Discover one of the best places to play board games in Bristol! Chance & Counters café brings all your favourite games together in one place. From your family classics like Battleships to heavy strategy games like Hammer of the Scots, they have it all. Unleash your competitive side with over 850 games to choose from and learn from the expert staff on how to beat the board.

Where can I find Chance & Counters café?

Tucked away at the bottom of the historic Christmas steps you’ll find the cosy and welcoming spot away from the hustle and bustle of Bristol city.

What started as a drunken idea for university students Luke, Steve and Richard, ended up as a completely unique and fun café that is now a favourite in the city. You can host large group events at the café so whether you’re looking for a birthday party idea or a company-away day then this is the place for you. You can even bring your own games to show off free of charge.

Interesting facts about board games

  • Trivial Pursuits is over 40 years old! It was first released in 1981 and invented by Chris Haney.
  • There is an urban myth that David Bowie invented Connect Four.  This was made up by radio DJ Stuart Maconie.
  • Over 300 editions of Monopoly have been created, including “Star Wars,” Pokemon, and “Game of Thrones”.
  • Monopoly – the Parker Brothers initially turn the game down.
  • Scrabble was invented in 1931 by New York architect Alfred Mosher Butts.
  • The highest score ever recorded in a Scrabble tournament is 850, achieved by Toh Weibin (Singapore) at the Northern Ireland Scrabble Championship on 21 January 2012.
  • The risk was invented in 1957 by Albert Lamorisse, a French filmmaker, and it became one of the most popular board games in history.
  • The history of chess can be traced back around 1500 years and regularly features on the list of top 10 board games of all time.
  • On 5 August 2018, Alex Radford ran to every location on the London Monopoly board. Starting at Old Kent Road and finishing at The Angel Islington, it took 1 hour, 45 minutes and 35 seconds. He didn’t collect £200!

The café serves a hearty food menu that runs all day long, so you can make an evening of it and order food and drinks to your table while you game. Planning a function and looking for a unique venue or party theme – you can hire space with drinks at Chance & Counters. Not sure they’ve done a wedding yet – there’s an idea!

  • Reduce screen time – play board games
  • Sunday – Wednesday: 10am – 10pm
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 12am
  • £5 per person for a 4-hour session
  • Serious board gamer?  Memberships £25
  • The locally-sourced food menu

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