It’s easy to see why playing board games has become such a popular bonding activity nowadays. In a world where people are practically glued to their gadgets, these old-school games provide a refreshing break where conversation, interaction, and good old friendly teasing and banter take center stage!
Anyone who’s been to a board game cafe will tell you there’s no limit to the adventures you can encounter – and we’re not just talking about the silly and competitive moments between you and your friends. You’ll get to know an awesome, fun-loving community, make some new friends by joining gaming sessions and events, and challenge yourself with every new game you decide to open.
We’ve rounded up the board game cafes in Metro Manila for those itching to get their board game fix. So check the list out, ditch the technology, and get ready to spice up your next barkada outing with some classic tabletop gaming!
Burgers, bacon, and board games? Now that’s one sure-fire equation for an awesome night (or day) out with the squad! Especially when it’s at Burger Company, whose freshly grilled Angus beef burgers and Homemade Bacon Dippers have captured the hearts of plenty of our reviewers.
They’ve got over 100 tabletop games courtesy of Gaming Library in their collection, so you don’t have to worry about running out of games to play. Burger Company is actually the official Quezon City branch of local online board game store Gaming Library, which launched its partnership with the burger joint last June 2014.
A purchase of at least ₱150 will get you unlimited playing hours. And, according to one of our reviewers, Burger Company’s friendly owners will be happy to recommend and teach board games to any tabletop gaming newbies who troop to their fun little burger joint.
Burger Company can be found at 72-B Scout Reyes St. cor Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City.
Cedric’s Diner and Table Top Games
Retro is the name of the game over at Cedric’s Diner and Table Top Games, where guests can feast on all-day breakfast meals while enjoying their tabletop gaming sessions. Just look for the diner’s large neon sign along Quezon Avenue and you’re all set.
You’ll be happy to know that the diner is also conveniently located beside a branch of Neutral Grounds, which means you can stock up on games, cards, and other hobby gaming essentials right after enjoying a few board games at Cedric’s!
Cedric’s Diner and Table Top Games can be found at Kaimo Condominium Building, 101 Quezon Ave., Sto. Domingo, Quezon City.
Dyce N Dyne
Add a little industrial-age flair to your tabletop gaming experience by visiting Dyce N Dyne, a steampunk-themed cafe that boasts over 1,000 tabletop games, game-inspired meals, and a kitchen powered by the same people behind Vyne Gastropub in Bonifacio Global City.
Guests will surely enjoy choosing among their uniquely-named meals like the Tapplesilog, Munchkin Sliders, Chicken Skin of Avalon, Soup Sticks of Carcassonne, and the Bora Bora Bacon Tempura. And if those aren’t geeky enough for you, they also serve drinks by Chemistea Milk Tea + Cafe in the chemistry-themed joint’s iconic Erlenmeyer Flasks!
Their board games are grouped by categories like “heavy thinking,” “gateway” games, “team games,” “free-for-all,” and “traitor!!!” to make choosing games easier. But don’t worry if you can’t decide which one to try. As one reviewer shared, the place’s friendly game masters will happily suggest and teach the games they think will best fit your group’s interests.
Dyce N Dyne can be found at Rosemarie Elements Building, Pasig Boulevard, Pasig.
Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Cafe
It’s no secret that Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Cafe is one of the biggest names in local board game cafes. Just ask our enthusiastic reviewers and the throngs of excited players that fill up this joint near Tomas Morato almost every night.
With over 700 games lining its shelves, it’s no wonder why Ludo, or “I play” in Latin, has become one of the most popular hubs for tabletop gaming. You don’t have to pay any fees to enjoy their wide selection of games.
Just order a few meals or finger foods and you’re good to go! The place also offers themed cocktails inspired by shows, movies, and games like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Mass Effect, and Doctor Who.
Just a tip: you might want to inquire or make table reservations ahead of your visit since the place can get pretty jam-packed on most nights.
Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Cafe can be found at Scout Torillo St. cor Scout Fuentebella St., Quezon City.
