Whether it’s booze and boggle or margaritas and Monopoly, one thing’s for sure: alcohol and board games definitely mix! Which is why bars all over Austin are bringing back these nostalgic pastimes and vamping them up with great drink specials and a classic touch of Austin. So grab your friends and challenge them to a friendly, booze-infused game of Cards Against Humanity, Mortal Kombat and a slew of other fun games at these awesome gaming bars in Austin.
Fresh and new to the Austin nightlife scene, Vigilante Game Bar is a one-of-a-kind board game-centric bar in the heart of downtown. This bar boasts itself as “A Place to Hang your Cape” and has plenty of tables and seating plus amazing drinks and snacks to sustain you through hours of different games. In fact, Vigilante Bar is so serious about their board games that patrons can actually visit their website and view a massive database of available board games categorized by number of players, duration, game type and game style. Whether you’re into word games, strategy games, fantasy games or classic old school games, Vigilante has everything you and your friends need for an action-packed, unforgettable night!
Tip: If you want to be the ultimate board-game party host, you can even get a monthly membership to Vigilante and enjoy the perks of weekly private room rentals with reserved board games, free food and drinks and unlimited access to the entire gaming library!
Apanas Coffee Bar
Though not a traditional gaming bar, Apanas Coffee Bar has expanded their java repertoire to include gourmet sandwiches from Fricano’s Deli, an extensive list of local craft beers and wines and trendy weekly events like Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night every week, a SoCo bi-monthly Pop Up Shop and, best of all, SoCo Game Night every other week. Game Nights at Apanas include awesome vintage video games on all their TV’s, tons of board games – both classic and new – and amazing drink specials so you and your friends can stay and play for hours! Their specialties are obviously teas, juices, lattes and coffees made with fair-trade, quality ingredients. But you can also get a little saucy and order a local craft beer from Real Ale, 512 Brewing, Pinthouse Pizza, Hops & Grain or Independence Brewing Co., to name a few. When it comes to ambience, drinks and good old fashioned fun, Apanas definitely brings its A-game!
Tip: Join Apanas for game night on Wednesday and also enjoy the perks of “Wine Wednesday” until 7 PM with 50% off glass and bottles of wine and $3 meat and cheese platters.
Located on historic Rainey Street, Craft Pride is a cool place that offers a plethora of Texas Wines, craft beers and fun weekly events and activities for all patrons. With a staggering list that is categorized by flavor, type and intensity, Craft Pride is the place to find a fantastic selection of local, hand-crafted beers ranging from stout and sour to malty and hoppy. But perhaps best of all, Craft Pride also hosts super fun weekly events like Trivia Night with Geeks Who Drink, weekly live music and Video Game Night every Monday with classic games and consoles. This beer-tastic weekly gaming event is one you definitely don’t want to miss!
Tip: For gamers on a budget, free video game play start at 8PM and you can even enter their tournament at 9PM for a chance to win gift cards, brewery swag and gaming accessories.
Parlor and Yard
This hip downtown lounge is known for their ample selective seating both indoor and outdoor, delicious drinks, yummy snacks from Carnal, Brooklyn and a smorgasbord of games from corn hole and ring toss to pinball and Chinese checkers. Parlor & Yard is a relaxing reprieve from the bustle of downtown Austin, and their impressive selection of games and activities will keep you entertained for as long as you want. Whether you’re there to watch a game on T.V or play a game with friends, this swanky speakeasy is full of fun for everyone. The drink list at Parlor & Yard is full of local beers and wines and great hand-crafted cocktails with cheeky names like Tu Madre, Mulligan and CrashKit. Parlor & Yard is definitely a great place to slow down, get away and take in the evening one drink and game at a time.
Gourmand’s Neighborhood Pub
Located in the trending east Austin, Gourmand’s Neighborhood Pub is a super chill grub spot for locals to hang out and enjoy daily drink specials, sports on T.V., a game room in the back and big, fat, mouth-watering sandwiches like The Godfather, Second Deadly Sin, Hannibal and Foghorn Leghorn, all made with true Texas bravado. Go to Gourmand’s for the fantastic food and drinks and stay for the surprising amount of vintage games, board games and classic bar games like foosball, table-tennis and everyone’s favorite: skeeball! Have a drink and shoot a game of pool, or relax at a table and play an old school board game like Scrabble or Sorry.
Tip: Try one of their most popular sandwiches, The Orgy, made with warm peppered pastrami, Swiss cole slaw and Russian dressing.