Where can you go to play some board games with a drink in hand? In Los Angeles you’ll have plenty of choices for places to go to throw a double six in with friends over a cold brew, cocktail or coffee. We list our pick of bars and cafés that offer gaming, old-school style.
Angel City Brewery
Angel City Brewery opened in the John A. Roebling Building in LA’s Downtown Arts District in 2012 and has recently launched two popular beers, Angel City IPA and Pilsner, statewide. Other favorites on tap include: LAger, Srirachelada, and Salted Caramel Gose. If you are looking for some fun games to play, ACB offers Monopoly, chess, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, and dominoes. New games are added when suggested.
Angel City Brewery, 216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 622 1261
Golden Road Brewing
Golden Road Brewing is a massive brew-pub that seats about 400 people (indoor and outdoor) and offers a large bar as well as a separate bar outside by the side lawn, an enclosed area lined with artificial turf. Along with cornhole, a giant Connect Four, ping-pong table, giant Jenga, foosball, and other games, Golden Road has two cornhole leagues from LA Sports Net, one on Monday the other on Tuesday. Private event space Chloe’s offers visitors a multi-level dining area for special events such as business meetings and weddings.
Story Tavern‘s design is that of a turn of the 20th century California Craftsman. The Slaught family has partnered with the Burbank Historical society in an effort to not only preserve but expand Burbank’s unique history and all of the photos and memorabilia in Story Tavern are from Burbank’s 140-year history. Menu items are made fresh daily and almost all of the items are gluten-free. Wash down with a drink from the great selection of craft beer from the best breweries in the US as well as Germany, Belgium and England. In the large game room, Story Tavern offers six dart boards, two ping pong tables, foosball, shuffle board, beer pong, and a plethora of board games, including Clue, Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Monopoly, Risk and chess.
Story Tavern, 150 S San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA, USA +1 818 567 4200
Sunset Beer Company
In the southeast corner of an Echo Park strip mall, Sunset Beer Co. is a craft beer-focused bottle shop and tasting room. It features over 750 domestic and imported bottles in its retail area and 12 rotating drafts in the tasting room. The tasting room and lounge area are cozy and library-like, and feature lots of classic board games; the game selection constantly rotates, but you will usually find old favorites such as Battleship, checkers and chess, Sorry, Trouble, Apples to Apples and Settlers of Catan.
Sunset Beer Company, 1498 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 4812337
Three Weavers Brewing Company
Three Weavers Brewing Company is a craft brewery based in Inglewood, California. The brewery’s taproom offers the chance for friends and family to play one of the many games on offer. including Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, and Monopoly, while enjoying a beer from the line up of core and seasonal beers. If you are debating what to drink when challenging a friend to a board game, the most popular beer is the Expatriate West Coast IPA.
The Spare Room
The Spare Room is a gaming parlor and cocktail lounge, offering seasonal, hand-crafted cocktails and sharable punches, as well as a selection of homegrown, herb-infused liqueurs, craft beers, and spirits. The Spare Room is a nod to the 1920s, when the Roosevelt Hotel was built and families such as the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts had private gaming lounges in their own homes. Patrons can enjoy custom-designed games including dominoes, scrabble, backgammon, and Connect Four, eclectic vintage furnishings, and a hidden photo booth. The space is complete with two reclaimed bowling lanes dating back to early industrial America, with kitschy glow signage and the noisy electronics of modern bowling alleys giving way to chalk-board scoring and turn-of-the-century mechanics.
The Spare Room, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 769 7296
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