From Beers & Bowling To Merlot & Monopoly: Game Night In Boston

November 10, 2011 2:02 AM

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– By Colleen Mescall

Gone are the days of pre-gaming with a game of Beirut at your friends place or having everyone over for a flip cup tournament before heading out to the bar. After graduating college, we tend to shed a bit of our former (more wild) selves as we inch our way toward mid-to-late twenties. But, fear not! There are still fun (and dare I say, classier) game options for you to enjoy on your next night on the town.

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Trivia at Game On!

82 Lansdowne Street
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 351-7001
Hours: Open daily, 11:30am – close
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Playing trivia with a big group is perfect, because there’s something for everyone. For example, Sally who loves keeping up with Hollywood gossip will get any celebrity-related questions correct, hands down. Bob’s got sports covered, and Tom is all over the music category. Barb will be pumped when ‘American Literature’ comes around, and Patrick could answer any science question in his sleep. Be sure to focus and take this game seriously, because often Celts or Sox tickets will be on the line.

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Board Games at The Living Room

101 Atlantic Ave (Richmond Street)
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 892-4313
Hours: Sun-Wed 11AM-1AM (kitchen until 12AM), Thurs-Sat 11AM-2AM (kitchen until 1AM). Brunch Sat-Sun 11AM-3PM.
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What’s better than sitting at home on your comfy couch playing a classic board game accompanied by friends, wine and cheese? The answer is: sitting on one of the fabulously plush couches at The Living Room on their Wednesday board game night with what else? Friends, wine, and cheese! Celebrate ‘Hump Day’ by relaxing with a game of Monopoly or Scrabble – perfect for a fun date or a girl’s-only night.

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Bowling at Kings Back Bay

50 Dalton Street (Scotia St)
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-2695
Hours: Mon 5PM-2AM, Tues-Sun 11:30AM-2AM
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Games (other than quarters, up and down the river, etc.) tend to bring out the kid in us. Bowling parties were all the rage in fifth grade, and guess what? Add a spiked tea or SkittleTini with some dim lighting and good tunes from Kings and you have yourself a grown up version of the best damn middle school party you’ve ever been to.

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Billiards at Big City

138 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 782-2020
Hours: Mon-Fri 4PM-1AM, Sat-Sun 10AM-1AM
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Direct quote from Big City, “We take beer seriously…in a BIG WAY.” Now people, that is what I’m talking about (along with their 15 tables and 4 foosball tables of course!). With over 80 beers on tap, along with sangria, martinis, frozen drinks (and more), you’ll have a harder time choosing your cocktail than whether your stripes or solids. This is the perfect laid back place to unwind after a long work week.

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Beirut at Our House East

52 Gainsborough Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-1890
Hours: Daily 11:30am-2am

Want a throwback to the glory days? Check out the scene at Our House East, and be sure to visit on a Monday night so you can sign up for their weekly Beirut tournament (sign up’s are at 9:30 and games start at 10). You’ll feel like you’re back in college at this super-casual, inexpensive joint.

Colleen Mescall is a Marketing Manager for a website in the Boston area and holds a special place in her heart for the Celtics. She writes about her love of all things New England over at her blog, the daily craic, (catch her on Twitter @thedailycraic).