Located in the Mission, Gestalt is a beer and wine bar known for its open seating area and semi-frequent DJ nights, where you can shake your groove thing to hits from the early part of the decade. But did you also know that you have access to fun games like Mancala to keep you on your toes while you enjoy the drinks? Though not a board game per se, Mancala is just as fun and entertaining as games of the Candy Land variety, and it’s sure to add a little bit of oomph to your night. Did we mention they also have food like pretzels and bratwurst?
Gestalt, 3159 16th St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 655 9935
This Market Street bar has a ton of games, just none of the board variety. It doesn’t matter though, as skee ball, Pac-Man, tic-tac-toe, and assorted pinball machines abound and should do just the trick in terms of getting you out of your everyday bar rut. Pro tip: stop by before night falls on a weekday to beat the weekend and evening crowds.
Candybar’s tagline is ‘Eat Dessert First,’ and rightfully so, as they specialize in desserts. Their pastry chef, Cathleen Li, is constantly whipping up delicious sweet treats like honey-almond panna cotta for the masses. While you’re eating dessert, you can also enjoy artisan cocktails, find a prime people-watching spot at one of the window seats, and play various fun board games like Connect 4, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, and Battleship.
Candybar, 1335 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 673 7078
Golden Gate Tap Room
Located in the heart of Union Square, Golden Gate Tap Room is perfect because it is home to a bunch of TVs, arcade games, shuffleboard, and pool. What they lack in traditional board games they make up for in ambiance and seating. Stop by to watch your favorite sports team on TV or play darts.
Golden Gate Tap Room, 449 Powell St., San Francisco, CA, USA, + 1 415 677 9999