Think board games are just for kids? Think again! Every week gaming enthusiasts of all ages gather to play board games at various locations across New Jersey. From family-friendly events at your local hobby store to adults-only competitive game nights, there’s something for everyone. Check out this list of a dozen places to play board games in New Jersey.

Aether Game Cafe

Location: 519 Washington Street, Hoboken
board gamesDetails: The game library here boasts classics like Battleship, Monopoly and Risk, plus more contemporary titles such as Suburbia, Race for the Galaxy and Game of Thrones: The Board Game. Enjoy coffee, tea and goodies from local bakery Om Sweet Home while you play. Monday nights feature strategy games while Thursday nights are for casual games, whatever your group is in the mood to play. Social games, such as team competitions, trivia or bluffing are offered on Saturdays.
More info: Aether Game Cafe or call 201-239-0400


All In One Collectibles

board gamesLocation: 540 Route 10 West, Randolph
Details: All types of gameplay are on the table here: board games, miniature tabletop games, trading card games and collectible card games. Tables for board games are available daily during store hours. Magic the Gathering is played on Monday and Friday nights, Tuesday nights feature the store’s free Pokemon league, Friday nights are for Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments and Heroclix is played on Wednesdays nights and Saturday afternoons.
More info: All In One Collectibles or call 973-664-0912


Arcana Toys, Games and Hobbies

board gamesLocation: 25 East Washington Avenue, Washington
Details: With over 300 games in its library, this full-service game store is a great place to check out a new game or meet up with fellow gamers. They offer three spacious areas dedicated to gaming and host numerous events including weekly leagues, tournaments and regular game nights. Stop by on Tuesday or Thursday for family game nights and Saturday for adults only gaming.
More info: Arcana Toys, Games and Hobbies or call 908-223-1120


Family Fun Hobbies

board gamesLocation: 731 Highway 33, Hamilton
Details: Every night is game night at Family Fun Hobbies. Bring the whole family for “Tabletop Game Night” every Tuesday from 5:00 to 11:00 pm and play classics like Settlers of Catan and Word on the Street or try out new games. If you have a specific game in mind, check their online calendar for Pokemon, Magic the Gathering and Miniature Wargaming events on various dates.
More info: Family Fun Hobbies or call 609-838-2049


board gamesMara’s Cafe & Bakery

Location: 250 South Avenue, Fanwood
Details: Board game enthusiasts get together weekly at Mara’s Cafe & Bakery in Fanwood. Come join the fun every Friday night at 6:00 pm! This Meetup-based group includes beginners and experts, all are welcome. New members must apply online and be approved by the group organizer.
More info: Boardgames NJ Meetup


board gamesMenlo Park Mall Food Court

Location: 55 Parsonage Road, Edison
Details: Another meetup hosted by the Boardgames NJ group, this weekly event take place at Menlo Park Mall. Game play begins at 5:30 pm every Wednesday night and usually lasts four hours. All ages and experience levels are welcome to join. Check out the Meetup group to get more details and sign up to play.
More info: Boardgames NJ Meetup


board gamesRock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar

Location: 900 Green Lane, Union
Details: This rock-n-roll themed coffee bar is located inside Union Train Station, right across from Kean University. On the fourth Saturday of each month, Rock ‘n’ Joe Union hosts a Game Day from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. All ages are welcome to come play and enjoy lively music, along with delicious treats from the coffee bar.
More info: Rock ‘n’ Joe Union or call 908-354-0660


board gamesShopRite of Branchburg

Location: 3166 Route 22, Branchburg
Details: A love of board games is all that’s required to join in the fun Monday nights at 6:00 pm. All are welcome, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Join the Boardgames NJ Meetup group to find out more information about these weekly events and to register.
More info: Boardgames NJ Meetup


board gamesThe Only Game in Town (TOGIT)

Location: 211 West Main Street, Somerville
Details: Bring your own game or borrow one of the store’s copies whenever you feel like dropping in for some fun. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For scheduled games, check the calendar on the store’s website. TOGIT also buys and trades games so bring in your old ones and come home with something new.
More info: The Only Game in Town or call 908-725-7077


Tiki Tiki Board Games

board gamesLocation: 164 South Broad Street, Woodbury
Details: Tiki Tiki Board Games offers open tables daily, ready for you to bring your own games or play with one of their rental or used games. Scheduled game nights are every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. If you want to learn something new, Tiki Tiki teaches a new game every Friday night at 7:00 pm during “Board Game School.” Check out the full calendar for additional events, including Pokemon and Dungeons & Dragons games.
More info: Tiki Tiki Games or call 856-202-5103


board gamesTime Warp Comics & Games

Location: 555 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove
Details: On the first Sunday of every month at 12:00 noon, Time Warp Comics & Games is home to an all-day board game event hosted by Jersey Association of Gamers (adults only). The store also hosts various leagues and special events–please check the calendar online.
More info: Time Warp Comics or call 973-857-9788


board gamesWhole Foods Market

Location: 2245 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall
Details: Word games, card games, classic board games and even party games are on the menu at another weekly meetup event, held every Thursday evening at 6:30 pm. Both newbies and expert players are welcome, all you need to participate is an enthusiasm for the game.
More info: Boardgames NJ Meetup