Bored? 10 Places for Food and Board Games
Food and fun are synonymous at these eateries.
(SPOT.ph) Just how common is this scene nowadays: a group around a table, each with their own smartphone, digital tablet, or portable game device? Since when did conversation and good ol’ family fun go out of style? Several restaurants, bars, and cafes are trying to revive the lost art of talk with this simple remedy: board games! What better way to stimulate interpersonal communication than fun competition?
Some specialize in board games while others simply offer it simply to pass time with their coffee. Check out these hangouts where you can play with your food...literally!
This list is not ranked.
1. Tobey's Games Cafe
Board Game Bestsellers: Over 200 games fill their library. Customers can enjoy deck-building games such as Dominion, Ascension, and Trains. Other favorites include Ticket to Ride, Puerto Rico, and Stone Age.
Best played with: Belgian waffles (P100 to P200, depending on toppings)
Rules of playing: First come, first served. Just grab a game and start playing. They also rent games for 24 hours outside the café.
Tobey's Games Café is at 65 Mariveles Street corner Sultan, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City; open daily from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Tel. No. 501-9582.
2. Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Café
Board Game Bestsellers: They have over 400 unique games, but Ticket to Ride, Dixit, Rhino Hero, Avalon: The Resistance, Fun Farm, Cards Against Humanity, Timeline, Mr. Jack, Word on the Street, Toc Toc Woodman, and Munchkin and Telestrations are the ones that fly off the shelves.
Best played with: Super Nachos (P250) and Cheese Gyoza (P130)
Rules of playing: No extra fee for playing. Customers should just order to play all day long. They also sell games like DiXit, Rampage, Timeline, and many more.
Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Café is at Scout Fuentabella corner Sct. Torillo, near Tomas Morato, Quezon City; open daily from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Tel. No. 0920-921-8482.
3. Burger Company Philippines
Board Game Bestsellers: The selection is around 40, but they have an incredible range despite the limitation: Walk the Plank, Ticket to Ride, I'm The Boss, Timeline, Star Realms, DC Comics Deck Building Game, Dominion, In The Year of the Dragon, Smash Up, DiXit, King of Tokyo, Munchkin, Get Bit, Love Letter, and Time's Up!
Best played with: Certified Angus Beef Burgers, like their Gorgonzola & Mushroom (P199), Green Chile & Sour Cream (P199), Philadelphia Classic (P209), PB&J (P215), and the Striker’s (P239)
Rules of playing: Order up so you can play the games. They also sell them at the restaurant in partnership with Gaming Library. Customers can play everyday! And to build the board-gaming community in Q.C., they have Game Night Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and monthly Board Game Days usually on the 3rd or 4th Saturday of every month.
Burger Company is at 72B Scout Reyes corner Mother Ignacia Avenue, Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City; open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tel. No. 949-2269.
4. The Appraisery
Board Game Bestsellers: This jumbleyard boasts 400 board games that customers can play for free. They have an extensive collection of party games, Ameritrash, and Euro-type games to suit different preferences. For the casual gamer, they recommend Cards Against Humanity, and Resistance. Hardcore gamers opt for living card games such as A Game of Thrones, Netrunner, as well as tabletop options like Libertalia, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica, and Eldrich Horror. They also have RPG (role playing games) ran by their "Dungeon Masters."
Best played with: CAP (Chicken Avocado Pesto Triple Decker) 3D Panini (P175), Big Mig sandwich (P220), Kumbaya iced latte (P125), Gingerbread Irish Latte (P145), and Morning Glory (P150)
Rules of playing: Walk into the store, place your order, meet new friends, and start playing. The staff is also on hand to guide you with new games.
The Appraisery is at 1109 Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue Cubao, Quezon City; open daily from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Tel. No. 921-2682.
5. Exile on Main St. Bar & Restaurant
Board Game Bestsellers: King of Tokyo, The Resistance: Avalon, DiXit, Love Letter, Munchkins, A Game of Thrones, and Zombiecide
Best played with: Lola Jacinta’s Bowl of Awesomeness (P55), No Eggs Were Harmed A la Mode (P85), and a single scoop of Loving Cup (P45)
Rules of playing: Taft Troopers, the restaurant's partners, actually provide the board games every Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., for game night. They also encourage people to bring their own board games if they want to share the fun. They recommend simply shouting "Who wants to play Game of Thrones?" or something to that effect to call for players.
