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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: 

Opening Times

Monday 2pm – 11pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 1pm – 11pm
Thursday 2pm – 11pm
Friday 2pm – 11pm
Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 11am – 10pm
We’re currently open.

Visitor’s Information

Table price: Suggested donation of £3 per person / £2 per child aged 5-16 (compulsory after 4pm)

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!

December 2017

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
  • Magic on Fridays
2
3
  • Student Sundays
4
  • Southampton on Board
5
6
7
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Creature Sculpting class
8
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Magic on Fridays
9
10
  • Takenoko Tournament
  • Student Sundays
11
  • 12 Teas of Christmas
  • Southampton on Board
12
  • 12 Teas of Christmas
  • Cafe closed
13
  • 12 Teas of Christmas
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Earl Grey Supreme
14
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Evening Calm
15
  • Magic on Fridays
  • Chritmas dinner at BITC
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Fennel
16
  • Splendor Tournament
  • Way of the rings (legend of the 5 rings tournament)
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Herbal Chai
17
  • Splendor Tournament
  • Student Sundays
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Lapsang Souchong
18
  • Splendor Tournament
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Milk Oolong
  • Southampton on Board
19
20
  • Splendor Tournament
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Peppermint
21
  • Splendor Tournament
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Rooibos, gingerbread & orange (contains NUTS)
22
  • Splendor Tournament
  • Magic on Fridays
  • Christmas quiz
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Rooibos, orange & eucalyptus
23
  • Splendor Tournament
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Winchester Fruit Basket
  • Christmas Silk Painting with Create and Prosper
24
  • Splendor Tournament
  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Wild Card (any of your choice)
  • Student Sundays
25
  • Splendor Tournament
  • Christmas Cheer Dinner – invitation only
26
27
  • Splendor Tournament
28
  • Splendor Tournament
29
  • Splendor Tournament
  • Magic on Fridays
30
  • Splendor Tournament
31
  • Splendor Tournament
  • Student Sundays
17th December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • Student Sundays

    17th December 2017 @ 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

  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Lapsang Souchong

    17th December 2017 @ 11:00 am10:00 pm

    Grab a free sample of today’s herbal tea – enjoy a cuppa on us! (limited 20 samples max at any one time).

    See more details

18th December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Milk Oolong

    18th December 2017 @ 2:00 pm11:00 pm

    Grab a free sample of today’s herbal tea – enjoy a cuppa on us! (limited 20 samples max at any one time).

    See more details

  • Southampton on Board

    18th December 2017 @ 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

19th December 2017
20th December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Peppermint

    20th December 2017 @ 2:00 pm11:00 pm

    Grab a free sample of today’s herbal tea – enjoy a cuppa on us! (limited 20 samples max at any one time).

    See more details

21st December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Rooibos, gingerbread & orange (contains NUTS)

    21st December 2017 @ 2:00 pm11:00 pm

    Grab a free sample of today’s herbal tea – enjoy a cuppa on us! (limited 20 samples max at any one time).

    See more details

22nd December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • Magic on Fridays

    22nd December 2017
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Fancy a bit of Magic the Gathering on Friday evenings?

    Here at BitC, Rachel from Lvl Up and Francis, 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

  • Christmas quiz

    22nd December 2017

    See more details

  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Rooibos, orange & eucalyptus

    22nd December 2017 @ 2:00 pm11:00 pm

    Grab a free sample of today’s herbal tea – enjoy a cuppa on us! (limited 20 samples max at any one time).

    See more details

23rd December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Winchester Fruit Basket

    23rd December 2017 @ 2:00 pm11:00 pm

    Grab a free sample of today’s herbal tea – enjoy a cuppa on us! (limited 20 samples max at any one time).

    See more details

  • Christmas Silk Painting with Create and Prosper

    23rd December 2017 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm

    Do you need a last minute gift, extra decoration for the home or just a festive activity to escape the madness?

    Create and Prosper will be at the cafe, Christmas Silk Painting for just £6.50! You get to leave with your unique framed Materpiece – suitable for all ages and abilities (suggested ages 5 years – 105 years old).

    Book your space asap!

    See more details

24th December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • 12 Teas of Christmas – Wild Card (any of your choice)

    24th December 2017 @ 11:00 am5:00 pm

    Grab a free sample of today’s herbal tea – enjoy a cuppa on us! (limited 20 samples max at any one time).

    See more details

  • Student Sundays

    24th December 2017 @ 11:00 am5:00 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

25th December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • Christmas Cheer Dinner – invitation only

    25th December 2017 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm

    See more details

26th December 2017
27th December 2017
28th December 2017
29th December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • Magic on Fridays

    29th December 2017
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Fancy a bit of Magic the Gathering on Friday evenings?

    Here at BitC, Rachel from Lvl Up and Francis, 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

30th December 2017
31st December 2017
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • Student Sundays

    31st December 2017 @ 11:00 am5:00 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

1st January 2018
2nd January 2018
3rd January 2018
4th January 2018
5th January 2018
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • Magic on Fridays

    5th January 2018
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Fancy a bit of Magic the Gathering on Friday evenings?

    Here at BitC, Rachel from Lvl Up and Francis, 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

6th January 2018
7th January 2018
  • Splendor Tournament

    16th December 20177th January 2018

    See more details

  • Student Sundays

    7th January 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

8th January 2018
  • Southampton on Board

    8th January 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

9th January 2018
12th January 2018
  • Magic on Fridays

    12th January 2018
    Board in the City CIC, 38-40 Onslow Rd, Southampton SO14 0JG, UK

    Fancy a bit of Magic the Gathering on Friday evenings?

    Here at BitC, Rachel from Lvl Up and Francis, 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

14th January 2018
  • Student Sundays

    14th January 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

15th January 2018
  • Southampton on Board

    15th January 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

16th January 2018

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.