Makati Beer & Board Games
Cold beer and non-stop gaming – who could resist such a killer combo? Add to that an awesome community and you’ve got Makati Beer & Board Games, a gaming hub brought to you by Gaming Library, John Bull Distillery, and the wargamers and boardgamers of the Makati Marauders.
Aside from housing a wide variety of wargaming, RPG, and board games, Makati B&B also carries a top-notch selection of beers – ranging from local craft brands like Katipunan and Fat Pauly’s to imports like Crown and VBs.
Makati B&B is a membership club of board game enthusiasts, but they do welcome walk-ins for a “drop in” rate of ₱80. But if you find yourself enjoying the place and the community, you might want to sign up for their membership. It also comes with more board game and beer-related perks! *wink wink*
Makati Beer & Board Games can be found on the 2/F of Languages Internationale Building, 926 A. Arnaiz Ave, Makati.
Puzzles: Board Game Lounge
Live closer to the South? Don’t worry, because Puzzles: Board Game Lounge is here to cater to every Southerner’s tabletop gaming needs!
Customers can grab a seat – or a beanbag! – and enjoy unlimited tabletop gaming with their friends or family for just P100 per head. Given the place’s cozy ambiance, colorful interiors, and wide selection of tabletop games, it’s no wonder why Puzzles has become a favorite hangout for Southerners of all ages.
Puzzles is also the only current branch of Gaming Library down south, so those who wanna bring the tabletop gaming fun back home can check out what they have in stock. Game lovers from the north can now rejoice! They recently just opened another branch at the Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City!
Puzzles: Board Game Lounge can be found at 287 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Parañaque.
The Appraisery isn’t just your typical cafe – it’s a coffee and sandwich shop, collectibles store, and tabletop gaming hub all rolled into one! It’s also home to Meeple Power Gaming, a group dedicated to expanding the local gaming community by increasing gaming awareness and providing local enthusiasts with access to designer board and card games.
Whether you’re a newbie or not, there’s no need to worry here. Just get ready to make some new friends during your visit! The place’s friendly and fun community is always happy to welcome newcomers and introduce them to the awesome world of tabletop gaming.
Don’t forget to have some of The Appraisery’s freshly brewed coffee, warm paninis, and popular apple tart while you’re there. If you’re lucky, you might also chance upon an exhibit or event when you visit, since the place also aims to be a “local watering hole” for wordsmiths, visual artists, and indie music acts.
The Appraisery can be found at 61-62A Cubao Expo, General Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City.
If you’re wondering where the hobby gaming enthusiasts of Katipunan wander off to after class, they’re probably hanging out at The Dragonforge. Ever since the place opened its doors in 2014, it has become a favorite after-school haven for hobby gamers studying in the Katipunan area.
The Dragonforge is primarily a store where players can purchase games, cards, dice, and other hobby materials. It doesn’t offer meals or any of the usual cafe fare, but it does serve as a great venue for quality gaming sessions and interacting with the community.
The place also hosts plenty of fun community events like Cardfight!! Vanguard Weekly, My Little Pony Weekly, Friday Night Magic, Warhammer Sundays, and Buddy Free Thursdays, where guests who rent and play board games in pairs get to enjoy a 50% discount!
The Dragonforge can be found at the FBR Arcade, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
Tobey’s Games Cafe Manila
Overnight board game rentals? Yup, you read that right! The board gaming fun never has to end at Tobey’s Games Cafe Manila, where guests are allowed to borrow and bring back home some of the games from the cafe’s library for a total of 24 hours.
Of course, there’s plenty more to love about Tobey’s Games Cafe Manila aside from this one-of-a-kind perk. Customers also keep coming back to this popular board game cafe to enjoy its awesome board games, comfort food dishes, and delightfully cozy atmosphere.
Tobey’s Games Cafe actually started out in 2006 as a board game cafe based in Southern Taiwan. It was Tobey himself who decided to share the Tobey’s gaming experience with the Philippines in 2013 by establishing the Manila branch we all know and love today.
Tobey’s Games Cafe Manila can be found at 65 Mariveles St. cor Sultan St., Highway Hills, Mandaluyong.
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