Pay to Play at Board Room
The team behind Rocket Bar, Atomic Billiards, and Carpool is bringing board games galore to Dupont with its newest bar, Board Room. The bar, which hopes to open early this week, will be loaded with games like Mouse Trap, Sorry!, Yahtzee, Life, Clue, Boggle, Trivial Pursuit, and much more.
But you'll need more than Monopoly money to play. It will cost between $1 and $5 to check out a game (which you can keep for as long as you're there). Co-owner Beth Lindsay says charging will allow the bar to refresh the games and keep them in good condition. The pricing is based on how difficult the games are to upkeep. For example, a deck of cards is $1, Hungry Hippos is $3, and Risk is $5. Guests are also welcome to bring their own games at no charge.
The bar will have a rolling cart with the 22 available board games. People can check them out by handing in a driver's license or passport, which they get back when they're done with the game. A menu booklet outlines the prices, along with tips for playing.
There are also two sit-down "multicades" where you can play Pac Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, and more as well as a pinball machine and a couple other arcade machines. Expect backgammon and Scrabble tournament nights and occasional Bingo at the bar with drinks as prizes.
The board-game motif runs across the walls and bar tops. The main downstairs bar is painted with Monopoly men, and the upstairs "war bar" is covered with 1959 Risk boards and other war strategy games. One wall has a Parcheesi board pattern, and vintage board games like Candy Land and Mystery Date Game are framed throughout the space. There are even painted portraits of Colonel Mustard, the Monopoly dog, and the Operation man.
Every table is designed to be big enough to fit any board game plus drinks. Speaking of which, Board Room will have 21 beers on tap (with pitchers available) as well as wines and cocktail creations like "The Bionic Woman" and "The Clyde" (named after the Pac-Man ghost). Versions of Cherry Coke and ginger ale will be made in-house. There will be happy hour specials seven days a week from 4 to 7 p.m.
Board Room will also offer a limited menu of "vintage snacks" like Cracker Jacks, Handi-Snacks, and Andy Capp's hot fries. Guests are also encouraged to bring in food from outside restaurants, and the bar is planning to supply a list of nearby delivery options.
Stay tuned for the official opening date, which owners hope will be this week after final inspections are complete.
Board Room, 1737 Connecticut Ave. NW; boardroomdc.com
Photos by Jessica Sidman