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The best board game cafes in Singapore

Growing up doesn’t mean you need to stop having fun. Feel like a child again at these board game cafés in Singapore

By Jude Elliot Tan |
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Instead of perpetuating the end of your adolecents by going to cafés with assignments and work, rejuvenate your youth with a roll of a dice. Relive your childhood with old school board games at Old School Delights, or discover new ones at Settler’s Café. Either way, these cafés are sure to free that inner-child trapped inside of you. Whether it’s for your endless quest in search for the next dungeon or to investigate who the murderer is, these board game cafés are sure to be the taverns to your adventures.

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Things to do, Games and hobbies

Experience Point

icon-location-pin Kallang

Most board game cafés may offer the typical titles like Risk or Scrabble, but not at this geek space. At Experience Point, it is believed that there is no point in sitting around a table for hours, waiting for your misery to end by the strongest player. Instead, tabletop gaming is taken much more seriously – and by that we mean that only the most fun and competitive games are available. Every single one of their 200 games have been personally played and tested out by its staff, to guarantee maximum thrill and excitement throughout the entire game. Being only a five-minute walking distance away from Lavender MRT, and only costing a cheap $4 per hour ($12 for the entire day), Experience Point is sure to be your next gaming arena.

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Battle Bunker

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With a community camaraderie as unique as Battle Bunker's, you'd be sure to meet new friends to tag along on your quest of games, if you had forgotten to bring your own. The friendly staff will help you get accustomed to their regulars, as well as their library of boardgames - ranging from casual party games to intense turn-by-turn games. All you have to do to enjoy this is pay a $10 fee (either for an hour or person, depending on the selected board game) and purchase a beverage. 

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Restaurants, Cafés

Coffeemin

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At Coffeemin, you can finally get that playroom that you’ve always dreamt of as a kid. With its artistically designed space that perfectly balances childish and sophisticated, this café is the place to do whatever you wanted to do as a child, but as an adult. Just as long as you respect the space and the others you share it with. With their many board games, such as Taboo, Saboteur, and many video games, it becomes too easy to forget about all your adult problems. On Mon-Fri, an hour only costs $6.50 per person while the weekends cost an aditional $2 – with an additional $1 for every ten minutes for both cases. 

Restaurants, Cafés

King and the Pawn

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King and the Pawn is like that cool rich friend’s house that is filled with all the latest board games. Its stylish and cosy, living room-like interior makes you feel right at home and welcomed as you explore their collection of more than 300 board games. You’ll be sure to find a board game to fit any occasion, group size and age for just $8 per person on Tuesday to Thursday, and $13 per person on Friday to Sunday. As their game gurus get you accustomed, feel free to chow down on your favorite comfort foods along with a drink of your preference. Also, if you are a student, enjoy a 20 per cent discount every Tuesday to Thursday.

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Restaurants, European

Settler's Café

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As the café that began the board gaming whilst munching on snacks trend in 2003, Settler’s Café has a lot in store for the casual board game enthusiast. With an extensive collection of more than 600 game titles, you’ll be sure to have an endless amount of fun, with free flow of drinks at hand, as you try them all out with your pals. With their great variety of food and beverages, tie them together with your gaming experience by purchasing one of their many packages, such as the “Dining Gaming”, “Dessert Gaming”, “Cocktail Gaming” and many more.

Restaurants, Cafés

The Mind café

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The Mind Café is home to a plethora of board games, with over 500 game titles, as well as a lovable bunch of employees who aim to put a smile on your face. This cosy little corner is a great place to forget about all your worries, and rejuvenate through some classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble. As proclaimed expert game show planners, give Mind Café a call and leave it to them to organize and host a Game Show Event for whatever group you plan on bringing. If not, just pay an entrance fee of $5 per person for an hour with their board games.

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Restaurants, Cafés

Old School Delights

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Step into this unique cafe and feel yourself being transported back to your school days. With the menu being drawn on blackboards with chalk in bold fonts and the brick-and-mortar laid out of the rustic café, it is sure to bring back memories of the good ol' school days. Unlike the other board game cafes, Old School Delights stick true to its name with old-school traditional games such as five stones, gasing (spinning top) and Old Maid. Order some food and you can get to play these classic games for free.

Restaurants, Cafés

Play Nation

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Being one of the more popular board game cafés, Play Nation has an eclectic array of games, from regular board games to fun video games to play with friends. Get their board game package from $6.50 per hour for a selected timing and console game from $7.90 per hour. 

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