Saturday, April 20, 2024

Chance & Counters board game café to open in Birmingham

Popular board game café with branches in Bristol and Cardiff to open in Birmingham’s Custard Factory later this year – and it’ll be their biggest site to date

Central Birmingham’s first dedicated board game cafe is set to call Digbeth its home when it opens, bringing craft beers, brunch, burgers and, of course, board games with them.

Popular café Chance & Counters, with stores in Bristol and Cardiff,  has enjoyed success so much that its owners, who are from Birmingham, will be opening a third branch in their hometown.

Set across 3,500 square foot, Chance & Counters is set to take over a fair size unit in the Custard Factory.

Their two existing cafés merge board games (a whopping 900+ are available in Bristol and more than 600 in Cardiff) with a solid serving of beers, burgers and brunches, while there’s also set to be a vegan menu on offer.

Chance & Counters say that their cafés are spaces “for board gamers of all ages and abilities to enjoy, whether you’re a casual player or a seasoned strategist” – perfect for the casual Monopoly player or ardent chess enthusiast.

They also plan to stock a range of locally sourced ales and ciders to compliment their food menu of light bites and burgers.

Speaking in a post on this social media, Chance & Counters said:

“Four years ago we left Birmingham for Bristol, with a vague plan to open a board game café…

If you’d told us four years later we’d be back here opening our third site, frankly we’d have told you to put the pipe down…

It’s gonna be our biggest yet – 3500 square foot in the heart of the Custard Factory in Digbeth. It’s an absolute monster and it’s already taking shape.

To all of you who have played with us over the last few years – THANK YOU! We’re insanely excited to share it with ya.”

Keep up to date with Chance & Counters’ Birmingham opening on their Facebook and Instagram.

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Richard Franks

Founding editor of Counteract. Freelance travel and music journalist.