Best Places to Have Game Night in Houston
As a full time student, full time barista, and part time intern I understand the meaning of the words ‘busy,’ and ‘stress’. However, I try to put some time aside to do some recreational activities that I enjoy like exercising, attempting diy projects, listening to podcasts, and hanging out with friends. With my hectic schedule time isn’t always on my side, so my friends and I decided to choose a night where we dedicate time to play fun games and enjoy each other’s company. We hop from place to place every Wednesday night and play games like Uno, Never Have I Ever, Cards Against Humanity, and the 5 Second Rule. So I’ve come up with a short list of the five best places that I believe are great to have your game night!
Bingo, nachos, popcorn, and pitchers of beer! Head to SPJST Lodge 88, located in the heights, where Bingo night is held every Thursday at 7:30 pm.
You’re more than welcome to bring your own food, however outside ice and beverages will not be allowed inside the building. Luckily, you are allowed to bring your own alcohol, woo hoo! One brief word of advice though; Get there early! Doors open at 5:15pm, and close as soon as the building has reached capacity. Bingo night is pretty popular at SPJST Lodge 88, almost every Thursday the facilities has reached capacity, so plan accordingly because they won’t let you save seats for people. The first round of games begin at 7:30 pm and all proceeds are donated to The Lodge 88 Youth Club. So invite a few friends, pick out your favorite 6 pack or bottle of wine and be ready to have a fun night!
address: 1435 Beall St. Houston, TX 77008
Neil’s Bahr is everything retro, it has old school video game consoles, comic books and arcade games. They also have various board/card games and a ping pong table to play with while you’re waiting to use the Nintendo 64. Feel free to bring your own cards or board games and relax while you enjoy some good music and lively atmosphere. You’re also allowed to bring your own games to play for the Nintendo 64, Playstation 1, and Gamecube. And if you start craving something to eat then head outside to their deck to try some of their burgers and tacos by Pablo the Patio Chef.
address: 2006 Walker Street Houston, Texas 77003
Hookah! Hookah! Try some savory mediterranean food while smoking hookah at La Fendee. Their hookah is affordable and they have a wide variety of flavors to choose from(mint and watermelon mix is my favorite). If you feel the urge to eat some food then take a look over their delicious menu and don’t forget to go over their drink menu as well! If you didn’t come prepared with a game then they’ve got you covered, they have multiple games lying around the restauraunt, so pick one up and start playing!
address: 1402 Westheimer Road Houston, Texas 77006
Try out this new bar in the heart of the warehouse district in Second Ward. Around the Corner is a beautiful bar with plenty of room to host a game night with some friends. Try some of their savory cocktails while playing a few rounds of your favorite card game. While you’re at it try some of their small bites and/or pizzas, they’re delicious. Around the Corner also has bingo night every third wednesday night of the month! Bingo starts at 7pm and is completely free to join! So support local businesses and head to Around the Corner for some fun!
address: 1510 Hutchins St, Houston TX 77003
Kung Fu Saloon is everything a gamer could want in a bar! There’s food, drinks, and a ton of games! They have roughly 17 games to choose from, and you can also bring in your own games, so you’ll always be preoccupied (Game list here). They also have private karaoke rooms that are available to the public. You can choose to rent a karaoke room for the night, or just walk in and sing a quick tune. Visit their website so you can be updated on free game nights, as well as the free food/drinks specials they have.
address: 5317 Washington Ave. Houston, Texas 77007