Take On Your Mates at Brisbane’s Best Board Game Pubs

Nothing beats a spot of friendly competition over dinner and drinks, especially if you win! We can’t guarantee your victory, unfortunately, but we can provide the playing field. Check out our list of Brisbane’s best pubs and bars with games, and get ready for a great night!

Kettle and Tin Trivia
Image credit: Kettle and Tin

Kettle and Tin


Before we delve into the fun times, we do need to say a quick word about Kettle and Tin’s wagyu beef burger. Here it is: YUM. Alright, all deliciousness aside, it’s time for Trivia Tuesday. This is hosted every week by local comedian Sebastian Burns, and offers sweet prizes (including cash) for the winners. Grab your mates, get the beers in and prepare to show off just how smart you are.

“I’ve been to Kettle and Tin 4 times now and all 4 times I have experienced good coffee, great food and sevice. I have recommended friends to try this place and they too have had good experiences.” – Sammy+

Junk Bar


An easy-to-miss hole in the wall, Junk Bar is cute, velvety den of awesome live music, comfy couches and beautiful artwork. It’s also a quietly raging battleground of chess, backgammon and scrabble, where keen minds meet to test their strength. The best part is that it doesn’t even matter if you’re any good or not. The cocktails are plenty strong enough to even things up…

“When I first walked past I was curious and couldn’t help but step through the doors to what I can only liken to a forest wonderland, complete with deer ;). The drinks were mixed to perfection and the food was just right. Haven’t stopped thinking of it since, my new happy place” – Cat Crowley

Escobar Kitchen & Bar

New Farm

To be honest, Escobar is worth a visit just for the Haloumi Cigars alone. Those things are obscenely good. The food in general is excellent, actually, and the staff never fail to impress in their dedication to your general happiness. But if you’re looking for a fun time, the entertainment options are plentiful, featuring old favourites like Boggle, Scattegories, Trivial Pursuit, Connect Four, as well as trivia nights on Wednesdays.

“The food started with two dips and tortillas with champagne (sparkling) on arrival and was followed by gnocchi & mushrooms and crispy chicken bites for an entree. Mains were beef cheeks with chickpea salad and lamb. Food allergies and intolerances in the group were easily catered for. Friendly staff, great food and lovely service. Highly recommended.” – Amanda Cassar

Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess

Fortitude Valley

If there’s one thing better than board games, it’s board games and beer. Luckily, that’s the theme every Tuesday at Dutch Courage, Fortitude’s very own grand palace of sweeping colonial splendour. From 4pm onwards, you can head down for a handle of beer and your choice of board game (including backgammon, Jenga and Battleship), and we reckon it’s the best $7 you’ll ever spend!

“A solid little bar that really holds its own amongst the Valley’s offerings. Just outside the main strip, Dutch Courage has managed to secure a quiet little spot, set away from the drunken crowds at the clubs. The bar does some really ingenius cocktails (some of which are served from teapots) the food is delicious and the space is open and spacious. Highly recommended.” – PeeCeeLark

Club Sosay


Where better to start than a bar specifically designed for board games? Club Sosay is just such a bar, aiming to get us off our smartphones and interacting properly again. It’s got hundreds of games to play with friends and not-yet-friends alike, and is determined to drag us all into a bold new face-to-face age. Oh, and the food’s delicious, too! Especially the fried mozzarella sticks…

Did you find fun, flavour and friendship at Club Sosay? Give it a quick review!


Have fun getting your game on? Don’t forget to review these lovely bars on True Local!



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