Hollywood isn’t the only place in LA where you can booze it up and have a good time, but it’s certainly the first place most people would consider. But not all bars are created equal. There are indeed better options, especially if you love board games. Here’s a quick roundup of five of the best bars with board games in Los Angeles.
Tony’s Darts Away
1710 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
Located in the San Fernando Valley, Tony’s Darts Away is the place to go if you’re into board games, craft brews and vegan food. Even on the busiest of nights, Tony’s amazing selection of games ensures plenty of fun to be had with more than enough games to go around for every group of patrons to enjoy. Local comedian Jason Klamm says the board games make the place feel warm and homey. “My favorite to play there is Sorry because it’s simple enough to play competently after a flight or two. It only adds to the feeling of hanging out in someone’s well-stocked rec room,” says the Comedy on Vinyl podcaster.
The Phoenix Bar
14 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, 90211
The Phoenix Bar promises good beer and stiff drinks if you leave your attitude at the door. With a hipster-meets-posh kind of vibe, it’s the perfect place to wait out rush-hour traffic while you enjoy beer, wine and well drinks for only $3 during happy hour. The board games and life-size Jenga sets make it easy for even the most socially impaired to strike up a conversation in search of a little friendly competition. The place is pretty spacious with a layout that’s pretty conducive to most types of groups. An insider reports Cards of Humanity as the most popular game among large groups.
150 S. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
While it may not be stocked with nearly as many games as some of the aforementioned bars, Story Tavern is still among the best bars with board games in LA. With classic board games like Chess and modern games like Apples to Apples, Story Tavern has just enough games for those who care to indulge. In case there’s a shortage of board games, Story Tavern is actually known for its Rumpus Room featuring two ping pong tables, foosball and shuffleboard and six dart boards. The Rumpus Room also has a full bar featuring eight draft handles dedicated exclusively to out-of-state craft brews.
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Pour Haus Wine Bar
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
If you prefer a glass of wine to go with your board game, then Pour Haus Wine Bar is the way to go for a fun night out with friends in the Art District. It’s a cozy little place with a lovely, quaint patio and an equally decent selection of board games and wine that pair off real nice. This poshy dive that doubles as a retail wine store is definitely among LA’s best-kept secrets. With games that engage you mentally and spawn off interesting dialogue, you’ll be sure to be plenty entertained as the wine keeps flowing.
1800 S. Brand Blvd., Suite 107
Glendale, CA 91204
While it may not be a bar in the alcoholic sense, GameHaus is a coffee bar featuring top-notch coffee and espresso drinks. With an extensive collection of more than 600 games, this board game cafe actually has a small cover fee of $5 for all-you-can-play board games. GameHaus’s game library includes games of all sizes from card games and classic board games to party games, strategy games and even more. At GameHause Cafe, you can play your favorite board games while enjoying a savory selection of pastries, soups, sandwiches and even pizza.
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Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.