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(Washington Post)   DC bar owners Scrabble for a niche, roll the dice, take a Risk on board-game-themed bar. Hope they won't be Sorry. Yahtzee   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 81
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2012-09-27 09:59:53 AM  
There is absolutely no chance that within a very short time of opening they'll be missing key pieces to every single game.
 
2012-09-27 10:02:18 AM  
nowhitenoise.com
 
2012-09-27 10:04:07 AM  
These chumps don't have a Clue what they're doing. There's no fighting the Applebees Monopoly.
 
2012-09-27 10:10:24 AM  
I see Trouble in their future.
 
2012-09-27 10:11:39 AM  
Judging by the fact that I've lived in two smallish towns that each had bars with this exact same business model, I can only assume that there a dozens (at least) of these kinds of bars all over the country.

Why is this all of a sudden news? Is this one of those "if it hasn't happened on the East Coast yet, it hasn't happened" things?
 
2012-09-27 10:15:15 AM  
I went to a really sketchy hookah bar once that was basically in a warehouse - they had board games everywhere. Fun night, but strange.
 
2012-09-27 10:22:52 AM  
I can't imagine the kind of answers I'd give playing Scattergories when I was hammered
 
2012-09-27 10:37:26 AM  
I bet they get lots of Mancalas, but that's Life, no matter where you Go.
 
2012-09-27 11:07:28 AM  

sigdiamond2000: Judging by the fact that I've lived in two smallish towns that each had bars with this exact same business model, I can only assume that there a dozens (at least) of these kinds of bars all over the country.

Why is this all of a sudden news? Is this one of those "if it hasn't happened on the East Coast yet, it hasn't happened" things?


yeah they are fairly common here in chicago. i used to go to guthrie's in lakeview semi-regularly.

next week's headline:
"is this bar in Jeopardy? local pub offers a trivia game to patrons"
 
2012-09-27 11:09:59 AM  
Years ago I enjoyed the sti n spin in Seattle. Bands in the back, bar and kitchen, board games and a laundromat. Great place to spend an afternoon.
 
2012-09-27 11:11:48 AM  

sigdiamond2000:

Why is this all of a sudden news? Is this one of those "if it hasn't happened on the East Coast yet, it hasn't happened" things?


Neither, it's from the Post's local entertainment and nightlife blog, so it's just an excuse to make board game jokes.
 
2012-09-27 11:13:10 AM  
They are making the mistake of their Life if they expect this to lead to a Pay Day.
 
2012-09-27 11:21:03 AM  

Pocket Ninja: There is absolutely no chance that within a very short time of opening they'll be missing key pieces to every single game.


That's why I'm going on Friday: I want to crush my SO at Connect Four before they lose the pieces.

And also because we went to Penn Social last week and couldn't find the adult-sized Connect Four that United Social Sports uses. Plenty of adult-sized Jenga, though.
 
2012-09-27 11:46:37 AM  
There was a coffee shop/bar with this model in Tallahassee twenty years ago--cards and boardgames just stuck on the shelf when people came in. And that place was packed all the damn time. You had to get there by about 8 to get a table, and, until midnight, tables would rarely be open for more than a few minutes.

After a couple of years of making a boatload of money, the owner decided that the cards and games weren't being taken care of, so he put them behind the counter and started charging people to play them. I believe he lasted a couple of months before he closed up.
 
2012-09-27 11:54:24 AM  
So a panda walks into a bar ..........
........eats chutes and ladders.
 
2012-09-27 11:55:03 AM  
Sounds pretty Parcheesi to me.
 
2012-09-27 11:55:16 AM  

sigdiamond2000: Judging by the fact that I've lived in two smallish towns that each had bars with this exact same business model, I can only assume that there a dozens (at least) of these kinds of bars all over the country.

Why is this all of a sudden news? Is this one of those "if it hasn't happened on the East Coast yet, it hasn't happened" things?


There are bars in the DC suburbs that do this now and have for years. Carpool in reston has Jenga, Connect Four, and some others.
 
2012-09-27 11:55:31 AM  
That's a bold and refreshing Stratego.
 
2012-09-27 11:55:50 AM  
Right idea, wrong games being promoted.

Besides, playing Monopoly with alcohol involved sounds like a good way to start a brawl.
 
2012-09-27 11:56:17 AM  
Who was the Mastermind behind this one?
 
2012-09-27 11:57:11 AM  
Similar trivial pursuits have had a checkered history. Not really a place to take the little munchkin.
 
2012-09-27 11:57:15 AM  

DoBeDoBeDo: There are bars in the DC suburbs that do this now and have for years. Carpool in reston has Jenga, Connect Four, and some others.


Yeah, but Carpool is in the middle of farking nowhere.
 
2012-09-27 11:57:16 AM  
this operation will be a trivial pursuit. but, like the newer one that comes with play-dough.
 
2012-09-27 11:58:09 AM  
Hold on, that is the address for City Lights of China. You better not be telling me they replaced that restaurant with a shiatty hipster bar. Somebody's gonna get hurt if I can't get my Mr. Katz's Crispy Tofu. For serious.
 
2012-09-27 11:59:02 AM  
they had one of these bars on bar rescue. it looked a mess.
 
2012-09-27 11:59:43 AM  
Good job, subby, to Connect Four different board games in one headli...

FishyFred: That's why I'm going on Friday: I want to crush my SO at Connect Four before they lose the pieces.


dammit...There's a brew place in Lowry, CO sorta like this, and yes, nearly all the pieces are missing from the Connect Four game.
 
2012-09-27 12:01:24 PM  

ArkAngel: I can't imagine the kind of answers I'd give playing Scattergories when I was hammered


Mainly "your mom" regardless of the topic.
 
