While board games may be the ultimate stay-at-home activity, several establishments are turning to the frivolity and competition of board games to entice people looking for a more casual night out. Here are three locations for those who are looking for the ease of a game night combined with some great nightlife.
1. Ducktail Lounge, 1809 86th St, Clive
Adorned with leather-bound books, plush couches and even a fireplace, Ducktail Lounge is an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy a night out in a bar most like the family cabin you wish you always had. Stashed above a corner booth, Ducktail Lounge offers several different options for those looking to sip a cocktail and have a friendly game of Monopoly or Wits and Wagers. If you’re lucky, you may even be invited to play a bar-wide game of Catch Phrase.
2. Mickey’s Irish Pub, 50 S.E. Windfield Parkway, Waukee
Located on the corner of a strip mall in the far western suburb, Mickey’s Irish Pub is the type of place that can be everything to everyone, including board game fans. Mickey’s has several game options, including Apples to Apples and Cranium, to make the typical night out into something more challenging and less typical.
3. The Fremont, 1030 E. Ninth St.
With booths built specifically for those looking for a game of checkers or even Scrabble, The Fremont is an almost hidden board game player’s dream. Just ask at the bar and a veritable treasure trove of games are at your fingertips. From favorites like Trivial Pursuit and Jenga to an old version of Operation, The Fremont offers both childhood favorites and games to challenge the mind.