Top Game Venues in Philadelphia

May 4, 2022

From board games to Ping Pong tables, these local hot spots will put you in the competitive spirit.

Fun Philadelphia game bars for groups, breakout sessions and team-building activities:

Harp & Crown. Photo by N. Santos.

Tucked away on Sansom Street near Rittenhouse Square, gastropub Harp & Crown is a vintage-inspired gastropub with 24-foot ceilings, reclaimed wood features, funky wallpaper and antique accents. Private parties can enjoy the two-lane bowling alley and cocktail bar downstairs, called Elbow Lane.

Get your game on at Buffalo Billiards, a sizable sports bar with pool tables, shuffleboard, dart boards, Skee-Ball and more. Located in Old City, the hangout offers happy hour Monday to Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., and free pool on Sundays.

SPIN Philadelphia, A Ping Ping Social Club offers 16 Olympic-grade ping-pong tables, a full bar and shareable snacks in a hip, industrial 12,000-square-foot space. Private events include reserved areas to play, set food and beverage menus, music, dedicated event servers and hosts, along with “ballers” to pick up stray balls. 360-degree walkthroughs of SPIN’s event spaces are available here.

Roll the dice, literally, at Thirsty Dice, a self-described board game café in the Fairmount neighborhood. Players can try their luck at over 800 games ranging from Monopoly, and Clue to Trivial Pursuit and Cards Against Humanity. The bar also serves up clever comfort foods like French bread pizza and donut PB&J’s along with playful cocktails and milkshakes.

Photo courtesy of Garage Fishtown.

Find the largest canned beer selection in the city plus Skee-Ball, pool and a rotating selection of guest chefs at Garage Fishtown and Garage Passyunk in Passyunk Square.

A bowling alley with a spirited social scene, Lucky Strike will keep you entertained with 24 lanes, 10 pool tables, ping-pong, shuffleboard and more. This trendy hangout serves comfort food classics and inventive craft cocktails day and night. Family-friendly during the day, the alley is 21 and older after 9 p.m. Skilled event planners help curate a group dinner menu and drink and bottle-service selection.

For more bowling, consider North Bowl Philly — a retro-inspired bowling alley in Philadelphia’s hip Northern Liberties neighborhood. Bowl as you snack on sandwiches, small bites, and an inventive lineup of tater tot preparations at one of 17 lanes, including an upstairs loft with four private lanes, a dedicated bar, arcade games, foosball tables and more — all available to rent for private events.

Bright purple lights shine down on bowling lanes and bowling balls in an open space
South Bowl. Photo courtesy of South Bowl.

North Bowl’s South Philadelphia sibling, the aptly-named South Bowl, boasts 26 lanes, two bars, multiple lounges, pool tables, a rooftop deck, and an outdoor beer garden. The space can accomodate 600 guests. South Bowl’s backyard experience, The Yard, is a 5,000 square-foot outdoor oasis, home to batting cages, bocce courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, an outdoor arcade area with billiards, and a full bar.

Part live music venue, part bowling alley, the new Brooklyn Bowl in Fishtown features 24 bowling lanes and stages across two floors of the 38,000-square-foot venue and regularly welcomes touring acts, DJs and other performers.

Localhost at The Block, NEC 2021 Tournament. Photo by Steve Belkowitz, courtesy of Nerd Street Gamers.

Video game enthusiasts shouldn’t miss Localhost at The Block — the nation’s first esports campus — located along North Broad Street. The esports arena is open to the public for hourly gameplay, while also hosting local and national, amateur and professional esports tournaments and competitions. Rent the state-of-the-art space for a private event to compete with your colleagues in popular video games or other engaging party games.

Two men and a young boy sit playing video games in front of multiple TV screens as other people sit at high top tables inside of Craft Hall
Craft Hall. Photo by Kayla McCaney.

It’s all fun and games – and good food – inside of Craft Hall. The space offers Skee-Ball, foosball, shuffleboard, Nintendo, a variety of board games, and an indoor pirate-themed playground to keep the kids entertained. Located along the Delaware River waterfront right where Northern Liberties meets Fishtown, Craft Hall is considered one of Philadelphia’s top family-friendly restaurants and was voted the Best Bar for Parents by Philadelphia Magazine. Enjoy slow-roasted BBQ dishes, burgers, pizza, wings, and fries – a kids menu is also available.

Cover photo courtesy of Spin Philadelphia, a Ping-Pong Social Club

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