Board Game Cafes in the UK

Board Game Cafes in the UK

Board Game Cafes in the UK

Board game cafes provide a social space to play your favourite games with friends, family, or even strangers (who could become new friends). Why not join a community of board game enthusiasts in a club or show off your skills in a tournament? If you’re looking for board game cafes near you, you're in the right place as we’ve compiled a list of places to visit in the UK. We’ve considered the most popular gaming cafes as well as hidden gems you might not have heard of.

The Treehouse Board Game Cafe - Sheffield

This great board game cafe in Sheffield is worth the visit because they have: over 800 board games, a great food menu with an emphasis on local independent suppliers, and expert staff to make game recommendations as well as help with game rules. While you’re playing, you can quench your thirst with a wide selection of drinks from craft beers and wine to barista-style coffee and milkshakes.

Chance and Counters - Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham

We love the passion behind the Chance and Counters business - as three friends Luke, Steve and Richard created a Kickstarter campaign with the dream of opening their own board game cafe in Bristol. In 2016, this dream became a reality and their little cafe now has a 5 star rating on Tripadvisor. Since then, they’ve opened cafes in Cardiff and Birmingham with great menus and hundreds of games.

What Chance and Counters do so well is events - depending on the venue you might find student nights, social gaming, and play testing sessions.

Draughts Board Game Cafe - Waterloo And Hackney

Located in Hackney and Waterloo in London, Draughts aims to be a social hub for both avid gamers and beginners, for people on first dates, going out with friends or having a family trip. The beautiful modern interior reinvents your idea of what a board game cafe is.

Goodtime Games - Manchester

Let the good times roll at this Manchester board game cafe. This plant-based venue offers hand-stretched and freshly made vegan and vegetarian pizzas if you’re feeling peckish. The staff are friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable to give you advice on any games. They have an interesting choice of events including BYOB quizzes, casual Thursday mixers and even one-off events like their recent ‘Blood on the Clocktower’ social deduction game event.

Dice Board Game Lounge - Portsmouth and Worthing

Dice is a fun board game lounge found in both Portsmouth and Worthing. Mix together the best parts of a café, the best bits of a bar and add in hundreds of board games to get Dice. For new players there is game tuition available to be taught how to play, and for experienced gamers you’ll love their purpose-built tables for big games, RPGs and wargames. This social space runs frequent events including ‘Dungeons at Dice’, ‘Keyforge Weekly’ and ‘Mini Fight Club’. To top it all off, they’re a licensed bar so you can order craft beer, wine, spirits and cocktails while you play.

Ready Steady Roll - Bedford

Located at Ivy Lodge Farm in Bedford, this hidden gem is a lovely option for kids and adults alike. Enjoy homemade cake and freshly ground coffee while you let their ‘Games Guru’ take you through the rules of a game they recommend. What we love about Ready Steady Roll is that they have teamed up with the Rainforest Trust so that every slice of cake eaten contributes to protecting the rainforest.

Snacks and Ladders - Isle of Wight

Earning a Travellers’ Choice award in 2022, this board game cafe in Newport combines tasty food with a great range of games. Here, you’ll find freshly made paninis and burgers as well as locally roasted barista coffee and house cocktails. Their games library has something for everyone, and is consistently refreshed with the latest releases.

Highlander Games Cafe - Dundee

New in 2022, this small cosy cafe situated in Dundee is a great option to relax while playing your favourite board games. For avid gamers, this cafe offers events on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, focused on particular games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Digimon and Flesh & Blood.

Meeple Perk - Newcastle

We rate Meeple Perk highly for their knowledgeable, friendly and wonderfully welcoming staff. Despite being a small cafe, they have a large selection of games available to play. The cafe supports the local community by supporting local bakers with selling their cakes and putting on events to bring people together.

Thirsty Meeples - Oxford and Bath

Thirsty Meeples have thousands of games available to play and pride themselves on being open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. This means the space is a welcoming environment for experienced board gamers or beginners whether it’s morning or evening.
If you’ve played a game in a cafe and would love to buy it for yourself, you can use our Local Game Store Finder tool to see options near you.

Board Game Cafes List

Although we’ve only picked 10 board game cafes to highlight, there are so many other options available near you depending where you live in the UK.

Our larger list of board game cafes includes:

Board Game Cafes in Scotland

  • Games Hub Edinburgh
  • Settlers Hamilton
  • Common Ground Games Stirling

Board Game Cafes in the North

  • The Dice Up Nottingham
  • Ludorati Nottingham 
  • Sugar and Dice Liverpool
  • CUPs coffee Chester

Board Game Cafes in the Midlands

  • Tori Zero Birmingham
  • Letsxcape Newark
  • Sliced N Diced Birmingham
  • The Board Room Bridgnorth
  • Boardroom Gaming Cafe Telford

Board Game Cafes in the South

  • The Box Room Board Game Café Cambridge
  • Playopolis Board Game Cafe Rochester
  • D20 Cafe Watford
  • Dice Saloon Brighton
  • Board N Bites Cheltenham

Board Game Cafes in London

  • Ludoquist Croydon
  • Bad Moon Cafe London
  • Library Pot Richmond 
  • Tanuki Gaming London
  • Rogues Quarter London

Board Game Cafes in Wales

  • Socialdice Swansea
  • Common Meeple Board Game Cafe Swansea
  • Geek Retreat Llandudno (and Nationwide)
  • Waterloo House Games & Coffee Pembroke

Board Game Cafes in Northern Ireland 

  • Roast & Roll Banbridge

Browse The Best Board Games with Asmodee

Before you head to your new favourite spot in town, why not take the time to explore which board games you want to play before you get there? To make the most of your time at the cafe, you could go prepared with a list of games you’ve been eager to try. Have a look at two player games, party games, or family games depending on who you’re going to a board game cafe with.