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Welcome to Board in the City! We are a tabletop gaming café that pride ourselves in our all-inclusive culture, and extensive outreach work. We have hundreds of games to tickle anyone’s fancy, catering for casual cards players to those deep into their D&D adventures.

Have a look around our site to find out more before visiting us. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you find your perfect game.

If you would like to make a donation to contribute to the running of our cafe and community outreach, please click here to go to PayPal Donate:

Fellow gamers,

Over the summer we want to allow our hard-working team the chance to enjoy the sunny days with their friends and family. Therefore we have decided to close the cafe on the following Sundays:

12th August
19th August
26th August
2nd September

Please also spread the word with your friends who may not see this post.

We will still be open as per normal on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

To our lovely customers,

We here at Board in the City have always strived to maintain good value for money and pound for pound we think we’re still great value. With that in mind we understand some people can be a bit thrown by our entry charges so we wanted to take some time to explain them to you.

How it works

Entry is £3 per person for the first 3 hours then £1 per hour for each additional hour or part hour. Just think 3 for 3 then +1 per hour. (Initial entry for under 16’s is charged at just £2)

But Wait… There’s more: Customers who spend £15 or more won’t have to pay the extra £1 per hour after the initial entry!!!

And… We have a loyalty card, concessions on entry for universal credit or medical exemption and discounts for group bookings. Ask at the bar for more info.

What’s it for?

The entry fee is an important part of our business. It allows us to maintain and continually add to our massive collection of games, it helps with the many costs involved with running a small independent business in a big city and it helps us run our ongoing community work as a not for profit company. Your ongoing support makes this all possible. Go you!

Opening Times

Monday 2pm – 11pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2pm – 11pm
Thursday 2pm – 11pm
Friday 2pm – 11pm
Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 8pm
We’re currently closed.We’re open again on Wednesday (22nd August 2018) from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Visitor’s Information

Table price: To help us become sustainable, we need to introduce our entrance fee at all times. (£3 per adult / £2 per child – 5-16 years old). We will offer a reduced entry fee of £1 for those on low incomes, (showing us a medical exemption card or evidenced of your universal credit account).

Concessions for large group bookings when placed in advance.

We take reservations, walk-ins are welcome, and we are great for groups, and kid-friendly

Private Hire Rooms

Along with our open areas, we have a dedicated room for large scale strategy, which is available to rent out for as long as you need.

We also have a dedicated, private function room to rent, kitted out with a projector, dynamic LED lighting, surround sound, and atmospheric effects (fire & smoke), so your games can really come alive!

The private function room also can serve for group meetings of any nature. Please contact us to find out more.

Please have a look at our visual tour to get a feel of the spaces on offer.

Games

With over 600 games on offer, there will certainly be games you’re familiar with, and numerous ones waiting to be discovered.

Our staff know how to play them all, so please ask if you want to learn a new game.

By categorising our collection, you can easily find new games similar to the ones you are already familiar with.

