Board games aren’t just for kids these days. Over the past couple of years a number of bars and cafés around New Zealand have added them to their range of entertainment.
Games like Monopoly, snakes n’ ladders and chequers evoke childhood memories. They’re also a great prop or icebreaker if conversation starts to dry up, not to mention a nice way to while away a rainy afternoon.
Here are five top Auckland and Wellington bars and cafés offering board games.
Hip Barrio bar on Ponsonby Road is a great place to escape from the cold. With its roaring fire and soulful live music, Barrio has a positively sunny ambience. Every second Wednesday from 7:30pm you can enjoy old fashioned good times, with knucklebones and your favourite old school board games.
Opening hours: 4pm until late Wednesday to Friday, 6pm until late Saturday, by arrangement Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Remedy Coffee in Wellesley Street is always a favourite for a quick coffee en route to a show at the Town Hall or the Aotea Centre. They do a fantastic espresso and you can rest easy knowing Remedy is a conscious café with their beans ethically sourced.
It’s not just for serious and serious-minded java fans though, they’ve got a range of board games to keep you entertained.
Opening hours: 6:30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm Saturday, closed Sunday
Wellington’s Waterloo is a true Kiwi pub. Situated close to the train station, it draws punters from far and wide, yet has the warm, welcoming feel of a local. Monday, from 5pm is board game night. You can even bring your own game!
Specialties: hearty pub grub
Opening hours: 11am until late 7 days
“The Cross” as it is affectionately known, has been part of Wellington’s social life for more than a century. They cater for the whole family, offering top notch food and drink. Board games are a regular fixture at the Southern Cross and the “Giant Jenga” competition is always a highlight.
Specialties: quality pub fare
Opening hours: 8am until late Monday to Friday, 9am until late Saturday and Sunday
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
4th July 2012