Board games are having somewhat of a resurgence lately. What used to be something you did when the power was out, is now a great way to connect with others and disconnect from the internet. There are so many fun and interesting board games on the market right now! And good news for board game lovers: There are also so many fun and interesting places to play these board games in Indianapolis. Which is great for when you need a change of scenery beyond your kitchen table.
When you’re looking for a fun place to play board games with your family, try one of these places around Indy.
Books & Brews
Two locations around Indianapolis
Sundays are board game nights at Books & Brews, and kids also eat free with an adult food purchase. At the two locations in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, families can choose from shelves of board games for all ages, bring in their own games to play, or choose from a variety of books from the second-hand bookstore. Enjoy playing games while you eat and relax together as a family. And bonus: The adults can enjoy one of the house-made brews, each named after literary figures or books, like Cream & Punishment or Charlie and the Chocolate Stout.
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Doughnuts & Dragons
3838 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis
Doughnuts & Dragons is a family-friendly doughnut shop, board game shop and taproom on the Northside of Indy. This unique space is focused on community — bringing friends and families together in a laid-back environment over a great game. You can pop in and play a board game from their collection (they have a lot of great ones!), or bring your own game to play with friends. Doughnuts & Dragons has a complexity scale, rating games like Chutes and Ladders at a one, all the way to six-star Spirit Island game. And their donuts are just as great as their setup. Expect to find delicious gourmet flavors, like Adobo Cocoa, Key Lime and Butterbeer, along with classics like glazed and sprinkle donuts.
Hitherto Coffee & Gaming Parlor
1558 N State St, Greenfield
Step inside Greenfield’s Hitherto Coffee & Gaming Parlour, and you’ll enter a relaxing and engaging hybrid cafe, operating as both a full-service specialty coffee and tea shop as well as an extended retail selection of tabletop board gaming.
Family Time Games
8796 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis
At Family Time Games, family game night is back! They offer a large selection of board games, cards and gaming supplies, so it’s also a great place to pick up a unique game and bring it home for the family. They also regularly hold events in the store, as well as lots of space to hang out and play.
111 S Meridian St., Indianapolis
In the heart of downtown Indy, you’ll find Good Games, a unique specialty store offering games you can’t find on the shelf of your local big-box store. But along with hard-to-find board games, they also have the classics, like bingo, plus lots of puzzles and interactive and role-playing games. Good Games has in-store events running almost every day, so you’re sure to find a game to join, or have room to play your own board game.
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Comic Book University
7623 Shelby St., Indianapolis
Comic Book University specializes in comic books, but they also have three gaming rooms in their 4,800 square-foot space for playing board games and card games, such as Magic the Gathering, HeroClix and Pokemon.
LVL Up Gaming Lounge
7 Johnson Ave., Indianapolis
Lvl Up Gaming Lounge is the place to play board games and tabletop games like Pokemon, Yugioh, Warhammer and Magic the Gathering. They also offer console games on PS4, PC and Switch, as well as gaming computers. Best of all: all ages are welcome!
Does your family have a favorite place to play board games around Indianapolis? Let us know about it! Email [email protected] with your board game tips.