  • 5 Second Rule
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Bezzerwizzer
  • Biblios
  • Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game
  • Bohnanza
  • Captain’s Wager
  • Carcassonne
  • Carcassonne: Star Wars
  • Castle Panic
  • Cave Troll
  • Champions of Midgard
  • Citadels
  • Cluedo
  • Codenames
  • Comuni
  • Conquest of Speros
  • Coup
  • DC Comics Deck-Building Game
  • Dixit
  • Dominion
  • Draco Magi
  • Duel in the Dark
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Starter Set
  • Eclipse
  • Eldritch Horror
  • Exile Sun
  • Firefly: The Game
  • Five Tribes
  • Fluxx
  • Fluxx: The Board Game
  • Forbidden Island
  • Forbidden Stars
  • Formula D
  • Fresco
  • Freya’s Folly
  • Friday
  • Galactic Emperor
  • Galaxy Trucker
  • Geek Battle: The Game of Extreme Geekdom
  • Globopolis
  • Gloom
  • Godzilla: Stomp!
  • Guess Who?
  • Hanabi
  • Hands Down
  • Havana
  • Hey, That’s My Fish
  • Imaginiff
  • Industry
  • Jamaica
  • Kamisado
  • Kemet
  • King of New York
  • King of Tokyo
  • Kittens in a Blender
  • La Città
  • Last Will
  • Legendary: A Marvel Deck-Building Game
  • Letters from Whitechapel
  • Lords of Vegas
  • Lost Legends
  • Love Letter
  • Love Letter: Batman
  • Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers
  • Memoir ’44
  • Mercante
  • Might & Magic Heroes
  • Monopoly
  • Munchkin
  • Munchkin Quest
  • Mysterium
  • Night of the Grand Octopus
  • No Thanks!
  • One Night Ultimate Vampire
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf
  • Operation F.A.U.S.T
  • Pandemic
  • Pictionary
  • Power Grid
  • Priests of Ra
  • Puerto Rico
  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Risk
  • Risk: Star Wars Edition
  • Risk: The Lord of the Rings
  • Robot Turtles
  • Scooby-doo! Cyber Chase
  • Seasons
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse
  • Shadows Over Camelot
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Shopping List
  • Skip-Bo
  • Skyline 3000
  • Sleeping Queens
  • Small World
  • Smash Up
  • Snake Oil
  • Specter Ops
  • Spinergy
  • Splendor
  • Star Realms
  • Star Trek: Catan
  • Star Wars: Armada
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault
  • Starship Merchants
  • Stay Alive
  • Steampunk Rally
  • String Safari
  • Suburbia
  • Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King
  • Sylla
  • Taj Mahal
  • Takenoko
  • Talisman (4th Edition)
  • Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
  • The Big Book of Madness
  • The Duke
  • The Grasshopper & The Ant
  • The King Commands
  • The Mines of Zavandor
  • The Resistance
  • The Settlers of Catan
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Therapy
  • Ticket to Ride: Europe
  • Timeline: General Interest
  • Timeline: Star Wars
  • Tokaido
  • Travel Blog
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Trivial Pursuit: Disney Edition
  • Tsuro
  • Twilight Imperium (3rd Edition)
  • Twilight Struggle
  • Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar
  • UNO
  • Warriors & Traders
  • Wizardology: The Game
  • WWE Superstar Showdown
  • Yahtzee
  • Zombicide
  • Zombie Dice
  • Zooloretto Mini

Game Finder

Find out more about a game by selecting it on the left.

Events

We host numerous events at the cafe and in the local community throughout the year. The calendar below highlights what is on our schedule at the moment.

If you would like to schedule an event at the cafe, please feel free to contact us for arrangements!

August 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
  • Mini Meeples Club
  • Star Wars: Destiny
2
  • Mini Meeples Club
3
  • Friday Night Magic!
4
5
  • Student Sundays
6
  • Dungeons & Dragons for Kids
  • Southampton on Board
7
8
  • Mini Meeples Club
  • Star Wars: Destiny
9
  • Mini Meeples Club
10
  • Friday Night Magic!
11
12
13
  • Southampton on Board
14
15
  • Mini Meeples Club
  • Star Wars: Destiny
16
  • Mini Meeples Club
17
  • Friday Night Magic!
18
19
20
  • Dungeons & Dragons for Kids
  • Southampton on Board
21
22
  • Mini Meeples Club
  • Dungeons & Dragons for Kids
  • Star Wars: Destiny
23
  • Mini Meeples Club
24
  • Friday Night Magic!
25
26
27
  • BitC Summer BBQ + Auction
  • Dungeons & Dragons for Kids
  • Southampton on Board
28
29
  • Mini Meeples Club
  • Star Wars: Destiny
30
  • Mini Meeples Club
31
  • Friday Night Magic!
  • Monthly quiz
21st August 2018
22nd August 2018
  • Mini Meeples Club

    22nd August 2018

    During the summer holidays we will be running our Mini Meeples Club. It will run twice a week, every Wednesday and Thursday, from 2pm-5pm. Children can come along and learn games from our games masters.

    Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult

    For these events we will be running a special entry fee offer of half price for children.

    See more details

  • Dungeons & Dragons for Kids

    22nd August 2018 @ 2:30 pm4:30 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/events/417181115357348/

    Strange things are afoot in Rockhaven. You have been sent by the adventure academy to investigate the source of the disappearances. Can you discover the source of the disappearances before it is too late …

    This one-shot adventure will be ran by one of our experienced Dungeon Masters, Catherine.
    These sessions are open to both complete beginners and children who have played before.
    The suggested age for this adventure is 8- 13 years old, under 12s must be accompanied by an adult
    Spots for the sessions are limited so contact us to book your child a spot.

