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Remember family game night when everyone would gather around the dinner table to play board games and spend time together? As technology has become more prominent in our society, forms of entertainment like board games have become more hard to come by. However, there are some venues in Houston, Texas that are keeping board games alive. Here are the top bars to enjoy food, drink, and a bunch of board games.
Located in The Heights on Washington Avenue, Kung Fu Saloon is the place for food, brews, and board games. This bar has a relaxed, casual atmosphere that boasts a hodgepodge of vintage décor. Kung Fu Saloon is unique among bars because they have a wide selection of free-to-play vintage arcade games and board games available to patrons. Drinks at the Kung Fu Saloon include a large selection of beer on tap as well as a specialty Sake bomb menu for more adventurous drinkers. Pair a beer with anything on Kung Fu Saloon’s food menu. Appetizers include cheeseburger egg rolls and beer battered onion rings or if patrons are in the mood for something heavier, Kung Fu Saloon offers a selection of chicken wings as well as ‘BYOM’ or build your own masterpiece. Customers get to choose their own ‘BYOM’ experience by selecting their bun, protein (from hamburgers to chicken), and other add-ons.
Kung Fu Saloon Houston, 5317 Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas, USA, +1 713 864 0642
Neil’s Bahr is a popular location for all of the self proclaimed geeks and nerds of Houston. Upon walking into Neil’s Bahr, patrons will find a wide variety of entertainment options starting with a comic book wall. The comic book wall is free for customers to look through and read (but not for taking home) and includes classics like X-Men and Superman. In terms of electronic fun, Neil’s Bahr has a vintage arcade console to play on as well as a variety of old school Nintendo games to play. Neil’s Bahr made our list because of their collection of card and board games, with tables provided for playing space. Because this is a drinking establishment, Neil’s Bahr offers a full bar as well as a variety of local Texas beers on tap. Come on select nights for special events like ‘Magic: The Gathering’, and food by Pablo, who stakes a claim on the patio and serves up burgers and tacos to hungry customers.
Neil’s Bahr, 2006 Walker Street, Houston, Texas, USA, +1 281 352 7456
Boasting a friendly neighborhood atmosphere, Canyon Creek Café serves up Hill Country style in Houston. This bar and grill was once an old pool hall and now is a haven for any Houston beer enthusiast. Canyon Creek Café also has a 30 tap wall draft of beer that includes many local and craft beers, while also offering a full bar and a selection of signature cocktails and frozen drinks. Food at Canyon Creek Café includes salads, appetizers like fried pickles and fresh guacamole, a selection of burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs, and Texas favorites like wings and chicken fried steak. Customers also have a few entertainment options at Canyon Creek Café. Big screen TVs are scattered throughout the bar for sporting events. Patrons can also go up to the bar and ask to view Canyon Creek Café’s selection of board games. These games are free to use in the bar and offer a great way to spend time with friends on a Friday night.
Canyon Creek Café, 6603 Westcott Street, Houston, Texas, USA, +1 713 864 5885
The newest member of the Phoenicia Specialty Foods family in Houston is the gastropub MKT Bar. Providing a variety of upscale food and beverage in a modern, spacious setting, MKT Bar is the most refined addition to Phoenicia Specialty Foods. While offering a few specialty cocktails such as the Basil Rita or the Pomegranate Mimosa, the drink menu at MKT Bar consists mostly of a selection of wines and beers. The food options at MKT Bar include appetizers such as hummus and a list of artisanal meats and cheeses, salads, pizzas, sliders, and a few larger entrée dishes like the Chilean sea bass served with polenta. Daily events, specials, and live performances give patrons a chance to try MKT Bar any night of the week or weekend. Come on Monday nights for Fun and Games Night. Patrons can play darts, ping pong, foosball, or choose one of many retro board games for an evening of food, drinks, and fun. MKT Bar’s retro board games are available for customers to play at anytime, not just on Fun and Games Night.
MKT Bar, 1001 Austin Street, Houston, Texas, USA, +1 832 360 2222
If you’re out in Midtown and looking for some good German beer, try out Bar Munich. This spacious German-themed drinking establishment boasts a wide selection of imported beers both in the bottle and on tap. Bar Munich also has a special glass that patrons can drink their beer from Das Boot (which is a boot-shaped drinking glass). Have a bite to eat at Bar Munich as well from their simple and small menu, featuring a selection of bratwurst. Entertainment at Bar Munich comes in the form of a wide range of sporting events being broadcast on television screens throughout the bar. For a more social form of entertainment, choose from a selection of board games to play with others in the bar, including Battleship and GIANT Jenga.
Bar Munich, 2616 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas, USA, +1 713 523 1008