It’s so easy for people today to get caught up in their smartphones and tablets that these devices meant to make communication easy, actually makes it much harder.

Fortunately, the board game cafes and bars that have been opening in Manila for the past couple of years, are here to reinvent the way “hangouts” are defined.

Here are five awesome places that offer some tabletop fun along with some tasty food.

1. Ludo: Boardgame Bar and Bistro

Deemed as the pioneer of board game bars and cafes, Ludo offers its customers an incredibly vast selection of games to enjoy their meals and drinks with; so vast it has them staying until closing time or coming back to try more! Those unfamiliar with the rules of the games they wish to play could always approach the staff and servers and have them explain. This is a great way to get introduced to a lot of the games they have in their stores.

Those looking to play more than eat will definitely enjoy the finger food they have like the Bacon Cheese Balls (P200), the Super Nachos (P285), and the Honey BBQ Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip (P250). The place in some occasions could still be packed with people so be sure to plan those visits and hangouts.

 

Ludo: Boardgame Bar and Bistro is located at No. 26 Scout Torillo Street Corner Scout Fuentabella Street, Quezon City and at No. 38 Jupiter Street Corner Planet Street, Makati City. It is open from Mondays to Thursday from 4pm to 12 midnight, on Fridays fom 4pm to 2am, on Saturdays from 12pm to 2am, and on Sundays from 12pm-12 midnight.

2. OnBoard Game + Gastropub

If coffee doesn’t work for the barkada, OnBoard Game + Gastropub serves beer and specialty cocktails to add a bit of buzz in the game. They, like others on the list, have a large selection of games to play with friendly servers ready to assist. All these are available at P180 consumable.

All that gaming can get anyone hungry so stuff the empty stomach with their sumptuous Classic Burger (P289) or share the thin crust BBQ Chicken flatbread/pizza (P339) with some friends. They have a handful of mocktails (P140) and about a dozen cocktails (P180) to cap off game night.

OnBoard Game + Gastropub is located at the 2nd floor, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, A.P. Reyes Street, Olympia, Makati City and opens at 5pm on Mondays to Fridays and 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays; closing at 11:30pm on Mondays to Thursdays & Sunday and 1 am on Fridays & Saturdays.

3. Snacks and Ladders

By its name alone, Snacks and Ladders is one of best places for a hangout, offering a unique selection of food and a growing collection of playable games.

The place has a very relaxed atmosphere greatly helped by its hip interior design. Quick tip, go straight to the second floor and get comfortable in those low tables and bean bags. They also have a foosball and a pool table for those who exhaust the available games. For only a P50 gaming fee and a P100 minimum food order, these are all available for use.

Speaking of food, their take on nachos which adds mango salsa with ground meat and cheese called Dominionachos (P220) is very much recommended. Pair this up with one their signature shakes (P115) and start playing.

Snacks and Ladders is located at 188 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City and is open from 3pm to 11pm on Tuesdays to Sundays.

4. Puzzles: Board Game Lounge

Now with two branches open, Puzzles: Board Game Lounge continues to bring the fun and the food in one place. Their colorful shelf has about every game out there, even the more physical ones, like Twister.

For P150 or at least one order of a meal, customers can stay and play all they want. Price here is a little steeper compared to others on this list but, playing definitely becomes more fun with a bit of grub on the side. They have a decent selection of finger food like the Buffalo Chicken Tenders (P330) and Parmesan Truffle Fries (P285).

Puzzles: Board Game Lounge is located at 287 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City and at The Fort Strip, 5th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. It is open daily from 3pm to 12 midnight, closing much later during the weekends.

5. Cedric’s Boardgame Cafe

Combining the concept of a diner and a boardgame cafe seems to be working well for Cedric’s Boardame Cafe. The place has a casual menu highlighted by its all-day breakfast meals that its customers enjoy while they game.

Their continuously expanding library of games is not the only reason diners find themselves in Cedric’s. Their Bangus (P200) served with 2 eggs and garlic rice is good all around. Couple this with either their Strawberry or Mango milkshake (P140) and let the fun begin!

6. Laro Board Game Cafe

Setting itself apart from others on this list, Laro Board Game Cafe adds a Filipino taste to a board game cafe; serving mouth-watering Filipino staples which include chicharon called Saw-Saw Suka (P195), Tapsilog (P145), and Leche Flan (P75) for dessert. Customers will surely get a kick out of the cleverly named dishes based on childhood Filipino street games.

They also have snacks like nachos with cheese (P195), popcorn mix (P250), and flavored fries (P90-P100) for those who prefer these. Last but not the least, the small but cozy cafe has a fairly large selection of games to choose from.

Laro Board Game Cafe is located at Ground Floor, Pearl Drive Commercial Center, Pearl Street Corner Commonwealth Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City and is open daily from 12 noon to 10pm.

 

The fun doesn’t have to end when leaving these cafes/bars, most of these places also sell the games themselves! Classics like Uno, Jenga, and Monopoly and modern favorites like Cards Against Humanity and Exploding Kittens can be bought and taken home.

Planning to visit any of these cafes and bars? Invite them by sharing this article.

 

 

 
 
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