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Snakes & Lattes opening board game bar on College

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 4, 2014

Snakes and LagersSince 2010, Toronto's board game lovers have flocked to Snakes & Lattes to caffeinate over some Catan. The folks behind the Annex coffee shop are expanding their empire with a new pub, the equally cleverly-named Snakes & Lagers.

The sister pub is opening next week at 488 College St., previously occupied by the dearly-departed Smokeless Joe's (the selection of 19 craft beers and ciders should do its predecessor justice). There's also a full menu featuring falafel sandwiches, salads and other tasty treats.

The bar will be strictly 19 and over, and the $5 cover charge (to cover use of their game libraries) still applies. We'll be there figuring out how to convert Cards Against Humanity into a drinking game.



RM / January 4, 2014 at 05:16 pm
How has this not already happened? How did they not START with this?
PS- Cards Against Humanity is already a drinking game. There are instructions for the "Beer" version right there in the box.
Krissy replying to a comment from RM / January 4, 2014 at 09:05 pm
They had drinks when they first opened but something happened during their expansion and they lost their liquor license. I don't remember why exactly.
Soren / January 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm
What's the countdown for if it opens next week?
Sean / January 5, 2014 at 01:20 am
"They had drinks when they first opened but something happened during their expansion and they lost their liquor license. I don't remember why exactly."

The answer to that is they are expanding a unit over. Since a wall will have to come down that area can not be licensed; and unfortunately that is the area with the taps.
Look for them to be licensed again in a few months.
lila / January 5, 2014 at 04:35 am
my friends like those board games from germany. I tend to like the classics more. But what if people get drunk & get into a fight b/c they all think they won? Better stick to the lower alcohol level ciders. I hope they'll have those imported overpriced chocolate bars available too. But they should look into the cheaper imported chocolate brands such as Ritter Sport which usually sells at just $2-2.50 at No Frills. Dark chocolate helps detox the booze with the antioxidants. So will I be able to get coffee at the new Booze edition of the Board Games Cafe/Bar??
lila / January 5, 2014 at 04:41 am
A super popular game they won't have is the Illuminati Card Game for several reasons. One of them being that they are no longer sold in stores & have become highly collectable items. Other reasons we will not mention here. But it'd be cool if they had a few framed on the wall for display. They are still being sold on ebay, most of them for cheap.

On a side note, they should also offer tea such as green-tea, peppermint & Chamomile because they are great for detoxing so that people can order more booze drinks too. Just a recommendation.
Yardl / January 5, 2014 at 08:08 am
This is another great move in the huge push for board-game centric cafes, pubs, restaurants, and lounges - I am finding almost a few dozen with a sizeable game collection and larger tables throughout TO - though there is an increasing number that are starting to charge $10+ per player with 3 hour (and less) limits and even some with drink/food minimums. What started off as a casual atmosphere and unregulated gathering pastime has gotten a bit monetized and commercial. Hopefully, these joints don't get so successful that they forget about the college students and urban casual gamers that used to support their business during its daytime and slow-day evening times. I don't want to see a 4-hour night of gaming and 2 pints costing $30 - perhaps a corkage program?
deanna d replying to a comment from Yardl / January 5, 2014 at 01:33 pm
I think it's tough for these places because you can have a table of 5 nursing one drink, possibly not even alcoholic, for the hours it takes to play a game - that doesn't pay the rent (especially in a pricey locale like college street).
I think cover charges/minimums are the only way they can ensure viability.
and, you're complaining about being hosted and entertained, with two pints, for four hours for only $30?!
Liv replying to a comment from Yardl / January 5, 2014 at 02:42 pm
There's nothing stopping you from buying the games yourself and playing then at home/on campus for free. A movie ticket generally costs $10 give or take for 2 hours of entertainment + the average $10 for snacks. For 4 people that's $80 for 2 hours of entertainment where you are sitting and watching vs. talking and socializing.

$30 really isn't a bad deal.
Tristan / January 6, 2014 at 10:50 am
When in Ottawa, make sure to check out Monopolatte ( in China-town. It's a cafe and a bar, and has over unique 700 board game titles!)
Jack replying to a comment from Tristan / January 9, 2014 at 01:16 am
Or you could hijack a thread for shameless self promotion!
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