    For these events we will be running a special entry fee offer of half price for children.

    See more details

  • Star Wars: Destiny

    22nd August 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Possibly one of the biggest Destiny group meet ups on the South coast!

    Destiny, a collectible dice and card game for two players!

    In every game of Star Wars: Destiny, you’ll gather your small team of iconic characters and battle to defeat your foes, using your dice and the cards in your deck. The last player with characters left standing wins the game, but to successfully outmaneuver your opponent, you’ll need to carefully consider your options and enhance your deck with new dice and cards. If you ever wondered who would win a duel between two teams of heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe, there’s no better way to find out than with Star Wars: Destiny.

    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-destiny/#

     Read more

    See more details

23rd August 2018
  • Mini Meeples Club

    23rd August 2018

    During the summer holidays we will be running our Mini Meeples Club. It will run twice a week, every Wednesday and Thursday, from 2pm-5pm. Children can come along and learn games from our games masters.

    Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult

    For these events we will be running a special entry fee offer of half price for children.

    See more details

24th August 2018
  • Friday Night Magic!

    24th August 2018
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    BitC is now SANCTIONED!!
    Fancy a bit of Magic the Gathering on Friday evenings?

    Here at BitC, Rachel from Lvl Up and Ben, host fun, friendly Magic the Gathering games.

    Come along from 7pm, for a 7:30pm start.

    From complete novice players to expert players – all are welcome to rock up and play a casual game.

    It can also be taught to anyone wanting to give it a go!

    See more details

26th August 2018
27th August 2018
  • BitC Summer BBQ + Auction

    27th August 2018

    Back by popular demand from last summer, our lush BBQ!

    Deck building burgers, hot dogs, veggie option and a variety of salads on offer – we will be taking food reservations throughout AUGUST

    Food serving time TBC, but all afternoon, and prices start from £3.50.

    AUCTION at 6pm INFO to follow (soooooooo excited!!)

    And of course… gaming as usual!!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1358097461001808/

    See more details

  • Dungeons & Dragons for Kids

    27th August 2018 @ 2:30 pm4:30 pm

    Mum’s away, you’re in charge and you’ve run out of milk. You certainly aren’t going to have a crazy adventure on the way to the shops…right???

    This one-shot adventure will be ran by one of our experienced Dungeon Masters, Tasha.
    These sessions are open to both complete beginners and children who have played before.
    The suggested age for this adventure is 8- 13 years old, under 12s must be accompanied by an adult
    Spots for the sessions are limited so contact us to book your child a spot.

    For these events we will be running a special entry fee offer of half price for children.

    Sessions can be booked via messenger on the BitC FB page or by calling us on 02381 783 240

    See more details

  • Southampton on Board

    27th August 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Southampton On Board – A Board Gaming group that meets in the Board in the City Cafe in Southampton every Monday evening from 7pm to play a diverse and wide variety of board and card games ranging from the most conflict heavy Ameritrash to the brain-bending heavy Euro to laugh out loud Party & Filler games.

    The group is open to all, we’re always looking for new members, we’re friendly people (honest!) so if you want to join, feel free to simply turn up and introduce yourself!

    See more details

28th August 2018
29th August 2018
  • Mini Meeples Club

    29th August 2018

    During the summer holidays we will be running our Mini Meeples Club. It will run twice a week, every Wednesday and Thursday, from 2pm-5pm. Children can come along and learn games from our games masters.

    Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult

    For these events we will be running a special entry fee offer of half price for children.

    See more details

  • Star Wars: Destiny

    29th August 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Possibly one of the biggest Destiny group meet ups on the South coast!

    Destiny, a collectible dice and card game for two players!

    In every game of Star Wars: Destiny, you’ll gather your small team of iconic characters and battle to defeat your foes, using your dice and the cards in your deck. The last player with characters left standing wins the game, but to successfully outmaneuver your opponent, you’ll need to carefully consider your options and enhance your deck with new dice and cards. If you ever wondered who would win a duel between two teams of heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe, there’s no better way to find out than with Star Wars: Destiny.

