Boston’s Best Bars With Board Games

June 12, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo credit: Highball/Facebook)

The nightlife scene can become stale for many out there, even those lucky ones who happen to live in a city with as many bar, club and restaurant options as Boston. Conversation, live music and trivia provide entertainment for many patrons, but what about something a little different? Many Boston bars offer up board games for exactly this brand of customer, a section of clientele who is seeking a little out-of-the-ordinary for their nighttime entertainment. Here are five of the city’s best bars with board games.
(Photo credit: Highball/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Highball/Facebook)

Highball Lounge
90 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 772-0202

Highball Lounge is all about atmosphere, capturing a unique vibe that is cool and retro, yet with a modern flair which brings in a varied, appreciative clientele. Customers at the Highball Lounge are also into the bar’s vintage toy selection and array of board games at the bar for their enjoyment. The fact that this Tremont Street joint goes the extra mile to set up a laid-back and fun atmosphere for visitors sets it apart from the pack, making Highball Lounge a recommended stop.

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654 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 262-3749

Cornwall’s bar and lounge is located not too far away from the Highball and presents a similarly lighthearted and friendly approach to keeping customers relaxed and happy. Board games and darts serve up fun and games to Cornwall’s loyal customer base, while the kitchen’s fish and chips plate is well regarded as one of the best values in the city. Food, fun and games? All in a day’s work for the folks here at Cornwall’s.

(Photo credit: Mass Ave Tavern/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Mass Ave Tavern/Facebook)

Mass Ave. Tavern
94 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 927-4900

Predictably located right on Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay district of Boston, the Mass Ave Tavern is a triple threat sort of place, serving up good food, friendly service and an atmosphere that welcomes groups, couples and the solo travelers to indulge in game night on any night. Indeed, Mass Ave Tavern’s menu selection of kobe beef sliders and hearty nachos alongside cold beer and cocktails pair perfectly with the old school board games on hand, like the classic game of Battleship, while the super service will likely keep customers coming back again and again.

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(Photo credit: Conor Larkins Grill & Tap/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Conor Larkins Grill & Tap/Facebook)

Conor Larkin’s Grill & Tap
329 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 867-0084

Conor Larkin’s Grill & Tap is popular amongst many Boston pub-goers for a variety of different reasons. This is because this Huntington Avenue spot is so many things to so many people; a neighborhood bar, an Irish bar, a sports bar and a traditional pub grub destination. Conor Larkin’s Grill & Tap also hooks it up in the fun department offering board games for the amusement of its clientele, who mostly fall within the college age demographic. The affordable beer prices and friendly wait service are the proverbial icing on the cake for this Boston fan favorite.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at