better prepare for a wait. Granted, Go Lounge is only in its first week (plus I came by during the day on a Tuesday), but the availability of tables seemed in stark contrast to what you'll find in the Annex. And enticing to those who abhor a line.

go lounge torontoAlisa Sadler and Samantha Lerner are the two women behind the shop, both of whom abandoned their former positions to venture out to open this cafe. "We really liked the idea of Snakes and Lattes," Alisa admits, leaning up against the bar. "But we wanted to
do something different; something that wouldn't necessarily be in competition."

go lounge torontoFor that reason, the women initially looked to the east end (Leslieville, in particular) for a spot for their new cafe, but decided on Parkdale when this specific space became available. "It just felt really cosy," Samantha says. "And we've got traffic from both Queen and Roncesvalles, and a little more activity during the day."

go lounge torontoThe space certainly has a cosy vibe with warm exposed brick, salvaged wood, and glowing hanging lamps. The tables have been specifically designed in size for optimal game-play, and the back nook area seems perfect for a small group. To drink, Go offers coffee made with Detour espresso, plus teas, pop, and juices, and Circles and Squares bites on the side. The cafe also features panini specials including brie, pear and walnut ($7.00), and turkey, gouda and avocado ($8.00), which come with kettle chips or a salad on the side. (Update: They now also have a liquor license)

go lounge torontoUnlike Snakes and Lattes, Go Lounge will not be charging cover. "We're a little more intimate, more casual," Samantha says, noting that their collection of games is considerably smaller than at Snakes and Lattes. "It's not only about the games; you can just come here and hang out."

go lounge torontoThe women admit the don't know how to play all of the games that they have in stock, but expect that they'll learn the ins and outs of each within a few weeks time. Their collection includes your classic games (Monopoly, Life, Scrabble), party games (Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Taboo), strategy games (Catan games), and kids' games. I even spot a vintage Bop It (and immediately get that awful '90s commercial song stuck in my head) on a shelf.

go lounge torontoGo Lounge also has a classic Twister board, and if you stop by the cafe before word really gets out, you might actually find room to play it.

Photos by Alex Duncan



Dan / November 21, 2012 at 01:25 pm
Thanks for the tip - while the comparisons with Snakes & Lattes are inevitable, from the review/photos it seems like they're different enough to get along without being in competition. This looks like a bar/lounge that has board games, Snakes & Lattes is a place to play board games that has drinks.
Guy / November 21, 2012 at 01:31 pm
A picture of the actual inside of the place would be nice! It's all closeups with no context
Stefanie Romano / November 21, 2012 at 01:31 pm
Excellent! Maybe it will lessen the jam-packed "flow" at Snakes and Lattes and we'll enjoy BOTH places on either end of town. No competition :) Just board game community love!
Jenn / November 21, 2012 at 03:30 pm
The more places to play board games, the merrier.
Mark / November 21, 2012 at 03:56 pm
Love places like this! Checked it out, Great atmosphere and really nice location to go and just be with people instead of glued to your computer screen.
Graeme / November 21, 2012 at 08:20 pm
Hopefully they'll be a bit less pretentious than the Snakes & Lattes folks. It feels like success has made them snobbier as time has gone by. I used to really like that place when it first started up.
shawn replying to a comment from Guy / November 21, 2012 at 08:55 pm
Guy, there are some great shots of the place on their fb page:

Brian / November 22, 2012 at 10:48 am
haha give me a fukin break, HORRIBLE location....i have seen this spot change at least 5 times in 5 years......6 months goneeeeeeee
andrew / November 22, 2012 at 03:18 pm
Ya, Brian...

Cardinal Rule, Parts & Labour, Bar Salumi, Keriwa Cafe, Easy Restaurant...

Haters gotta hate, I guess.
Chris / November 23, 2012 at 09:45 am
Excellent news. I'm totally going to play Blokus here with Wilser.
Wilser replying to a comment from Chris / November 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm
I much rather would Bop-It.
Sara / December 5, 2012 at 01:06 pm
Great inviting environment. Very warm, cosey, and not pretentious at all. Great food, friendly staff, and games.....perfect place to hang out with friends, without all the "scene" of hipster joints. Been here during day and at night....family friendly, but casual and inviting for all. Definitely gonna be my neighborhood place to relax with friends. Let's hope the liquor license comes through soon.
A REAL GEM IN THE HOOD.....go now before everybody discovers it !!!
Jane / December 6, 2012 at 06:55 pm
Has the liquor license come through yet?
Ims / December 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm
I checked out the place recently, and it's been really well put together; great warm, cozy and woodsy feeling in there. The neighborhood is quirky, but it works well for those in the surrounding suburbs looking for a place like this.

I also had a great chat with one of the owners, Alisa, and it was really inspiring to hear her story to get to this point. I hope this guys do really well.
Roger / December 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm
I checked out the place this evening. Nice, laid back vibe, yummy sandwiches and a good selection of tea. Will definitely be back soon!
Jenn / October 25, 2013 at 07:06 pm
This place will change its name to 1718 on November 7

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