    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-destiny/#

     Read more

    See more details

30th August 2018
  • Mini Meeples Club

    30th August 2018

    During the summer holidays we will be running our Mini Meeples Club. It will run twice a week, every Wednesday and Thursday, from 2pm-5pm. Children can come along and learn games from our games masters.

    Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult

    For these events we will be running a special entry fee offer of half price for children.

    See more details

31st August 2018
  • Friday Night Magic!

    31st August 2018
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    BitC is now SANCTIONED!!
    Fancy a bit of Magic the Gathering on Friday evenings?

    Here at BitC, Rachel from Lvl Up and Ben, host fun, friendly Magic the Gathering games.

    Come along from 7pm, for a 7:30pm start.

    From complete novice players to expert players – all are welcome to rock up and play a casual game.

    It can also be taught to anyone wanting to give it a go!

    See more details

  • Monthly quiz

    31st August 2018 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

    Quizmaster: Panda

    See more details

2nd September 2018
  • Student Sundays

    2nd September 2018 @ 11:00 am10:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Every sunday, from 4pm, we will be running our student night offers!

    Only £2.50 entry (normally £3) and you can add cheesy nachos + dip for an extra £2 (usually £3.40)

    Double Dice Discount: Each memebr of your group rolls our 2 giant foam dice, and the highest score is the discount applied to each group memebrs bill. For example, if you rolled a 6 and a 4, you’d get a discount of 10%.

    (Offers only available with a valid student card)

    See more details

3rd September 2018
  • Southampton on Board

    3rd September 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Southampton On Board – A Board Gaming group that meets in the Board in the City Cafe in Southampton every Monday evening from 7pm to play a diverse and wide variety of board and card games ranging from the most conflict heavy Ameritrash to the brain-bending heavy Euro to laugh out loud Party & Filler games.

    The group is open to all, we’re always looking for new members, we’re friendly people (honest!) so if you want to join, feel free to simply turn up and introduce yourself!

    See more details

4th September 2018
5th September 2018
  • Star Wars: Destiny

    5th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Possibly one of the biggest Destiny group meet ups on the South coast!

    Destiny, a collectible dice and card game for two players!

    In every game of Star Wars: Destiny, you’ll gather your small team of iconic characters and battle to defeat your foes, using your dice and the cards in your deck. The last player with characters left standing wins the game, but to successfully outmaneuver your opponent, you’ll need to carefully consider your options and enhance your deck with new dice and cards. If you ever wondered who would win a duel between two teams of heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe, there’s no better way to find out than with Star Wars: Destiny.

    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-destiny/#

     Read more

    See more details

7th September 2018
  • Friday Night Magic!

    7th September 2018
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    BitC is now SANCTIONED!!
    Fancy a bit of Magic the Gathering on Friday evenings?

    Here at BitC, Rachel from Lvl Up and Ben, host fun, friendly Magic the Gathering games.

    Come along from 7pm, for a 7:30pm start.

    From complete novice players to expert players – all are welcome to rock up and play a casual game.

    It can also be taught to anyone wanting to give it a go!

    See more details

9th September 2018
  • Student Sundays

    9th September 2018 @ 11:00 am10:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Every sunday, from 4pm, we will be running our student night offers!

    Only £2.50 entry (normally £3) and you can add cheesy nachos + dip for an extra £2 (usually £3.40)

    Double Dice Discount: Each memebr of your group rolls our 2 giant foam dice, and the highest score is the discount applied to each group memebrs bill. For example, if you rolled a 6 and a 4, you’d get a discount of 10%.

    (Offers only available with a valid student card)

    See more details

10th September 2018
  • Southampton on Board

    10th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Southampton On Board – A Board Gaming group that meets in the Board in the City Cafe in Southampton every Monday evening from 7pm to play a diverse and wide variety of board and card games ranging from the most conflict heavy Ameritrash to the brain-bending heavy Euro to laugh out loud Party & Filler games.

    The group is open to all, we’re always looking for new members, we’re friendly people (honest!) so if you want to join, feel free to simply turn up and introduce yourself!

    See more details

11th September 2018
12th September 2018
  • Star Wars: Destiny

    12th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Possibly one of the biggest Destiny group meet ups on the South coast!

