theDL

What are your favorite "restaurant" games?

Inspired by a conversation with @Marshwiggle92

What are some games you find easy to bring to a restaurant or coffee shop to play?

4 points by theDL - updated 40 days ago | 80 comments | report | subscribe

philryuh Supporter44 days ago | 2 points[-]

You know, with the exception of hanging out at a board game cafe, I don't think I've ever taken a game to a restaurant or coffee shop. I think I'll get my own copy of Welcome To (my wife really likes that game) and try it out next time :)

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Highly recommend it! My wife and I try to do it every weekend! She loves going to coffee shops and I love playing games, so we do something we both enjoy haha.

philryuh Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's awesome, I'll try this out with her and give you an update in the future!

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Awesome! Please do!

rancidmike Supporter41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Have you played any other roll and writes? Railroad Ink is a personal favorite, and a great cafe/restaurant game

BearLeeLucky 44 days ago | 2 points[-]

I keep Castles of Caleira and Mint Works in my backpack for this reason. Both are simple and easy to explain and take up little table space.

philryuh Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Had to look up Castles of Caleira. Looks really cool actually, and seems like a great game for this. How have others liked it/who do you usually play with?

BearLeeLucky 43 days ago | 1 point[-]

I typically play this with non gamers at work and it goes over fairly well. The face down bluffing mechanism is easy to understand but has enough nuance to keep it tricky. 

JamesReid860 Supporter45 days ago | 2 points[-]

I bet some of the Tiny Epic series would be good ones. Tiny Epic Galaxies came to mind first just because there's less of a board in the middle that needs to be maintained.

JamesReid860 Supporter45 days ago | 2 points[-]

I haven't done too much restaurant gaming so I'm interested to hear

indigopotter Supporter45 days ago | 2 points[-]

We used to bring Utopian Rummy into casual pizza places and such (we kept a copy in the glove box). Nowadays it's mostly Yahtzee on my husband's phone.

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 2 points[-]

My wife and I will do Scrabble on a phone often. We like it :) 

HooperGirl 41 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have a little deck of cards in my purse and I pull it out and get my family to play Fan Tan, my favorite card game.  I also have gotten some of the Pack O Game games (Rum and Sow), but we've only tried Rum so far at a restaurant.  I have also brought Mint Works and Donut Drivethru out.  They are both great to play while waiting too!

rancidmike Supporter41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ooh I love this question. My go-to date night game is Jaipur—it’s compact and quick so we can play between ordering our food and when the order actually comes. Coup is also a good choice, usually.

theDL 41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Jaipur is definitely on my list of games to buy! I see it recommended so often, and I'm always on the lookout for good small games, especially that play well at 2 players (or exclusively for 2). According to...a lot of people, Jaipur is near the top of the heap!

rancidmike Supporter41 days ago | 1 point[-]

It really is a good one. Simple enough to where you don’t ever really forget the rules. You just set up and play. Do you have any coffee shop/restaurant games?

theDL 41 days ago | 1 point[-]

I made a comment with my games when I created the post, so it's in here somewhere. The game I have most suited to a restaurant/coffee shop is The Fox in the Forest, but unfortunately my wife doesn't love that one.

rancidmike Supporter41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Whoops! That’s a game I’ve wanted to try out.

theDL 41 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's cheap enough and good enough that I pretty much just recommend everyone buy it if they're at all interested. Especially if you enjoy trick taking games, and like the idea of a trick taking game with a twist.

rancidmike Supporter41 days ago | 1 point[-]

I am pretty intrigued by the idea of a trick taking game that works at 2p

theDL 41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Get it!

BenjaminK 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think games like Love Letter would be good, since it's small and doesn't have a lot of moving parts. Bullfrogs would be another one. 

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Just checked out Bullfrogs and that looks like a nice little game!

BenjaminK 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

It's a neat little area control game. Although I don't know who publishes it these days. Mine is from Renegade Game Studios, but I doin't think they're with that license anymore.

WadeB1977 40 days ago | 1 point[-]

I no one is with me then I would bring Friday.  It's very compact and though simple, I find it to be an enjoyable solo experience.  With at least one other person it's Jaipur or Martian Dice. Jaipur is our favorite two player game at the moment.  

theDL 40 days ago | 1 point[-]

Nice! Definitely plan on buying Jaipur.

sdirrane Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don't think I'd do a restaurant with any games.  But we have a few bars that I feel comfortable bringing my games too because they have some big tables and spaces to spread out, which is a super fun experience.  I always hope when I'm at a random bar I might introduce someone to the hobby.  (I've had a few people ask us about the games we are playing when out at a regular bar).

This is how I fell into the hobby.  I saw some guys playing a game I'd never seen in the food court at the mall.

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

What game was it?

