“All this beer and wine and amazing food is nice and everything, but wouldn’t it be great if there was a cafe with hundreds of games to choose from, someplace with comfy booths and a nice selection of snacks?”
You’re in luck. The Well Played Board Game Cafe is here.
Well Played is North Carolina’s first board game cafe, and it’s right downtown on Wall Street. Your first clue that it’s not just any old cafe is the giant red pawn on the patio table, and an oversized Jenga stacked up and ready to fall.
Inside you’ll find a friendly crew (and non-judgmental -- they won't snicker a bit if you've never heard of Cosmic Encounter), and an intriguing library of over 500 games, some familiar, some not so much.
Sounds fun, but haven’t got a clue where to start?
Games are organized by category and level of difficulty, and roaming game-masters are on hand to cheerfully (I say this from personal experience) help you set up and learn any game you choose to play. They’ll also help you pick out a game that matches your skill level and interest. Trust me, these guys are good!
You can find family games like Ticket to Ride, classics such as chess, and oldies-but-goodies like Rock’em Sock’em Robots. Experienced players will be happy with the options, and appreciate having a way to try new games without the high cost of purchasing.
Booths and tables fill up with players of all ages and game-taste. For a five-dollar cover charge, it makes for a fun date and something different. Wait staff will not only help you set up and play a game, for a charge they'll also serve you goodies if you wish, such as beer, kombucha, hummus and veggies, or popcorn.