2012-09-27 12:05:41 PM  
I hung out a bar that used to do this, but they got rid of it pretty quick. Turns out that offering board games has a coffee shop effect; Instead of drinking you get a lot of groups where everyone comes in, orders a cheap beer, and nurses it for the next 2 hours while play a few rounds of whatever.
 
2012-09-27 12:05:42 PM  

ArkAngel: I can't imagine the kind of answers I'd give playing Scattergories when I was hammered


I've never played it any other way. There's always lots of liquor flowing at our Friday night game nights.

That being said, I don't think I'd go to a bar in order to play board games with friends. My house was designed for entertaining, and it's a hell of a lot cheaper for me to invite my friends over here to play games than to go to a bar and pay $7 a pop for beer.
 
2012-09-27 12:07:18 PM  
Certainly won't be a pick up bar with all the hungry, hungry hippos around.
 
2012-09-27 12:07:20 PM  

Andrew Wiggin: they had one of these bars on bar rescue. it looked a mess.


You couldn't actually play the games there, they were used as decorations. If you want a place to play games in Chicago - it's Guthries near Wrigley.
 
2012-09-27 12:08:03 PM  
Grand Rapids has one of these on 44th street called "Time Out". They have the sports bar with basket ball, the "Boardwalk" section with the board games, a room of 5 booths each with their own PS3 or Xbox and a list of titles. Other sections include old arcade games you place through the tables and open wifi for tablets.The food is good, different enough to not be an Applebee's clone and you can change the entertianment depending on what you feel like.

/highly recommended, good list of local micro brews.
 
2012-09-27 12:11:47 PM  
encrypted-tbn2.google.com
If we can hit that bulls-eye, the rest of the dominoes should fall like a house of cards. Checkmate.
 
2012-09-27 12:12:21 PM  
Hope they have enough Mouse Traps to keep any pests away..
 
2012-09-27 12:12:29 PM  
It's all fun and games until...well, it's not fun anymore. Then it's just games.
 
2012-09-27 12:12:53 PM  

indylaw: Similar trivial pursuits have had a checkered history. Not really a place to take the little munchkin.


:: shakes fist ::

I had: "Sounds like a Trivial Pursuit to be the numero UNO in a Candy Land of Hungry Hungry Hippos."
 
2012-09-27 12:14:07 PM  

swaxhog: Certainly won't be a pick up bar with all the hungry, hungry hippos around.


:: shakes angry fist of die at you as well ::
 
2012-09-27 12:15:24 PM  
This is not new. I did once play an old card game in a bar called "In a Pickle." I had never seen it before and haven't seen it since (unless I go back to that bar, which unfortunately has switched over to a Michigan college football bar instead of a nice neighborhood pub so I'll never be back), but it was one of the most fun games I've played in a long time and made for plenty of laughs.
 
2012-09-27 12:19:44 PM  
DC area, huh? Bet there's one piece of the game they're missing...
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2012-09-27 12:19:56 PM  
My wife and I went to a bar one night that had numbers on the barstools. Every half hour they would draw a number and the winner got to go upstairs and have sex with the bartender of their choice. I never won but my wife won three times.

I'll be here all week. Tip your waitress.
 
2012-09-27 12:20:03 PM  

sigdiamond2000: Judging by the fact that I've lived in two smallish towns that each had bars with this exact same business model, I can only assume that there a dozens (at least) of these kinds of bars all over the country.

Why is this all of a sudden news? Is this one of those "if it hasn't happened on the East Coast yet, it hasn't happened" things?


I'll respond to this comment when someone on the East coast makes it.
 
2012-09-27 12:20:22 PM  
I went to the regular bar to drown my football sorrows on Saturday. One of the bartenders let us play her Cards Against Humanity. It was a blast and we ran up a big tab. So this could work. I would go.
 
2012-09-27 12:26:44 PM  
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I misread the headline didn't I.
 
2012-09-27 12:30:10 PM  

SageC: DC area, huh? Bet there's one piece of the game they're missing...
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Parking in DC is a breeze compared to other places.
 
2012-09-27 12:31:43 PM  
Yahtzee? First thing I thought of:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWy0IhjYINQ
 
2012-09-27 12:41:55 PM  

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: There was a coffee shop/bar with this model in Tallahassee twenty years ago--cards and boardgames just stuck on the shelf when people came in. And that place was packed all the damn time. You had to get there by about 8 to get a table, and, until midnight, tables would rarely be open for more than a few minutes.

After a couple of years of making a boatload of money, the owner decided that the cards and games weren't being taken care of, so he put them behind the counter and started charging people to play them. I believe he lasted a couple of months before he closed up.


That's what I see happening here. The games are just a gimick to draw people in to buy whatever food/beverage you're serving. Pretty much every coffee shop in existence has figured this out.
 
2012-09-27 12:46:04 PM  
While some games are just for show, the main attraction is 20 games that customers can rent for $2 to $5. The options are wide-ranging: Classics like Connect Four and Operation, interactive games such as Don't Break the Ice and Jenga, and more cerebral games, such as Scatergories and Taboo.

Right. I always confuse those last two games with Brass or Empires in Arms.
 
2012-09-27 12:46:09 PM  
Maybe they can get a monopoly on this idea..
 
2012-09-27 12:47:23 PM  
There used to be a coffee house in my town that had shelves full of board games. I spent quite a few nights there in my high school days having a blast. Stratego, anyone?
 
2012-09-27 12:49:07 PM  
note to self: when retirement comes around and if the kids are still playing MTG, open a store with a liquor license.
 
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