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Bars with board games in Melbourne

Some bars are just made for long (read: tipsy) games of Scrabble, chess or Balderdash

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In case you didn’t know, there are plenty of bars around Melbourne with a selection of board games that punters are free to pull out and play with over a few pints. Mix and match games with beverages (Connect Four with beers? Chess with martinis?) and you might just find your winning combinations.

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Melbourne bars with board games


29th Apartment

Claim a spot near the exposed brick wall, split a bottle of red with your opponent, break out the Guess Who? and it's almost like you're living it up in a New York warehouse conversion. While you're waiting for a go on the giant Jenga board, take advantage of the cheap meal deals – $10 steak sangas on Mondays!

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St Kilda

The Alderman

This quirky Lygon Street favourite favours a broad range of music, and perhaps an even more varied selection of art. Sink into a comfy couch beside the fire and get stuck into a classic board game.

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Brunswick East

The Alehouse Project

With board games as well as the odd trivia night, you'll feel right at home in this quiet, beer-loving sanctuary. Taste a new beer every time with their extensive tap list while you eat from their bar menu, which features chorizo and haloumi rolls with chilli jam.

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The Fox

With pool tables and ping pong, a night at this much-loved Collingwood watering hole can quickly turn from a relaxed brew with friends to the ultimate showdown. For those with an overdeveloped competitive streak, stick with a friendly game of Scrabble. Weekly meal specials include $15 parmas on Mondays and $15 steaks on Tuesdays.

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We're well aware that even one round of Connect Four can get very real, very fast: and so is the crew at South Yarra's Katuk. These guys run tournaments from time to time (go diagonal! No one expects diagonal!), but mostly, they encourage casual games in their cute cubby out back.

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South Yarra

The Rooks Return

There’s a whole cupboard of board games waiting for you at Brunswick Street’s peakeasy. It’s the kind of place where you’d happily while away a Sunday afternoon in a shabby, low-lit booth, with a chessboard and cocktails made just the way the bartenders like them.

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How about a drink with a view?

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By: Time Out editors