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Top Game Venues in Philadelphia

May 26, 2020

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

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

Harp and 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 photo by R. Bloom for PHLCVB.

SPiN PHILADELPHIA, A PING PONG 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 cafe 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&Js 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.

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