Searching for a playful night out? This is just the place in Asheville, NC. As you approach the entrance, you can’t help but smile at the over-sized Jenga and Four Score. Even though it was raining, a few rounds of Jenga helped pass the time while we waited for our table to be ready. On a Saturday night, the wait was 2 hours for a table of 7, but they got us seated (party dropped to 5) within about an hour.
Well Played boasts that it is North Carolina’s first board game café, with over 500 games, from the classics to the cutting-edge. There were the games of my childhood like Monopoly, Trivia Pursuit and Sorry and many more that I had never heard of before. Luckily, there is a “gamemaster” situated in the gallery of games that is happy to help your group make a fun choice depending on your group size, age and interests.
They have a small, but adequate menu. They offer sandwiches , wraps and healthy choices, such as hummus and veggies or a cheese and fruit plate. Drinks run the gambit from local, craft beer to organic teas. Then off to my personal favorite section of the menu – baked goods and seasonal pies. I would highly recommend the Cheerwine float or Oreo milkshake. While we waited for our food, Roc ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots was passed to our table which provided a light-hearted start to the evening.
For $5 per person, you have unlimited access to their entire selection of games for the entire day. If you can’t get enough, unlimited monthly memberships are also available for $20. A smaller cart of free games are available in the bar area if you just want to pop in for a drink or dessert.
The service was not outstanding on my visit, but it was a busy Saturday night. It certainly didn’t spoil the evening, since there was plenty to do while waiting for our server to reappear after long periods of absence. The space is loud and full of laughter, as you would expect in a room full of gamers, but not so intrusive that you can’t hold a conversation. This is not the quiet date-night spot. It appeared to be family friendly.
This is definitely a place I would return to for a unique, night out.
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