Cocktails and tabletop games mix brilliantly at these fun establishments.
Analog board games have mounted a surprising comeback. The young—and young-at-heart—crowd are now opting to socialize with friends over games not just at home, but also out in public. They’re tucking away their smartphones and going all-in, staying engaged over drinks and shareable plates instead.
Board game bars and cafes have been popping up all over the country to serve the enthusiastic competitors. Our favorites add craft brews, cocktails, or on-tap wine to the mix for even higher spirits. Many also fuel the energy with gourmet sliders and other easy-to-nibble bites.
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Some bars proudly geek out, stocking hundreds of intense strategy games and obscure indie titles to keep patrons occupied for hours. Others take the gaming lightly, breaking out just a few classics and retro surprises to enjoy over a beer or two. Here is a range of playful standouts from every corner of the U.S.