So this may come as a surprise to all of you, but I go to fair number of bars. Shocking, I know! ‘Girl with a bar blog frequents bars’ isn’t exactly a headline. This does mean that it takes a little something extra to hold my attention. The X factor can come in the form of games/activities, awesome happy hour deals, special events, kickass food, etc. Located north of Dupont Circle, Board Room offers extra pizzazz through its gaming atmosphere.
As soon as you enter, you can see the stock of games locked up on the right just waiting for a happy home with a group of friends for the evening. On the left are a handful of tables and as you proceed straight back you notice a seemingly endless bar. The other side of the bar offers a small area with a couple more tables, a jukebox, and an arcade table. Because this first level clearly does not have enough table space to accommodate enough board games, there is an upstairs with more tables. With a few TVs lining the wall upstairs and the carpet, people can make themselves cozy on the floor when chairs are all taken. The first time I went to Board Room, I commented to my friends that it felt as if we were hanging out in someone’s living room or basement. I had gone with a couple girlfriends and we watched an epic Nats game (yes, that horrible last game of the season) while playing Uno. Rail drinks, if memory serves me correct, ran $5.50 each. My most recent visit to Board Room once again had some great sports viewing of March Madness. This time I kept to $6.50 cider. They had Strongbow on tap so I was pretty pleased.
Most of us are well aware that offering games to bar patrons is not a novel concept, but few bars surround their entire theme around playing board and card games. Board Room carries over 20 types of games. Be warned that these games are not free. For a nominal fee ranging from ($1 to $5), you can rent a game of your choosing. Don’t worry folks, the fee is not based on length of rental, but rather popularity and complexity of game (in terms of game pieces). Last weekend, I enjoyed some quality games of Jenga, Taboo, and a surprisingly difficult Trivial Pursuit. Given the wide variety, you are likely to find the most popular games here, but patrons are also permitted to bring their own game if you fear they do not have what you’re looking to play.
Board Room is an awesome bar to come with a small or large group of friends. If you come with a larger group, you may have to wait a little bit to find an available table, but it’s worth it. Reasonable drink prices for Dupont with a laid-back atmosphere, Board Room is definitely recommended for watching sports too. For those of us with ADD and only want the game on in the background, this is the perfect compromise. Since my only experience here has been with Friday and Saturday evenings, I only know it to be a fairly crowded and popular gathering place. I could easily imagine it to be more relaxed during the week for happy hour and a good environment to relax after a long day at work though.
Many of you have probably heard me rag on Dupont before, but this is certainly not a bar I would classify in the typical Dupont bar category. I am glad to say this bar is nothing like Public or Sign of the Whale (gross). If you find yourself in this neighborhood and not wanting to run around pretending like you’re 20 years old, but still have a fun time, Board Room is a good option. The jenga we played last Saturday even had dares on the pieces to up the stakes a bit. Unfortunately, I did not live up to my end of the bargain of dancing on a table, haha. Next time 😉