Exile on Main St. Bar & Restaurant is at Unit 2, 2428 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila; open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tel. No. 0917-510-0054.
6. Mrs. Graham's Macaron Cafe
Board Game Bestsellers: This probably has the most family- and kid-friendly game menu of the bunch, with Monopoly Deal, Snakes and Ladders, Mechanical Fishing Games, Gorilla Game, and more.
Best played with: Macarons in flavors like S’mores (P50) and Tiramisu (P60), Tequila Rose (P45), and Pancake with Maple Buttercream (P50)
Rules of playing: Order something in order to play. Some of the games are already placed on the tables as an activity suggestion for their patrons.
Mrs. Graham's Macaron Café is at 51C Scout, Rallos, Quezon City; open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tel. No. 0915-812-2662.
7. Gerry's Jeepney
Board Game Bestsellers: Dama, checkers, dominoes, sungka, cards, Rubik’s Cube
Best played with: Boodles! They’re good for two to four people. Try the Cubao or rice, pork, and chicken BBQ; inihaw na bangus, hito or tilapia; ensaladang talong with itlog na maalat, and KBL (P700) and the Ayala or rice, liempo, crispy hipon; inihaw na bangus, hito, or tilapia; ensaladang talong with itlog na maalat, and KBL (P750)
Rules of playing: The games are meant as a boredom buster while waiting for the meal.
Gerry's Jeepney is at 154 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Tel. No. 435-6824.
8. IChill Theater Café
Board Game Bestsellers: Challenge 21, a new strategy board game that combines elements from Bingo, Scrabble, tic-tac-toe, checkers, and a little bit of basketball. The game actually took first place for Filipino inventions from the World Intellectual Property Organization. They also have Pictionary for those who just want to have a chill time.
Best Played with: Frappes (P120) primarily because they don’t spill easily amid the excitement. Their selection includes Cookies and Cream, Choco Java Chips, Creamy Caramel, and French Vanilla.
Rules of playing: No fee to play. Just grab the games and enjoy.
IChill Theater Café is at 1125 Don Castillas Street, Sampaloc, Manila; open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Tel. No. 521-0056.
9. Uno Morato
Board Game Bestseller: Heroclix, a collectible game. People bring their own pieces, maps, and other essentials to play.
Best played with: Coffee (P150) and beer (P45)
Rules of playing: Extra fees not required. You don’t even have to bring your own Heroclix pieces if you're a beginner. Usually, playing customers have enough and the restaurant also has pieces and tables for everyone who wants to play. Now’s the perfect time to make a friend or two. Uno also holds Heroclix tournaments every Tuesday for P100 per figure (you’ll need a minimum of three figures to enter).
Uno Restaurant is at the Garden Area of GYY Building, 1 Tomas Morato Avenue corner E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City; open daily from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Tel. No. 904-3535.
10. Plaza Café
Board Game Bestsellers: Standard games like chess, Monopoly, Taboo
Best played with: Caprese Panini (P260), Chestnut Hill Panini (P275), Turkey and Brie Sandwich (P295). For snacks, you can try their Bruschetta (P95) and Frips (P50)
Rules of playing: As a courtesy, order something from their menu. Food will make the competition much more fun.
Plaza Café is at G/F Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City; open daily from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Tel. No. 625-0305.
Board Game Bestsellers: Netrunner, Warhammer Quest, Formula D, Bang the Bullet, Thunder Stone, Bolt Action, X-Wing Minis, Forbidden Island, Eclipse, Twilight Imperium, and so much more. Some of the board games are also for sale courtesy of the Gaming Library.
Best played with: Katipunan Beer (for club consumption). Members may also bring their own snacks for sharing.
Rules for playing: Though not exactly a restaurant and café, Makati B&B is a membership club of board-game enthusiasts. They meet regularly at the B&B Hub on Pasay Road to play games.
To join Makati B&B, join their Facebook group. The hub is open Mondays to Saturdays, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Drop-in fee is P80 for visitors.