Skurvy5 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Imperial Assault of course. 

sdirrane Supporter41 days ago | 1 point[-]

IA really did open the door for me though.  That was when I really started getting into it and researching different games and learning about different styles and mechanics.  I had no idea with worker placement, area control, or dungeon crawler meant until IA.

sdirrane Supporter41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Close.  IA was my second game.  A Few Acres of Snow had me looking for FLGS and when I walked in I saw IA and I knew I had to have it.

BenjaminK 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I hope you find those guys some day and thank them for ruining blessing your life haha

sdirrane Supporter41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha, that would be amazing wouldn't it.  

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol

trentellingsen Supporter45 days ago | 1 point[-]

The only success I’ve had is with a deck of cards and trick taking games. It was also before we had kids 😜

JamesReid860 Supporter45 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'd assume a lot of card games too. Easy to carry in and play with other things around. 

HooperGirl 41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Just thought of another game that doesn't take up any space that we've played at a restaurant before -- Love Letter!

Skurvy5 Supporter45 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don’t have time to bring games to cafes. So none of the above!

sdirrane Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Most of the time we play at my place, but it's nice that we have a local board game bar for the few times I get out of the house for gaming.

JamesReid860 Supporter45 days ago | 1 point[-]

haha! same. Though the idea sounds like fun

Skurvy5 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I dunno. It doesn’t sound the greatest to me. Maybe if I drank coffee. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

You sir have my deepest pity. No tea!!? no coffee!!? No wonder your username is skurvy. LOL

Skurvy5 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Lol! Skurvy is actually the name of the garage punk/ska band I was in during high school!

philryuh Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

You were in a band? o_ o

Do you own any board games with a rock/band theme? I instantly liked the theme of this game when I saw it on Kickstarter long time ago: Battle of the Bards

Marshwiggle92 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I still feel sorry for you... 

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Most sell tea too ...

Skurvy5 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yuck! Tea is worse!

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

We can agree here haha

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Hot chocolate?

Skurvy5 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Not my favorite but I’ll allow it. 

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

You are hard to please lol

Skurvy5 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m just not a fan of warm beverages in general. 

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I don’t know what to say to you now.

Skurvy5 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I would be all over chocolate milk. 

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

*sigh*

Skurvy5 Supporter43 days ago | 1 point[-]

What about fruit smoothies?

JamesReid860 Supporter43 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's fine only if there isn't coffee around for like 100 miles

JamesReid860 Supporter43 days ago | 1 point[-]

Jk I like smoothies too

Skurvy5 Supporter43 days ago | 1 point[-]

100 miles?! That’s pretty restrictive. 

JamesReid860 Supporter43 days ago | 1 point[-]

Coffee is important lol

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've been known to prefer chocolate milk at coffee shops haha. So that's an option.

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Haha... you mean chocolate mile with cold brew in it? ;)

theDL 45 days ago | 1 point[-]

Some examples I've had success with:

Here are some that I've tried and work well enough but are a little bit bigger, so they require a little more table space:

Marshwiggle92 Supporter45 days ago | 2 points[-]

Plus 1 for Hive and Lost Cities. We usually will play lost cities without the board if we are at a restaurant or Cafe. I'll add 

Dominoes, if your table is big enough. 

I've played a lot of rook at coffee shops. 


theDL 45 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, Lost Cities could easily be a much smaller package, even though it's small already, as games go.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter45 days ago | 1 point[-]

Don't get wrong, I like the board but if you take that out it all goes in a deck box or baggie. 

theDL 45 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yeah, same. If I'm playing at home, I'll use the board for sure, but it's just not necessary for the game, so at a restaurant you could easily forgo it.

JamesReid860 Supporter45 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'm going to have to try Lost Cities at some point. 

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I think it's great! Plus it's pretty affordable if you just want to get yourself a copy.

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

I've noticed.... I'm just waiting for the right order to fill it out with Lost Cities :) 

JamesReid860 Supporter45 days ago | 1 point[-]

Does Carcassonne get too big and unwieldy to be able to play at a restaurant? 

theDL 44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Well I've only done it at a coffee shop, so we didn't have many dishes on our table, just our beverages. It works fine! Actually, having the edge of the table there can make a fun extra restriction, haha. But no, we just play with the base game, and it doesn't get too big.

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

That's true, in a coffee shop setting this would work. 

indigopotter Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Travel Qwirkle could work

theDL 44 days ago | 2 points[-]

Never played Qwirkle but it looks fun!

indigopotter Supporter44 days ago | 1 point[-]

Simple rules... either same color, different shapes, or same shape, different colors, no duplicates.

JamesReid860 Supporter44 days ago | 2 points[-]

This would be a good one!

HooperGirl 41 days ago | 1 point[-]

Carcassonne and Century?!?!  That's a big restaurant table!

theDL 41 days ago | 1 point[-]

I mean Century really doesn't take up that much space. You've got the 2 rows of cards and that's pretty much it.