First, it was the ambience, quirky indoors, innovative wall paintings and then came the trend of live gigs which involved lots of reputed local bands performing at places, and now it has come down to cafés with games. It has been a while that places like Creeda Board game café, Teapot café have opened in Mumbai. Delhi has its share, with T Pot café, where one can try a hand at chess or other board games, young old free café, Bandits and much more.
The Breakout in Elgin road around the Bhawanipore Gujrati Education Society has paintball amongst all other games. A sports café which also telecasts live cricket matches offers paintball games charged at Rs. 350 on weekdays and Rs. 400 on weekends. A vegetarian place, known for the Hookah and Chili Potato and Crispy Chili Babycorn, this is an ideal place to hang out in the summers with an adrenaline rushing paintball game and then some delicious food.
Smash Street at Salt Lake has Laser Tagging and perhaps the only place in Kolkata which is famous for this game. Charged at Rs. 199 per person for 12 minutes, this is a very popular game amongst the young crowd. Pool table, foosball, virtual car racing, air hockey are some of the other games one can enjoy. The Smash Street Special Sizzler and the Mexican Sizzler along with the pasta and the pizzas are a must try in this vegetarian café.
Milee Droog Café and Bistro owner Satyaki Manna is himself a puzzle and gaming enthusiast and keeps on adding various imported board games from time to time. While the popular ones are Scrabbles, Connect 4, Uno and Battleship, one must also try out the chess and the new Catan Game Which Has Been Imported. While You Devour into their Mushroom Blini and a hearty Beef Steak and feel happy, you may have a surprise while settling the bill. There is a Russian IQ puzzle challenge where if the puzzle is completed within time, then you get a discount on the bill.
Hoppipola at Acropolis mall has a separate gaming zone while entering. One can take lucky guesses at the Bioscope boxes, can try their hand at the foosball and UNO cards too. There are several other board games like Scrabble, Chinese Checkers and others. The young vibrant interiors with beer pitchers and innovative cocktails like the Bird Cage, IQ, Da Vinci Tini are popular crowd pullers. Do not miss out on the Chicken Trilogy which is basically chicken strips grilled in 3 different marinades.
The 8th Day Café and Bakery is an American style coffee place which has made a strong foothold in the city for coffee lovers in the last couple of years. Their speciality is their freshly ground aromatic coffee blends which you will also get through a French press. While munching on to some Cinnamon Roll or an Apple Pie while sipping your favourite cup of coffee, one can play a variety of board games or even read a few books which adorn their shelves.
The popularity of the board games not only helps in bringing together a community of same interest to your café and encourage them to pursue their hobby but also adds on to the vibe and liveliness of the cafés. As most often complained, the screenizen generation may find a way out to look beyond the handheld screens too.
A true blue Kolkata foodie, Anindya loves cooking and eating his Kosha Mangsho. Anindya weaves stories around food as he believes exceptional food is an emotional experience. Previously a restauranter, now a passionate photographer and traveller, he runs a successful blog called Pikturenama and contributes to other publications.