Jack Straws is Belfast’s only board game cafe. A cafe which warmly invites you to grab a coffee, have a chat & if you’d like to, play & compete with your friends/family at a game whilst doing so.
Jack Straws gives you access to 400+ games to which you’re free to browse through & select from. For the non experienced gamers, our friendly staff will be on hand to advise & explain games & their objectives. Through our Game Guru’s we hope to share our passion for games whilst also decreasing the amount of time spent reading those often tedious rule books.
Board games are a great way to interact, socialise & meet new people. We hope to spread the joy of board gaming & to create an awareness of the vast range of games which are out there to all our customers.
We also host events such as Beat the Boss nights, tournament nights & special themed nights throughout the year.
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Timeline: InventionsGame of the Month for April
Timeline: Inventions is a card game played using 109 cards. Each card depicts an invention on both sides, with the year in which that invention was created on only one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in a row on the table. After placing the card, the player reveals the date on it. If the card was placed correctly with the date in chronological order with all other cards on the table, the card stays in place; otherwise the card is removed from play and the player takes another card from the deck.
The first player to get rid of all his cards by placing them correctly wins!
To avoid disappointment upon arrival we recommend booking a table ahead of time. Tables can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance, or further in advance for parties of 8+. Larger bookings can be booked further in advance.
For groups of 8+ a deposit of £30 will be required to confirm your booking. This deposit will be offset against your final table bill on the night you attend.
Your table may be re-allocated if your booked table is left vacant for over 20 minutes with no prior notice.
There is a maximum stay of 3 hours from allocated start time during peak hours when tables are in demand. If it’s not busy you are free to stay and play as long as you like!
Please note all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
- How Does The Cafe Work?
Upon arrival at the cafe you will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Everyone is welcome whether they are gaming or not.
All gamers pay a cover charge which allows you to play as many games as you would like in an allotted time (*See Cover Charges). All of the Board Games in Jack Straws are arranged into their different genres to help direct you to the correct style of game that you would like to try. Games gurus will also be there to help you make your choice. Whether you’re in detective mode, wanting to be a sheriff on the Wild West, wanting to test your trivia knowledge or just up for a humorous party game there’ll be something for you.
At Jack Straws we provide a table service so that you don’t need to leave your table to order your food & drinks.
- How much is the Cover Charge?
3 hour session - £4.50 per person and £3.50 per child/pensioner.
Members' rate is £3 and it costs £20 to buy a years membership.
- Are children welcome?
Children are welcome but under 12s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Can we book a table?
You can book a table up to 2 weeks in advance with a deposit of £30 required for bookings of 8+ people.
See reservation section for more details.
- What games are in the library?
We have over 400 games to choose from. Our games will appeal to all age groups. We will have a flow chart on the back of our menu to help you navigate your way to picking the best game for your enjoyment! This will break the games down into number of players, length of time, age it is suitable for etc.
We have categories for the old classics, family games, knowledge based, numeric, word games, thematic games and strategy games as well as all the party games.
- Can I come for food and coffee if I don’t want to play a game?
Yes! The coffee shop serves a variety of food including lunch and evening options.
We have our own unique blend of locally roasted coffee that we are confident you will love along with our artisan desserts.
Games will be available to play at the normal rates at any time and the games gurus will be more than happy to assist if you decide to try a game or two!
The cafe will become predominantly a board game entertainment venue on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm.
- Can I purchase Games?
We will have stock of some of the most popular games available for purchase!
Should you want a particular game we will do our best to source and stock it for you.
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