The top 21 board game bars and cafes in Toronto by neighbourhood
Toronto is big on board games, and even the New York Times knows it. Businesses across the city offer cozy destinations that let you socialize and unleash your inner child.
Here are my picks for the top bars and cafes to play board games in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Pints paired with Trivial Pursuit or a rowdy game of Cards Against Humanity are the perfect match at Stout Irish Pub. A long beer list and a menu featuring nachos and wings will keep you happy as you play.
Castle Board Game Cafe on Spadina charges $2.50 per hour and lets you access its game library that's stock with 500-plus titles. Keep things PG-13 with nostalgic snack foods like mac 'n cheese and soda floats or go grown-up with beers, cocktails and spiked coffees.
Swan Dive on Dundas West is an unpretentious place for unadulterated fun. Munch on free popcorn with tallboys or cocktails whilst exploring the house collection of board games, books and novelties.
Whelan's Gate is a pub near the park that offers the perfect refuge from a rained-out picnic. Climb the stairs to the second floor and head to the back room to play foosball or help yourself to a healthy selection of games.
Cafe, gallery and gaming lounge, See Scape is set up with intimate cubbies that are perfect for a few rounds of Strange Synergy with a sandwich. It also has as an array of gaming consoles with 150-plus games.
Cozy up by the fireplace at C'est What to unwind with friends over a game of Backgammon or Scrabble. Other attractions include more than three dozen Canadian craft brews, billiards, darts and live music.
The original Snakes & Lattes on Bloor has been a neighbourhood attraction since day one. Just scoring a table is a win, but once you're inside, $5 buys unlimited access to the games library.
Comic book-themed cafe The Sidekick serves up plenty of distractions to accompany your cup of joe. In addition to a wide selection of graphic reading material, you'll find a handful of board games.
Snakes & Lattes on College is a sprawling cafe and bar that can easily accommodate big groups. The board game library is huge and the menu is equally expansive, offering coffees and beers along with sandwiches, soups, salads and snacks.
Cafe Princess in Willowdale offers a handful of classic games (Clue, Monopoly, Jenga, etc.) priced at $2.50 per each. BYOBoard games and skip the charge while getting cozy in the tea party-inspired room that features a menu of cakes and bubble tea.
A-Game Cafe has almost 250 board games and you can find it above Me Va Me. Limitless play costs $7 so there's no need to rush Settlers of Catan. If you get hungry opt for nostalgic snack foods like cookies and milk, PB&J sandwiches and grilled cheese.
BoardAgain Games is a retailer that hosts drop-in games nights on site as well as games nights at bars around the city. The collection of playable games tops 130, while the inventory for sale is even bigger with both classic and obscure selections.
WEST QUEEN WEST
Lipstick & Dynamite is a laid back spot where a list of craft beers accompanies a lineup of reasonably priced vegetarian pub foods. Find a pile of board games available for free play, including classics like Candy Land, Balderdash and Taboo.
YONGE & EGLINTON
Crosstown Coffee Bar can be found tucked away on Highbourne Road, just south of Eglinton. Here you'll find espresso-based drinks sourced from Hale coffee along with iconic board games including Jumbo Jenga, Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity.
YONGE & WELLESLEY
The Riddle Room is a games cafe and escape room that's passionate about puzzles, games and coffee. Find more than 200 board games and a selection of video games available to play with no cover fee. If you're peckish, try the pizza panini or nibble on Japanese popcorn, chips and various baked goods.
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