    Destiny, a collectible dice and card game for two players!

    In every game of Star Wars: Destiny, you’ll gather your small team of iconic characters and battle to defeat your foes, using your dice and the cards in your deck. The last player with characters left standing wins the game, but to successfully outmaneuver your opponent, you’ll need to carefully consider your options and enhance your deck with new dice and cards. If you ever wondered who would win a duel between two teams of heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe, there’s no better way to find out than with Star Wars: Destiny.

    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-destiny/#

     Read more

    See more details

14th September 2018
  • Friday Night Magic!

    14th September 2018
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    BitC is now SANCTIONED!!
    Fancy a bit of Magic the Gathering on Friday evenings?

    Here at BitC, Rachel from Lvl Up and Ben, host fun, friendly Magic the Gathering games.

    Come along from 7pm, for a 7:30pm start.

    From complete novice players to expert players – all are welcome to rock up and play a casual game.

    It can also be taught to anyone wanting to give it a go!

    See more details

16th September 2018
  • Student Sundays

    16th September 2018 @ 11:00 am10:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Every sunday, from 4pm, we will be running our student night offers!

    Only £2.50 entry (normally £3) and you can add cheesy nachos + dip for an extra £2 (usually £3.40)

    Double Dice Discount: Each memebr of your group rolls our 2 giant foam dice, and the highest score is the discount applied to each group memebrs bill. For example, if you rolled a 6 and a 4, you’d get a discount of 10%.

    (Offers only available with a valid student card)

    See more details

17th September 2018
  • Southampton on Board

    17th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Southampton On Board – A Board Gaming group that meets in the Board in the City Cafe in Southampton every Monday evening from 7pm to play a diverse and wide variety of board and card games ranging from the most conflict heavy Ameritrash to the brain-bending heavy Euro to laugh out loud Party & Filler games.

    The group is open to all, we’re always looking for new members, we’re friendly people (honest!) so if you want to join, feel free to simply turn up and introduce yourself!

    See more details

18th September 2018
19th September 2018
  • Star Wars: Destiny

    19th September 2018 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Possibly one of the biggest Destiny group meet ups on the South coast!

    Destiny, a collectible dice and card game for two players!

    In every game of Star Wars: Destiny, you’ll gather your small team of iconic characters and battle to defeat your foes, using your dice and the cards in your deck. The last player with characters left standing wins the game, but to successfully outmaneuver your opponent, you’ll need to carefully consider your options and enhance your deck with new dice and cards. If you ever wondered who would win a duel between two teams of heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe, there’s no better way to find out than with Star Wars: Destiny.

    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/star-wars-destiny/#

     Read more

    See more details

Bookings

To book a table for your group, or to schedule an event, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you are more than welcome to call us for arrangements on:

023 8178 3240











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About Us

Board in the City CIC has recently opened Southampton’s first dedicated board game cafe. However, we’re a little different from other board game cafes in that we are a community interest company, which means that at least 65% of our profits go back into the community to help with the work we do with youth groups, schools, and other clubs.

Our aim is to spread the love of gaming and we pride ourselves on our friendly, inclusive atmosphere. We really focus on the community in CIC! We’re open six days a week and have a cover charge of £3 from 4pm (see our opening times for our group discounts).

 

Hundreds of Games!

Over 600 so far! From classics to modern designer games, you’re sure to find something you like. Simply grab a game and start playing, and if you’d like someone to teach you, our games masters are on hand.

No Time Limit!

You can play for as long as you like! Until closing time, anyway. Unlike regular cafes and restaurants, we want you to stay for a long time, so settle in and get comfortable. We have food and drinks to help keep your adventures going.

Help the Community!

The vast majority of our profits go back into the community so the cover charge helps with things like manpower, replenishing and expanding our games library, and hosting events.

We do not charge for our work in the community.

Our food and drinks are locally sourced where possible and freshly made. We also offer a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. There are delicious homemade lemonades and specialty teas, as well as coffee, milkshakes, squash, and infused water.

As well as teaching you games, our games masters are on hand to welcome you to the cafe, recommend games for your groups, and give you a tour of the vanue. Hopefully you’ll feel right at home. If you’re craving some more competitive play then see our events page for details on the tournaments we host.