Whilst Fabian is constantly busy searching for the next beans to fill our hoppers Lilly is on the lookout for exciting games to occupy our shelves. We currently have over 150 games dotted around in the shop, entirely free for you and your friends to enjoy over a drink. the majority of our games fall under the below categories; party games, light strategy games, dice games, card games and deck building games that will  take you anything from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours to enjoy. For our more serious gamers we have a limited number of  deep strategy games for longer gaming sessions as well as some hidden gems that you can ask to play upon request.

We believe that Playground is much more than your standard board game cafe and that is why even though we opened back in 2014, well before any other coffee shop / bar in Bristol introduced gaming as part of its offering, we never branded ourselves as a "gaming" place. 

why we are not another board game cafe..

  • Our games same as our swings are free to use which differentiates us from board game cafes. We also don't have a board game guru ready to teach you games but will always be happy to suggest our favourites and teach you how to play them if we can afford the time. We are way too small as a business to afford offering you a guru for free and refuse to charge you for what we think is a fundamental element of the playgrouond experience- the option of playing a game!
  • Our games are not always in pristine condition. Spend a day lounging in Playground and you will see how many times they get played every day! Even though we try to replace them as often as possible we sometimes end up with some of our boards missing pieces and expect you to tell us about it and be forgiving. After all when you are a game being slightly decrepit shows that you have been deeply loved.
  • We don't always know as much as some of you do about games. Oh no.. cat is out of the bag! Even though we love playing games, the board game market is constantly changing and we don't always have the time to keep up with it so please when you notice we are missing games you enjoy playing and believe your friends will also enjoy tell us so we can buy them in.
  • We sometimes buy games second hand so if you have any old favourites you want to sell on bring them in. Depending on the games we may exchange them for drinks or give you hard cold £££ for them.

Games rant is over - i am really impressed you made it that far!!

Our five favourite games for April are..

Phase 10 - Simple & straightforward card game for groups who want to play something easy going whilst chatting about life

Settlers of Catan - Classic strategy game that can be played by 4 people in less than an hour or much longer if you prefer!

Pucket by ET Games - He didn't get funded on Dragons Den but whoever invested in the end must have done well because this is a truly excellent game. Shouting and screaming at your opponent is allowed.

Timeline - Test how accurately your compadres can place historical events in relation to each other.  Or more likely embarrass yourself at how many you get wrong... 

Stack the Fish - Like Jenga but fish shaped. What could go wrong?