Have you outgrown the bar scene but still enjoy a fun-night on the town? Do you enjoy a little competition? How about good friends, good food, and good times? Hamilton is putting a spin on the traditional coffee (and beer) scene and adding a dose of healthy competition with board game cafés and trivia nights. Check it out!
223 King Street East, Hamilton | Gameopolis.ca
Gameopolis is Hamilton’s first board game lounge. For only $5 a person, you have unlimited game play on over 1,000 games in their collection. Choose from strategy, party, family, trivia, and more – whether you’re looking to get reacquainted with all your childhood favourites, challenge your friends to some intense competition, or simply learn something new, they have the game for you. Gameopolis proudly serves Hamilton-local and fair-trade organic coffees and teas, as well as all-natural soda and juices. You can also enjoy their light-fare menu of seasonal sandwiches and snacks or indulge in your favourite desserts. Vegan options are readily available!
Mancala Monk Board Game Café
1229 Cannon Street East, Hamilton | Mancalamonk.com
Mancala Monk Board Game Café is Hamilton’s largest of its kind. With over 1,200 board games, top notch coffee, craft beer and yummy food, they have quickly become a Hamilton favourite. They offer a wide variety of family-friendly games along with social and strategy-based games perfect for a competitive group of friends. Between dice roles, grab some grub from their full menu – offering lunch, dinner, and snack options. If you’re not hungry, they also have fair trade and organic coffee and a great selection of craft beers. Don’t leave without checking out their retail store!
Waypoint Games and Café
97 King Street West, Dundas | Waypointgames.ca
Get your game on at Waypoint! Located in the heart of Dundas, Waypoint Games has a little something for everyone. They have a great selection of board games available for family and friends to play but they also offer a weekly Magic the Gathering schedule. Take part in one of their Ravnica Weekends or Dungeons and Dragons Groups for serious players. You can also enjoy beer and ciders from local breweries Shawn & Ed, Grain & Grit, and Brickworks Cider House as well as hot beverages, and a wide assortment of yummy foods. There is fun to be had at Waypoint!
Lou Dawg’s Southern BBQ – Trivia Night
116 George Street, Hamilton | Loudawgs.com/Hamilton
Every Tuesday, trivia night comes to Lou Dawg’s in Hamilton. Presented by Hub of the Hammer Events – this trivia night is BIG. The game starts at 8 p.m. and there are prizes to be won. While you’re there, try some of their delicious grub which celebrates the warmth of Southern culture. They also have the best live blues, funk, soul, jazz, and country music!
Emerson 109 – Trivia Night
109 Emerson Street (basement), Hamilton | Emerson109.ca
Located at the corner of Emerson and Ward in the heart of the McMaster student community, Emerson 109 serves up good fun and great food! Every Monday at 9 p.m. Emerson hosts a great game of trivia. Topics range from everything Marvel and Disney, to science, history, sports, geography, TV, movies and much more. You can even recommend a topic on their Facebook page. Space is known to fill up fast, so grab a drink and get there early for the fun!
Honest Lawyer – Trivia Night
1070 Stonechurch Road East, Hamilton | Honestlawyer.com
Every Wednesday night at The Honest Lawyer on Stonechurch is Trivia Night! The games start at 7:30 p.m. Gamers can expect four rounds with 12 questions in each round. Grab a table and some friends, enjoy some beer and great food and bring the competition. Games are typically based on general trivia and are hosted by the Hub of Hammer events.
By Anneliese Lawton