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A Guide To The Best Board Game Pubs In Brussels

Chess  |  © iluvgadgets/Flickr
Chess | © iluvgadgets/Flickr
It is a cold and rainy afternoon in Brussels; you don’t want to stay at home but the idea of going to the cinema or grabbing a beer for the millionth time is equally unappealing. What about challenging your friends to playing a few board games in a comfortable café or pub? Switch up your plans and head out to these Brussels hotspots to spend your evening with friends, board games and drinks.

Cafè Kafka

Stepping into the Café Kafka means entering another world. In fact, this cultural café changes its atmosphere several times a day. From a quiet spot where to read a book or playing board games with friends, to a lively place with numerous events, this place is in a constant metamorphosis, finding its inspiration in Kafka’s masterpiece.

Rue des Poissonniers 21, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 513 66 31

ViaVia Brussels – Travelers Café

Just around the corner from the lively Sainte Catherine’s square, is a 19th-century industrial building, formerly part of the Brussels harbor, which has been recently been transformed into a bar. ViaVia Brussels is the perfect place to explore new worlds – thanks to its vast selection of travel books – or an opportunity to challenge your friends with one of the many board games piled high on its shelves. Get lost in a great read or play some games indoors under the café’s charming terrace with a stained glass rooftop. ViaVia Brussels is definitely an address to keep in mind where you are looking for a place to handle the rainy day blues.

St. Catherine's Square Courtesy of Camilla Colavolpe

Café Des Halles

Launched in 1882, Café Des Halles was initially a market. Nowadays, its airy and lean architectural lines make this place very versatile. Hosting several cultural events related to the city of Brussels, its vast selection of beers make this place an established hang out for locals and expats. But few know that this is also a great place to play the most classic of board games: chess. As it is the only board game allowed, it is not rare to spot couples challenging their horses and queens from morning till night.

Place Saint-Géry 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +3225033325

Monk Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Belgian, European, $$$
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Monk Bar
Monk Bar | Courtesy of Monk Bar
Situated in the picturesque Sainte Catherine’s area is this spacious yet intimate bar named Monk Bar, which has games such as chess, checkers, playing cards and even a classic Flemish game called Pitjeback. If this isn’t enough for your tastes, fear not – your own board games are allowed.
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Sun:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

CHAFF

Bar, Brasserie, Restaurant, French, $$$
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Place Jeu de Balle, the true heart of Marolles, is very well known for its 365-day flea market, which gathers both locals and expats from all over Brussels. After some intense bargain-hunting in the square, why not play a board game at CHAFF? In this nearby bar/brasserie, attended by an artsy clientele, you can also enjoy a live concert and sip a drink.
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Sun:
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Tue:
8:30 am - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
8:30 am - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
8:30 am - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
8:30 am - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat:
8:30 am - 3:00 am
Sat - Sun:
8:30 am - 3:00 am

Théâtre Royal de Toone

Tucked away in the cobblestoned alleys of the historic center of Brussels, Théâtre Royal de Toone, a vintage puppet theatre, is a typical Brusseleir space which stands out from the crowd. The bar inside displays an enchanting environment made up of wooden walls, handmade puppets and posters for sale which all serve as the backdrop for the perfect board game night.

Impasse Sainte Pétronille ou Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes 66, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +325135486

Théâtre Royal de Toone | Courtesy of the Théâtre Royal de Toone

Théâtre Royal de Toone | Courtesy of the Théâtre Royal de Toone

Le Pantin

An informal neighborhood bar just around the corner from Flagey square, Le Pantin is a well-kept secret for board game lovers. Its bohemian atmosphere and extensive selection of beers gather a lively crowd of students, young professionals and artists who may also choose from one of its 20 board games.

Le Pantin, Chaussée d’Ixelles 355, 1050 Brussels, Belgium, +3226408091

La Belladone

The Belladone is a plant with a fascinating history dating back to ancient times. But in Brussels, when you mention Belladone, you are referring to an enchanting Eastern European cultural café in haute Saint-Gilles, with warm wooden walls and a shiny round counter. Here, between a sip of beer or of the aromatic vodka named nastoïki, you may lose yourself in a game (or two) of chess.

La Belladone, Rue Moris 7A, 1060 Brussels, Belgium, +32471429045

Chez Moeder Lambic Original

Besides its outstanding choice of beers and the assistance offered by helpful waiters in choosing your perfect brew, Moeder Lambic Original also offers a great selection of board games, Moreover, customers are warmly welcomed to bring their own games.

Chez Moeder Lambic, rue de Savoie 68, 1060 Brussels, Belgium, +3225441699

Chez Moeder Lambic | Courtesy of Camilla Colavolpe

Chez Moeder Lambic | Courtesy of Camilla Colavolpe

La Table Food and Games

La Table Food and Games is the ultimate place for the board games lovers. In fact, a curated range of game sets is kindly offered, spanning from Eurogames to more American ones. Not only are there specific evenings of the week and month dedicated to Game Nights, but the organization also hosts the Brussels Game Festival. Combined with its convenient location close to well appreciated concert venue, La Table Food and Games makes for a great post-concert spot for a quick meal or sip of beer.

Rue de l’Enseignement 63, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 223 08 02