Board games have long been a fun way to socialize at home in your own living room. But these days, bars have also been providing guests with an array of board games to play while dining and drinking with friends. More often than not, these games take you back to your childhood with Connect Four, Life and more. Here are the best bars with board games in Philadelphia.
2201 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Doobies is a favorite among locals for reliable drinks, food and entertainment. In fact, this neighborhood watering hole has a ton of board games stacked in a corner for your enjoyment. Try your hand at games you no doubt had fun playing as a kid – think Life, Clue, Candyland and Operation. This place is cash only, but Doobies has an ATM – its fees, in fact, go to support a local cat rescue. Doobies also has a top-notch jukebox, playing all kinds of obscure and not-so-obscure artists including David Bowie and Tom Waits.
1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Frankford Hall may be part of the trendy Stephen Starr family of restaurants and bars, but this German beer garden is a favorite among all types of people and is located in the Fishtown neighborhood. It serves hearty German food, like Bavarian pretzels and sausages and great German beers. Frankford Hall also has plenty of games to keep you entertained, from ping-pong to, you guessed it, board games. It also has Jenga and card games like Uno or Cards Against Humanity. The wooden picnic tables here provide for plenty of room to set up a board game and play with your friends.
1718 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Raven Lounge is known for its board games. Here you’ll find cards, Connect Four, Jenga, Operation, Chess and Trivial Pursuit, among other games, scattered across the tables. The Lounge hosts non-board game events like Quizzo every Monday night, and it is also famous for its Rock Paper Scissors tournaments. Comedy is every Thursday night and on the weekends, the Lounge turns into a dance club. Raven Lounge is also known for its “Magic Potty,” where people can be served a PBR while visiting the bathroom. Below the Raven Lounge is its cocktail and whiskey bar, called the Pendulum.
1801 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Tangier is located in Center City at 18th and Lombard and serves inexpensive entrees (soft shell tacos at $8.25 and chicken parmesan at $10.95), sandwiches, salads and appetizers. It also has close to 100 beer bottles and local beers on draft. For a bit of excitement and only $3, order the mystery beer where a beer is handed to you in a bag. Tangier also has a stack of old-school board games, like Candy Land, Yahtzee, Connect Four and Guess Who.
The Wishing Well
767 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The Wishing Well is a cozy bar and eatery in the Italian Market/South Philly area. It is well regarded in terms of its food and is famous for its “shame burger,” a patty topped with a sunny side egg, scrapple and American cheese. It is also known for its delicious weekend brunch ($25 for bottomless mimosas or bloody marys and an entrée) and its many board games found in the back including Scrabble, Clue and Apples to Apples. You’ll feel right at home at the Wishing Well while indulging in fun games, food and drink.
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Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.