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.

Check out our Events Page on FB to see what’s coming soon.


In line with the latest Government legislation, the wearing of facemasks

in and around the cafe is now your own personal choice.


Summer Closure

Just a reminder we are closed for the summer break on Saturday 6th Aug

and will re-open for your gaming pleasure on Sunday 14th Aug.


BitC thank you for your ongoing support & hope to see you soon.

The BitC Directors

The wonderful Co-op fundraising has come to an end – Thank you to all who nominated us, and to the Co-op and Sheila Elsey for accepting us as a cause to support x

However, the need continues, especially in this Covid climate.

Soxy Brooker has worked on a visual to help us get the message across, addressing how we get funded and how important YOU are to maintaining the BitC magic. As the end of the year draws ever closer – we will have even less trading days due to the holiday season, aswell as loosing 1/3rd of our trading days to decontaminate the games. Please continue to support us anyway you can. We are still taking financial donations and you can help in the following ways – become a sponsor and send us a fixed amount every month, use the donate button above, add donations via your tab while you are at the cafe or via our Paypal account using  (PLEASE USE PAY AS FRIEND OPTION)
Best of all – come and eat, drink, game, repeat.
Lastly, we have taken the HUGE step of amending our legal structure at Companies House- with the brilliant help from Action Hampshire and Louise Garner Consultancy Ltd. We will now be 100% not for profit as opposed to the previous structure which causes us many difficulties around share holders and there being a chance for entitlement (which we have never acted on) – fingers crossed, this makes grant applications easier…
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How it works: Adult entry is £3 per person for the first 3 hours then £1 per each additional hour or part hour. Child entry is charged at £2 then £1 per each additional hour or part hour. Under 5’s are free to enter.

Just think 3 for 3 then +1 per hour.

But Wait… There’s more: Adults who spend £15 or more (child £10 or more) won’t have to pay the additional £1 per hour!!!

(Please note £5 minimum card spend)

Visitor's Information

Contact Details

38-40 Onslow Road,
SO14 0JG,
023 81783 240,


Opening Times

Monday: 16:00 – 23:00
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 18:30 – 22:00
Thursday: 16:00 – 23:00
Friday: 16:00 – 23:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 21:00
We are currently closed , but open again tomorrow at 16:00
Sorry, we’re closed.

Table price: 

To keep our business sustainable, we apply our entrance fees at all times. 

Discounts are available for large group bookings (10 or more) when placed in advance. A non-refundable deposit of £1 per person may be required at the time of booking. We are unable to take group bookings for children only.

We take reservations, walk-ins, groups, and we are also 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 large TV, dynamic LED lighting, and wall mounted speakers so your games can really come alive!

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

Please have a look at our visual tour below to get a feel of the spaces on offer, but the cafe has improved considerably since this was done!!